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.

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3 comments:

Dree said...

Tee-hee... When I was younger, I watched "Grease" ad nauseum. I wanted to BE Sandy. I knew every line of every song.

aka_Mer said...

I heart Olivia Newton-John as well. I used to 'be' her... every chance I got.

Grease was actually the first 'real' movie I went to by myself (with friends, minus parents) when I was 10 years old. I was hooked.

Excitment Peak about 1 1/2 years ago: I tracked down a copy (online) of The Dolphin Song. I have no idea what happened to my albums... but thanks to AresLite I now have my Dolphin Song by Olivia. All is good in the world.

Mishka said...

Wow, Bloggers comments are running very slow today...

Anyhow, I too loved ONJ when I was a younger version of myself. I had dance routines with my sister of every song off the Grease album and I own the DVD these days.

When I was in junior high, she did a concert on HBO and we didn't have HBO so I went to my grandma's to watch it and put a tape recorder near the television so I would have a tape of all of her songs...