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December 11, 2009

What was your very first favorite song?

Do you remember the very first song you were fixated with? Think way back -- waaaaay back to when you were a little kid.

What was the first song you played over and over and over again?

For me, it was "All I Need is a Miracle" by Mike + The Mechanics. I hope I'm not dating myself here. I was a little kid, and I had a little record player that spun 45s. I'm not sure where I got my hands on the single, but I had it, and I played it to death ...

This morning, I sat down and listened to the song from start to finish for the first time in more than 10 years. I was surprised at how well it holds up, almost 25 years after it was released. "All I Need is a Miracle" was never a huge pop smash, but it's a solid pop song, through and through. 

Mike + the Mechanics are probably best known for the single "The Living Years," which still sends shivers up my spine when I listen to it. But "All I Need is a Miracle" will always have a special place in my heart.

What about you?

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:28 AM | | Comments (52)
Categories: Random stuff


Day by Day - The Hooters

On Cassette

Billy Joel's "Still Rock n Roll to me" on Vinyl LP "Glass Houses".

sam, i totally remember that song. that and "don't pay the ferryman" by chris de burgh

You are dating yourself. But, yes, all I need is a miracle is awesome.

Mine is "Rough Boy" by ZZ Top.

I'll just be hanging my head in shame for the rest of the day.

"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" -- Tony Orlando and Dawn

"Shadow Dancing" by Andy Gibb.
I think I was a tween-ager at the time...
I played the 45 on a record player... my brother threatened to bust that thing in the street after like the billionth time I played it.
I could live without ever hearing it again.

Life is a Highway by Tom Cochrane... I was 11, and I recorded it off the radio onto a tape. As a kid, I would have the tape ready, and have to leap across the room to press record.

Lets twist again - Chubby Checker

Found among the family 45's, Think it's from 1962.

Who can it be now? - Men at Work
bob, What a great underated band The Hooters were. "And we Danced" one of my all time favorites.

I was torn between Convoy by CW McCall and Bad, Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce. No connection to any of my later musical tastes, but at 10 I couldn't get enough.

"Rock Around the Clock" Bill Haily and the Comets... I'm not "dating myself" Just the virtues of "oldies" radio when i was little.

"Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" on 45

"It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock.

I still love that song to this day.

Cheap Trick's "The Flame"...

Sure, it's a ballad... but it will always be a favorite song and one of three slow songs I actually enjoy.

that i can remember? Cherish by Madonna. Second grade. Loooooved it!

Birdhouse in your soul by They Might Be Giants

My parents swear up and down it was Blondie's "Heart of Glass."

I tend to believe them, as I still have a scar on my forehead from when I smacked my head into the record cabinet when I was dancing around at the age of 4.

My dad had (still has) an amazing collection of albums and reel-to-reel tapes that he played while we ate dinner or entertained company. Everything from War to Stevie Wonder to Seals and Crofts! At some point, my brothers and I claimed his collection of The Beatles albums for our Fisher Price record player: 1962–1966 (The Red Album), 1967–1970 (The Blue Album), and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. While we wore out The Red Album first, I remember being 8 or 9 and walking around the house singing "Let it Be" from The Blue Album (and eponymous). It is still one of my favorite songs.

way over yonder- carole king

WAIT WAIT NO... 'Take on me"- A-ha

Back in the High Life by Steve Winwood. Still a song I put on secretly to raise my spirits and bring me back to simpler times.

Well, let's see, I'd have to break it down by genre:
Children's song: Sidewalks of New York
Classical: Last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony
Jazz: Charlie Barnet's "Cherokee"
Rock: Dakota's "If It Takes All Night" and Boston's "More Than a Feeling"
Folk: Kingston Trio, various albums/tracks
Scots folk: Battlefield Band's "Celtic Hotel" album
Folk rock: Fairport Convention's "Matty Groves"
I could keep going: Japanese J-pop, French-Canadian, Middle Eastern, fusion......

The Beatles' "Paperback Writer," which at the time I thought was "Paper by Cardin."

"Leader of the Band," Dan Fogelberg. Fogelberg was my first concert, too!

Man, I loved that Mike + the Mechanics album when it came out, though!

"Cum on Feel the Noize" - Quiet Riot

I kid you not.

