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The music that I associate with my childhood would be elementary nursery rhymes and R&B (Rhythm and blues). The years from birth until the late 1970 I could hear nursery rhymes on television like "The Three Blind Mice", Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider", "The Alphabet Song", "Old McDonald", and "This Old Man". Also I can associate School House Rock with my childhood, song like Conjunction Junction, I'm Just a Bill, Multiplication Rock, and Grammar Rock because on Saturday mornings when cartoons came on those were the songs that played until noon. After the cartoons went off and my mother would start doing her household chores where she would put on some R&B and that's how her day started. She would listen to Earth Wind and Fire, Stephanie Mills, Isaac Hayes; The Commodores just to name a few. When I hear any of these songs I would close my eye and begin to smile and think about that time in my life and what was happening. I can remember one Saturday morning after my mother had finished cleaning the house and all my sibling chores were finished we got into the car and went to the beach. As we headed to the Asbury Park Beach my mother got a new 8 track and it was George Benson "Give me the Night" and now when I hear any song from that track I see all of us headed to the beach all over again. It is funny when I was a child I had no choice but to listen to what my mother played even if I did not like the music now that I am an adult I find myself cleaning up the house to music that she listen to even the songs I thought I did not like.

The music I associate my adolescent years with is Hip hop or Rap. Rap and Hip hop started in the late 1970s; it was a new form of expression to a culture that main source of music came from Rock or Motown. I was an adolescent when hip hop was first played on the radio. The first rap song played on the radio was "Rappin & Rocking the House" (1979) by Funky Four plus One also they were the first group to have a female rapper. I can remember how I felt when I heard that song for the first time. I was intrigued, captivated and very interested in what I was hearing and was hoping that it would stay around. The next song I heard was Rappers Delight by the Sugarhill Gang and this song still gets air play today. My mother did not care much for the style of rap but understood that her type of childhood music started out with the same feelings from her mother. I can still hear what was said about the music and how it would not last. After listening to my grandmothers type of music and other forms of music I can hear rap being sung but the main difference was that they were accustom to hearing them and it was not a whole song. The music I choose to listen to was neither to fit in nor to rebel. This music was something that I enjoyed and felt comfortable listening to anywhere.

The music I associate



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