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  1. With Thanksgiving behind us and the December holidays coming up, I'm starting to hear Christmas music on the radio and in some stores. No doubt, many stations and some other stores wait a little longer before beginning to play holiday favorites. What's your preference? Are you already joyously listening to Christmas carrols, etc. whenever you can? Do you avoid them all through the season? Do you enjoy them in small doses or punctuated by more "regular" fare?   In short, what are you/will you be listening to as the holidays approach?
  2. Holiday music is already in the air! Love a fun holiday song, such as "Frosty the Snowman" or "We Wish You a Merry Christmas?" Or is your favorite a religious Christmas hymn, such as "Silent Night?" Or perhaps it's a Hanukkah or Kwanzaa tune? Or just a delightful melody about winter activities, such as sleighrides or ice skating? Or?? Whatever your favorite is/favorites are, please let us know below.   Then again, maybe you love all that holiday music? Or could you honestly do w/o it?   And/or, if you will, do you think some radio stations start playing holiday music too soon? Or do you wish they would begin sooner?   Please feel free to answer as many - or as few - of my questions as you'd like...
  3. What's up w/ today's songs?

    Though I usually listen to "oldies" when I'm by myself, I often hear the latest songs when I'm w/ my DDs  or even my DGC. And I'm wondering about some of the lyrics I'm hearing and how you people think they may/may not affect kids, especially teenagers. There have long since been sexual references in popular music, no doubt. But what's catching my attention is the emphasis on "bodies" and "body type" in so many of the current songs and the apparent lack of any talk of "love." I guess what I'm concerned about is that this can/will add to any sexual pressures teens may already be feeling.   Am I being hopelessly old-fashioned and out-of-touch? Or is this a legitimate concern? What do you think?    
  4. Do you have a favorite "wedding song?" Do you tear up, for example, when you hear the very traditional "Here Comes the Bride?" Or do you respond more to more current romantic numbers, such as "All of Me?"
  5. Got a favorite singer or singing group? Or a favorite male singer and a favorite female singer? Or perhaps one or two faves from among today's singers and one or two from the past? Or ??
  6. So... the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles intro to the American public on the Ed Sullivan Show is coming up, this Sunday! Were you among those who saw that fabled show (if you don't mind "dating" yourself, this way )? If so, what was your reaction, at the time?   Or if you're too young to have seen that show, as it happened, do you know if your parents did? And if they did, what have they told you about it, over the years, if anything? Were they huge Beatle fans or...??   Please feel free to answer any or all of my questions below. And to add any other thoughts you have about the Beatles, popular music, etc...
  7. The British Invasion......Where were you?

    Although I can't seem to remember where I put my glasses these days I do have an acute memory of certain "important" events in my life. I know where I was when President Kennedy was assassinated. I can recall what I was doing "when the lights went out" in 1965 leaving the whole North East in darkness and of course like everyone else I clearly remember the NYC tragedy of 9/11. There is one other event I can add to the list! I remember exactly where I was when the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago this week. I, (like every other pre-teen and teenager in the country) was glued to the old black and white television set in my living room watching history being made before my very eyes. The "British Invasion" was in motion and rock and roll was coming full throttle from England to the U.S.A. and the American youth here were ready and willing to embrace it. Within seconds of seeing the Fab Four aka John, Paul, George and Ringo I knew I was in love; in love with the music, the men, the clothing, the hair styles and the overall package. That Sunday evening 50 years ago the Beatles burst onto the scene and for me they never left. Their influence has been phenomenon for most of my generation and I for one am thrilled that I was here to witness it, (and of course to remember it ) lol