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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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TJ Royer says …

I was listening to Billy Joel, Tom Petty, and Punk Rock/New Wave was just coming onto the scene. It was refreshing to have something so different. I was a huge fan of the Ramones and the Clash, and even listened to a little bit of the Sex Pistols. I was known as "that punk rock chick" who dressed a little off-beat and had super short hair. I did not fit into any of the cliques at school, but I liked it that way and enjoyed being different. The Police were pretty popular then as well, more so in Canada than here. I had a penpal who sent me cassettes of their new music all the time. Wow, what memories!

Shannon Russell says …

We just celebrated our twenty-year high school reunion, so talk about nostalgia! We were discussing this very topic, among others (oh my, the fashions and big hair!). We graduated in 1990, so we were, of course, listening to all of the '80's pop, new wave, metal, hard rock, and punk music. Billy Idol, Depeche Mode, Sting and the Police, Bryan Adams, Lenny Kravitz, Simple Minds, New Order, and Erasure are just a few. I could go on, but then, I need to leave room for your other blog comments. But *sigh* I miss it all. Thank goodness for an mp3 player and CD's. Just don't bring back that hair! Thanks for asking and continuing the nostalgia. ~ Shannon M. Russell

Tammy Walker says …

Wow lets see The Police & Sting definatly. CCR, Sheryl Crow, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Boston, BTO, Sweet, Toto, War, Yes, Foghat & the list goes on. Kudos shout out to you guys!

Amy J says …

Def Leopard, AC/DC, The Black Crowes, Billy Thorpe, and my favorite, a complete audio tape of the Wizard of Oz. . . all on the good ol' tape where you could rewind to listen to the same spot over and over and over again. Fresh Prince (a/k/a Will Smith). The year I got my driver's license: Vanilla Ice, ice ice baby! The best soundtrack for running: Top Gun or Def Leopard I actually like all music though :-)

becky says …

i listened to ani difranco, tori amos, rusted root, phish, radiohead. i still listen to most of them today too.

Korene Dover says …

I loved Alanis Morissette. Hearing her still brings back memories of driving too fast with the windows down. Amazing how music is linked to so many memories in our lives...highschool, girlfriend/boyfriend, weddings, friends, vacations, clebrations, deaths...the list goes on.

Lore Christensen says …

Let's see, High School was a LONG time ago for me :) Black Water, by Doobie Brothers Love Will Keep Us Together, The Captain and Tennille Come and Get Your Love, Redbone Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Steely Dan and Black Water, Doobie Brothers

Kathy says …

I graduated at East Jefferson High in 1982.My days were filled with songs by Tim Curry,Little River Band and Dire Straits...

michelle says …

I listened to Spandau Ballet, Wham, Duran Duran, Culture Club, OMD, Heaven 17, Depeche Mode...all the New Wave artists of the 80's! I spent some time in the UK as well as went to high school in Toronto where we had a radio station, CFNY 102.1, and visited LA (KROQ) where they played the latest hits from the UK all the time!

Jamie C. says …

John Cougar Mellancamp....every day over the gym's sound system in PE. A little REO Speedwagon, AC/DC and unfortunately country western music for 2 hours a day on the school bus!

Janet says …

The Specials, The English Beat, The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, The B-52's, Adolescents... punk rock!!

Jacob Litoff says …

When I was in High School I loved listening to the Bach Brandenburg Concertos, Vivaldi's 4 seasons, Mozart's Symphonies, Mozart's Operas. Verdi's Operas. Beethoven String quartets. Haydn String quartets. Schubert's octet. Mendlessohn's octet. Beethoven Symphonies. Brahms Symphonies. Schuberts "Die Wintereisse" Mozart's clarinet quintet. Mozart violin concertos. Mendlessohn violin concerto, Beethoven violin concerto, Brahms violin concerto, Tchaikovsky violin concerto. Beethoven cello sonatas. Brahms piano quintet and much more, as long as it was classical music.

J'nae Rae Spano says …

What music do I remember from high school with fond memories? Steve Miller Band's "Abracadabra," Alan's Parson's "Eye in the Sky (my favorite track being "Psycobabel")," next up anything Stray Cats, Kajagoogoo, Duran Duran, Limahl, David Bowie, The Fixx, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode. So much great music from the 80's. Loved the New Wave movement the most, but the shear diversity of popular music was wonderful.

Steveo says …

The year was 1970 and I was heading for my Freshman year in High School - back in my day 9th grade was Junior High. A couple of weeks before school started the soundtrack for Woodstock was released and I bought my copy of the 3 record set. What a medley of diverse performers! I played it so much I thought I'd wear the vinyl out. I still have the original album and play it on a regular basis. 40 years later I can still go back & remember friends and events from then while listening to Country Joe and the Fish and Ten Years After (I have "I'm Going Home" on my mp3!)

Beth says …

In high school I was listening to Duran Duran, U2, The Cure,The Cars and Depeche Mode to name a few!! Good times!

Deborah says …

My first high school dance was "The Midnight Hour," based on the song by Wilson Pickett. The school administration failed to note the irony that the dance ended at 11 pm. (Looks as if my high school music memories are a bit older than most of your posters!)

Diana Cunningham says …

I listen to the Chilites, Earth Wind and Fire, the Moments, James Brown, Smokie Robinson, Miracles, Billy Paul, Stevie Wonder, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Aretha Franklin, Delfonics, Temptations, O Jays, Lake Sides, Emotions, Gap Band, Parliment, Ohio Players, Isaac Hayes, Nancy Wilson, Main Ingredients, Heat Wave, Whispers, Bobby Womack, Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, AWB, The Dells, New Birth, Johnny Taylor, Jerry Butler, Marvin Gaye, Natalie Cole, Peabo Bryson, Sylistics, Manhattens, Regina Bell, Commadores.

Tamra says …

Irene Cara, Whitney Houston, Mickey Mouse Disco (don't ask) and the Fame Soundtrack. :)

Serena says …

1990s: I loved to study with Pink Floyd music in the background. The Dark Side of the Moon. Made my brain work better!

Ellen says …

Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Cat Stevens, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, James Taylor, Carole King, Spinners, Laura Nero, Jim Croce, Three Dog Night

Bryan says …

Kansas, Chicago, Beatles and Dave Matthews.

Brooke says …

Beatles ( Sgt Pepper and the White Album ), Rolling Stones ( Let it Bleed ), Joni Mitchell ( Blue, For the Roses ), Cream ( Disraeli Gears / Fresh Cream, Best of ) , Jimi Hendrix ( Are you Experienced? ), James Taylor ( Sweet Baby James ), and Carole King, ( Tapestry ), Simon & Garfunkle ( Bridge over Troubled Waters ), and many many others. Ears were a very valued body part in those years. