This Thing Called Love…

Glossy_HeartIt’s February.  Everyone’s focused on that day next week…you know…The Love Day.  Valentines.  Grins.

I love my hubby.  He’s a darling man.  He is both fierce and kind, as well as funny and joyful.  He’s got a core of integrity that is, quite simply, unshakeable.  I not only love him, I respect him, and am in considerable awe of his business acumen.  (I won’t even go into all the *wink, wink* OTHER *wink, wink* reasons I adore him.  Grins.)

That said, I was trying to figure out what the heck to do for the man for Valentines.

He’s kinda impossible to buy for.  He doesn’t wear watches or jewelry.  He doesn’t smoke cigars or drink whiskey.  He’s not a “car guy” or anything of that nature.  He likes golf, but isn’t a “I have to go play golf NOW” kinda guy.  The sports he does play don’t lend themselves to gifts – baseball, basketball, etc.  Grins.

So, having given it some serious pondering, I decided that, as a Valentine’s present to us both, we’d get a baby sitter, and we’d go in March to see Gaelic Storm with some friends.  Thinking about all that and getting tickets to it, led me down memory lane.

Hubby and I started dating not long after I moved to DC.  One of our first dates was a Bonnie Raitt concert.BonnieRaitt-TheBonnieRaittCollectio

I love Bonnie Raitt.  Love her music, love her style, love her sense of the wry and unpredictable.  Love hearing her play the Blues as well as her peppier, happier hits.  Love, love, love.  Do you remember this song? Thing Called Love?  The video for it features a delicously young Dennis Quaid.  Oh, my, fan me now!  Grins.

First time hubby and I danced together was on the grass at the then-Nissan Pavillion outdoor amphitheater (now the idiotically named Jiffy Lube Pavillion) to Thing Called Love at that Bonnie Raitt concert.  That song, and Something to Talk About remain two of my favorite songs of all time.  :>

We both love music and concerts.  We don’t go as often as we like, but we have similar taste, so it’s always been fun to go.  When we moved in together, we had so many CDs in common (and albums, and cassettes, and…yes, we’re that old….) that we ended up selling a ton of the duplicates!  Abba.  The Doors.  Mary Chapin Carpenter.  Black Sabbath.  Crosby Stills Nash and Young.  Neil Young by himself.  Squirrel Nut Zippers.  Allison Krause.  Roy Orbison.  And the aforementioned Bonnie Raitt.

CDsWe diverged some, of course.  He likes some things I don’t and vice versa.  My Eldest and I really like Hip Hop.  Hubby isn’t so fond.  He doesn’t like Country as much as I do.  I don’t like Frank Sinatra as much as he does.

But, like most couples, we’ve introduced one another to music we wouldn’t have otherwise “met.”  For instance, another concert we went to while dating was Eddie From Ohio, also known as EFO.  This is a band that has a HUGE cult following, but has never gone “big” or “mainstream.”  They don’t want to.  (By the way, they are not from Ohio, they’re from Virginia.  And no one in the band is named Eddie…long, funny story there…)

I’d never heard of them.

Now, they are among my absolute favorites, thanks to their snarky, funny songs (Tommy the CanExican, the Vancouver dwelling Mexican), their songs that make you remember being a gawky adolescent (One Thousand Sarah’s), and their rollicking, black-humored songs about getting shot in the head (Tom Burleigh’s Dead)

Then there’s the one about it being a Great Day…   I like Gospel music.  He’s, again, not so fond.  Grins.  This one, however, cracks us BOTH up, and kinda sums up how we feel.CrosbyStillsNashYoungCSNY-1

Another great concert we went to together was not long after we were married.  I was about 7 months pregnant with Eldest Son.  We went to a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young concert. It was a Reunion Tour kind of thing.  It didn’t matter that Graham Nash had lost a bit of the high register, and Neil Young was a bit surly, it was one of the most rockin’ fun, fabulous concerts I’d ever been to.  I love so many of their songs, and to see them together again?  OMGosh.

I’d been waaaaay too young to see a concert when they were in their prime, but since I have older sibs, I knew the music very well.  One of the funniest things was that Eldest Son was loving the concert too.  Grins.  He was bouncing around in there, keeping time to the music.

Then Neil Young sang solo.  It was as if he stopped in either awe or puzzlement, because every time Neil Young sang, the baby would stop moving.  When Neil Young was done, and another song would start, he’d start rockin’ and rollin’ again.  Grins.  Cracked us up.  (And Eldest has grown into a big music fan, so…)

SweenyTogether Hubby and I saw Bruce Springsteen, The National Symphony Orchestra, Man of La Mancha, Sweeney Todd (bwahahah), and Boys II Men and so many, many more.  We saw concerts and plays and symphonies.

