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I have always been an optimistic person and thought that people get out of life what they put into it. . . Over the past few years I've become jaded and now have a difficult time understanding the point of, well, life. I'm hoping to make meaning of things here. Wish me luck. . .


SEPTEMBER 3, 2010 3:24AM

Mark Trost's Open Call - Sticky Albums

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Music creates an indelible mark on our memories.

Think about it; I bet you can outline the story of your life by listing the songs that hold special meaning for you.

Give it a try. I did. And oh, what wonderful memories I uncovered.

Thanks for prompting this, Mark.'Twas a good (open) call, yours.


1.  "With Love, Bobby" - Bobby Sherman

s380399In 1970 I was in love with Bobby Sherman. David Cassidy was pretty cool, and so was Peter Brady, but Bobby was the man for me. My brother gave me this album for my birthday, and as I look back at them now, "Julie Do Ya Love Me," "Sweet Gingerbread Man," and "Good for Each Other" were perfectly appropriate for a 9-year-old girl with her first celebrity crush. And truthfully? I still think Bobby is kinda cute.

2.  "Superstars of the 70s" - compilation album

imagesRight around 1973 adolescence hit, and "Superstars of the 70s" was the first album I actively studied in an attempt to discover the meaning of life. I wore the grooves right out of this 4-disc set analyzing "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane, celebrating summer with "School's Out" by Alice Cooper, and figuring out what all the fuss was about "Woodstock" by Joni Mitchell. Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Doobie Brothers, Deep Purple, the Rolling Stones, America, the Bee Gees, the Doors, the Grateful Dead, Seals & Crofts. . . this album had 'em all, a last bow to flower children and hippies, and the beginning of my young adult life.

3.  "Boston" - Boston

imagesAs a high school freshman, many afternoons were spent in my best friend's brother's 1976 Firebird, windows down and radio blasting Boston. Duh, I grew up in Mass! Me, Sally, and Jeanne would squish together into the backseat and sing at the top of our lungs:  "Well we were just another band out of Boston. . ." And we thought we were Just. So. Cool.

4.  "52nd Street" - Billy Joel



 1978. Senior year of high school. This was the first Christmas we exchanged gifts with our group of friends that now included boys. Andy gave me "52nd Street," and we all rocked out to the likes of "Big Shot" and "Stiletto." 



5.  "Cheap Trick at Budokan" - Cheap Trick

imagesWhile I admit that this is one of those "I'm embarrassed to admit I liked this" albums, Cheap Trick was the first concert I ever attended. In Boston. We got there by subway. Yes, I was 17 or 18, but my mother was very, very protective; I still can't believe she let me go. Going into the arena I had barely heard of Cheap Trick, but coming out I was hoarse from screaming, "I want you to want me, I need you to need me, I'd love you to love me, I'm begging you to beg me." The album was purchased the next day and played ad nauseum for about a month. Then the fascination was over. Just like that.

6.  "Off the Wall" - Michael Jackson


 "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Rock with You," "She's out of My Life"   . . . In 1979 this album kicked off college life, which wouldn't have been the same without Michael. 'Nuf said.



7.  "Silk Degrees" - Boz Scaggs.

Best girlfriends + Riunite + Boz Scaggs = all the ingredients for melodrama, and as college freshmen in 1979/80, we were masters of the group dirge. We'd start off belting out "It's Over":  

"Why can't you just get it through your head
It's over, it's over now
Yes, you heard me clearly now I said
It's over, it's over now
I'm not really over you
You might say that
I can't take it, I can't take it
Lord, I swear I just can't take it no more"
And, usually after we'd popped a few corks, er, twisted a few caps, there'd be more mellow and less drama. "We're All Alone" fit the changed mood perfectly, but when Boz told us to "let it out," we didn't hold back.

