A to Z Challenge – The Magical Mystery Tour

Day 13

April 15, 2016

The Magical Mystery Tour Letter: M


Due unforeseen circumstances, todays post had to be re-written. It wasn’t finished, and I didn’t have the time to continue putting it altogether.

That being said, it’s obvious that M = Music. I wanted to keep that theme, but I’m making it easier on myself and doing what The Monday Music Medicine Show is all about.

There’s no way for me to put all the music that is part of my life in one post (and in retrospect, it seems I sure did try). But I can give a timeline representing how my own musical likes developed.

NOTE: due to technical problems, the links are not working as embedded videos, so just click on the link and you’ll get to hear the greatest music in the world.

When you grow up with something, it doesn’t always take center stage. But I do rememeber the first piece of classical music that I actually wanted to buy for myself:

Mozart’s 21st Piano Concerto, 2nd movement.

Over the years, many more pieces came to my attention, and I added to my collection.

Two specific pieces remain at the top of my favorites list:


Vivaldi’s Four Season, WINTER

Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, 2nd movement

Did I say two? I meant three, or four.

D’Vorak’s New World Symphony: 4th movements

While I’m not a fan of opera, I do like choral music:

Carmina Burana – O Fortuna

One of my favorite pieces came from a woman I’d discovered when I first came onto the Internet, introduced to me by a woman from Portugal:

Spente Le Stelle sung by Emma Shapplin

While the afore mentioned pieces were specific to my parents combined likes in Classical, my mother had a wider range of musical tastes.

A favorite of mine from her collection, to which I’d dance, lost in the places the composition took me.

Malaguena – 101 Strings

My mother’s many loves in the other genre’s of music were myriad:

The Boogie Woogie – The Tommy Dorsey

Washington Square – The Village Stompers

And a fabulous keyboard favorite of mine:

Crazy Otto by Johnny Maddox

But my other influence in the house was my brother:

Back in the 50s and 60s he was listening to music I couldn’t help but┬álove:

Donna – Dion and the Belmonts

Kind of a Drag – The Buckinghams

But as the 60s evolved, so too, did our rock tastes.

Paint it Black – The Rolling Stones

The first concert we attended together:

Jimi Hendrix – All Along The Watch Tower

My own interests, during that decade was governed by the young teeny bopper’s heart:

I want to hold your hand – The Beatles (I still have the vinyl)

It’s A Beautiful Morning – The Young Rascals (my BFF and I were big fans)

Then I went to Colorado in the early 70s and found many other songs which would begin to widen my experience:

Black Magic Woman – Santana

White Bird – It’s A Beautiful Day

Oh and then there’s this:

Fresh Air – Quick Silver Messenger Service

Would that I could include everything which has brought me exquisite listening pleasure through the years, I’d do that. This is a lot like that question, if you could bring only (insert number here) songs on a desert island… you know the rest. As you can see, I do have a hard time just limiting myself to just a few.

Still, one or two selections from recent decades need to be represented:

Burn it to the Ground – Nickelback

Old Time Rock and Roll – Bob Seger

this defines the genre which draws me more than the others, or maybe not.

Every song is a ripple to another, and on and on…

Ripple – Grateful Dead

This is just the tip of the iceberg which is my passion for music. Stay tuned to The Monday Music Medicine Show to continue discovering all of the nuggets I’ve gathered into my world.

Music is the medicine in my Soul, and I hope that yours is as nurturing as mine.