Musically Declined

We listen to a lot of music in our house as of late.  And by “we,” I mean the teenager and her sidekick, the tweenager.  If it were up to me, I’d go for All The Silence, because I may or may not have burned out the interior of my eardrums with headphones and cranked up AC/DC during my impetuous teens.  Do not judge me.

If they must listen to music (Dear God, I’ve become my mother) I do prefer they listen to non-secular music (and now I sound like the nuns I grew up under in parochial school).  However, we do allow a certain amount of secular music as long as it doesn’t make me gasp in maternal horror.

And to be fair, they have somewhat good taste in music, thanks to their father.  In that they can recognize pitch problems and an overuse of voice auto-correct.  (Good riddance Britney Spears.)  Broadway show tunes are a favorite.  Which secretly delights me.

Lately I’ve noticed a preponderance of what I’d like to call the I’ve-got-tears-in-my-ears-lyin’-on-my-back-crying-over-you music.  Seriously.  WHAT’S WITH ALL THE SAD MUSIC?  If I hear “What about angels” one more time I’m going to drive ice picks into my ears.

And then I got to thinking about my sad music phase as a hormonal angst-ridden teen.  My go-to artist was Eric Carmen.  I wore that piece of vinyl right out.  So I grabbed my iPad, clicked on iTunes, and forced my daughters to listen to “All By Myself” and “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.”  As I wept.  Emme’s eyes rolled to the back of her head as she deadpanned, “I’m gonna kill myself.  I’m gonna go into the bathroom, slam the toilet seat down onto my head, right after I bash it into the tile on the way there.”

Her sense of drama springs from I have no idea where.

And then for sport, I made them listen to some of my favorite Donny Osmond tunes from my pre-teen years.  Think “Go Away Little Girl”, “Sweet & Innocent”, and of course, “Puppy Love.”  They were all, “MOM, is that a GIRL?”


Me, Donny, and my best friend Karen, circa 1971 at Cincinnati Gardens

Anyhoo.  My plan worked.

No one wanted to hear ANY music for a good day and a half.

What was your favorite pity party song growing up?


7 Responses to Musically Declined

  • “All the Time” Barry Manilow

    I thought Barry was my soul mate. (How wrong I was!)

  • I am right there with you. The other day we got in the car and both my brother and I said, “We always used to say that if the music was too loud, you’re too old.” Well, we officially are too old, because the music was too loud. And we were leaving church at the time… VBS music + kids = LOUD music. 😉 LOL…. Seriously, the stuff my nephew listens to makes me want to drive ice picks into my ears too. He even has part of one for his text ring tone which goes off every 5 seconds it seems like. I have yet to understand a single word of the song, but just having it go off makes me want to run out on to a busy highway screaming “PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS GOOD, MAKE IT STOP!” Then sit down in said highway, cover my ears and rock back and forth. 😉

  • Oh, Bonnie Raitt’s “I can’t make you love me” – brings me to tears every time! And while I like to think of myself as a “cool” mom, my pre-teen daughter was on iTunes getting new music on her iPod, and I sat right next to her looking up the lyrics for each song and giving my “yay” or “nay” depending on the gasping that came out of my mouth as I read the lyrics… oh my… but it opened up some really good conversations (and, well, education) between us. Even talking about the focus in the songs – this song focuses on the feelings of revenge after a breakup, is that what we should focus on? Good stuff…

  • “I Am a Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel. I was a bit (an understatement) of an introvert in those days. 😉

  • Air Supply and Chicago were my go to music when I was down and wanting to cry. 🙂

  • A couple of Bonnie Raitt’s songs can get the water works going.

    My sweet teens both like a wide variety of music and Santa (I LOVE him) brought the girls Walkmans for Christmas. They load their own music (from the approved source) and I’m not tortured! 🙂

    They keep asking Santa for drums…I informed them that if Santa headed our way with drums I’d shoot the sleigh out of the sky! hahahahahaha

  • Journey’s Faithfully, and Babe by Styx. I was 12 (1980) when that song came out. What did I know about boys or missing someone? Sheesh. I was (am) a sucker for sad love songs…..