My Life Journey

The Music of Our Lives

Music of our lives - graphic of rainbow coloured music staff

It’s funny how some music becomes really attached to certain times in your life. That doesn’t happen to me much that I’m older, but from my younger years there are quite a few songs that really take me black to a certain place/time. Here’s a wander through a few of them.

The elementary School years

In the younger years of elementary were some of the ’80s gold, from the likes of Tiffany, Kylie Minogue, Debbie Gibson, and The Bangles. And really, who didn’t want to Walk Like An Egyptian while doing the Locomotion at the same time?

I was a big fan of New Kids On The Block. I had the Hangin’ Tough cassette tape, and a funky NKOTB t-shirt. Ultra-cool.

Hip hop/rap entered my awareness towards the later part of elementary school, including Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice, Let Your Backbone Slide by Maestro Fresh Wes, and U Can’t Touch This by MC Hammer.

When it came to U Can’t Touch This, I could totally rock this verse, including the last lines at full speed. It took some practice, but I was pretty impressed with myself in the end.

Every time you see me, the Hammer's just so hyped 
I'm dope on the floor and I'm magic on the mic 
Now why would I ever stop doin' this? 
With others makin' records that just don't hit 
I've toured around the world, from London to the Bay 
It's "Hammer, go Hammer, MC Hammer, yo Hammer" 
And the rest can go and play 
You can't touch this

The high school years

The song came out a couple of years before, but I remember that it was when I was in grade 8 everyone was crazy about Bryan Adam’s Everything I Do. I had piano sheet music for it, and played it over and over… It was good for me, though; D flat major made for a lot of flats to wrap my head around.

I remember the song Pony by Ginuwine playing at high school dances. I was not at all the high school dance type, but I was on student council and we organized them. I would imagine that the teachers supervising might have blushed a bit because Pony truly is sex in a song, despite the burp-like action in the background. Some of the fun recent comments on the Youtube video:

  • “this song wakes up everyone’s inner stripper”
  • “I swear everyone mysteriously knows how to sexy dance when this music plays…”
  • Referring to the packed western bar where Ginuwine is doing his thing: “Fun Fact: Everyone left that bar pregnant that day, even the cowboys.”
  • “I have an Uncle that’s a heavy Christian who liked this song until he found out what it really meant. He thought it was about riding a horse…”
  • “I’m pretty sure I had clothes on before listening to this.”

The university years

This was the Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Spice Girls era. There was a lot of crap music that was just so much fun. Among the fun crap was Mmm Bop by Hanson, Barbie Girl by Aqua, and S Club Party by S Club 7. S Club had a short-lived tv show that I don’t think I ever saw, but I do recall doing the dance from the S Club Party song chorus on the dance floor at the campus bar.

During my last two years of my first degree, I had a car (John Voight’s Lebaron). It was an ’85, so rocking a cassette tape. A favourite cruising tune for a while was Nelly’s Country Grammar. Ah, fun times.

Dance classes

For years, dance classes were my preferred form of exercise. The video below is Smooth by Santana with Rob Thomas. We did some choreography to this in a jazz class during my university years with a teacher I thought was a bit of a cow.

I had a really fabulous burlesque teacher for a while, and she had some awesome choreography for Michael Jackson’s Dirty Diana. That class was meant to be done in heels, and I had boots with a platform and really high heels, and I have no idea how I managed to dance in them.

There you have it, the music of my life. I had fun with this, and I hope you did too!

13 thoughts on “The Music of Our Lives”

  1. Rockin’! I wish I had my headphones up here, because I want to know what’s so sexy about Pony, which I’m not sure if I’ve heard before!! Rats! Remind me if I bring them up here. There was a similar song for me, though, when I was a preteen. WHOA! I just googled the Pony lyrics. Yeah, that’s racy!! Wow! My song is tame in comparison, but when I was twelve or so, I thought it was racy: “One on One” by Hall & Oates. ‘Cause it sounds like it’s about a midnight game of basketball! But only sort of?

    I’m tired of playing on the team
    It seems I don’t get time out anymore
    What a change if we set the pace face to face
    No one even trying to score oh

    Oh oh I can feel the magic of your touch
    And when you move in close a little bit means so much
    Ooh yeah, you’ve got to understand baby
    Time out is what I’m here for

    One on one I want to play that game tonight
    One on one I know I want to play that
    One on one I want to play that game tonight
    One on one so slow

    I thought that was unbelievably sexy. 😀

    And then, oh no. I’ve got to share this. In college, I went to a party (yes, a party, singular–fun party!). And someone put me in charge of the music, so I looked through a stack of CDs and put one on. Five minutes later, everyone was like, “Oh my gosh! Who put on the Spice Girls?! Someone change it!” And I tried to act like I’d had nothing to do with it, but of course I was embarrassed. Their CD was the only one I recognized. 😀 Yeah, like, you and I have grown up with the exact same music!! Freaky!! Class of ’95, yo. What were you, ’96? Rockin’ good times.

  2. I’m way older than you (way older) and I’ve never even heard of most of these songs or performers but …I associate a particular song with the significant people in my life so when I hear that song I think of them and when I think of a particular person I hear their song.

  3. I’ve taken to just putting on the VEVO video channel lately on 80s and 90s so tI’ve seen these all lately, after like 20 years of nothing. Listening to U2 again. I think revisiting REM is next. Have also been playing Dr Dre’s The Chronic album a lot. I’m actually loving Instagrams story feature just for picking the songs.

  4. Music has been an invaluable part of my survival and we are clearly very close in age. What a fabulous and fun read. But I’m now thinking Alphaville, Pat Benetar, and several other one-hit wonders… “I wanna be a cowboy. And you can be my cowgirl.” Yo, yippie, yippie, yo, yo.

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