The Power of Music

I continue to be in awe about the power of music.  It is has been said that music has defined generations.  Music can change your mood in just a few beats.  At our office, we often have a “musical mood enhancer” when the stress gets high. Music can take you back to a memory of a time, place and person when you heard the song.  Some music can make you want to stop a conversation and get up and dance!  Or in my case – dance in the car, stop the car and get out, dance in public anywhere.  When I allow the music to completely take over my mind and simply enjoy the beat and the lyrics; all my troubles and worries seem to disappear. Conversely, some music can make you scream “turn that crap off right now” (for me rap and hard rock).

I laugh some days that I can’t seem to remember to pick up my dry cleaning on jackson-5-widethe way to work but I can sing every word to “Smoking in the Boys Room”, “I am Woman”, and “ABC 123” when they come on. I hope I will always have satellite radio in my car!

For the most families, your grandparents didn’t like your parents music, your parents didn’t like your music and you don’t like your kids music.  This is just another example of the cycle of life.   I can still remember my Dad having a fit because we played Aerosmith’s “Big Ten Inch Record”.

Here are some of my favorites:

Genres:  Country, Motown,  Pop, Christian, 70’s and 80’s

Male Artist: George Strait, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lionel Richie, Garth Brooks, Bruno Mars, James Taylor

Female Artist: Cher, Reba, Diana Ross, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt

Groups:  Dixie Chicks, KC & Sunshine Band,  Rascal Flats, The Supremes, The Jackson 5, Alabama

Get up and dance songs:  Brick House, Funk You Up, Can’t Stop the Feeling, Cupid Shuffle, Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Get Down On It

My First Concert:  Mac Davis with my family at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  First Concert without parents:  KC & the Sunshine Band with my sister Dana at Six Flags in Dallas.  My Last Concert:  Dixie Chicks with my granddaughter’s mother Christina

My At Bat Song is Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”

If I were in a band I would be the drummer.

george-straitMy most favorite artist “King” George Strait has had 60 number one hits, more than any other performer in history. That’s combining the number of songs  that have topped the Billboard chart (44) with the number that have topped the Mediabase chart (16).   I was blessed to attend the King’s Cowboy Rides Away final performance in Cowboys Stadium.  I have seen George at least 6 times in my life.  One of the things I am most impressed with is that his concerts never really change.  When other artists were moving shows with lots of flashy production elements, his have remained the same.  Just George, his band, making great music and appearing to be just as approachable as the day he started.

CherThe other artist I would like to give credit to is Cher.  I am so impressed with this woman’s career in music and film!  Having a #1 song in six consecutive decades is amazing!  Funny story, my son was a junior in high school, her song  #1″You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” was playing on the radio.  Johnathan said Mom this lady is hot.  I laughed and said she is absolutely hot and she is Grammie Kay’s age.  He said no way. So I had to prove it to him.  The photo we pulled up on the internet was her on a navy ship in a very skimpy outfit, she was more than hot!   I saw Cher in concert in Anaheim around 1999-2000, I loved her many wardrobe changes!  What a great show!

Fun fact:   Shania Twain’s “Come On Over” album holds the record for longest run at #1 with 50 consecutive weeks.   I saw her at the Hollywood Bowl that year. It was a simple performance on a beautiful night in a great venue.  Last year, my friend Shelly and I saw Shania in Austin.  This performance had a lot of lasers, flash and gimmicks.  More than 20 years later, she still looked great in the short skirt and thigh high leather boots!

So tell me, what artists/songs have made an impact on your life?   What is your at bat song?    What position would you be in the band?

I love the power of music.  I have a feeling that when I am old, music will help me connect with memories of my past.  Music and dancing will help to make me feel young again, at least I hope so.

………And life goes on.

 

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