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The recent passing of Dick Clark got me to thinking about the music that has most influenced my life.  Growing up, I heard a lot of 30’s and 40’s music (my parent’s favorites) and some rock (my older sister’s favorites).  I  wasn’t  really too much into music until I got into my twenties.  Then I fell hard for a lot of  the singer-songwriters of the 70’s.

My first big musical crush was Simon and Garfunkel.  I loved their music and could sing (quite out of tune), most of their songs from memory.  The “Sounds of Silence”   and “The Boxer”  were two of my favorites.  I also loved James Taylor “AKA Sweet  Baby James”, adored Carly Simon and Janis Ian, and Carole King, and John Denver. America‘s “Sister Golden Hair” defined my relationship with a man I loved. Lionel Richie and the Commodores “Hello” made me cry. I was sad for weeks after the deaths of Jim Croce and Harry Chapin. You get the drift. There are many others I loved and I could go on and on and on. Unfortunately, or possibly fortunately, there’s not time or room to list them all.

I still love the music from the 1970’s.  It was and still is as, they say, “the soundtrack of my life”.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love a lot of different music and really enjoy performers like Adele and Daughtry and Garth Brooks.   I am a faithful “American Idol” viewer. However, it’s the music of my youth that I keep going back to in both happy and sad times. 

And now with the advent of wonderful music services like Pandora, Rhapsody and Spotify, I can customize the music to hear my favorites pretty much anytime or anywhere I want.  They bring me so many memories, and I still love singing with them in my off-key voice. 

Thank you, Dick Clark, for all the wonderful music and musicians you introduced to us.  May you rest in peace.

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