September 11, 2015

riding the school bus in 1977

I love hearing people's stories about their musical memories whatever the circumstances. Here's one from me about beginning the 7th grade in the fall of 1977. The high school I attended was comprised of grades 7-12. I went from riding on a noisy, boisterous, grade-school bus to a silent bus with high school kids. The bus driver always had a radio playing and it was tuned to WRKO, an AM station in Boston. We heard the same songs every morning and these tunes are forever burned in my brain. The songs ran the gamut of musical styles from disco to rock to easy listening to movie theme songs. The song that gave me the biggest chuckle was Donna Summer's hit I Feel Love. It would be 7:30 in the morning on a crowded, silent school bus and a sexy disco song would be blaring. I'll never forget that strange scene. Below, are some of the tunes that I remember from that 70s bus ride. Hey, I didn't say they were all good.

I Feel Love, Donna Summer
On and On, Stephen Bishop
Cold As Ice, Foreigner
Short People, Randy Newman
Nobody Does It Better, Carly Simon
You Light Up My Life, Debbie Boone
Slip Slidin' Away, Paul Simon