With the kids growing up, sports is much more prominent in our weekends and free time these days, but music is on in some form or another in our house, every day.  Music is one of those things that we love and share and have around us to make us happy.

Just like my relationship with my darling husband, I’ve loved sharing so many things with my most excellent Bandits and Buddies.  Music.  Puns.  Laughs.  Tears.   some of the funniest, most delightful times over the last eight years have been hanging out with y’all.  I credit Caren with introducing me to Skillet and so many other great bands.  Helen reminded me how much I enjoy Rod Stewart.  Some of the comments on blogs about music have introduced me to FABULOUS artists from around the world.  (Thanks, Minna!)

As so many things with the Bandits, it’s brought me a great deal of happiness, learning, experiencing, and joy.birchmere_entrance

So, do you and your significant other, or BFF share a special song?

What’s your favorite kind of music?

When it comes to music, what’s your favorite decade?

What song would you use to describe the Bandits?  (I think this one might do… Ha!   or perhaps this one… Snork! )

Okay…have to ask….do you like Hip Hop?

Grins!  Let’s DANCE!!!

(Photos are either from my personal collection or from Yahoo Images or free clipart)



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  • Jane says:

    Hello Jeanne,
    I am a hip hop/rap fan. I really like Jay Z, Tupac, Wu Tang and Mobb Deep. I’m also a rock fan. My favorites include Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Foo Fighters. I can’t choose between 80s and 90s music. Both decades were filled with so many great songs. Maybe Uptown Funk can be the current Bandits song.

  • flchen1 says:

    How fun, Jeanne! I don’t think DH and I share a special song… we do listen to a variety, him even more so than me, mainly because often if I’m working, I prefer silence 😉

    I don’t have a favorite–I’m clearly a child of the 80s, because that’s my favorite decade! And classical is probably second. We do both also tend to enjoy musicals, but less so operas…

    And hip hop? In smallish doses!

    As for a song for the Bandits? How about Sister Sledge’s classic:

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Fedora! Heehee, YES! Sister Sledge is an awesome song for both Bandits and Buddies! Grins. (Altho the Coconuts song works too…)

      Being an ’80’s chick, pretty much, I happen to love most of that decade, although I love a lot of the ’70’s music too.

      Ironically, I love a lot of the guy-singers b/c I sing in a lower range, so most of the women are too high for me to sing along. Grins. Hubby thinks thats funny, for some reason.

    • Cassondra says:

      Oh, I LOVE that for the Bandits Fedora! Good one!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Perfect, Fedora. We do feel just like one big family, don’t we?

      I think music lovers do tend to like the music that was popular when they were in their teens or early twenties. My decade goes way, way back.

  • Helen says:


    Hubby and I too love our music and have been going to concerts for many years and have seen many bands from The Bee Gees Rod Stewart The Eagles Slade Sweet so many actually we are going to The Eagles in about 3 weeks on March 4th and we have tickets for Rod Stewart on April 1st and that night we will be staying in The City as it is my birthday and anniversary the next day 🙂 oh and how we love Neil Young Harvest is such an awesome album and I still have the LP record as well as it on CD but sadly we have never seen him or Crosby Stills Nash and Young in concert.
    We do like a big variety of music and our song is Tonight’s The Night by yep Rod Stewart and for us probably music from the 70’s is our favourite.

    A song fro the Bandits perhaps Helen Reddy’s I am Woman 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, that’s a GREAT choice, Helen! I am Woman. Yes, yes we are. Grins.

      I too love the Harvest album. What a unique talent Neil Young is. And so memorable. I can pick up the lyric on a Neil Young song almost the moment it comes on. Haunting, sometimes. Grins.

      Happy Anniversary and Birthday a bit early. LOVE that you’re going to Eagles. They are so good, aren’t they? Again, with Eagles, I can pick up the lyric within a few bars of the music starting. Ha! Name that tune…

    • Cassondra says:

      Good choice Helen! I’m jealous that you get to see the Eagles live. Yup. I’m green. I really wanna hear Seven Bridges Road live at least once. All my years working in the music industry, I’ve never seen that group play live. Don Henley? Yes. I’ve seen him a few times with just him on stage. But The Eagles? That’s on my bucket list.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Helen! You are so lucky. Can I sneak in your handbag and go see Rod Stewart with you? Giggle.

