[M.M.X.I.V. 80] Change it!

Like other times, this is a response to a Daily Prompt, a day after the actual prompt appeared in my Reader.  When I was growing up in Fort Dodge, honestly I don’t have too many memories of music directly.  However, I did play the piano, so I got some experience with pure instrumental music.  This was also true since I got used to game show theme songs, some of the classical music that was played in some Looney Tunes/Tom & Jerry, and of course, the smooth jazz played during the local forecasts on The Weather Channel.

If I would listen to the radio, it was Star 102.5 (KSTZ Des Moines) which played the “adult contemporary” format–70’s, 80’s, and today (i.e. 90’s).  I seemed partial to most of the songs, although nothing really stuck out then.  Electronic and dance music from the 90’s somewhat stood out, particularly at Hollingsworth Studio and the bowling alley.

Once we moved to Lincoln, my musical tastes diverged from my siblings’.  They liked the new songs from the late 90’s, and I started to dislike them, whether due to sheer repetition on 102.7 (KFRX Lincoln), a Top 40 station in Lincoln, or just that I didn’t like the way they sounded.  Some particular songs which always got my goat were “Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia, “No Scrubs” by TLC, or “Genie In A Bottle” by Christina Aguilera.  My preferences were still the 70’s and 80’s, so I started listening to The Eagle (92.9 KTGL Lincoln/Beatrice).

The radio therefore became a virtual battle between my siblings (then ages 7, 9, 9) and me (age 11)–jockeying for the control of it, and adamant “Keep it!/Change it!” requests to Mom on the first song heard that anyone didn’t like (and usually, at least one of the other siblings did like it).  These radio battles were often on car rides.

In fact, one of them works very well with this post number!  For my 11th birthday, we went to Fort Dodge to celebrate the fourth of July, and stayed at a family-friend’s house.  On the fifth, we headed back toward Lincoln, wanting to go into western Iowa en route in order to go to Uncle Jack’s place, but the roads were impassable due to rain.

When we got to Interstate 80, we rode in the van while watching the flooded countryside.  The radio was very irksome, as we could not seem to find a station that was not playing “Torn.”  As soon as I heard the first chord, I adamantly shouted, “Change it!!” and Mom and Dad accepted my request over my siblings’, given the sheer repetition of that song.  We found a classic rock station for a little while.

(Why did I despise “Torn” so much?  In addition to not caring much for the song itself, it got really popular near April 29, 1998.  That was one of only two days during my scholastic career in Lincoln that I missed due to illness–suffered from a 24-hour bug that day.  Therefore, there is that association whenever the song plays…)

These radio battles occasionally happen when my siblings get together again, although this time in the case of personal MP3s that are playing aloud.  Often when preparing for our ערב קריסמס (Erev Christmas) party.  My varied mix often draws jeers when Hebrew songs start playing, and some of the video game background music do not resonate well with my sisters.

But, I feel that my upbringing has allowed me to appreciate a wide variety of music.  If you have read some of my “Musical Memories Shuffle” posts, you see the wide variety of music that I have on my MP3 player (i.e. like).

Actually, maybe that is how I will prompt myself during M.A.P.L.E. this year… shuffle my MP3 player and take the nth song to give a suggestion each day.  We’ll see if that comes through.


Today is the eightieth day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes eleven weeks and three days.

Yesterday’s Daily Prompt was as follows:

What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?”

And here are other posts that address this prompt:

