Saturday, February 12, 2005
I Heart Olivia Newton-John
Even though I might have moved toward the modern musical trends of this millennium, I have a tendency to have my incredibly-guilty, and embarrassing pleasure for earlier decades' pop incarnations. Some artists began when I wasn't even a thought in my parents' minds, yet somehow, as a twist of musical kismet, these artists found a way to my sentimental heart.
It could be the magic of Xanadu or the beauty of the numerous Grease songs, but I have a love for Olivia Newton-John. I could stay in hiding and be semi-ashamed of this fascination, but I can't help it. Her pop songs are gold to me. I love hearing them and I am quite sure that it stems way back when I would listen to her Physical album with my older cousin Jenny.
I had this habit of dancing in the basement when I was 6-9 years old (by myself, thank you very much) to Michael Jackson's Thriller and the entire Grease album...all four albums. I think I used to dance to my parents' Tom Jones albums too. However, I wasn't the owner of Olivia Newton-John's Physical album, but I wanted it...bad! My cousin owned it and even though we would listen to it at her house, I never felt like she loved it and appreciated it as much I did. She never seemed to get excited about it like I did. This pattern repeated once again when we grew a bit older and started to purchase tapes. My first tape was Madonna's Like a Virgin. Jenny owned Madonna's Holiday album. Oh, I was so jealous of her tape. I wanted that tape even though I think I possessed the better of the two. What it came down to is that I wanted to own ALL of the music that I could get my grimmy little 8 year old hands on.
I am sure my cousin Jenny loved her Olivia album and Madonna tapes, but I also loved them. Because of this introduction to pop music, and even though I have moved on to more interesting and diverse musical tastes, I still have a taste for Miss Olivia, and of course, Madonna. I don't fancy the new stuff from either of these artists, just the classics.
As I search through the itunes, I am drawn to the Olivia Newton-John songs. Sick! I can't help it. I have to have a version of "Make a Move on Me". I might just have to purchase every song on The Very Best of Olivia Newton-John. I need help.
Posted by Sara at 9:56 PM