      • Amy Conley says:

        Jo, I saw Rod Stewart several years ago and took my daughter with me. She was maybe 25 at the time and her exact words were, “I’d do him in a heartbeat.” And he’s in his 60’s now and still feels the same way. 😉

  • Amy Conley says:

    Yes, we have a special song, FEELS SO RIGHT by Alabama.
    I love all sorts of music, but hubby can’t stand tk listen to “Goat Ropin Music” as he so fondly calls Country music. The weird thing about that is many of his favorjte female singers, sing country music. Personally hip-hop is what I can’t get. Which is funny because my cousin sings and writez hip-hoop (Nathan Sylak on you tubeb. He’s also done music for different tv shows.Do you have ANY idea what someone gets paid to write/sing a song for television? Let’s just say A LOT!)

    • Amy Conley says:

      And my decade would be 70’s-80’s. First concert I went to was THE EAGLES In 1974. I was 14. KISS and RUSH used to open for almost everyone who came here.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      *Pssst* does hubby know that in some circles, Alabama is considered a “country” band? Grins. Mostly Rock, but…

      Had to LOL about goat-ropin’ music. I had a friend who felt like that. She turned up her nose at my playlist. Her loss. Heehee.

      Oh, man, if you’ve seen KISS in concert, I am jealous.

      • Cassondra says:

        WUT? Alabama IS a country band. *squints at Jeanne* ;0)

      • Amy Conley says:

        Hubby being younger and raised in a home where music didn’t mean much, he never saw KISS either. He gave up seeing them to take me out instead.
        We were both at THE BABYS and ALICE COOPER, but that was before we knew each other. That was also before you had to sit in a seat. Hubby was sitting down, while I was sharing a beer in front of the stage with a very drunk John Waite. That’s where I always was, right in front. My gf and I used to sit on the speakers when we saw KISS.

    • Cassondra says:

      Ah, Amy….your hubby likes country music. He just likes the country that moved toward soft rock in the 80s. Alabama hit big with that sound. Have you heard Brad Paisley’s tribute to them…Listenin’ to old Alabama? It’s a great song, and they recorded it with him.

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        Hey I know it’s country and YOU know it’s country, but…


        Gotta go get that song!

      • Amy Conley says:

        That’s one I need to look up. And I totally agree, the country of the ’80’s til now is more soft rock. Although acter watching Miranda Lambert on the Grammy’s last night, I’d zwear she’s heading to hard rock with just a southern accent.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      My husband loves Alabama. Anything with a lot of deep male voices he goes for. I was playing Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” for him, and although he liked it, he said Smith sounded like a girl. Silly man.

  • Laurie G says:

    I’ve seen Loggins and Messina, Jethro Tull, Tommy James & the Shondells, The Buckinghams, REO Speedwagon, Speeris and Voudouris, Chickeria ( German band), and Ricky Nelson. We tried to see John Prine but we were rained out. ( My husband is a fan of his.)

    I like classic rock 60’s and 70’s and alternative music. I love Eric Clapton and the Moody Blues. I like The Beatles, Bon Jovi and The Beach Boys. I like musicals especially Phantom of the Opera, Rent, Across the Universe and Camelot and classical music especially Mosart. More recently I like the popular ballad songs of John Legend. I like Ed Sheeran, Mr Probz, Phillip Phillips and Passenger.

    My husband and my song was Love Song -Loggins and Messina from their Full Sail album.

    Love Song lyrics:

    There’s a wren in a willow wood
    Flies so high and sings so good
    And he brings to you what he sings to you
    Like my brother, the wren and I
    Well, he told me if I try, I could fly for you
    And I wanna try for you ’cause

    I wanna sing you a love song
    I wanna rock you in my arms all night long
    I wanna get to know you
    I wanna show you the peaceful feelin’ of my home

    Summer thunder on moon-bright days
    Northern lights and skies ablaze
    And I bring to you, lover, when I sing to you
    Silver wings in a fiery sky
    Show the trail of my love and I
    Sing to you, love is what I bring to you
    And I wanna sing to you, oh

    I wanna sing you a love song
    I wanna rock you in my arms all night long
    I wanna get to know you
    I wanna show you the peaceful feelin’ of my home

    I wanna sing you a love song
    I wanna rock you in my arms all night long
    I wanna get to know you
    I wanna show you the peaceful feelin’ of my home.

    I’m not a Hip Hop fan and country I take in very small doses.

    Song for the Banditas

    Zydeco music or some reggae Bob Marley hits!

