My Mum gave me earworms
Parents give us social skills, manners, mortifying experiences and earworms.
(That's her in the picture, and it looks like she's about to dance on the table).

My mother loved playing records, cassettes and CDs. If she was in the mood she’d dance around the lounge, singing along. It was mortifying for me to watch as a teen, but now I look back at those memories with such intense fondness. I can’t hear these songs without hearing her, seeing her happiness as she listened:

Abba: Dancing Queen

Abba (oh, God, the Abba):Super Trouper [I am still convinced the second line is "beans are gonna blind me".

Boney M: Rivers of Babylon [Now you have it stuck in your head, too!]

Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag

Paul McCartney: Mull of Kintyre

John Denver: Annie’s Song

Jacques Brel: Jacky

Johnny Cash: A Boy Named Sue

Nick Cave: God is in the House (Ha! My younger brother got her listening to Nick Cave)

Simon and Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence

Every single one of these makes me cry when I hear the opening bars.

This is just a short list, but you can’t even begin to imagine her pleasure at listening to these and more. I have seen her moved to tears by music, and that spoke to me as her son.

I couldn’t watch the movie Mamma Mia with the Abba soundtrack- it just reduced me to tears, so I guess she left me a musical legacy of sorts.

What song most reminds you of your mom or dad and why?

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