Turning 60: older, wiser and finding myself – Music (part 6)

by | Turning 60

Youve probably watched the new MacDonalds advert – happy music as children get excited knowing they are going to McDonalds.
I knew the song – You Make My Dreams but who was it – Daryl Hall and John Oates.


I loved these as a teenager (along with Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers). So, I’ve loved them from the 1970s and this is from the 1980s. But then I stopped listening to them, got into other things, but how great to be reminded they are still around. We’ve got tickets to see them at the 02.
Alas Steely Dan was sold out and we aren’t paying £500 for 2 tickets, but we’ve got good seats to see the Doobies in Manchester the following week.
I like to listen to new music, I never wanted to be one of these people who was stuck in the past and only listened to music from part of a decade. But there is plenty of good music from the past and I’ve got many CDs and Blu-ray of great artists.
Listening to this has reminded me so much of my past. When I was about 15, I went to London for a holiday with my parents and my sister (aged 13) and I went to see ELP at Earls Court arena. Our parents dropped us off and collected us at the end – none of us worried about anything. I saw Nazareth when we were on holiday in Devon or Cornwall around the same time.
I lived in London for around 18 months when I was 17/18 and was at gigs most nights – lots of good pub bands such as Dr Feelgood and Hatfield and the North. But tickets must have been cheaper as we often went to Hammersmith Odeon. I was a hotel housekeeper in central London and was studying for a City and Guilds in Slough. Many was the week I was reading the NME on the train and would get off and go and queue for tickets.
Music is such an important part of my life. I’m still going to gigs, and still choosing to stand downstairs rather than to sit – I like to be able to dance. Less likely to be in the Mosh pit though as I’ve had p*** over my head too many times.
I’ve enjoyed this memory and wanted to type it up right now. Could well be something I return to later.

What about you? What sort of memories do you have from your musical past?

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