Day 8: Sibling Music Ed

This entry is part of a post-a-day-month-long-blogging-blood-pact (I keep saying that. I mean, challenge.) with my pals Amanda Hollinger, Monica Wyche, and Ami Worthen.

My older brother and sister are as integral to my musical education and memory as my parents. In fact, it’s not a leap to suggest that much of my personality was formed by my early musical influences courtesy of my siblings. Which might explain a lot.

My brother, 12 years older than I, bought me my first three albums: The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, The Dobbie Brothers The Captain and Me, and The Doors album. These are the songs that remain strongest in my memory:

Did I mention my brother also bought me my first 45? And it was this. I’m serious. As the youngest child, my parents were perhaps a little more “hands off” with me.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the hallway, my sister, 5 years older than I, gave me a slightly different musical education. Also, she liked to feather my hair. What?

Seriously, can you even stand Dennis DeYoung’s moustache here? Is he some kind of bartender?

I loved Barry Gibb. My childhood was filled with crushes on moustached men. It’s inexplicable.

Author’s note: my sister made me sing this song in front of my parents, aunt and uncle when I was 6. Have I mentioned how shy I was as a child? But really. Debby Boone?

Stay tuned. The musical melee has only just begun. Oh wait, that’s The Carpenters.


Rapture: the mix tape

Certainly if there’s going to be a rapture, it should have an accompanying soundtrack. I put the request out to Facebook for suggestions. Here’s running list:

Track 1: Rapture, Blondie (If there must be a rapture, I request that both Blondie and Fab Five Freddy be present.)

Track 2: It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), R.E.M. Thanks, SarahNell.

Track 3: I Melt With You, Modern English. Props to Cathy.

Track 4: Until The End of The World, U2. Thanks, JBird.

Track 5: Satan Rejected My Soul, Morrissey. Thanks, Erin, I can always count on you for great music.

Track 6: Love Me Like The World Is Ending, Ben Lee. Props to Liz.

Track 7: In This Twilight, Nine Inch Nails. Woot, Hannah!

Track 8: Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin. Of course, Patrick!

Track 9: Straight To Hell, Drivin N Cryin, Nicely played, Arch.

Track 10: Blinded By The Light, Manfred Mann. Yay, Jamin!

Track 11: Highway To Hell, AC/DC. Two times, Erin!

Track 12: Death Is Not The End, Nick Cave. Many thanks, Simon, with 6, count ’em, 6 submissions!

Track 13: If I Should Fall From Grace With God, The Pogues. Simon!

Track 14: The Next Life, Suede. Mr. Ashton, if you please.

Track 15: The World’s On Fire, The Housemartins. Simon.

Track 16: Kingdom Come, David Bowie. Nice!

Track 17: Hallelujah, Happy Mondays. Simon Ashton, music connoisseur.

Track 18: The End, The Doors.

Your suggestions are welcome. But you know, hurry, the end is near.

Ed. Note: Happy to include some latecomers to this rapture party.

Track 19: Ain’t Wastin’ Time, The Allman Brothers. Surely God loves The Allman Brothers, too, right Pat?

Track 20: Apocalypse Please, Muse. This, from a new mother. Thanks, Jess.

Track 21: Devil With The Blue Dress, Mitch Ryder. Anne sneaks one!

Track 22: Ashes To Ashes, David Bowie. Only because it’s Bowie will I allow 2 songs from an artist. Thanks, Pat.

Track 23: Are You Gonna Go My Way, Lenny Kravitz. Pat with a great song and memory!

Track 24: I Would Die 4 U, Prince. Seriously, there’s no rapture unless Prince is there.

And…two more.

Track 25: I’m Still Here, Steven Sondheim/Carol Burnett. Thanks, Tasha!

Track 26: When The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash. Dante!

Track 27: Hallelujah, Handel Chorus. Well done, Cheryl.