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Saturday, March 18, 2017
Hangin' on the Ledge with T. Wayne
I would like to welcome T. Wayne of ‘A Joyful Process’ to The Ledge. He is a music guru with an encyclopedic knowledge of genres and artists. When I asked him to take over my blog, he was more than willing. The topic is songs that you love to hate or at least dislike mildly.
Before I turn this over to T. Wayne, I just thought that I would put my two cents in. This song is forever emblazoned in my memory banks. I don’t know if it was because my roommate in college and her boyfriend played this incessantly or whether Bonnie Tyler’s I-stuck-my-hand-in-a-light-socket hair do was unforgettable. To this day, whenever I hear, ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ I scream on the inside.
Now that you all are better for having that information, take it away, T. Wayne!
Please check out his thoroughly enjoyable material at: https://joyfulprocess.blog/
First, I would like to thank Susan here at the Woman on The Ledge blog for giving me the opportunity to write here. I don't know if I have anything I can write that is quite as humorous as what she does on the regular, but here goes. I want to write about some songs from when I was younger that I truly did not like, but now I like maybe a little. Maybe.
Over at my blog, A Joyful Process, I write a lot about music. Music that inspires me, songs that I remember fondly, songs that make me dance or put me in a good mood. A lot of the music I write about is older, and goes back a generation or two. I've often told the story on the blog about how an Otis Redding song was the first song I remember hearing as a child (his iconic version of "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)), and that a Marvin Gaye song is the second one that I can remember ("Too Busy Thinking About My Baby").
However, there are some songs from those younger days that I don't remember quite as fondly. In fact, as a child I didn't like them much at all. One of the things I have mentioned before at my blog is that my mother was one of the reasons I got into music. She had a lot of old 45's that she kept and from time to time we would hear them playing around the house. A lot of them were soul classics of the early 1970's, but a few were songs that I feel got snuck in somehow and didn't really belong. One of those was "In the Summertime" by British Band Mungo Jerry.
Now, the statistics will tell you that this song was a top 3 hit back in 1970, but from what I can recall, it was a negative 100 in my book. Though I can remember as plain as day my grandmother getting up to dance to it, I seem to remember frowning at her like, "what in the world are you doing? Sit down! Don't dance to this!" But she kept right on going. Aging is a wonderful thing, because if I hear it now, I can at least tolerate it. But I still remember that kid with the frown on his face whenever it played back then.
Another song that I didn't like but it seemed some in my family did was "Sunshine" (Go Away Today) by Jonathan Edwards.
This was a #4 hit early in 1972, but again, I just couldn't understand what was so popular about it. I'd see my mother put this on the record player, and I'd get that same frown I had when my grandmother would dance to that Mungo Jerry foolishness. I'd be like, "why do you keep playing this? It's awful!" But they kept right on playing it. At least it was short; just over two minutes and change, so my still developing childhood appreciation skills weren't damaged too badly. Again, aging is a wonderful thing; I just played it and it didn't make me squirm...at least not too much.
One last song that I couldn't understand when I was younger why it was popular was Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia."
First off, it was sloooowwww. At that age, if it didn't have an uptempo beat, I wasn't having it. This was one of my dear grandmother's favorite songs, and I think she tortured me on purpose by playing it often. I know now that Brook Benton was one of early R&B's great singers, but then, I could have cared less. I got tired of him moaning and groaning about this rainy night in Georgia. Was Georgia the only place it rained? I didn't think so. This #4 hit from 1970 also was a #1 R&B hit that same year. So, it was undeniably popular, but not with me. One more time, aging is a wonderful thing; I've since heard Ray Charles do a version of this which made me appreciate the original a bit more. My face doesn't frown up now when I hear it. Or I don't frown quite as much.
So, those are the songs that I didn't like from my earliest memories of music. Do you have songs that you heard from the past that you truly do not like even as you've grown and your sense of music appreciation has purportedly broadened as well? Leave those horrible songs and memories in the comments. Thanks again Susan for this opportunity; I hope I don't scare off the regulars that come by.