If I was to choose the music that accompanied my life, it would start with ‘Les Sylphides’ by Frederic Chopin. www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-KCR_sAsGQ 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cePJbmBEyBA 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lihXS3GLw0
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