Music has always been a vital part of my family life. Both my parents loved to listen and dance to music. As our family home had a long lounge room with wooden floors, many Saturday nights were spent dancing with their social set. My brother, 7 years older than me, introduced Mum and I to whole range of music in the 60’s, while Dad was somewhat more resistant.
Living with Mum these last few years re-introduced me to some shared favorites and our joint CD collection ranges from the 1940’s through to the 90’s. We always listened to music in the car, and on a few wonderful occasions when something was triggered in Mum’s memory, I was treated to her renditions of various songs, mostly from her childhood.
Meanwhile I’ve been organising playlists of some of the music we enjoyed together, as well as some I’ve listened to a lot more since she’s been gone!!!
As I’ve been writing this blog music titles have crept into my headings, including of course the title of this blog taken from the fabulous recording by Maria Muldaur – Midnight at the Oasis. These headings also form the titles of each of my playlists on YouTube – I hope you enjoy them!
When Mum passed away I made a playlist of some her favorite songs, the ones we’d listened to especially in the last 18 months or so, to play at her commemorative service. I think you’ll agree she had eclectic tastes.
This is mostly Blues/Jazz singers from early to mid 20th century, I love the double entendre’s – so cheeky. From the latter half of the 20th century comes the wonderfully direct song by Denise La Salle “Lick it before you stick it!” There’s also some Missy Elliot and Patti Smith mixed in.
Most of the songs are from a woman’s perspective, but then, there’s Meatloaf…
Some of my favorite songs from over the years. These are tracks that take me back to smoky dances, darkened bedrooms, hot performances and aching losses. Plus the odd signature music between two lovers…
The title song is by Cream. Its a sensual poem so its hardly surprising that it features a Goddess. “Her name is Aphrodite and she rides a crimson shell…”