PLEASE! Give Me The Oldies

For Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week, I chose this prompt:
1.) How has music changed since you were a child?

When I was born, I had two teen-aged sisters. Our house was filled with music by Elvis, Ricky Nelson, The Platters, The Everly Brothers…. My sisters played 45’s and “albums” on an RCA record player. Between growing up with that great old music, plus listening to it through the years, I know every word to songs that were popular when I was just a toddler.

I was still a child when the Beatles landed in the U.S. I watched their debut on Ed Sullivan and was instantly a fan (what girl wasn’t?).  I became a teenager and still listened to the Beatles, along with The Grass Roots, CCR,  The Temptations, Herman’s Hermits, Diana Ross… I, too, played records on a record player, and listened to those songs on an AM station on a little transistor radio.

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I suppose every generation prefers the music from its youth. Listening to it brings back memories of more carefree days; we all know how a song can instantly transport us back in time.

These days, I listen to cd’s of the oldies while I’m driving, and find myself seeking out those few shopping establishments/restaurants that play the oldies. (Thank you, Bojangles and DAV Thrift Shop.)  I’m afraid I just have a very difficult time with today’s “music”.  I don’t see the talent in moaning or screeching your way through a song. And my aging ears have difficulty understanding the lyrics…which is probably a good thing.

And don’t even get me started on how the National Anthem has changed in recent years. (When was it re-written to be sung: “land of the free-HEE“?) Please sing it with respect and don’t try to impress everyone with how many octaves you can reach.

Yes, I realize that I’m showing my age. I know the older generation didn’t care for “our” music, either.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.*

Linking up to Mama Kat’s.

* (from “She Loves You” by The Beatles – for you young folks.)

Mama’s Losin’ It


18 responses to “PLEASE! Give Me The Oldies

  1. I loved Petula Clark “Downtown”♪, Simon and Garfunkel “Scarborough Fair”♪, the Turtles “Happy Together”♪ and loved Broadway tunes…tunes being the operative word…agreed, I like a tune. And, I absolutely loved Broadway tunes from so many plays! Our Sunny lite radio station stays on in my car always bringing back the oldies.

  2. WGH was the ONLY radio station to listen to…especially if you were a Beatles fan. And, like you said, what girl wasn’t. In my world, ‘Rap’ isn’t music…sorry to all this younger generation. Love my oldies, too!! Must run in the family! LOL!!

  3. Give me the oldies any old day! I listen most every day and I don’t even listen to today’s music. The oldies just make me happy! And give me Smokey Robinson.. 🙂 He is going to have a new duets CD out this Fall!

  4. I was a fan of Johnny Mathis in my teen years, had all his LPs. I now listen to Soft Rock but I also like just the quiet of the day. No music!

  5. I remember my yellow transistor radio. Took it with me everywhere!

  6. mollieandalfie

    Pix just melts at the name Smokey..LOL This is a little before my time..Woohooo 🙂 I loved the Carpenters when I was a girl growing up ( sad ) My Mum gave me a record and I practically wore it out. I haven’t a clue what all these youngsters are singing about today xxooxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  7. I was listening to music a little bit later but my dad loved the “oldies” and so did we. Now it pains me to hear my junior prom song on the “oldies” station 🙂

  8. My mom had a bunch of Elvis and other records when she was a teen and then my aunt took them and gave them to her friends. Bye, bye Elvis. My mom was M-A-D!

  9. Well – you know how I feel about what passes for music now .. & I’m fairly picky with what I listen to .
    But I would like to know who’s responsible for the tripe that’s belted out of speakers in almost every store these days….
    That’s why I have a record player.. (thanks for showing the pic of the 45’s again !)

  10. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I too like the “oldies” music. i grew up loving Elvis (still do) and carried around a transistor radio tuned to WGH. I loved that station. Today’s music well I can/t like something I don’t understand?

  11. I wish I could click that ‘like” button more than once! You and I have the same sentiments about today’s “music” if it can be called that. Give me the oldies any day! I wasn’t even that crazy about some of the music of my teen years in the late 60’s, early 70’s. Of course, like you I grew up with two older sisters who played all those hits of the 50’s & early 60’s on the record player. Once when my oldest sister was visiting me, we turned on the TV and as we flipped through channels, a musical special with songs of that era was airing on our PBS station. As we sang along to each and every song (I remember singing ‘Two Silhouettes on the Shade’), we actually felt like crying!! That music was just sentimental and fun.

  12. I was in high school in the late 70s, and I am going on record RIGHT NOW as saying I STILL LOVE DISCO MUSIC!

  13. I like a lot of different music, at least until music went “alternative.”

  14. Love the oldies and the classic rock. Like you, I don’t think it takes any talent to screech, swear or scream. Youngest boy has introduced me to some really talented current music though – so it is out there – just not what’s being played.


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