Monday, December 12, 2011

Don't Stop Thinkin About Tomorrow

These days most of my friends would label me the queen of country music, but those who know me a bit better know that my taste in music extends to just about everything (sorry dubstep I just can't get into you). When I was a little girl I thought that I was going to be a back-up singer/dancer for Bruce Springsteen. I could often be found singing "in the wink of a young girls eye..." (my favorite song was Glory Days) and dancing around my living room. My obsession came from my dad's taste in music. All we ever listened to in my dad's car was 95.7 The Fox- Fresno's Classic Rock.

Recently, I've been dying to listen to something a little different (I may have overloaded myself on country just a little). A quick jump over to Pandora and the creation of a station based on Lindsey Buckingham's amazing "Go Your Own Way" brought some awesome classic rock back into my life. I'll give you a very short list of some favorites below.

Go Your Own Way- Fleetwood Mac: Obviously I had to start with this since I already mentioned it once above. I love the crazy, tangled web that makes up the story of Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John and Christine McVie, and Mick Fleetwood. Obviously the whole Rumours album is incredible, but this song is heartwrenching and empowering all rolled into a compact three minutes and forty seconds.

Glory Days- Bruce Springsteen: Again, I mentioned this song above already but it never ceases to bring a smile to my face and remind me of those days dancing around in my living room.

Heartache Tonight- The Eagles: The Eagles was another greatest hits album that was listened to on repeat in my parents cars. My young brain thought the lyrics to this song were "there's gonna be a party tonight." Pretty valid if you listen to the descriptions of a night that gonna "last all, last all summer long." My realization that the song is talking about a 'heartache' and not a 'party' did not make me like it any less, and to this day it is one of my favorite Eagles songs.

Layla- Eric Clapton: This song was one of my dad's favorites, and became my inspiration when naming my car =) The guitar in this song is nothing short of awesome. And just listen to those lyrics, that Layla must have been quite a girl.

Peace of Mind- Boston: All those bands named after places back in the 70s (Boston, Kansas, America just to name a few). This song is perfect for all of us who need to remember to slow down and find that 'peace of mind' sometimes.

I Won't Back Down- Tom Petty: Love me some Tom Petty. Enough said.

Susie Q- Creedance Clearwater Revival: Yeah they've got some awesome songs like Fortunate Son, and Have You Ever Seen The Rain... But if you were a child of disney channel then you remember the movie Susie Q (with Amy Jo Johnson aka the Pink Power Ranger as the title character). Therefore I obviously had to choose this CCR song here.

Dreaming-Blondie: Blondie was another favorite in my house, and this song just makes me happy. Although I was very close to picking "The Tide Is High", "Heart of Glass" or "Hanging on the Telephone" here (yeah I really like Blondie) but I thought it was appropriate to end the list on dreaming.

There are honestly soooooo many more artists I would like to include but if I keep rambling on and on no one will continue to read. So to make things a bit shorter I'll just mention I love Bon Jovi, Heart, Aerosmith, Steve Miller Band,  Def Leopard, John Mellencamp, The Who, etc etc ... the list could go on but I'll stop there.

In conclusion, THANKS Dad for listening to all this awesome music. I might not have appreciated it as much when I was little, but I definitely get it now!

Dad and me on Catalina Island last spring (sorry Mom, I cut you out of the pic... LOVE YOU!)

blog title courtesy of Fleetwood Mac's Don't Stop


  1. Love this post. You certainly are the queen of music (and the only reason why I listen to anything new) and it was great to hear HOW you got that way. Growing up, my Mom listened to Abba and the Carpenters, because they were the most mainstream artists when she came to this country and she wanted to be as American as possible lol!

  2. Fleetwood Mac! You should start applying for jobs in the music industry :)


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