Before we dig into a few other areas, we’re going to work through some of the decades to talk about our favorite song. It’s not always going to be one that might define a decade, but there’s a song from most decades that will just click for us in a lot of different ways. We got our start in the 1950s first but now we’re going into what’s likely going to be a much bigger challenge for people with the 1970s.
One of the things I’ve loved for the past twenty years of being an Sirus/XM subscriber is having the decades channels. I spent a lot of time driving my kids around when they were little and we worked our way across all the decades, introduced them to a lot of music, and talked about a lot of different styles and approaches to music. They may not go back to much of it but it’s very much embedded in them, and it was a great refresher for me.
For the 70s, this is when I was actually alive and had a range of influences hitting on me, playing with 8-tracks, experiencing Xanadu, and then years later working with older folks than mee who had their formative teenage/drug experimentation years in the 70s, which introduced me to a whole other layer of music. This was a period where I would listen to the Supremes but also discover early Rush and deal with disco as well as groups like ELO and Earth, Wind & Fire. Hell, you couldn’t be a kid in the 70s and not be something of a John Denver fan as well with how he was promoted through family entertainment.
There are a lot of things that I really love from this period that’s incredibly diverse, but if there’s a song that just gets me moving and grooving every single time it comes on, it’s Saturday Night by the Bay City Rollers. As a pre-tween, it was the song of promise of what my teenage years were going to be like.