My music tastes tend to change with the wind. I can tell you what my favorite songs are now, but who knows if they will be my favorites in another week.
Same with books.
Lately I have found myself gravitating to the "oldies". Going back to the music I listened to growing up. I think this probably has a lot to do with my mom passing, but the songs that are hot on my iPod, weren't necessarily her favorites.
When I think of my mom's favorite music, I think of things like Mamma Mia and other contemporary musicals. These were her favorites most recently.
My music tastes as a kid reflected my parents. That's one of the advantages to having young parents... I KNEW who Ted Nugent was back when he actually sang instead of pontificated. (I suppose if at 3 years old you think that knowing the words to "Cat Scratch Fever" was an advantage...)
As I got older and lived further away from my parents, our tastes diverged, though my mom and I often compared notes. When I discovered Greg Brown recently, she was the only one on FB who jumped up and said, "he is one of my favorites right now".
My parents fell on the Stones side of the fence - not the Beatles side.
Me? Well this is one of my top played on my iPod right now.
Leif's first song he declared as a favorite was "Yellow Submarine". This was when I fully understood that 50% of his genes do come from his father.
When I was in high school I picked up "Tangled up in Blue" for my mom. Her copy was worn out.
I couldn't find a good video that wasn't a cover, but one of my favorite lines ever:
"I like the smile in your fingertips, I like the way that you move your hips, I like the cool way - you look at me. Everything about you is bringing me misery."
Another top song right now on my iPod.
One of my favorites now is an old song that I despised as a child... after all it was country and by Kenny Rogers of all people (everyone say "ewww" like an 8 year old little girl). Then I found this cover and the world changed.
Something about this one though just screams "like".
Next on my list of most played?
"Domenik the Donkey" (thank you Skadi) and "Who Let the Ghosts Out" (thank you Leif). We just won't go there. And yes, there is a reason that the play number of these two horrible songs is exactly equal.
My mom went through a Johnny Cash phase too. I don't know that "Long Black Veil" hit her favs, but it is getting loads of play in my car.
I haven't been able to touch some of my mom's favorites with a ten foot pole yet - "Me and Bobby McGee" for example. I suppose it is easier for me to skirt around the edges right now.
When I was at my mom's shortly after her passing going through the computer I went through her playlist. The song that blew me away on there was this one:
I went through a big Terence Trent D'Arby phase when I was what... about 14? I played this all.the.time.
I guess at 14 (or whatever I was) I was too absorbed in myself to note that my mom had fallen for this song too.
The funny things that we discover after the fact.
Oh and this one? I can listen to. Because my childhood memories don't include my mom singing along to this one.