Childhood Music Memories

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                                                 Childhood Music Memories

                        When I was a very little girl, my very first musical memory is of my grandfather singing this      song to me.  I remember that I wasn't receptive to this at all...God knows why; being one of 6 children you would think I would have liked the attention.

                              Especially from this strong man everyone adored.

                                     But children...

                                                     will be children.

                 KKK Katy
                                                                           " K-K-K-Katy, beautiful Katy,
                                                                            You're the only g-g-g-girl that I adore;
                                                                            When the m-m-m-moon shines,
                                                                            Over the c-c-c-cowshed,
                                                                            I'll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door.
                                                                            K-K-K-Katy, beautiful Katy,
                                                                            You're the only g-g-g-girl that I adore;
                                                                            When the m-m-m-moon shines,
                                                                            Over the c-c-c-cowshed,
                                                                            I'll be waiting at the k-k-k-kitchen door."

                      We would sit around the TV at my grandparents' farm and watch the Ed Sullivan show. My grandfather would smoke his pipe- 

                                          I still love that smell.

                                                                          And Ed-  I loved the bubbles!

Bubbles

      Man, those bubbles were neat!                                   

                  

The next musical memory would be one of my mother listening to Theresa Brewer,

                                                        and Patti Page singing Steam Heat.Patti Page         What is it with the s-s-s-stuttering?

 

                                        "Yeahh....
                                             I've got ::cling cling:: fsssss steam heat.
                                             I've got ::cling cling:: fsssss steam heat.
                                             I've got ::cling cling:: fsssss steam heat.
                                             But i need your love to keep away the cold"

 

                                  As a young girl, I remember several songs that really remind me of my childhood. One of those was Tony Orlando and Dawns Knock Three Times:

       "Oh, my darling, knock three times on the ceiling if you want me
       Twice on the pipe if the answer is no, oh, my sweetness
       (Knock, knock, knock!) Means you'll meet me in the hallway
        Mmm, twice on the pipe (clink, clink) means you ain't gonna show"

Hmmm...a recurring theme of pipes...I wonder what a psychologist would say about that!

                           In High School, my sweetheart of a brother was into Pink Floyd's

                     "On the Dark Side of the Moon:"           Pink Floyd

          "How I wish, how I wish you were here.
          We're just two lost souls
          Swimming in a fish bowl,
          Year after year,
          Running over the same old ground.
          What have we found?
          The same old fears.
          Wish you were here
. "

               He took me to my very first concert. What a great guy...not too many brothers want their little sister around, let alone bring them out with them! He was, and is sooo cool! I love you Kevin!

                                               And ,how I wish you were here!

                    When I was in nursing school  I broke up with my first love. I sat in the dorm and listened to

                                                          Chicago

                              If you leave me now, youll take away the biggest part of me
                              No baby please dont go
                              If you leave me now, youll take away the very heart of me
                              No baby please dont go

      I cried alot of tears while listening to that song.

                         Even now, listening to any one of these songs will take me back to the feel of the cold linoleum floor of my grandparents' house, to the warmth of my brother's kindness, or even to the pain of my first heartbreak. Truly, these memories are a testament to the power that music has had to help me remember and appreciate those important moments in my life. And, I think that this is probably the case in many of our lives. 

I wonder what song will come to our minds years from now that will remind us of this time of our lives...the one that we are living right now.

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Your so right, I can listen to a song from so long ago, and instantly be back where I was when I use to listen to the old songs.  Usually in my home town, time passes, and song writers are not with us any longer, but their music is still here, weird feeling at times.  Thanks for sharing.

January 05, 2008 08:02 PM #2
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Elaine Hanson
Snyder Sutton Real Estate - Topanga, CA
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Cait, this is really good.  You really pegged the memories.  My grandfather used to sing old songs to me, although none of them had my name in them.  This is a great entry.

I have to tell you, The stuff about your brother got to me because I could say the same line -- "I love you, Kevin, and how I wish you were here!"  Except, my Kevin is gone.  God bless you and your brother.

January 05, 2008 08:20 PM #3
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Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Saint Louis, MO

Bob, I know what you mean, I remember when Jim Croce died, and his music was everywhere. Time in a Bottle was so haunting considering what happened to him. Thanks for commenting.

Elaine, Your comment brought tears to my eyes. I'm so sorry your Kevin is gone. God bless you both. Surely,having had a Kevin in our lives is blessing in itself.

