Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Musical Memories

Lucky snapping in 2013 sets us a new challenge each week, this is the first one I have made the effort to join in with.

Music plays such a huge part in all our lives, dont you think? Well, it certainly did in mine, anyway.

My parents weren't musically inclined, but back in the fifties when I was young, the wireless, as it was called, (which always confused me, because surely the electricity came to it through wires?) was always on, and I especially remember 2-way Family Favourites which was on at Sunday lunch time. It was a request show for English families with relatives serving in Germany. They played a lot of classical music, which I must have taken on board subliminally, as now I'm a huge, huge lover of classical music, most especially Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn. In those days though it didn't really do very much for me. We also used to watch TV, I remember Saturday nights watching Billy Cotton's band show, and shame upon shame, The Black and White Minstrel Show.

When I reached my teens I suddenly discovered Radio Luxembourg, and spent many a long hour with my ear up against the old Dansette transistor radio my parents had bought me. My very first musical heart-throb was Buddy Holly, and I was devastated to find out that by the time I discovered him he was already dead, having been killed in a plane crash. However, it was his music which I remember most fondly from my early teenage years. I had all his albums, in mono, and drove my parents mad by playing them over and over again on the Dansette record player in my bedroom. I'm not sure what happened to these albums, as I dont have them now, but I do have a CD which has all of his music so I can listen to him whenever I choose. Oh Happy Days.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjFRHIhSvwc

(hope this works, I've not uploaded a youtube clip before.)

7 comments:

Chrissys4Cards said...

Oh yes we did exactly the same in days gone by. Radio Luxenburg fading in and out all the time. Going down town to order the latest record. The simple days compared to all the gadgets nowadays. I used to record the top twenty on a reel to reel tape recorder and then sit for hours writing out all the lyrics cause you could stop and rewind the tape easy. Ahhhh.

dancingonabladeofgrass said...

The Black and White Minstrel show? Remember going to see that live in London with my grandmother!

karen said...

Oh yes family favourites, I remember mum listening to that as well and the watching the Black and White Minstel Show - loved it as well as come dancing. Oh the good old days. They don't make music like they use to or the musical tv shows :( xx

Anne said...

What a sweet song. Love it !

KathiJo said...

Thanks for joining Joy, I am trying to get to listen to everyone's tracks one evening as in my office I have no sound! Welcome! Kathi x

Lynne said...

Lovely to see you joining in, hope you stay the year. We are a similar age so remember those tunes too!!

Helen said...

lovely song to share