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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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Kellee says …

I graduated in 1993! In high school I listened to U2, A-ha, Sting, The Police, REM, 10,000 Maniacs, INXS, Harry Connick Jr., Simon and Garfunkel, and I could go on and on all day, but those were my favorites!

Donna Wiegert says …

In high school it was Chicago, Earth, Wind and Fire, Styx, Yes, Led Zeppelin. In College was Police, Billy Joel, Steely Dan, Linda Ronstadt.

Janice Caputo says …

The end of the '60's into the '70's was such a wonderful time for music! Everyone listened to a bit of everything as the Hippie Generation came full swing. The Who, The Guess Who, Rolling Stones, Beatles,Sly and the Family Stone,Led Zeppelin, Fifth D,Jackson 5, Elton John and even the Archies.One of my fondest memories was slow dancing to Ferry Cross the Mercy with a friend of mine at a school dance. We laughed about that for a long time!

cyndee says …

well that would be ac/dc and pat benetar which i haven't listened to in ages til my teenage son starts playing them now. it cracks me up because being a mom of a teenager and of course being officially UNCOOL and explaining that those songs he thinks are so AWESOME i listened to in high school when they were new so he didn't really discover them. silly boys!

atxitmom says …

Top 40 (1989-1993)

Lori says …

I graduated in 1974, I listened to Elton John, The Beatles, Bread, Beach Boys, Doobie Brothers, Foreingner, Fleetwood Mac, so many great groups from back then.

Nancy says …

everything! Pearl jam, janes addiction, red hot chilli peppers, alice in chains,the police, eric clapton, marvin gaye, elvis, no doubt, green day... Everything!

Selena Keehnel says …

My favorites in high school were: Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Dan Fogelberg, Janis Joplin, ELO, Steve Miller, Chicago, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Led Zeppelin.

Sheila E says …

I was in high school during the 80's. During the school year ALL my friends listened to rock. I was the only "backwards country hick" listening to country music, including the old country. They all tried to convert me. By the end of each school year I could name some of the rock songs and could even sing along to them. By the time summer break was over they had to start all over again because I was back to being myself, the 'country hick' that I was. I will never forget Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Journey, The Moody Blues, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, George Strait, the list goes on.

melissa ryan says …

High school music was full of the sounds of the 60s & 70s, even though I graduated in 1996! Lots of Beatles, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Allman Brothers. I also loved Tori Amos, 10,000 Maniacs, Sonic Youth, Fugazi, Enya, Madonna and Sheryl Crow. <3

Walt says …

I listened to all kinds of stuff. It was the 80s. I listened to U2, Van Halen, Black Flag, Clash, The Cars, Tears for Fears, Police and Sting. I also got into jazz and classical. It was a weird mix.

Julie says …

George Strait

amy burke says …

The first album that immediately comes to mind is Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms". I played the album over and over and it still some of my very favorite music. It's just amazing to me how important music is and the memories that stay with you forever at the sound of a certain song. It can bring you right back to a certain time and place.

Kate says …

NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd take me right back to high school.

jennifer white says …

I went to high school in the late 70's and early 80's. I graduated in '82. I listened to Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker" alot, and also loved the original "Fame" soundtrack. I was always a huge Carole King and Barbra Streisand fan becauswe they are timeless. The groups that were hugely popular then were Journey..."Open Arms" was our 1982 prom theme, (as it was everyone else's I'm sure), and KC and the Sunshine Band...."Celebration" was our 1981 prom theme. Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall" came out during this time as well and I loved that.

Dayna says …

I was a teenager in the later half of the 80s!!Some really good music that is sometimes playing at our local Whole Foods: Cyndi Lauper, Bangles, the Go-gos, Tiffany, Simple Minds, and so many more 80s bands. Timeless. It's funny how each generation after likes the 80s music.

Sommerstar says …

In high school I listened to light rock and R&B.

Pamela Germany says …

Was in high school 1964-1967 Listened to the Beatles, Righteous Brothers, Brenda Lee, Beach Boys, Ricky Nelson,Rolling Stones, Motown-Diana Ross, , Monkees, Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Pistons, The Four Tops, Mamas and the Poppas, The Outsiders,Chubby Checkers, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Tommy James and the Shondells, Jerry Lewis and the Playboys, The Impressions and of course Elvis. Creedence Clearwater, Chicago, Thanks for letting me reminisce. Have a good day.

Cj says …

The police, sting, queen, and Styx.

Kristi says …

Journey, Bon Jovi, Duran Duran, The Police, Def Leopard, The GoGo's, Aerosmith, and Prince to name a few. Still LOVE the 80's!!!

ANN JONES says …

Peter Frampton and Boz Scaggs baby!!

Doug Kessler says …

1966. Lovin Spoonful, Beatles, Stones, Rascals, Kinks, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger

Brian says …

Elton John, KISS, Queen, Billy Joel

Christina says …

a little lovely Grateful Dead, Credence, Tom Petty, Air Supply and of course Huey~ a little bit of variety makes for an interesting upbringing!