January 05, 2008 11:36 PM #4
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Dan Cummings
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Hope this brings back happy memories of your grandfather.....

January 06, 2008 11:19 AM #5
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Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Saint Louis, MO
Dan,   Thank You! That was so nice of you. It did bring back a fond memory, and it put a smile on my face. I bet you are  someones "Kevin"...now I'd like to see your blog on musical memories! 
January 06, 2008 11:49 AM #6
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Dan Cummings
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Cait... I did join in the first two inspired by song contests but for some reason I've got a little writers block with this one.  We're having a little warm spell today so maybe a thought will strike on my afternoon run.
January 06, 2008 12:32 PM #7
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Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Saint Louis, MO
Dan, Guess the warm weather kept you running. Thanks for popping back by.
January 07, 2008 06:19 PM #8
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Cait:  I have fond memories of my grandfather too.  It's very interesting how certain songs can remind us of those gone.  Tony Orlando and Chicago are two of my favorites.  
January 07, 2008 07:37 PM #9
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Martin Abeshaus
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Cait - Very good post!  It really is amazing how songs transport us back to a moment in time.  (Wish You Were Here is one of the few songs I can play on guitar.... great song!!!)
January 08, 2008 08:53 AM #10
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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Even though I only recognize the Pink Floyd and Chicago references, your meaning is clear as a bell! There is a famous quote that definitely applies to words that are sung as well as those that are spoken:

"Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world." Gautama Buddha 

January 08, 2008 01:12 PM #11
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Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Saint Louis, MO

Jan,  My daughter read this and it started a discussion about my grandfather, and my mother. It was nice to remember,and pass those memories on to her.

 Martin,You know all about remembering. I read your post Kudos to you! For those of you that would like an excellent read here is  a link  

         http://activerain.com/blogsview/326317/Lost-Forever-A-Sad

Rich, Love the quote, words may not be able to break bones...but they can break hearts.

January 08, 2008 04:33 PM #12
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Martin Abeshaus
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Cait,

Thanks so much!

January 09, 2008 11:45 AM #13
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
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Awesome Post Cait- My parents watched the "Bubble show" as I used to call it and being from Chicago originally I was partial to the group Chicago as well LOL thanks for sharing your lovely memories.

Sincerely,

Grace Safrin

January 10, 2008 01:41 PM #14
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Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Saint Louis, MO
Grace- It is a good memory. Is amazing how hearing a song from the past brings up so many good...and not so good memories.
January 12, 2008 10:52 AM #15
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Adam Waldman
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CAIT - These are some really nice memories.  I haven't thought of Theresa Brewer in years, but you reminded me that I did like one of her songs as a kid.  My parents had an album with the song that had the lyrics "put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon...."  I'm not even sure what it's called, but I did like it at the time.  Thanks for sharing your memories with us. 
January 14, 2008 06:08 AM #16
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Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Saint Louis, MO
Adam, The name of the song you remembered is  (Put Another Nickel In) Music! Music! Music! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the contest it brought up some really nice memories.
January 14, 2008 08:46 AM #17
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Cait.... interesting name first off.  Second, these seem to be some fond memories. I can most relate to your brother for 2 reasons.... I listen to Pink Floyd when I was younger. They weren't my favorite, but it was good music for some good times.  ;o)  But the 2nd part of that, your brother taking you to your first concert.  My sister moved back later on, back to NJ after my parens came back here a few yrs before. My sister had a few friends from HS, but nobody really close, because she had been here for 2 yrs. Make a long story short, I took my sister out on her 21st b-day with 2 of my other friends. Took her to a few bars and even on a carriage ride. My mom told me later on, that she had a great time.

Anyhooooo.... didn't mean to hijack your post. Just that you brought back some memories. Nice job here.

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January 14, 2008 05:28 PM #18
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Cait ODonnell Donohue
Red Key Realty Leaders - Saint Louis, MO

Jeff, The name comes from Caitlyn the Gallic form of Cathleen. I was an O'Donnell before I was a Donohue. I bet your sister will remember her 21st birthday forever...it was so nice of you to take her out.

January 14, 2008 06:40 PM #19
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Cait.... interesting, thanks for sharing that. My mom's maiden name is Quinn, so I am about 25% Irish....

 

January 14, 2008 06:59 PM #20
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Cait ODonnell Donohue
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Hey Jeff, I have a friend that may be moving to Princeton. I will let you know if she decides to go there.Maybe you can help her out with her mortgage. 
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