Childhood Music Revisited

I bragged a lot in my last post. Specifically, I subtly commended myself for my 75 deadlifts and handstand push-ups. Welp, ladies and gentleman, the bragging fairy has exacted her revenge. At least one of those 75 deadlifts was done with improper form, and now I’m paying for it. Paying for it. Walking, sitting up, sitting down, rolling over, bending forward and sitting up straight generally suck, and the house smells like Bengay [which Grady seems to love].Trust me, this is less fun than even bar review. Thanks, bragging fairy.

On the plus side: podcasts. Because I’m limited to lower-impact cardio that requires minimal upper-body movement [elliptical, cycles, treadmill], I’ve been zoning out at the AFC doing hours of cardio and listening to podcast after podcast. Podcasts are great. You learn so many things. Did you know that the country where nude beaches are the most popular is Germany? You would if you listened to podcasts.

Although I currently subscribe to 12, the NPR podcasts are always my favorites. Today, during my mindless cardio session, I listened to the All Songs Considered from June 5, “Remembering Mom and Dad’s Record Collection.” The premise is simple:

If you grew up with parents who love music, chances are you raided their record collection at some point. What did you find? Was there an artist or album or song that shaped your tastes in music today, or something you still carry around with you years later?

Hey! I grew up with parents. I think they love music. At the very least, it was always playing in the house when a TV wasn’t on [Mom had one of those six disc CD players]. What the heck did I take from their music tastes?

The most obvious is my shameless love for and appreciation of show tunes. Shameless. My mom loves them, and she passed that on to me. Somewhere there is a video of a tiny baby me dressed like the Phantom of the Opera, singing “Music of the Night” and mimicking Michael Crawford’s hand motions. This is a real video, somewhere. Lucky for me that love led to a college major and an almost-career in music, and thankfully I had college roommates who enjoyed drinking wine and belting show tunes just as much as I did.** Unlucky for me, this is a real video somewhere.

Aside from that, there’s three artists that stick out in my head as always being on some CD player somewhere in the house. In between Les Miserables, Evita and Sweeney Todd, of course. So here they are. Please enjoy and reminisce.

Who else remembers random songs from their childhood? I can’t be the only one…

* On the upside, at least one of the at-most 74 correct deadlifts was near perfect, and I’ve got the bruises and scrapes on my shins to prove it.

** Last time I had too much wine I did an impromptu rendition of “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line for Shaun and Grady. I’ll spare you the details. There is not a video of this.


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Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: Tumblr:


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2 Comments on “Childhood Music Revisited”

  1. June 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Two that immediately jump to mind:

    1) Graceland (I wrote my law school personal statement about this)
    2) The White Album

    • June 14, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

      My parents surprisingly listened to very little Beatles’ music, but I do remember Graceland!

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