If your five year old came home and said, "Mom, this is my new favorite singer,"
what would you do? My parents bought me a baby piano.
For those of you too young to recognize this ukulele playing icon, it is none other than the incomparable Tiny Tim.
My favorite tune of his is "Tip Toe Through the Tulips," but just today, I was watching the first episode of Spongebob SquarePants (1999) - yet another media icon with an uncannily positive attitude. Spongebob had just returned to the Krusty Krab having bought a special spatula just in time to rescue everyone from a mob of hungry anchovies - in his usual happy go lucky way. As he slings krabby patties out to the crowd, the viewers are entertained by "Walking in the Sunlight." Suddenly, I began to get this strange "flashback" feeling as one can only do as a child of the 60s and began my regular Googling of the tune and found a familiar friend.
I had a fondness for music as a child. (I still do.) Tiny Tim was the first of many musical crushes. He was quickly replaced with Charley Pride, Glenn Campbell, Andy Williams, Johnny Cash and finally the Jackson 5.
My dad was quite the audio/mediaphile. He owned this amzing reel to reel, cassette, 8-Track combination that we would use everyday. Dad even recorded our landlord, Mr. Stewart, playing the bagpipes on the reel to reel as a goodbye gift to me when we had to leave Alaska. I must have worn out that Jackson 5 cartridge listening to it over and over again. My parents got quite a kick out of my version of Eddie Arnold's song "Big Black Cloud" which I changed to "Big Black CLOWN." I still hear a four year old singing the words to Charley Pride's "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" even though she had no clue what "love her like the devil when you get back home" meant.
Music speaks to us in so many ways. It cheers us when we're sad. It helps us cry when we need it. It even relieves the stresses of daily life.
What was your favorite kind of music when you were younger? What moves you now? Do you still like the same music or have your tastes changed significantly? Share your musical tastes. The world wants to know.