Ok, when I saw this prompt my mind instantly thought of music… there is ALWAYS a song. To honor those who worked hard and didn’t get to shine, I am sharing a video I found of Will The Circle Be Unbroken sung by a school choir who had their spring concert cancelled because of the pandemic. Hope you enjoy…
This is where the honesty comes out. This is when you find out what kind of a person I really am. I admit it. I have a guilty pleasure most people roll their eyes at. The year was 1980 and I was in junior high school. A friend from across the street and I were over the moon for the movie Grease… the only movie (well, besides Rocky Horror Picture Show) that I have paid to see multiple times in a theater. So, for two years we had been memorizing the soundtrack and recreating scenes from the movie when it hit. Olivia Newton-John had a new movie.
Yes, with Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelley how could Xanadu go wrong. Well, it kind of did. It got bad reviews and was out of the theaters fairly quickly, but… I liked it. I loved the music – ONJ, ELO and Cliff Richards. I still need (Ok, want) the DVD but, every once in a while, it shows up on TV and I step back into my youth.
I loved watching Gene Kelley dancing; he just glides and makes it look so easy. The roller skating was not the best part of the movie, but at the time roller skating was big so I put up with that to get to the music.
It is not a great movie, but it is my guilty pleasure. I own the soundtrack for Xanadu and for that I am grateful!
(Here is a video of a mash up of music styles from the visions the characters have of the bar they are creating)
One of the few things I would be lost without is my music. That used to mean my transistor radio I won for selling Camp Fire Girls candy. As I grew so did my radio up to a boom box in the 80’s. Then there seemed to be a shrink back down in size to an MP3 player. Of course, my car has given me many hours of music with my radio. And when I bought my “new” used car I got a sample of satellite radio. Lots of channels to choose from, especially off of my laptop! But I am not going to pay to hear my music other than the occasional CD or downloaded album.
I am happy with my local radio stations. And several of them are accessible through the internet as well. I often let my favorite station play while I write. I can listen to oldies, songs from my youth (70’s and 80’s), millennial hits, or todays favorites. I listed to country, pop or rock. But whatever music I am in the mood for, it can be found with my radio and I grateful for that.
And as an added bonus here’s an old track I bet many of you have not heard…