Murdo Girl…What music takes you back?

With the right music, you can either remember everything, or forget everything.

The most often played song throughout the world is a song everyone hates. At the risk of making it play on the tracks of your brain all night, I’ll tell you what it is. A Disney tune, It’s a Small World, has been played over 50 million times.

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Heidi and Skyler

Two sad songs… You’ve lost that loving feeling (The Righteous Brothers), has been played 8 million times, and Yesterday, (The Beatles), 7 million.

Every movie you have ever watched, and advertisement you have ever seen, has a music sound track. We sing Happy Birthday, Christmas songs, Church hymns, and school songs. We dance to the rhythm of music. We’re inspired by patriotic songs, and babies are lulled to sleep with  a lullaby.

We’ve got lots of babies

Music is a big part of all our lives, and it can take you back.

Here are some examples of the tunes I hum.

Good morning Mr. Zip, Zip, Zip, with your haircut just as short as mine…It’s a WWI song that my Dad’s Mother used to sing to him.  He sang it while bouncing me, perched on his shoulders, all around the house. He also sang Be kind to your web footed friends, for a duck could be somebody’s Mother.

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Dad holding me, Andrea and Valerie

All things bright and beautiful, and Jesus loves the little children, take me back to Ethel Thomas’s Sunday school class. She was perpetually cheerful and had a beautiful voice.

But ya know I love you, by Dolly Parton is one attached to a memory. A boyfriend in high school gave me the 45. The flip side was something like Homemade lies. I asked which side he wanted me to listen to, which for some reason, upset him…Its funny to me now, and a good memory.

I consider Hey Jude and I can’t get no satisfaction to be Vietnam era songs, because I heard them a lot during those years.

You’ve lost that loving feeling, The Righteous Brothers, Many a tear has to fall, by the Temptations, and anything by the Four Seasons rank right up there with songs I could listen to and never tire of.

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Heather and Heidi Jamming with Hudson and Grandma Dianne

My cousin Valerie and I will be transported back to Cynthia Edward’s kitchen whenever we hear, Oh, What a night. It’s a new memory of a really fun time.

Singing in the kitchen, by Bobby Bare, and Sneaky Snake , by Tom T. Hall were songs we listened to when the kids were all young. Heather especially related to music. I remember she played Johnny Horton’s The Battle of New Orleans over and over.

The Battle of New Orleans..Go on, Sing it!
In 1814 we took a little trip
Along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississippi
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in the town of New Orleans
We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin’
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they began to runnin’
On down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
We looked down the river and we seed the British come
And there must have been a hundred of ’em beatin’ on the drum
They stepped so high and they made their bugles ring
We stood behind our cotton bales and didn’t say a thing
We fired our guns and the British kept a-comin’
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they began to runnin’
On down…(There’s more, no Room)
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Heather with sons Seamus and Hudson

We laughed at another Bobby Bare song, (from the album Singing in the Kitchen), You can’t help but smile while listening and singing to this one.

Put another log on the fire
Cook me up some bacon & some beans
And go out to the car & change the tire
Wash my socks and sew my old blue jeans
Come on baby you can fill my pipe & then go fetch my slippers
And boil me up another pot of tea
Then put another log on the fire babe

And come & tell me why you’re leaving me

Now don’t I let you wash the car on Sunday
And don’t I warn you when you’re gettin fat
Ain’t I a gonna take you fishin’ with me someday
Well a man can’t love a woman more than that
And ain’t I always nice to your kid sister
Don’t I take her driving every night
So sit here at my feet cause I like you when you’re sweet
And you know it ain’t feminine to fight

So put another log on the fire
Cook me up some bacon & some beans
Go out to to the car & lift it up & change the tire
Wash my socks & sew my old blue jeans
Come on baby you can fill my pipe & then go fetch my slippers
And boil me up another pot of tea
Then put another log on the fire babe
And come & tell me why you’re leaving me

Mason Jr. and Ethan…Craig and Olivia (she plays the flute now)

Songs that mean something to you shouldn’t be forgotten. We have created family memories with music.

Kip’s Mom would start New Years Day and play one album a day until she had listened to her whole collection.

I first heard Beyond the sunset at Mrs. Theissen’s funeral, when I was 9. I remembered it as a song of peaceful comfort. We requested that song be sung at our Dad’s funeral, many years later.

I love patriotic songs…If  you haven’t already heard Renee Miller sing The National Anthem, you’re in for an inspiring experience. If this doesn’t play, go to YouTube Renee Miller.

 

There are hundreds of songs from many different genres That take me back.

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Put another log on the fire!!
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Don’t play that song for me Aretha Franklin

 

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Happy Birthday dear Charlie..Um, we’ll try again later

 

15 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…What music takes you back?

  1. scoper07 August 5, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    You are right about music taking one back to times connected with memories. Great pictures of the family too. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. sanjuan831 August 5, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    We need Mari to join our next karaoke gals night! Great blog tonight! Music is the universal language! So proud of Renee Miller! Wow!

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      • scoper07 August 6, 2016 / 11:35 am

        Mari is a good singer. I cannot get her to sing enough. Her aunt told her she had perfect pitch when she was young. I’m told that is rare.

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      • Mary Francis McNinch August 6, 2016 / 12:03 pm

        We’re not really looking for a pitcher, but as long as she doesn’t hog the microphone, we’d love for her to join us. Val and I really like the mic.

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  3. scoper07 August 6, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Mari does play well with others in the sandbox. There won’t be any problems at all.

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  4. scoper07 August 6, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Renee performed an awesome rendition!! Great job. The family’s musical talent is certainly carried on with her generation.

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