8.  "Blow Your Face Out" - J. Geils Band
the-j-geils-band-blow-your-face-out-cover-art-8447I didn't discover J. Geils until my sophomore year in college, but once I did, I was hooked. My friends and I camped out overnight -- an event itself -- to buy tickets for a Geils concert. At the event, the balcony had to be evacuated due to the thunderous foot-stamping that went along with "Freeze Frame," and J jumped atop a blow-up doll and, well, you get it -- on stage during "Centerfold." Oh my virginal eyes. Oldies but goodies like "House Party" and "Give It to Me" make this my favorite J. Geils album.
9.  "Flashdance Soundtrack"
imagesAs college was coming to a close in 1983, I had high hair and high heels, and I was cutting the hoods off my sweatshirts to let them droop off one shoulder aka Jennifer Beals in "Flashdance." Donna Summer . . . Laura Branigan . . . Irene Cara . . . Kim Carnes. . . Joan Jett. . . this album showcased iconic 80's female pop stars, and I danced many a night away to "Gloria," "Manhunt," "Maniac," and the title track.
10.  "Thriller" - Michael Jackson
amd_thrillerMy college career also ended with MJ. As part of a senior project, I helped stage a fashion show where the finale was danced -- in self-torn T's -- to "Beat It," and my very last night at school was spent dancing on tables to "PYT (Pretty Young Thing)" with my girls. Like young women everywhere at the time, we thought the song was written just for us. We displayed egocentrism in its finest form.
11.  "Always and Forever" - Luther Vandross
Okay, this one is a single, but it holds a special place in my heart. My husband chose this song for us to dance to at our wedding in 1987. He still croons it to me sometimes, and I still melt, just like I did back then. Oh, so romantic. . . 
12.  "Dirty Dancing Soundtrack"
images1987 was a great year. I married my husband, and "Dirty Dancing" was released. ;) Who could resist Baby and Johnny falling in love to Otis Redding's "Love Man," Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind," and Bill Medley/Jennifer Warnes' "The Time of My Life"? I introduced my daughter to the movie and the music, and we happily sigh every time we watch and listen. Indeed, in 1987, "I had the time of my life."
13.  "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby
images-1I don't really know how or why my fascination with Bing began, but I can visualize this album sitting on my father's dresser. I've always associated my Dad with Bing -- not the crazy abusive Bing, but the handsome, charmingly laid-back Bing of songs and movies -- and perhaps that's why I still enjoy listening to his music and watching his films. Every pop artist comes out with a Christmas album these days, but to me, nothing (except, perhaps, the unlikely pairing of Bing and David Bowie singing "The Little Drummer Boy") compares to Bing's renditions of "White Christmas" and "Silent Night."
14.  & 15.  "Momma's Mix CD I and II" - my daughter
These days my exposure to music is limited to what I hear in the car on my way to and from work. But I still love music! Knowing this, two years ago my daughter started making me mix CDs for mother's day. She has introduced me to new songs and artists, and with one exception, I've loved them all. That's what's so cool; she picks music that she *knows* I'll like, such as "Somewhere over the Rainbow" by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, "Capri" by Colbie Caillat, or my absolute favorite -- "The Real Me" by Natalie Grant. Which, by the way, is where I came by my OpenSalon name:  TheRealMe. But that's a story for another day. For now, just listen. My eyes tear up every time I do.

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This is long, I know . . . but what a cool experience the thinking about and writing of it was. If you have a minute, listen to "The Real Me." It's at the very end. . . Thanks for stopping by!
It's interesting to read these lists and get to know the people a little better. OK, Bobby Sherman (**tee hee**) , but I love several of those records. I hadn't listened to Boz Scaggs in years, but when we stopped at a rest area a few months ago, they were playing "Lowdown," and I thought, "Damn, that was a great song." As soon as we got home, I downloaded the album and played that damn song every day for a month.

And glad to know where you got your name.
Love it. Saw it in the middle of the night and thought I commented already. Rated for Bobby Sherman and Boston. . .and so much more.
This is a real cool blog, a lot of work and selection, TRM. I agree when you state : "I bet you can outline the story of your life by listing the songs that hold special meaning for you."/i> music, like scents, is reminiscent of memories and events. Thank you for sharing yours.
White Christmas!!! Probly the very first record I ever heard in my house. It was my mother's favorite. She luuuuved Bing.