Marsha says …

I was listening to Janis Ian, Janis Joplin, the Doors, Bread, the Carpenters, Jimi Hendrix, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, the Osmonds, good ol' AM radio on my little transistor, in the 70's!

Teresa Daniels says …

In my high school years, I was listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Denver, Lee Greenwood, the Oakridge Boys, and of course disco was wildly popular.

Brandi says …

DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Guns and Roses, New Kids on the Block, it was a good time in music!

Dona says …

Beatles, Beatles, and Beatles; Peter, Paul and Mary; Kingston Trio; Chad Mitchell Trio; Joan Baez; Simon & Garfunkel, Peter & Gordon; The Mamas & the Papas; Petula Clark; Mary Ann Faithful; Dionne Warwick; and on and on and on. I was so lucky to be a teenager in those years!

ANN JONES says …

Showing my age, Beach boys, Four seasons, Diana Ross! Great memories!!

Leslie says …

I listened to The Police, a lot of the new wave 80s band that they used to play in the early days of MTV (Missing Persons, Depeche Mode, Thompson Twins, A Flock of Seagulls). I also liked classic rock from the 70s that reminded me of my youth.

Chris says …

I graduated in 2007. I remember listening to a lot of Linkin Park during my freshman year. Towards senior year I started to get into Weezer. I also developed a taste for Asian music, and even movie soundtracks.

LuciA says …

I listened to Sheryl Crow some, but mainly I was listening to Bush and Nine Inch Nails.

Erik Stewart says …

The Clash, Tom Petty, ELO, Bruce Springsteen, CCR, Bob Dylan.

Robyn says …

I graduated in 1994. So we were just leaving behind all the one hit wonders of the 1980's and enjoying grunge hits from Nirvana and other cool bands like Soundgarden, the Cranberries and one of my favorites, Green Day. Doesn't mean we didn't have our own one hit wonders. I do remember Ace of Base's "The Sign" being played on the radio about every 3 seconds. ;)

sarah says …

Ace of Base! Haha

Marya says …

Lots of Nirvana, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow, KISS, Tom Petty, any 80s glam rock and stuff before my time like Hendrix, Joplin and The Zombies. And I'm a sucker for country music...old and new alike...George Strait, Johnny Cash, Steve Earle.

Summer says …

I was totally a soft rock kind of girl in the late 70's/early 80's...James Taylor, Judy Collins, Carpenters, Little River Band, CSNY (or whatever incarnation they were in at any given time). But there were some great Pat Benatar, Cars and REO Speedwagon moments, too! And I still have a huge crush on Rick Springfield!

Lori says …

I was singing my heart out with Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Harry Chapin. Thanks for bringing back the memories!

Sherry says …

Back in the 70's...lol. Janis Joplin, The Doors, Grand Funk Railroad, Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Elton John, Steely Dan, Four Tops...those were the days my friend...haha!!!

Ryan says …

I was listening to Reggae (shabba ranks, maxi preist, super cat).

Deb says …

Blondie, The Cars and The Ramones. Wow, I feel really dated now. Thanks for the great give-away.

Laura Marshall says …

I listened to Led Zepplin, The Who, Journey, Biob Seger, Boston

Ginger says …

Wow...80's music...George Michael, INXS, Duran Duran, Whitney Houston, Prince, U2, REM, Police and yes...Whitesnake! Beatles, Elton John & Billy Joel as well from my parents record yes vinyl collection!!! Loved 'taping' off the radio too...the ipod is the best invention EVER!!! not sure Sting had even left the police yet when I was in high school...sigh!

Whit says …

I am so old>>Creedence Clearwater Revival, Led Zepplin, Beatles, Simon and Garfunkle, BJ Thomas, Three Dog Night, Carpenters, Carole King, Temptations, Four Tops, Pearcy Sledge, Rolling Stones, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, The Who, Procol Harum, Wilson Pickett....so many....good times, great music.

Elizabeth says …

Hmmm, let's see... Weezer, Cake, The Cranberries, Lauryn Hill, so many more... but if I had to pick one that brings me back to high school every time, it'd have to be Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication album - when I hear it, I always remember a trip to a lake I took with some friends, and how it was playing during our drive through the woods.

Tina says …

I listened to a bit of everything when in high school...LL Cool J, New Edition, REM, Erasure, etc...good times for sure.

Laura Marshall says …

Fleetwoof Mac, Heart, Jimmy Hendrix, Rolling Stones

MADELINE says …

Wow! So many good groups when I was in high school. Of course, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Jopln, The Doors. So many to name! I saw Sting in concert a few months ago with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and it was great! I would love to have that CD.

William says …

Being from Memphis, Marc Cohen’s Walking in Memphis was always a favorite, but I listed from everything from Led Zeppelin to Gerardo... Rico, Suave!

Nicole says …

I was listening to Queen, Madonna, Janet Jackson and Celine Dion in high school. Class of 96 graduate.

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