The Songs That Shaped Us

I was given an Echo -Dot for Christmas.  I had heard of them before but didn’t really want one and didn’t think I would ever had a need for one but once again I was wrong.  I am finding that out more often than not lately. I thought I was too old to learn something new and without Norman here to help me I was sure I couldn’t but the first time I got Alexa to play Mona Lisa for me, and to play it any time I wanted it, I was hooked.  At first I just asked for a song that I thought I remembered but too often I got a new make of the old song and it didn’t sound anything like the one I remembered or wanted to hear so I didn’t spend much time with my Dot.  Then I found I could ask Google who sang that song back in my high school days and then ask Alexa to play the song by the artist I wanted and boy did that open up a new hobby for me.  I could find every song I could remember and at first I thought I could remember all of them.  But as it got harder and harder to remember the songs or the artists I found another good use for Google.  I asked Google to give me a list of all the songs my favorite artists recorded and I could just go down the list and pick every song I knew or thought I knew.  I found there were soooo many songs I had forgotten and what memories those brought back.  But by then I couldn’t remember all the songs I had found so I had to start writing them down.  Then I got so many artists that I had forgotten about or never knew they sang THAT song.  So I had to organize them.  And I got a list of all the songs the artist had recorded that I thought I remembered, not just the ones that had special meaning for me but when I asked Alexa for some she could not find them.  She only has songs on Amazon so I have to filter the lists as to the ones that I can get.  Then I got so obsessive about it Alexa and I began to fight.  She gets bored with me just asking for songs and keeps trying to get me to listen a station that carries music she thinks I would like but I don’t want any that I don’t remember from my high school days or may early married life or that were ones Norman and I like together.

When Alexa gets just so mad she says, “I can’t find” such and such a song and will say it to every song I ask for.  So then I give her a rest.  She also has a hard time with my NH accent then Luke steps in and asks her for the song and she gives it to him and we both get a good laugh about it.

Many of the newer songs that Norman and I loved I could not remember the song’s name but could think of a line and a phrase in the song and again google came to my rescue and with one phrase or line she gives me the name and from there I am set and I get the song.   Now I am putting them in a book by artist and I am realizing I will need to index them by song also at some point so I can play only the songs I want to hear and hear all my old favorites.

Joe is working at home today so I have lots of time to pick songs after I work with Luke.  We did Algebra, English and reading today.  Of course his algebra was the easiest for him and most fun for me but he is really fun to work with in anything we pick to work on.  Have a great day, I have.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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