Music background:

If I was to choose the music that accompanied my life, it would start with ‘Les Sylphides’ by Frederic Chopin.                                                           This romantic music inspired me to dance around the record player for hours in an empty room. The magic in this music lifted me to heavenly heights.

The next decade would be represented by the theme of love. Elvis Presley singing ‘I don’t have a wooden heart’ and the Beatles many songs: ‘All you need is love,’ ‘Love me Do,’ ‘And I love her.’ Joan Baez and Bob Dillon, Marianne Faithful, so many sang of love. I would have to go back and listen to revive those memories, as there were many more pieces of music that were meaningful at that time.

Arriving in Italy, my first song that I remember was ‘A lighter Shade of Pale.’ My twenties were  influenced by the Beatles. the Australian Seekers and the protest songs of Joan Baez, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’  and – let it be. The Seekers: ‘A World of our Own,’ and later ‘I am Australian.’ ‘Yesterday’ blaring forth as we sat drawing in the evenings, songs full of nostalgia and promise, like, ‘Here comes the Sun.’

Heartbreak brought many sad songs: ‘The Carnival is Over,’ by the Seekers and Edith Piaf’s husky voice spoke to me at this time.   Brighter songs followed such as Cat Steven’s ‘Morning has broken’ and ‘Moonshadow.’

Meeting husband no. 2 brought with him Eric Clapton. There were others, that once again, I’d have to research. The children brought their own childhood and later teenage music, for example, ‘Grease.’

Classical music once again returned to my life with classic fm radio. When I felt like a party Dorothy Masuka filled the house with ‘Pata Pata.’

Finally returning to my childhood sweetheart, this music, ‘Scenes from Childhood,’ Opus 15, Robert Schumann would complete my story.

If your life were a movie, what would its sound track be like? What songs, instrumental pieces, and other sound effects would be featured on the official sound track album? Ben Huberman





17 thoughts on “Music background:

  1. Unreqwrited

    You had me at Chopin 🙂 It starts and ends there for me ~ wasted my teens with hours of wrist-ful practice 😉 However I outgrew that for a time with sensible music like Led Zeppelin. There’s nothing like good music to calm the savage geek. Thanks for sharing your Liszt, it’s hard to beat.


  2. hilarycustancegreen

    I’m afraid my entry would be twenty pages long, we could start with Paul Robeson and Old Man River (78s) and some Scottish reels (78s) and take a flying leap to a particular passage in Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, with maybe Don McLean’s American Pie and Edith Piaf’s Milor’, every note that Verdi and Mahler wrote on the way. Not forgather everything Tom Lehrer wrote and sang… I’m stopping there (I’m rocking to American Pie as I write this).

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      This was a very superficial look at the music that has been meaningful during my life time!
      Old Man River (78s) was one of my father’s favourites. He loved to entertain us with his record collection, that was mostly classical, with a few exceptions, like Hoffnung’s Bricklayers story.
      Yes, in fact, I could write a book about the music that influenced me!! Very diverse. Chris has a photographic memory with music and has an amazing collection of CDs that explore the same piece with different conductors, to compare them! enough for today!!


  3. M-R

    Gosh,Ba – you remember well ! While I can remember the music, I can’t associate it with any particular period in my life. Come to think of it, there may be a reason for that …

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      1. mihrank

        Thank you Barbara – I am coming from a musical family, my aunt is an opera singer at the Israeli symphony Orchestra, you have my deepest appreciation.


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