Daily Prompt: We Got the Beat
by Krista on February 25, 2014
Have you ever played in a band? Tell us all about that experience of making music with friends. If you’ve never been in a band, imagine you’re forming a band with some good friends. What instrument do you play in the band and why? What sort of music will you play?
Today’s ‘Daily Prompt’ reminds me of a story, or two, from my childhood. I may have written about this before, I can’t remember. Please, allow me to tell you some stories.
I was 6-years-old when ‘Sonny and Cher’ produced, not one, but two hit songs in 1965, “Baby Don’t Go” and “I Got You Babe”. I knew these songs by heart, and longed to be Cher. I spent many hours, standing at the top of the slide on my swing set; that was my stage. While, standing on my stage, I would pretend to be Cher and sing to my heart’s delight; although I’m sure it wasn’t to everyone’s heart’s delight.
I was 11-years-old when Karen and Richard Carpenter released their first ’45 RPM record single’, titled, “(They Long to Be) Close to You”. I loved this song, knew it by heart, and longed to be Karen Carpenter! Again, I spent many hours on my stage, pretending to be Karen Carpenter and sing to my heart’s delight.
Around the same time, ‘The Partridge Family’, an American television sitcom series about a widowed mother (Shirley Jones) and her five children who embark on a music career, became popular. It ran from September 25, 1970, until March 23, 1974, on the ABC network as part of a Friday-night lineup, and had subsequent runs in syndication. ‘The Partridge Family’s’ biggest hit came in 1970 with the song ‘I Think I Love You’. A string of hits, by ‘The Partridge Family’ singles followed: “Doesn’t Somebody Want to Be Wanted”, “I’ll Meet You Halfway”, “I Woke Up In Love This Morning”, “It’s One of Those Nights (Yes Love)”, “Am I Losing You”, “Looking Through The Eyes Of Love”, and “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”.
My maternal grandfather was driving a school bus, and when me, my little brother, and our four cousins got together, we would play like we were ‘The Partridge Family’, traveling and singing. Of course, I was always the mama, because I was the oldest female cousin.
Later, my dad sang in a ‘Gospel Group’ and I did play snare drum for them. I could also play a bass guitar and piano. I played piano, at church, often, but never played for a Band/Group.
I was delighted when ‘all girls band’s’ became popular in the 80’s. I was still young enough then to pull it off, but, lack of time and lack of interest in my friends caused that dream to disappear.
Today, I still love music and listen to a wide variety from Herb Albert to Beyoncé.