I hate to admit it, but in my teenage and young adult years, I was an expert at pushing my mother’s buttons. (If I haven’t said it lately, so sorry about that, Mom.)
It seemed like every time she spoke, I would respond with high-pitched whines, ever-rolling eyes, and yeah whatevers. (It really, really is a miracle that I made it to adulthood!) Worse yet, I would argue the opposite of what she was saying. If my mother stated that the sky was blue, I would claim that it had a tint of red. If she commented that it was cold outside, I would swear that I was hot. And if she yelled, “Turn down that #$&* noise!”, naturally, I cranked up the volume. (Yep, I was THAT kid…)
I just love nights like this: sitting under a comfy cover in front of a lighted tree and savoring a couple of old family recipe baked goods while listening to my all-time favorite songs of the season (including some French songs that were faves of my Great-Grandma who always insisted that I speak “en français”).
Like many of my generation, I made mix tapes featuring my favorite songs. I played those tapes until they were ragged, belting out every word and dancing to every beat.
Although decades have passed since those mixtape days, the music remains in my heart.
Along life’s path, I have collected more music must-haves for my “ultimate compilation.” From the big band era to today’s Top 40, these songs speak to my soul. I hope they move you as much as they do me.