Seeing Boz Scaggs here reminded me of Elvin Bishop, whom I heard on the radio the other day and wrote his name down with the intent to get one of his albums. Luuuv Elvin Bishop.
I had this thought to go through time with music, I still may if I can up my energy. I LOVED your journey and yes remember singing along to Bobby Sherman, Keith Partridge, and loved remembering... I thoroughly loved The Real Me and knowing it is where you found your name it is even more special.
Oh, Billy Joel, Flash Dance, Luther Vandross, and Dirty Dancing could all have been on my list. It was so hard to narrow it down to only 15. You're right about Michael Jackson too, really both of those albums were MAJOR in my life, but...I guess I wanted to spread it around and if I was only going to choose one, I wanted it to be Off the Wall because it is not as well known.

This whole thing was a lot of fun. Now I will listen to these songs all weekend.

Have a good one TRM!
Oh, this is plain old fun! I love the selections even if all aren't mine. However, all play in my background and it's great to see them listed.
Oh. My. God. I just had to Google Cheap Trick. The song "The Flame"(now playing) was played ad nauseum in my room after my first break up. It was SO DRAMATIC.

I loved the Michael Jackson, Flashdance, and Dirty Dancing albums, too.

Thank you for triggering that memory! What a delightful way to get to know one another.
Cranky - Listing Bobby deserved the tee-hee, but I had to do it. . .

Kathy - OS is great for insomniacs, isn't it?

FusunA - Yes, just like scents!

Matt - Huh. I just re-listened to a little Elvin Bishop, and I can definitely see why Boz reminded you of him. I love connections like that. Thanks!

Lunchlady - I am officially back to school now, too and haven't been on here until the long weekend. I can't possibly keep up with OS now, and it makes me sad. You're doing better at it than I am! And tks for listening to TRM; hope you liked it if you haven't heard it before!

Blue - Yes, this has been great fun in so many ways -- the trips down memory lane, AND getting to know our fellow OSers. What a cool idea Mark had!

mypsyche - Nice to see your avatar. Thanks for stopping by -- I hope life is treating you well!

Sparking - What's a decade between friends? ;) I'm glad to jar the Cheap Trick memory for you. This has been great for that, and getting to know one another. Delightful, indeed!
That Cheap Trick record was actually pretty good. Part of the soundtrack of my younger, wilder years. Wait . . . I'm still young and wild aren't I? Thriller, well, I have that one. Eddie Van Halen's little solo on Beat It is amazing. Good list, Real.
Do you remember Bobby Sherman in his TV series?
The bluest skys you've ever seen are in Seattle.
And, the hills are green as green in Seattle.
i barely know most of these but i love your enthusiasm! r.
Nobody could rock a velvet choker like Bobby evidenced by the poster that used to hang on my closet door.
T. Michael - We're all still young and wild! Some are just younger, wilder, or simply young and wild at heart. ;)

Anthony - I do remember Here Come the Brides! -- though I don't remember the blue and green from the show. My sister-in-law lives in Seattle, though, and she says the same thing.

Jonathan - I've run up against the same with some of these lists. Thanks for looking. ;)

lschmoopie - Had the same poster. Bobby also rocked the white hand-shaped chair (in the scrapbook that came w/ an album)! Too cool.
Loved J.Geils Band, the Thriller album and Luther. Of course, Luther.~r
Joan - Don't people's lists just make you go, "Ah" . . . and remember.

Mark - Yes, it's all about the memories, isn't it. Thanks for creating a vehicle to jump start the remembering!
Oh yeah, Billy Joel for sure. Goodnight Saigon still makes me shiver, and I wasn't even there. And I could swear I had that Superstars compilation.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh "Off The Wall" ... roller skating, baby! Loved those songs! Great list!
Redux - I wish I still had it and the rest of the vinyl I threw in the trash years ago.

Irritated - Roller skating, yes! Lights flashing, music blaring. Those were the good ole days for sure.
We have a lot of crossover. Let's be OS friends!