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Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Fri, 19th May '06 5:06 PM


Ok, all you music brainiacs, I have a small problem. I'm leaving for a week in S. Carolina July 1, and my 70 year old stepmom/mom will be there, (we lost my dad last Nov).

I'm trying to compile a few cd's of 60's/70's feel good music that a lady in her 70's all the way to kids in their teens can listen to. I'm not looking for cheesy stuff like 'Downtown', or 'Windy', more along the lines of 'Carefree Highway' and 'I've Got a Name'.

Just trying to make a few good cd's that we can sit and watch the waves with a few cold ones and everyone enjoy it. I thought and thought and have serious brain freeze, so I'm turning to you all.

Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated, as I tend to lean toward the heavier side of rock music,...even at 43 yrs old. (Heh, my son's friends think I'm cool, very odd. Must be the ponytail.)


Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 19th May '06 5:30 PM

I hope the members come up with some positive song sugguestions for you Tim.
In the meantime, have a check thru the list of "Worst Songs Ever" posted elsewhere in Chat Trivial Tangents (?)...........and cross those'uns OFF your first draft!


Ladyvol  (Level: 209.5 - Posts: 5580)
Fri, 19th May '06 5:47 PM

There are some great 60's tunes on the soundtrack of "The Big Chill"...check it out.
Also, you can't go wrong with The Eagles, Jim Croce, JOhn Denver, Anne Murray, Linda Ronstandt, Charlie Daniels Band, Three Dog Night....this is just a few.....hope it helps.

Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Fri, 19th May '06 5:55 PM

If your local cable company has any music channels, you might watch and listen to them for ideas.

As a classically trained musician, and a former military musican, I vote for John Phillip Sousa.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Fri, 19th May '06 7:16 PM

It will never work! Get something your mother likes and MP3 players for the kids. When we have long trips, we hang a portable DVD player from the back of the seats to keep the kids occupied.

We also have sirius satellite radio so now my kids are experts in classic rock. They are 9 and 10 and have contests to see which one can figure out the artist of each song first. haha.

With the satellite radio, you can choose from comedy channels, classical, new age, country, rock, pop, news, etc., and my new favorite, the playboy channel. With sirius, they have a station I like which plays the best of the most popular music stations. You never know what's going to come up.

Books on CD are also a great way to pass the time in the car.


Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Fri, 19th May '06 7:39 PM

Nah, Lodi, I raised my kids right. If I want my RUSH or Smashing Pumpkins CD , I go to my 16 yr old son's room to find it.

And my 5 year daughter old can sing along to anything from 'My Belle Amie' by Tee Set to 'A Lover's Concerto' by The Toys. And she loves CCR, and Janis Joplin. So we're ok.

Opiated  (Level: 181.2 - Posts: 18)
Fri, 19th May '06 9:16 PM

The Band
Harry Chapin

Opiated  (Level: 181.2 - Posts: 18)
Fri, 19th May '06 9:20 PM

Oh, I forgot - Van Morrison

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3641)
Sat, 20th May '06 1:16 AM

I wasn't worried about the kids - I was worried about Grandma.

Koota  (Level: 184.6 - Posts: 2114)
Sun, 21st May '06 1:26 PM

Hi Tim,
I teach a lot of group exercise (aerobics) classes for older adults and have to compile music that they won't absolutely hate. Since you have mixed ages, I recommend Jazz, Swing (The A Train), and easy listening rock for the younger crowd. Also:
-- The Tempations. Almost anything of theirs is fabulous.
-- Early Beatles. The lyrics are light, fun, and inoffensive.
-- Carlos Santana has tons of great stuff. Try Bella.
-- Grateful Dead songs like "Touch of Grey" or "Truckin"
-- Otis Redding ... Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay.
-- Dire Straits: "Walk of Life"
-- Paul Simon has a lot of great inter-generational crowd pleasers. Try "You Can Call Me Al"
-- Three Dog Night: Shambala
-- Billy Joel: River of Dreams
-- Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. I think Bette Midler sang it among others.

Modern but good and inoffensive:
-- Rare Blend's "Boom Boom Boom" from the Coyote Ugly Soundtrack. LeAnne Rimes has some great songs on that soundtrack too.
-- Keaton Simons "And She Was" from the Sky High soundtrack.

Ask people who are close to Grandma, especially the staff of the Senior Citizen's Center if she goes somewhere like that. She may be cool and hip and into Rock and Hip Hop. Who knows? Remember the music of her generation. Rock & Roll was new. Old country staples like Johnny Cash and Merill Haggard may go over well too.

Have fun. I hope these recommendations help.

Koota  (Level: 184.6 - Posts: 2114)
Sun, 21st May '06 1:45 PM

Oh ... BTW ... if you're not familiar with the best music of the jazz or swing eras, go to a store like Target or K-mart. They'll have inexpensive CD's with collections of music of these types of music. That's where I get a lot of my stuff.

The song list I gave you earlier is designed to appeal (or at least not offend) an intergenerational crowd.

"Under the Boardwalk" is another great song that should appeal to a variety of ages. You'll find it with almost any compilation of 50's music.

Terrbear424  (Level: 98.3 - Posts: 35)
Mon, 22nd May '06 3:17 AM

How about Alabama, Pointer Sisters, CCR, and a good MoTown compilation?

Missestexas  (Level: 11.4 - Posts: 15)
Mon, 22nd May '06 5:19 PM

I LOVE the Forrest Gump Soundtrack because it spans decades. Check it out. 32 songs from various artists from Joan Baez to Lynard Skynyrd.

Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Tue, 23rd May '06 5:00 PM

Thanks ALL for your time to reply. I truely appreciate it. And I can always fall back on this post now to add to the mix if needed.

First, Granny is the definition of pretty cool. She'll go with about anything, tho I think I'll leave the Iron Maiden stuff home.

Second, I'm from Detroit, we don't go ANYWHERE without some Mowtown.

And third, I have about 20 self-made CD's that are good, and looking through all your ideas helped a TON in picking which to take.

Looking through the suggestions made me get out my old CD's, and I have the greatest hits ones of about half that artists mentioned.

I knew I'd get help in this department,..all I had to do was ask.

You guys/gals are great, thanks!

Vettage  (Level: 41.0 - Posts: 241)
Tue, 23rd May '06 5:09 PM

errrmm, I think that should be MOTOWN. DUH!

Captaintony  (Level: 79.5 - Posts: 75)
Thu, 25th May '06 1:42 AM

Gotta throw some Carolina beach music in there, too... Stagger Lee, Archie Bell and the Drells, The Tams... it ain't summer without some shag music, man...

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