"Will You Be There?" The Michael Jackson song from the Free Willy Soundtrack. I would never admit that in person, though.

My mom loved disco, so probably something off one of her many mix tapes, which she'd play in the car every time we drove anywhere -- "Knock on Wood" by Amii Stewart always stands out.

The first song I actually *owned*, though? That was one of the novelty songs like "Eat It" by Weird Al Yankovic, or "Rappin' Duke" or "The Curly Shuffle." My culture knows no bounds.

A Day in the Life - The Beatles
Telephone Line - ELO
Another Saturday Night - Sam Cooke

All these songs were taught to me by my cousins while spending the summer in OC when I was six. Looking back I must've been the weirdest kid on the boardwalk belting out, "It's a Saturday Night and I ain't got no-body, I just got some money cause I just got paid..." then again, it is OC so maybe not...

"she drives me crazy" by fine young cannibals. i remember i heard it on sesame street and thought it was amazing. to this day, it holds soft spot in my heart :)

Puff the Magic Dragon
(a portent of the future)

Van Halen "Jump." I had it on a 45 & would play it on a fisher price record player, usually reserved for "play + read" books.

Mr. Roboto - STYX
It's incredible. On my iPhone right now.

Judy in Disguise - John Fred and the Playboy Band

Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle.

Yeah, I'm that badass. J/K. Could I have picked a girlier song?

The songs that bring me back to my childhood are:
I'm not Lisa
Seasons in the Sun
Teddy Bear
Last Game of the Season and (One More Year of) Daddy's Little Girl.

The Kinks L-O-L-A Lola!!!

Jump - Van Halen

When I was around 3, my mom used to have to work on some weekend days. Those days it was me and my Dad, and he would usually take me to the park after feeding me a hot dog cut up with a dot of ketchup on each bite. I remember the 8 track in the car playing "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas and the Papas, and I can see the inside of his Chevy Nova with late afternoon light streaming through the trees every time I hear it.

I hit post too soon...I also had 'Convoy' by C.W. McCall and the "Theme from 'The Dukes of Hazzard' (Good Ol' Boys)" by Waylon Jennings (AKA "The Balladeer").

Probably Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered". I had a California Raisins VHS tape I would watch and loved it when that song came on. The tape was eventually warped due to excessive playing... the late, great, Del Shannon.

Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode. Made me want to learn how to play guitar. After a few years of air/broom guitar around the age of 9, I moved on to the real thing.

Boy,can't limit it to one,have to do a top Madison,Seasons In The Sun was an alltime favorite,our senior prom song.I'm not Lisa,by Jessi Colter,mught be my all time favorite,All Cried Out by Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam,She's Out of My Life by Michael Jackson and Finally last but not least Bridge Over Troubled Waters.However,I wore that Mike and the Mechanic's tape out and finaaly have it on CD.And honorable mention goes to Holding Back the Years by Simply Red and If You Don't Know Me by Now by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes,and Let's Just Kiss and Say Goodbye by the Manhattans.Still have almost all of them in pristine condition on 45's,lol.

By the way,always liked the Hooters,and even learned how to play one of those melodians I think they were called.Still have one.Weren't they a Philly band?Anything by Hootie and the Blowfish was great too,glad to see Darius Rucker doing good in country.

American Pie by Don Mclean.

Mine was "Wendy" by the Association. I wanted to change my name to Wendy at the time. I still love that song.

I just went and "dated myself" in the other room.

Thanks guys.

I remember hearing the Kink's song Lola on AM radio when I was in elementary school. Given the level of censorship at that time I can't believe it got widespread radio play.

I'm a music ho, I can't remember ever having a real favorite.

Mmm, Sushigirl, for some reason I want a cherry cola now, C-O-L-A cola.

1976 - Aerosmith - Train Kept A Rollin' All Night Long.

Dancin' on the ceiling - Lionel Ritchie (on vinyl baby!)

Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown. I was a big Jim Croce fan as a little kid. Him and the Rolling Stones, because my older brothers played them a lot.

I'm going to have to say Saturday Night by The Bay City Rollers. It was the first 45 I bought with my own money (99 cents all in pennies. I'm sure the salesperson LOVED me.) and I had pictures of them plastered all over my wall from 16 Magazine.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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