This is the first in a series I like to call All Purpose Playlist. I am a huge music lover and it's one of my favorite things to discuss with people so this new series brings me great joy. Each playlist will be a carefully curated mix of a particular genre, mood, or style that is truly special music to me. And to commemorate the first of many, I thought it only fitting to share with you my favorite music of the 70's (and maybe late 60's).
I grew up listening to music from this era because my parents did, mostly my dad. I think that's one of the biggest reasons this music has always stayed with me. It conjures up moments of my childhood. On the weekends when I was a kid, my dad and I used to go visit my grandparents who lived about 40 minutes away. We'd ride in his big red GMC and listen to songs of the 70's, the stuff he grew up with. I can't listen to The Eagles or Peter Frampton without thinking of him or being reminded of those drives. The Beatles Anthology 3 was my very first CD, which, in retrospect, must've seemed odd to my friends who were busy being entertained by the musical abilities of Britney Spears, but I didn't care. And I thought I was about the coolest 11 year old around, knowing every word to Rocky Raccoon. The Beatles will always have a special place in my heart. Last year, my mom, dad, sister, and I all went and saw Fleetwood Mac together. It was, without question, one of the best concerts I've ever experienced. I know I'm stating the obvious here, but Stevie is even more incredible in person.
Deeper than just nostalgia, though, this era of music really resonates with me. You know when you hear a song that you just connect with, on a soulful level? Like it really speaks to you and you are feeling the music, not merely listening? Music of the 70's does that for me. And if I could choose to live in a different time, the 70's win hands-down. So, here are a few of my absolute favorites, hand-selected for you.