Papa Loves Mambo (Not really)

Daily Prompt: What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?

As I’ve Blogged before (cheap plug) in Let’s Dance and We Got the Beat!, music was a big part of my life from an early age.  Here’s an idea of the eclectic mix of music collections from my parents and grandparents:

    • The Doors
    • Elvis
    • Simon and Garfunkle
    • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
    • The Beatles
    • Stevie Wonder
    • Michael Jackson
    • Jackson Five
    • Ella Fitzgerald
    • Luis Armstrong
    • Bing Crosby
    • Frank Sinatra
    • Dean Martin
    • Glenn Miller
    • Beach Boys
    • Aretha Franklin
    • The Mamas and the Papas
    • The Monkeys
    • The Supremes
    • Van Morrison
    • Benny Goodman
    • The Andrews Sisters

This is just a small sampling, the list goes on.

We were able to play any record that they owned, almost anytime that we wanted…ok any rainy day that we wanted.  My grandma had a huge console stereo that you could stack 10+ records at a time.  The only ones that we couldn’t put in the stack were the one-sided extra thick records (I think they may have been shellac instead of vinyl).

We didn’t have to ‘learn’ to appreciate any kind of music jazz, big band, classical, Motown, rock-n-roll, disco, pop, etc were all played on these stereos.  We didn’t think of it as our parents/grandparents’ music; it was ours.

I don’t remember where the adults were during our music education, but we listened, sang along, danced to, and even tried to learn to play them on the piano or organ.  My Gma had a piano and organ with benches full of sheet music.  We learned to read music, at first through the organ that had lighted keys with the letters of their notes and books with the letters on each note.  Then we took a pencil and wrote the letters on the ivories of the piano; we knew not to use pen.

Later we started adding our own spin on our music education.  Latin music came into the mix, but my parents were never into it, so we played it when they weren’t around (hence my title to this post).

Music has always been a part of our lives every where we lived, connected us to our closest friends, and quickly granted us new friends after moves…we were Navy Brats.

My brother went on to learn every woodwind and then some.  He’s an excellent musician and leads a volunteer pep band of all ages.  My sister and I sing and although my brother thinks this makes us less of musicians, I know that he is wrong.  Always need sibling rivalry even in our forties.

How did our parents music influence our later tastes?  I am drawn to great vocals, jazz, blues, R & B, pop, and the occasional well-sung country song.  However, I still listen to almost every genre of music.  When it comes down to it, anything I hear and like is MY music.

Back to Daily Prompt

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6 responses to “Papa Loves Mambo (Not really)

  1. You were lucky to be introduced to a variety of music.

    • Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Yes, I was very lucky about most of my childhood. We had problems and weren’t perfect, but I definitely was shown an appreciation for the arts. The funny thing is that my parents don’t still have that appreciation or I just imagined it. LOL

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  3. Your list sounds like one I would make! 🙂 Enjoyed your post!

  4. I love that The Doors is the first on the list.

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