Childhood Music Memories

My earliest music memories were of my father's band. He used to be a lead singer for a local R&B/funk band back in the early 70's. We used to travel all over the West Coast and Canada, from gig to gig in our green Pinto. I remember going to a lot of sound checks and band rehearsals. The band wore similar spandex-y outfits and rented gargantuan turquoise jewelry that I would just love to get my hands on today.

Of all the songs they used to sing, the Earth, Wind and Fire songs stuck in my mind the most. To this day, songs like "September", "Fantasy" and "That's The Way Of The World" still give me chills.

The first song that I remember crying to was Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My Life". This was in a 2nd grade school assembly where my very favorite person, Mr. Stearn, announced his retirement. It was a sad day for this little 2nd grader.

When I hit 5th grade my mother exposed me to the greatest band in the world IMHO, Queen. The first record I purchased with my pittance of an allowance was a cut-out of Queen's Greatest Hits, except it was pressed in Mexico so it was called Queen Grandes Exitos. But the music was the same, and I wore that record out listening to it. It was almost as good as doing the "Shooting Duck" to "Another One Bites the Dust" at Southgate Roller Rink.

It was all bliss until - horrors! - Queen released a dreadfully embarrassing record called "Hot Space". I remember I had just bought the record and had three of my rocker girlfriends over with the intent of listening to it. I put it on, and it only took about 8 bars before I smacked the needle and sent it skidding across the record. What the hell were they thinking putting out an R&B record? To a 13 year-old rocker, that was devastating!

I had seen Queen in concert the year prior; it was my first concert ever, and Billy Squier was the opening act. That was one of the happiest days of my life. Until my dad came up to my seat and said that we had to go before traffic got bad. I remember wailing hysterically as I was walking away from the Seattle Center Coliseum(back then), listening to the screaming fans welcome Queen back for an encore of..."We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions". When I told my husband, another Queen fan, about this he found it quite appalling!

My other favorite band was the Scorpions, who I saw twice in concert. I would go up to Canada to buy rare British pressings of their older records, like, before Mattias Jabs, the youngest guitarist, joined. I had both covers of Animal Magnetism; my parents didn't really like the one with the bubble gum.

Led Zeppelin was among my very favorites as well. I saved up for two months to buy the double-album called "Physical Graffiti". Such an amazing record.

Journey also brings back great memories; again, flash back to the skating rink where I would just fantasize that my crush Byron would ask me to skate during "Couples Only" to Journey's "Open Arms". He was such a cutie...

 Def Leppard was an amazing band that didn't get the respect they deserved in England, but we loved 'em here. 'High And Dry' had so many powerful songs on it that I just love to blast in the car to this day. Remember "Saturday Night(High and Dry)"? Remember wearing Union Jack T-shirts, bandanas and buttons? That's one trend that needs to come back, I say!

It was when I turned 13 that I started really getting into Bad Company's music, and their predecessor, Free. Paul Rodgers is my #1 favorite living singer to this day(Freddie Mercury being my favorite deceased one). Now if there's any band that's underrated, it's Free. They just blow me away, always have and always will.

Finally(I know, this is long!), some of my most enjoyable childhood music memories were ones spent late at night listening to Dr. Demento's show on the radio. Of course, the standout was Weird Al Yankovic. Back then, it was "Another One Rides The Bus". The kazoo in the background is hilarious. I really have to turn my son on to him.

This was fun - thanks for the opportunity to post and read about Childhood Music Memories!


Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Comment balloon 11 commentsLisa Bosques • January 07 2008 01:34AM


We should hook up.  Do you work only in Burien or will you do it anywhere?  I buy properties all over Seattle and would love to get together.  I like the Seatac property. 


Freddy Fingers

Posted by Freddy Fingers over 12 years ago
Lisa - You did an outstanding job with your post here.  I remember "Another One Rides the Bus" (oh too well).  Journey was among my favorites as well.  I can relate to the skating thing, too.  I could never get the nerve to ask any girl to skate with me during "couples only" time, though.
Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 12 years ago
Jason, thank you for your comment! I still try to follow what Weird Al does, he is one clever and funny guy.  They just condemned our skating rink this year, sold the building and gutted it.  So sad!
Posted by Lisa Bosques over 12 years ago
Yep, I love Queen too.   Great Post.  Great music!
Posted by Christine Bohn, The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL (RE/MAX Professionals) over 12 years ago
Lisa:  Of all the songs/groups you mentioned, I have to say I really did like Earth, Wind and Fire, but especially Journey.   
Posted by Jan Wood (None) over 12 years ago

Lisa - Nicely done.  Dr. Demento, even!

Did you get to see Queen with Paul Rodgers????  I heard it was phenomenal.  Paul Rodgers was Freddie Mercury's very favorite singer.  He's the only one I would go see to stand in for Freddie, because NO ONE can replace Freddie, but Paul is amazing.    Wish I had made that concert.

Posted by Elaine Hanson, REALTOR - Topanga, CA Real Estate Agent (Compass) over 12 years ago
Dr. Demento what a throw back, lol.  Great Job!
Posted by Linda Futral over 12 years ago
Elaine, no I didn't get to see Queen w/Paul Rodgers, but I have the DVD, and it is great! I wish I would have gone too.  When I heard that Queen and Paul Rodgers were coming together I was very happy, because I knew that Paul would not be one to try and upstage Freddie or emulate him in any way, he would just be himself, and it works out well. Thanks for commenting!
Posted by Lisa Bosques over 12 years ago
Linda - As of about a year and a half ago, we still had Dr. Demento's show on the radio in this area.  In was on one of our AM classic country stations.  Then, along came Air America, once they took over the station my Sunday evenings were never the same.  
Posted by Lisa Bosques over 12 years ago
Great Post Lisa--Wow what awesome childhood experiences to have traveled with a band! Debbie Boone was my fathers favorite singer LOL, besides Weird Al Yankovic?? LOL the rest are awesome - thanks for sharing! Sincerely, Grace Safrin
Posted by Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate) over 12 years ago

LISA - They're coming to take me away, ha ha, ho ho, he he, to the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time. Do you remember that one from the Dr. Demento days?

Your Queen experience reminds me of my ballgame experiences with my dad. We only went to one or two games each year, but there were times that my dad was ready to leave by the 7th inning to avoid traffic, even if the game was close. Not nearly as painful as leaving a Queen concert before "We Will Rock You" and "We Are The Champions," but still, I can relate.

I can still remember singing "You Light Up My Life" in chorus in grade school, so it does bring me back too.

I was one of the first Def Lep fans in my school. By the time everyone loved them on Pyromania, I started to get sick of them because they were overplayed. I still have "On Through The Night" on vinyl. It is one of the most raw records that I own. It's amazing that they went from a great garage sound to the most polished rock band in history.

I have a great Paul Rodgers story, but I think that I'll turn it into it's own post. Thanks for the inspiration.

I've seen The Scorpions a few times also. They are one of the best live bands that I've ever seen. That being said, my favorite part of the show was hearing Klaus Meine speak in between the songs. His accent was so thick, and his voice so high pitched, that we could barely understand a word that he was saying.  I love the way that he sings though.

I think that our tastes are virtually the same, so it's no surprise that our memories are as well.  Nice job on this one Lisa.

Posted by Adam Waldman, Realtor - Long Island (Westcott Group Real Estate Company) over 12 years ago

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