  • Deb says:

    Hi, Jeanne! My husband and I pretty much have the same taste in music. We both like 60s music and today’s country (which is like easy listening of the 70s and 80s). He, however, liked the head-banging-heavy-metal junk (okay, crap) from the 70s. Seriously, he spent money to go to those concerts? I’ve been to several concerts, but some of the same artists 4 times or so. Huey Lewis and The News, Bryan Adams, many Osmonds, many Trace Adkins, and one of the best, John Denver, just a few years before his death. I also like good, resounding church hymns; I have many fave hymns.

    Speaking of John Denver, my daughter had to look up a song from the Vietnam War era for Civics, so she remembered I liked JD. Of course, the picture that came up had her in fits of giggles.

    My husband and I have a song; Trace Adkins’ “The Rest of Mine”. I recorded it three days before our wedding because I knew I wouldn’t be able to sing it “live”, and had it played during the lighting of the candles.

    The music my daughter listens to…yuck! I don’t like Hip Hop.

    • Deb says:

      I still love to listen to The Carpenters, REO, JD, Chicago….

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Heehee. Snorking over the John Denver and the hip-hop bit. Ha!

      Love that you sang a song for your wedding! That’s cool. I love Bryan Adams, and Trace Adkins. Grins.

    • Cassondra says:

      Deb, was Huey Lewis good in concert? He was one of my favorites when he was still a hitmaker.

      • Deb says:

        Bryan Adams was the headliner for Huey Lewis. He and the News came out in sunglasses and beards as backup singers for the last few songs; it took the audience awhile to figure it out. Yes, that concert was really good.
        We liked Trace Adkins when he headlined for Brooks and Dunn and again for Alan Jackson.
        John Denver’s music was melodic, and the prose of the lyrics was simple and beautiful, I think.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I remember crying when John Denver was killed in that plane crash, Deb. I listened to his music during my pregnancies, and while some people say he’s too country, I love his songs.

      • Cassondra says:

        I cried too, Jo. Of course, I was listening to all kinds of country then, but to me he was pop/folk…I think it’s all where your “norm” lies. But what I loved was his gorgeous songs. The beautiful lyrics and pretty melodies. He was one of the few who’ve made it really big who came out of the folk festival circuit, but he was a little later, and his music a little more mainstream. I’ve been a John Denver fan since I was a little girl.

      • Jeanne Adams says:

        I always loved John Denver too. I thought he had an elegant way with words and such a smooooooth voice. Grins.

  • catslady says:

    Good timing – I’m going to a Garth Brooks concert tonight. I missed his last tour but I hear this is a great one. My first concert was to be Simon and Garfunkle with my boyfriend (now husband) but we had a snowstorm. I lived further away so he went with a friend – never forgave him for that one although I did get to see them two more times lol. The Yes was my first concert. I’ve seen Elvis Presley too!!! Also Yanni a couple of times, Barry Manilow, Trans Siberian Orchestra and I’m sure I’m missing some.

    My husband and I do have a song – Never my Love by The Association and they still play it on the radio. Most of the groups we love were the late ’60’s, 70’s and early 80’s.

    Garth has a new song which I think would be great for the Banditas – People Loving People!

  • Cassondra says:

    Jeanne, you know I love music, so I love this blog.

    So cool that your oldest boy had music preferences even in the womb.

    I have written hip hop, but I don’t particularly enjoy listening to it, though I have great admiration for the artists who can freestyle rap. That’s a gift, and they are, to some degree, channeling I think. It’s amazing. They just get in a zone and “flow”. I once wrote a hip hop song with a young man of 12 who could do that. He was considered a prodigy and was my songwriting student at a songcamp. Amazing kid.

    My favorite era is 80s music because the melody and lyric combinations coming out of all the artists were so outstanding–overall the most varied, yet still high quality, non-copycat music I’ve seen in my lifetime or in what I’ve listened to from before my lifetime.
    That said, a friend made me a 90s mix of songs that influenced him, so I could immerse myself in that era for the books I’m writing, and I’m absolutely loving some of this music. I sort of missed rock and pop in that decade because I was so heavily immersed in country–working in that industry at the time. So it’s nice to go back and experience some of the best music of that decade. Including grunge, which is that decade’s personal stamp on lasting musical sounds I think.
    My “favorites” change from one point to another, but I think Michael Jackson was one of the greatest gifts ever sent to us in the form of music, because his talent was so very sweeping. Vocal performance, amazing dance and stage shows, songwriting, and production. He has written a lot of hits for OTHER artists, not just himself, and the hits he had in his lifetime are only a few of the songs he wrote and recorded.
    I’m having an old flame love affair with AC/DC, but that’s been going on for a while now, so it may be permanent.
    I should probably shut up. I could keep typing until I break the blog.
    I think that’s a GREAT gift for Valentine’s day. hard to surprise someone with a job like your hubby’s, as I’m sure you had to check with him on the dates to be certain he wasn’t committed.
    Now I’ve gotta figure out what to get for Steve. We usually do something as a “couple” gift if we do anything other than dinner. The last thing we need is more stuff. *grin*

