My mom got me into Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons when I was sixteen and solidly in my punk rock phase. I was her plus one to a fundraiser for a music school she was working with, and the highlight of the night was the Four Seasons cover band that brought down the house. After that I promptly checked out a Best of the Four Seasons CD from the library and I was hooked. A child of disco and soft rock, my mom has pretty solid music taste. So, for Mother’s Day I’m interviewing my mom about her favorite songs! She’s an awesome lady, and I hope you love this music as much as I do.
Stand by Me by Ben E. King
Singing along to a song that has a good message just makes me happy.
A Hard Day’s Night by the Beatles
The Beatles! Hard to pick a song because they’re so many, but this one is on my running playlist so it was top of mind.
We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister
Love the attitude. Enough said.
Big Girls Don’t Cry by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
I love the songs of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – there is something about the harmonies they created that makes me want to sing along and dance to their music. This particular song is just a lot of fun.
I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
For starters, it’s a Whitney Houston classic and it really doesn’t get better than this. It’s hard to find someone who matches her pacing and the amazing voice control, then there’s an occasional catch or rasp that draws you in, and THEN she belts. Oh my!
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
Simon & Garfunkel were a little before my time, but I think there’s still a place for the type of folk songs they produced. This one is just a classic.
I Love Rock n Roll by Joan Jett
Raspy Joan Jett. I listened to this song as a teenager. It’s the perfect clean-the-house-go-for-a-run-just-move kind of song.
It all Fades Away by Stephen Pasquale, Bridges of Madison County
I have to include something from Broadway, and this one makes me cry. Stephen Pasquale sings this song from The Bridges of Madison County. He is sick and dying and is looking back on all of the things he did, but nothing compares to the time he spent with the love of his life, but they couldn’t be together. As he sings about everything fading away there’s a chorus where even the words fade and all that’s left is his voice singing AHs. The song tells a story and you’re completely brought along with it.
Doesn’t she have great taste? Every one of these is a classic, and I totally admit that we both have a massive crush on Stephen Pasquale. If you want to listen to the whole playlist, check it out on Spotify below!
Give your mom or mother figure a hug today!