Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – My Favorite Song(s)

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Your All-time Favorite Song

(I borrowed this first part from Randy Seaver’s blog at http://www.geneamusings.com/

It’s Saturday Night – time for some Genealogy, and Family History, Fun!

Here is your assignment for the evening – if you wish to participate in the Fun (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1. What is your all-time favorite song? Yep, number 1. It’s hard to choose sometimes. If you made your favorite all-time Top 40 music selections, what would be #1?

2. Tell us about it. Why is it a favorite? Do you have special memories attached to this song?

3. Write your own blog post about it, or make a comment on this post or on the Facebook entry.

Here’s my Favorite Songs – For Tonight Anyhow!
by Sherry Stocking Kline

This is much harder than last week’s blog where all I had to do was try to figure out how to make Family Tree Maker spit out an Ahnentafel report and then figure out which one was “the one” to write about. (by the way, I flunked that test, but did write about an interesting ancestor! Check that out here)

Well, I’m going to ‘flunk’ this week, too, because I can’t just write about one!

I was in high school in the 60′s, and grade school in the 50′s, so there’s a lot of great songs to choose from, and it seems like all have memories attached.

This isn’t my Number One song, but it is one with some great memories attached.

It’s “Li’l Red Riding Hood” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, and if I’ve done it right, you can listen to a short clip by clicking on the title. (Well, I wasn’t able to pull that off..)

“Li’l Red Riding Hood” was one of those fun-to-sing-along-with songs, so picture if you can, me and three high-school girl partners in crime, some of us with our boyfriends (this was before seat belt law, and before all cars even had seat belts!) all crammed into a small, white, 63′ Ford Fairlane 500, dragging main street with the windows down singing this song and howling at all the appropriate times, and at some of our good friends in passing cars.

(This was back when you could drag main all night after a football game or movie for just $1, and you could stop at Dick’s Drive-In for 15 cent French Fries)

And no, no alcohol was involved or being consumed!  Just a lot of fun between friends who are still friends today.

The boyfriend with me became my husband, and that song was one we laughingly sang on road trips when our kids were little bitty, and they sing to their children today!  Memories don’t get any better than that.

My favorite number one song?  Toss-up between Ben E. King’s  “Stand By Me” in the 50′s and John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads” in the late 60′s.

Raised on a wheat and dairy farm with a 160 acres of land to roam over, and lots of animal pets, I’m a country girl at heart, and whenever I hear “Take Me Home Country Roads” it takes me back home in memory. And whenever I hear “Stand By Me” I think of grade school, high school, sock hops and good friends.

Thanks for another SNGF of fun!

5 Responses to “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – My Favorite Song(s)”

  • Great memories! It’s amazing the role music plays in our memories and we don’t even realize it most of the time.I’m glad you sung to your children and now they sing to theirs,I have memories of my mom doing that too!Thanks for sharing!

    • It is amazing how music weaves in and out through our memories! The blog challenge was great fun, and sent me back through memory’s pages to come up with a few of my favorites! While considering so many other songs, though, so many memories were attached to those as well. I think perhaps that should be a whole focus of some memory challenges to put in a family history book of my own life! Thanks for writing!

  • Nancy Hurley:

    Really enjoyed your sharing of memories. Great descriptions of how you and your friends had those good times.

    • Thank you!! It was great fun reliving those moments again if only just for an evening! I hadn’t joined in on the Tombstone Tuesday or the Saturday Night Genealogy Fun until last week, and now I can’t wait for the next one!!

      You know, though, it made me realize that I really should write up some of those hilarious memories, especially the ones that have both me and my husband in them, so my kids can enjoy them, too.

  • [...] One of Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenges for September was to blog about our favorite songs. See that SNGF post here. [...]

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