Remembering “your own kind of music”

Mama Cass’s "Make Your Own Kind of Music," was first released in 1969. Rock-and-roll music was forbidden by my parents, so I complied with the rules bought a copy with my babysitting money and smuggled it into my older brother’s apartment. I cranked up the volume on his hi-fi and dropped the needle onto the 45-rpm vinyl record. Over and over again, I sang "[my] own kind of music" into a hairbrush microphone. "Far out, man!" my brother said when I collapsed, exhausted but feelin’ oh-so-groovy, onto his delapidated sofa.

This is one of the few secular songs I remember from that time period. And thinking about it today, I got back into that same groove. 
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  1. You keep singing your own special song! Thanks for causing me to reflect on my own musical touchstones this afternoon. It’s great to reflect on those things that helped us get to better know ourselves. Thanks for sharing. And WHAT an awesome dress:)

    The band that my brothers and I connected with? Aerosmith…ha-ha…Must have played Toys in the Attic until the grooves wore out! “No More, No More” my all time favorite!

    • Isn’t it fun to flash back to our favorite music? It helps us identify who we were–and figure out how far we’ve come.

      Aerosmith?!? LOL. I did like Toys in the Attic, though. 🙂

      I’m thinking also how “groove” is also from a byegone era–it’s disappearing from our lexicon, and completely gone from (vinyl) music recordings.

    • I love the Mama’s and the Papas, too! I love all music. In my sunroom we have a CD player with great speakers. Sometimes in the summer, my daughter and I blast the music and dance ’till we’re dripping sweat. It’s great! Any time your in the area you can join us. 🙂

    • It affirms our individuality, doesn’t it? I didn’t think of it in quite those terms, but that’s why I liked the song so much.

      And how much did I like California Dreamin’? Oh, that’s one of my all-time favorites. What Mamas and the Papas songs did you like the most?

    • You’re welcome! I was writing it into a scene and decided to post it online for my own amusement. And of course, I wanted to share it with friends who groove on music of the late ’60s. 🙂

    • Oooh, cookies! We can always count on you to bring treats. 🙂 Glad you like the icon. It’s so late 60s-early 70s, isn’t it? Happy stuff.

      I wonder what kind of songs Mama Cass would be writing, were she alive and performing publicly today.

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