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I agree, Cassondra. I think Michael Jackson, along with Elvis, are probably two of most wide-ranged talented singers that ever lived.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Yay, to AC/DC. Grins. We’ve been on that train for a long time. Ha!

      I’m with you on Michael Jackson. What an amazing talent.

      And Jo, you’re so right about Elvis. They are actually similar in some ways in that they could write, compose, perform and had a stage presence that was astonishing.

      I knew Michael had written a lot for others, but I don’t really know what or who. :>

      I really liked 90’s music, Cassondra, as it was in the 80’s there were a LOT of individual/interesting creative talents. Some of those are just now getting recognized.

      Hip Hop is just…fascinating to me. The use of the language is often quite erudite, paired with this amazing, gritty street sense. Grins. Some of it is too explitive filled for me, but…

  • Colleen C. says:

    I grew up with my parents always playing the Golden Oldies… I like a variety of music… 50s to modern, folk and classical… just not really into Heavy Metal or Rap… some of my favs are Loreena McKinnett & ENYA.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      LOL, I still love the Golden Oldies, Colleen. My daughter’s youth class is singing at an old folks home and I was trying to help her come up some of those songs that the girls (ages 13-17) wouldn’t be embarrassed to sing.

    • Cassondra says:

      Colleen, I LOVE Loreena McKinnett! I love the rat pack oldies, and have a whole pandora station dedicated to just that. I missed that as a child, and had I gotten to listen to more of it, I think I would have gone that direction musically instead of country and darker rock.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Hey Colleen! I enjoy 50’s music, as Cassondra said, I like the Rat Packers too, altho I don’t want a steady diet of it. Grins.

      I’m a big Loreena McKinnet fan. Grins.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Since the Grammies are tonight, I’ve been listening to Sam Smith and lot to hear what the hullabaloo is about him. I think he’s up to win in 6 categories.

    Also, just discovered the Irish singer Hozier and his “Take Me to Church.”

    Dr. Big’s and my song was John Denver’s “Today” because we were falling in love at the time and the lyrics just seemed to fit us.

    I liked the line “I’ll drink your sweet wine.” Giggle

  • When it comes to popular music I prefer the songs of the 70’s and 80’s.

    I’ve been to some great Eagles concerts, Jimmy Buffet, Metallica (in Germany.) Rush.KISS, Aerosmith, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Alice Cooper, Kansas, ZZ Top. I know I’m forgetting some.

    Of course most of my favorite musicians have been dead for 200 years or more!

    Not a fan of hip hop. For me the “lifestyle” has overshadowed most people’s attempts to make music at it.

    I do love good blues magicians – BB King (saw him in New Orleans. Etta James. Robert Johnson – STILL the greatest blues guitar player in history.

    And I love movie music – soundtracks. Some of the best music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries is being written by composers for movie soundtracks.

    • Cassondra says:

      Louisa, I agree with the hip hop lifestyle really taking away from the music. I can’t abide real rap at all, because the gangsta lyrics are so derogatory toward women.

      And I absolutely agree with you on movie soundtracks. Even some pop songs that have been written specifically for movies, not to even talk about the amazing scores written for Lord of the Rings, Star Wars (Mahler anyone?), Last of the Mohicans….I could go on.

      Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow did two amazing songs JUST for the Practical Magic soundtrack.

    • Jeanne Adams says:

      Oh, you are SO right, Louisa! I adore Hans Zimmer’s music for the Last Samurai, Klaus Badelt’s music for PIrates of the Carribean; and don’t even get me started on the mix-tape joy of Guardians of the Galaxy. Grins.

      Isn’t Jimmy Buffet the bomb in a concert? I’ve never had so much fun passing beach balls and drinkin’ margaritas. Ha!

      You are again, quite correct, about the lifestyle and negative issues surrounding hip-hop overshadowing it’s place in music. Sigh.

      As to blues…omgosh, you’ve got some good ones there. Bonnie Raitt with BB King and Keb Mo and several other bluesmen was fab. Robert Johnson was amazing, wasnt he?