Growing up, my mom and dad listened to pretty much every type of music (save rap - not their generation).
I used to love spending my winter evenings and long summer days flipping through their record / 8 track collection which rivaled most libraries. I listened to:
jazz (of course, my favorite now, my favorite then)
rock (back then there was only one kind of rock)
western (old western - even old for my parents old)
blues (i just deleted a weird tangent that was here about the history of white and black blues in america - i never cease to amaze even myself with my abilities to be a super-dork)
classical / symphony
show tunes (and yes, rock operas too)
(Eastern) Indian Traditional
African Drum Recordings
native american recordings (little known tidbit: my mom and i used to dance and sing at the local pow wows)
... oh my the list goes on! ...
You might be wondering, will she ever stop talking about herself? Or maybe you wonder, how has this affected her life as an adult?
I will tell you the answers to all that you wonder, grasshopper.
The answer to the first question is, no.
The answer to the next question is in three parts.
1. High Fidelity quickly became one of my top five favorite movies of all time, thanks to my mom and dad endowing upon me with their diverse music taste.
2. That first one easily gave away the second part of the answer: I am the weird lady who makes music compilations for everyone. Well, maybe not everyone - but I have made several for my sister-in-law's sister-in-law. I make one for almost every event: road trips, first day of summer, St. Paddy's Day, my-period-came-ten-days-late-giving-me-a-good-scare day. I made five for my own wedding reception that were played on repeat.
3. My kids are already carrying on the legacy of a potpourri music collection. In their room they have: Gypsy Kings, Phish, Beatles, Jack Johnson, soundtrack to Joesph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and many other "mom approved" cd's. When Gabriel was 2 he would make requests at bedtime like, "chips kings" or "k-tar" (John Williams, classical guitar).
One of these days, if you and I meet - don't be surprised if I throw down a cd for you to take home and enjoy. Depending on who "you" are - I already have!
UPDATE: I can't leave you without a song. I just simply can't do it!!! So sit back, drink some coffee and take a break.
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