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Your Own Back to School Medley

Thanks to Jimmy Dunne, President of Inspire — a music and branding company partnering on music initiatives with Whole Foods Market — for providing this blog post. As you’re navigating through the glitter, glam, and superheroes this back-to-school season, you’re bound to get a little nostalgic of your own childhood.  We want to help you embrace the memories with three fantastic new albums that harken back to a different age… Read on for an opportunity to win a gift bag of all three CDs! Sting - Symphonicities Sting has finally produced an orchestrated album, performing the greatest hits from both The Police and the solo eras.  His long-awaited collaboration with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is breathtakingly cinematic— yet buoyant —with the same classic energy that has resounded from him since the Police first stole the stage in 1978. Sheryl Crow - 100 Miles From Memphis Sheryl Crow has tapped into her soulful roots and produced an album of all new music that sounds like it’s straight from the 70’s.  It’s stacked with surprises— including Justin Timberlake’s vocal colors on “Sign Your Name” and Keith Richards’ signature riffing on “Eye to Eye.” 100 Miles is a truly entertaining, summer-glinted treat. Marc Cohn - Listening Booth: 1970 A timeless voice covers the most lasting songs from a “pivotal year in music:” 1970.  Simon and Garfunkel’s “Only Living Boy in New York”; Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed”; John Lennon’s “Look At Me”; all collide in an album that’s ripe with treasured moments. Treat yourself with your own little end-of-summer goodie— all three of these CDs are available in our stores now. So, who were you listening to in high school? The Police, Sting (solo), Sheryl Crow, Marc Cohn or someone else entirely? Tell us in the comments below, and we’ll select five random winners to receive a gift bag of all three of these new CDs. Enter your comment by August 18th! Jimmy Dunne is President of Inspire and a Grammy-nominated songwriter, TV and film composer, and television writer and producer; with songs that have been recorded on 27,000,000 records worldwide and garnered a number of CMA, ACMA, Juno, and BMI and ASCAP songwriter awards and multi-platinum Billboard recognitions.

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Melissa JB says …

Child of the 1980s here! In high school, I was listening to Journey, Foreigner, The Cars, Wham, Genesis, The Police, The Outfield, Duran Duran, Bryan Adams, and whatever other Top 40 was playing on the one radio station we could get from Texarkana. :-)

rebecca macejak says …

I can see clearly now. It had that melancholy sound of the end of summer when I was nearing the end of elementary school. Of course then in 10th grade the songs had changed. By then it was maybe my Lady of the Island.

martha says …

Police, Sting, loved Don Henley Boys of Summer. Robert Palmer "Simply Irresistable". Phils Collins...awesome.

Nancy says …

I lived in the bay area and snuck out to rock concerts nearly every weekend at the Fillmore and Winterland Ballroom. At home or friends, I listened to Judy Collins Wildflowers, Traffic, Cream Disraeli Gears, Jefferson Airplane -Surrealistic Pillow, Tim Buckley Hello Goodbye, Janis Joplin Cheap Thrills, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Beatles White Albu, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Santana, Grateful Dead - the list is endless, and I got to hear most of them in person (except the Beatles, who nobody actually HEARD in person. An amazing time musically.

Char-Lou Benedict says …

End of summer in Hyannis Ma - Sock Hop where they played a new song "Let's twist again like we did last summer" Won the 45" record and still have. It was a beginning of a new era - next up was the Beetles!

Kelly says …

Mine was an eclectic mix of '80 pop, show tunes, big band and 70's.

Laurie Krempin says …

When I was in high school I lived in the San Fernando Valley in California and I listened to The Beach Boys, Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Cat Stevens. Good Times.

Peter says …

my back to school song was Maggie May by Rod Stewart and Faces. It came out as my senior year of high school started. Another big one was "Spirit in the Sky." And thee was a lot of Chicago and also the Kinks played all the time. But living in the Bay Area, the one band everyone liked was Santana.

Angelic Westfall says …

hmmm... what was I listening to 1985-1989??? Freshman year it was Heart's self-titled album and Simple Minds' Once Upon A Time. Sophomore year it was U2's Joshua Tree. Junior year I loved The Communards' Red album Senior year it was INXS' Kick. Thanks for bringing back the memories! Angelic Westfall

Claudia Todriguez says …

Steely Dan, Yes, and Jackson Browne

Kathy Odorow says …

High school was late '70's for me: Fleetwood Mac!!!!, Styx, Frampton, Chicago, The Knack..won a trip to see/meet them in San Diego in '79..sat next to Sharona in the 1st row,Springsteen, Billy Joel, Hair Soundtrack!

