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June 23, 2017



I've always found this an interesting topic to explore especially for people like us who were born in the mid/late 60s. It was an interesting time for children to take in all of the information and music that was out there at that time...I guess the psychologists call it 'primary process'. I was born at the end of 1966 and my parents were very young people so popular, folk and rock music genres were in the air at all times. I don't remember THEE first song I heard. My earliest memories rather are of the radio and being from the NY/NJ area the first radio station I remember hearing was 77 WABC back in its prime as one of major Top 40 AM giants in the country. The earliest songs I remember hearing were probably The 5th Dimension 'Age of Aquarius', The Mamas and Papas version of 'This is Dedicated to the One I Love' and The Beatles 'Hey Jude'. I also remember hearing Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds and early Neal Diamond. If I hear a song now like 'It's a Shame' by The Spinners it also brings me back to that time. There were records in our house but when you're a toddler you have no point of reference as to who or what they are. Later in life when I connected the dots I realized my parents owned albums by Theodore Bikel, Johnny Mathis, Peter Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel and Henry Mancini. There's even a picture I have taken with a Polaroid Land Camera where I can spot a copy of The Songs of Leonard Cohen laying on a table in the background. One of the more interesting things about being a child back in the 60s was that there was a ton of music that had alot of non-verbal vocalizing in it. Alot of 'ooos' 'dee dee dee' 'da da da' 'ba ba ba' 'whoa whoa' and that kind of thing. When you're 2 years old and learning to speak that stuff is real accessible.

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