Sunday, July 10, 2011

Music sweet music

Liberace. Have any of you even heard Liberace play? Here you go.

I remember at a very young age going to one of his concerts. The trademark candelabra on his piano. His extravagant clothing and personality (similar to Elton John, and hey, surprise surprise, he was gay too). And I believe I enjoyed the music...though the memories are tenuous.

Also at a young age I went to the symphony. I remember most two things about it - sitting up towards the front and being able to watch the string instrument players closely. And wearing my long dress with the puffed sleeves (in calico, not a princess costume) with my special belt made of metal 'coins' that you linked together.

A song that stuck in my head my whole childhood (ok, from 8 or so onward) was the refrain from the following. In the years before the internet I had no easy way of figuring out what it was. Then one day, I realized the internet could help me. Thankfully, it doesn't stick in my head now like it used to.


There's a song that I have blocked out of my memory that has an event associated with it that I remember clearly. I was sitting in a car with two high school friends and a teacher and we were driving somewhere. The song came on the radio and I started singing along. "You like this song?" someone asked me. And by the tone, I knew it was not cool... So for a while (oh, just years) I was hesitant to share my feelings about a song. Eventually as you know I came to the point that I didn't give a crap what people thought...

OK, I'm done. I just heard Liberace's name and it brought me back...

7 comments:

silly rabbit said...

I have a friend who calls songs that get stuck in your head "ear worms".
Just thought I'd share that. Ha.

Marissa said...

I dad at home watching Liberace on tv when I was born in 1964. I grew up watching him. He was indeed very talented.

Mel said...

Ah yes--he was a very talented fella and left folks with quite an impression.

Good clip--my goodness I'd soooooo forgotten how the man could play...

Tara said...

Yeah, I'm not too embarrassed about the music I listen to now. If people don't like it, they can walk away.

Great post, it brought back memories for me too. I always remembered the smell of the auditorium whenever I was attending a concert.

Oh and I went to the Liberace museum once and took some photos until I finally read the sign saying, "No photography". Oops!

laura b. said...

I can't say I appreciated Liberace much when I was younger, but I see the appeal nowadays.
I used to LOVE that song! Playgrounds in my Mind...that was one my sister and I loved to sing along to. We were pretty convinced we were talented (we weren't) :-)

NoRegrets said...

SillyWabbit, you tricked me into having one!
Marissa - welcome! he was indeed actually quite good.
Mel - he has FLAIR.
Tara, right on! Did the auditorium smell good?

Tara said...

It smelled clean, I guess. Not bad.