Deelylah Mullin Author

Childhood Memory Tunes

· The one where I am entirely too open about my musical upbringing. ·

May 17, 2017 6 Comments

Musical Musings is a monthly feature. Topics and tunes change.

I am driven by music. I always have been and I suspect I always will be.

When I read the topic for this month’s Musical Musings, I was inspired. But, these might not be titles everyone is familiar with on some of my list (and links) below. Keep in mind I’ve been playing saxophone since 1976-ish, and music has been a fail-safe for me.

“All the Things You Are” (Charlie Parker version).

“Yardbird” is one of my favorite saxophonists. I spent a lot of hours listening, emulating, and learning while I listened to old vinyl back in the college years.

“Birdland” (Weather Report version)

I have some seriously awesome memories from playing this song. It’s relatively simple, but it was FUN to play. For a  year or two in high school, it was part of our marching band folio. There were clips we played in the stands, too. During college, we played the chart in jazz band.

“Never Gonna Let You Go” by Sergio Moroder

Legit, this was one of the first tenor saxophone solos I ever played. Thus, there were no lyrics. The dude part was tenor solo and the chick’s part was alto sax. It was sort of a call-response thing. I totally dug it.

“Russians” (by Sting from the album Dream of the Blue Turtles)

Okay, this wasn’t the only song I loved on this album. As matter of fact, I saw Sting live on this tour in 1987. I may know every damn word on this album–which I had in both vinyl and cassette.

But the reason I chose this song is because it sampled Sergi Prokofiev‘s “Romance” from the Lieutenant Kije Suite, and I simply adore it.

And…in high school, I took an arrangement of the “Romance” & “Troika” from this suite to Solo and Ensemble. Did rather well with that one. I also played it for my ‘straight’ playing audition for the college scholarship I won.

“Hello” by Lionel Ritchie

Stop rolling your eyes. I like this song because it’s in the relative minor to C major. It was easy to play on the piano and it was the first piece of music I performed chordal analysis on. In other words, I deconstructed it. LOL. I’ve had a long-standing love affair with Lionel, though. I first fell in love with his voice when he was part of the Commodores. I’d be at a middle school dance (because, apparently, I enjoyed that type of torture at the time–or it was socially expected and I conformed) and I’d be standing by the wall letting Lionel’s voice wash over me, because gods know I wasn’t popular enough to have a boy ask me to dance.

“Rock Lobster” by the B-52s

No lie. The B-52s were my introduction to Punk/New Wave. I remember being in my friend’s basement and we put on her sister’s album and I seriously adored this song. It was the beginning of a love affair with the musical genre. I’m still a huge fan of Siouxie and the Banshees, Devo, Talking Heads, and every damn soundtrack to a John Hughes Brat Pack flick ever.


Soundtrack from Grease 

Yes. This is the entire soundtrack. You’re welcome.

We had this on 8-track. I’m pretty sure we wore it out.

The Best of Ricky Nelson…or something like that.

We also had this on 8-track. There were two tapes, and my sister liked the ‘pink’ Ricky Nelson and I liked the ‘blue’ one. This was what we listened to when our family drove to Florida. That’s 24 hours in the car, folks. Okay, we may have had the Grease soundtrack, too, but I think that came after.

I could keep going all day on this, but there are other people to check out! See what songs/music they’re talking about.

Bronwyn  | Kris  |  Paige  |  Gwen



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    Gwen Cease

    May 17, 2017

    I love Rock Lobster!! I have a lot of B-52 songs on my MP3 player now. Grease is another great one. My cousin and I went to see it when they released it for the, I think, 25th anniversary. We sang every song.

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      May 19, 2017

      Oh, Gwen. I think we’re kindred spirits <3

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    Bronwyn Green

    May 17, 2017

    We played Birdland in marching band, too. 🙂

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      May 19, 2017

      Birdland is…epic. Really. I’m sad my son hasn’t played it yet. Although, the percussion part isn’t nearly as interesting unless on bells.

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    May 17, 2017

    how did I forget GREASE! I saw that movie like 20 times in the actual theatre. And more times at a Drive-in God, I miss Drive-ins. And Sergio Mendes…. I can still sing some of those lyrics. Along with Rock Lobster, and we all know every word of Hello, Yes, we do, some just won’t admit it. And I freaking love Sting. Not sure why he wasn’t on the Childhood list, too. He’s amazing in concert.

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      May 19, 2017

      I could’ve gone on…and on…and on. I saw Grease and Xanadu at the drive-in. Both my parents as well as my sister fell asleep and missed most of the ELO goodness that was Xanadu.