Bruce Knoles says …

"When I think back On all the crap I learned in high school It's a wonder I can think at all" ("Kodachrome" by Paul Simon) ... But I can remember that we "Tie(d) a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" by Tony Orlando and Dawn. Then we got down with "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce. We mellowed out by "Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Roberta Flack. We wooed the girls by enticing them to "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye. Our inner animal came out as we did "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John. We felt family pain with "Brother Louie" by Stories. We had time to love our neighbor, "Me and Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul. The we just "Drift(ed) Away" by Dobie Gray.

Stephani says …

The music that brings back the best memories for me in High school.. Dobie Brothers, Earth, Wind and Fire, Peter Frampton, KC and the sunshine band...Music was Fun and Good to Dance to that's for sure....

Annie says …

A whole lotta Beach Boys and Brian Wilson. And then some hellogoodbye to mix it up.

Jim Hayes says …

I was in high school from 1994-1998. I was listening to bands like Green Day, The Offspring, Foo Fighters and Live

Julie Johnston says …

I listened to Foghat, Van Halen, Foreigner, the Police, Pat Benetar, and Bob Seger.

Sabrina Proulx says …

Back in the day I listened to a varied selection of music: The Fugee's, TMBG, Tori Amos, Bob Marley, Sublime, The Dead, The Beastie Boys, REM, XTC, Phish, Tool, NIN, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elvis Costello, etc. etc. I pretty much rock out to all of the above and a lot more now...music is eternal. Thanks! S

Andrea says …

Soundtrack to Pretty In Pink, Terrence Trent Darby and Beastie Boys - yes, I was a teen of the 80's.

Roberta says …

AC/DC, J.Geils Band, Stevie Nicks, The Cars, Journey, Brian Adams, Bob Seger, U2, REO Speedwagon, Tom Petty, Dire Straits...

Nancy Michelli says …

The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, The Beatles, Chicago, Earth Wind and Fire, Temptations, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Supremes, Tommy James and the Shondells....Oh the list goes on!

kokoro says …

No doubt and Beatles, these two bands were everything to me when I was in high school. haha! No doubt is ska-punk, Beatles is traditional(?) rock music, they don't share that much similarity tho.

Breezy Beckler says …

I was listening to Chicago, Bon Jovi and the BeeGees! I really did listent to a crazy eclectic mix of stuff in highschool though. PS. LOVE, LOVE Whole Foods. Thanks for existing!

Carol H says …

Fats Domino was my favorite. We could dance all night long to "They Call Me the Fat Man" and "Blueberry Hill"

Chad says …

Growing up, I could only listen to "Christian" music. So of course, I found the most insane, brutal heaviest crap I could to defy my parents. A back to school mix would include obscure bands like Mortification, The Crucified, Bride, Stryper, Sacrament, Betrayal, etc. Seriously. I go back and listen to these bands now and just cringe over the thought of 16 year old me loving this stuff. Now days, put on some Josh Rouse, Damion Suomi, Josh Ritter, Delta Spirit and that gets me in the working spirit.

Shannon Steuber says …

I was listening to Sting's "Dream of the Blue Turtles" in high school. All the songs on that tape affected me strongly and spent hours listening to the songs and reading the lyrics. Additionally, from 1985 to 1989 I was listening to Oingo Boingo, INXS, Billy Joel, Chicago, Depeche Mode, Led Zeppelin, Midnight Oil, Guns N' Roses, Madonna, Bon Jovi, REM, Def Lepard, Duran Duran, Tom Petty, and Metallica to name a few. Wow, good memories! The biggest shock regarding music was that the songs I listened to in high school were playing on the oldies stations before I turned 28! It was disconcerting! LOL!

Corrie Blackshear says …

I was listening to the Police, yes... along with Springsteen, the Grateful Dead, The Ramones and a certain amount of heavy metal, too. These CDs look great!

