I don't remember all that much of my childhood and in particular the music I heard then. But there are a few songs which stick in memory. These are songs which my parents would play in the car; I always looked forward to listening to music in the car but so rarely got to, so now you'll hardly ever catch me driving without something playing. Anyway, here are a few songs and artists that stand out in my memory:
Meat Loaf: Bat out of Hell & Two out of three ain't bad
We had the CD of the album Bat out of Hell in our car, but very rarely got to listen to the songs because they were so long. Hence the title and opening song is most vivid in my recollection. I was always so deeply moved by this song, I really got into the emotion of it. Every time I would be hoping he'd get away but every time he would crash and I would be sad.
The second song, Two out of three ain't bad, highlights how I didn't really listen to the words closely. I strongly recall wondering what two out of three things these were, despite it being obvious from the lyrics. I worked up in my mind this vision of a King who had three challenges for potential suitors (notice the role reversal Disney!) and he was telling the girl that he couldn't love her because she failed one of them. Oh my imagination!
Juluka: Scatterlings of Africa
My father quite likes South Africa and picked up the music of Johnny Clegg and co from there. Their songs stood out for the different, upbeat sound, and this one especially. I remember listening to it on car trips in the holidays.
Bruce Springsteen: Born to run & Jungleland
Another of my father's favourites (my mum didn't get much choice, but she was the Billy Joel fan so wins hands down) Bruce often played in the car. Again I would get emotionally caught up in the songs, imagining these people on the run and feeling sorry for them. I never really listened to the words to Jungleland, because in my mind he was obviously singing about a Jungle Book-esque scene with wild animals and so on...
Rod Stewart: Rhythm of my heart & The Motown song
These were great songs; we had his album Vagabond Heart in the CD player so I often heard Rhythm of my heart, the opening track. When I discovered the album a few months ago it brought memories flooding back. If I was really lucky, I would get to hear The Motown song, which is brilliant and captures the essence of the Motown sound. I could imagine them sitting on the roof with the music playing out from the speakers in the window- listen to the song if you don't know what I'm on about!
Enya: Orinoco Flow
Finally, a wonderful and popular piece from Enya, one which I remember falling asleep to at preschool during nap time. I loved and still do the wonderfully unique quality of their sound and this song especially.
So there you have it, a nostalgic little tour of my childhood music! There may be more and it's always great to rehearsal a song you've forgotten.