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  2. Rhythm | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. Music, Food and a Dash of Wild | Rose-tinted Rambles
  4. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo- How a Song Could Brings Back Beautiful Memories | Journeyman
  5. Hey, Hey Good Lookin’ & Divine Providence | The Jittery Goat
  6. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  7. A Whole Other Selection | Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | likereadingontrains
  8. Great Music Never Dies | Musings | WANGSGARD
  9. My Musical Memory Set List (Volume Two) | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  10. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves… | seikaiha’s blah-blah-blah
  11. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves KISS | My Outlook on the World
  12. punk | yi-ching lin photography
  13. A Taste Of Honey | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  14. Sabbatical Songs: growing up in Oxford | ALIEN AURA’S BlOG: IT’LL BLOW YOUR MIND!
  15. One Crazy Mom » Growing Up With Music
  16. Papa Loves Dylan | The Magic Black Book
  17. To Run in a Dream | The Nameless One
  18. Hats, spurs and belts | Kate Murray
  19. The One That Could Have Been [Ndifreke’s Story] | She Writes
  20. Songs Of Yesterday | Awake & Dreaming
  21. Wednesday’s Run | Oldman
  22. A Dream: An Open Letter to Air Supply | Kosher Adobo
  23. Punk | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  24. Will The Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up?! | Life Confusions
  25. 281. Hee Haw and Soap Bubbles | Barely Right of Center
  26. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | Basically Beyond Basic
  27. Do The Diversity Dance. | Asta’s Space
  28. The Greatest Generation Had The Best Music | Just Visiting This Planet
  29. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | A Mixed Bag
  30. Minutely Infinite | Rewinding the mixtape
  31. Let’s Not Go to the Beach | Green Embers
  32. My Score ::E.N.Howie’s Motivational Moments
  34. The Origin of My Musical Taste | wisskko’s blog
  35. Girls’ Studies: Oh, How I Miss the Mix Tape | The Bookshelf of Emily J.
  36. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | MythRider
  37. “Papa Loves Mambo” | Relax
  38. the music man | eastelmhurst.a.go.go
  39. Daily Prompt:Papa Loves Mambo | Love your dog
  40. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo « cognitive reflection
  41. Music – A Flash Fiction | My Little Avalon
  42. “My generation”…when did I grow up? | Brandtastic’s daily ramblings
  43. Forgotten Music | Flowers and Breezes
  44. We Forgot How To Music | Knowledge Addiction
  45. Daily Prompt: The Music of Yesteryear | Rolbos ©
  46. DP Daily Prompt : PAPA LOVES MAMBO | Sabethville
  47. Momma loved country! | Active Army Wife
  48. Songs of the Heart | snapshotsofawanderingheart
  49. From Classical to Pop, 20.03.14 | Markie’s Daily Blog
  50. Ain’t nothing but a Hound | Secrets from the Hound Cave!
  51. Mama Loves Mambo: Daily Post | Destino
  52. Daily Prompt: Music became my coping mechanism. | Willow Blackbird
  53. I Love A Little Bit Of Mambo | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  54. Life is Hard
  55. Among the Whispers
  56. Mama Can’t Rap | (Don’t Be) Too Timid and Squeamish
  57. Growing up to Moms Music | mskirian
  58. Music in the house | Emovere
  59. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  60. Daily Prompt: Papa Love Mambo | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  61. Music Is What Life Sounds Like | westlifebunny
  62. Blame It On The Bluegrass | Cass’s Useless Opinions
  63. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | MARGARET ROSE STRINGER
  64. Living to a different beat | Tales of a slightly stressed Mother!
  65. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | GoKittenGo
  66. Daily Prompt: Music To My Ears | Morrighan’s Muse
  67. Music Moves Me | Step Into My Head
  68. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo « LIVING WITH MY ANCESTORS
  69. Papa loves Mambo | fromdublintoparis
  70. Manly music | Trucker Turning Write
  71. The Fabric of Music | In So Many Words
  72. Music! | My Author-itis
  73. B.Kaotic
  74. Days Of Music Passed | Edward Hotspur
  75. Daily Prompt challenge: What music played in your home growing up and what effect did it have on your music taste? | A cup of noodle soup
  76. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo | That Montreal Girl
  77. Music In My Life | 365 Days of Thank You
  78. Is your playlist up-to-date? | Random & Real
  79. My Fab Four. | Simple Heart Girl
  80. Playing Second Fiddle | Wiley’s Wisdom
  81. Daily Prompt: Mainly Country but also quite eclectic. | cockatooscreeching
  82. A Sinfonietta of Five | When the Door Closes
  83. Papa Loves Mambo | Laughing Through Life
  84. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo – Sound of Music | SA:ME (사메)
  85. Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo but Mama – Mama is a Different Story – Mama is a Big Bands Kinda Gal | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  86. The Breakfast Soundtrack – Compass & Quill
  87. Friday, I’m In Love! | Hey, Miss Adventures!
  88. Earth, Wind &…Mariah? (The Daily Post: Papa Loves Mambo) | The Polka Dot Penguin
  89. Records My Parents Played | Polymathically
  90. Papa Loves Mambo (Not really) | Alexia Jones
  91. Papa Loves Mambo | reyoflight

5 thoughts on “[M.M.X.I.V. 80] Change it!

    • Thanks, Ali! Indeed, an eclectic and diverse taste in music leads to good times in almost any situation.

      Faster songs for exercise or fun things, slower songs for thinking or sadder situations, and perhaps even times when the song is incongruent with the situation.


  1. That was a trip! I could relate well with that dislike for “Torn”. It’s not really a bad song. Natalie’s version is actually good–it’s just that I too got sick of hearing her cover of it. My house was safe but the rest of the neighborhood and school was like a minefield: you’d never know when someone would burst into song.


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