Liz Corey says …

My favorite summer of all time was the summer of 1982. I was crazy in love with my first boyfriend and the music was great! Stevie Wonder was singing "Do I Do" and "That Girl", and Chicago crooned "Hard to Say I'm Sorry". Warm summer nights were great for listening to Huey Lewis sing "Do You Believe in Love". *Sigh* I remember it like it was yesterday!

Candy says …

New Order, Cocteau Twins, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Pixies, Jane's Addiction and They Might Be Giants. I still listen to these bands. Best Memories EVER!!!

Sheila says …

In high school of the late 80s, I listened to Depeche Modes, Pet Shop Boys, and Boy George.

Cherie Unsworth says …

I am definitely an "80's music girl. I listened to(and still do) Duran Duran, INXS, Adam and the Ants, Billy Idol, Modern English, English Beat and A-Ha(who we actually had play a concert at our school because a girl won a Pert Plus shampoo contest)

Cherie Hunt says …

It was all about the cute boys. Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, The Cure and of course The Smiths. Ahhh the memories of dark eyeliner and leggings with a hefty dose of Aquanet...

aly hethcoat says …

High school, 1993? bad cloth & music choices... lets talk about back to school in college - Tori Amos, Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco!!! Lilith Fair Music - goooooood times!

Molly Bailey says …

Prince, Madonna, INXS, Duran Duran, Sade, The Police, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Eddie Money, B-52's, Journey, GAP Band, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams.... gosh-- so many more! 80's baby!

Lisa says …

simply red, bruce springsteen, metallica, iron maiden, scorpions, pet shop boys

Michelle says …

The 80's rocked! Prince, Michael Jackson, Wham, Peter Gabriel, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Queen, INXS, Run DMC, Madonna. I could go on all day!!!

Catherine Chodack says …

Men at Work, J.Giles and Bryan Adams were all over the radio....but with MTV in it's newly born stage...brought Def Leppard to my attention!

Lisa says …

I loved the B52s, Blue Oyster Cult, Bad Company, any classic rock

Wanda Chastain says …

1973 - CCR, John Lennon, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, and (surprise!) Glenn Miller! Good times!

Amber says …

Well, I started out listening to country (Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks) my freshman year, then expanded to everything by my senior year. REM, Pearl Jam, Boyz 2 Men, Madonna, Green Day, Duran Duran, music from "The Phantom of the Opera", and many, many more.

Brenda says …

Lots of 80s music including hair bands!

Tamara says …

I listened to Dan Fogelberg, Bruce Springsteen, Linda Ronstadt, Elton John and so many more! The 70's had so much good music. Ah the good ole days. :)

Tiffani H. Patterson says …

I am a definite 80s baby so I went to school listening to The Police, New Edition, Madonna, Prince and Michael Jackson! I don't think there will ever be a decade like the 80s musically again. Sigh...

Kim says …

Bon Jovi, Baby!!!

Tony Wilson says …

The '70s - David Bowie, Yes, Steely Dan, Led Zeppelin, and Fleetwood Mac

John Coleman says …

What memories thinking of music listened to in high school bring back. some great music back in the early 70s. The Moody Blues - Night in White Satin was a favorite. America's Horse with no name. Carly Simon - Anticipation - what an album cover! Emerson Lake and Palmer From the beginning, Santana's whole Abraxas album but especially Black Magic Woman. Wow - forgot there were so many cool songs

Teri C says …

In high School it was Ben Folds Five, Sublime, Sarah McLaughlin, Echoes on NPR( to sleep by) and it was Disposable Heroes of Hipocrasy!

Kristen says …

Ah, Highschool in the 80s. The birth of the music video (Money for Nothing is the first video I really remember watching). As for what we were listening to? Howard Jones (Dream into Action), Yaz (Upstairs at Eric's) and of course U2. And bonus from the Joshua Tree concert tour: an introduction to the BoDeans who remains one of my favorite bands today.

PAULA says …

in High School i always listened to music...mostly dance songs back then- Lionel Richie, The Police, The Bee Gee's...dancing ALL THE TIME!!!Luv, Paula

Woody says …

back in the 80's, the Smiths, the Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Suicidal Tenancies, Public Enemy, De La Soul!

Anne says …

I was listening to Red Hot Chili Peppers, especially their Mother's Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and Californication albums. I also really loved Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, and Fleetwood Mac. Other than RCHP I mostly listened to the music that my parents played, which they grew up with in the 1960s and 1970s.

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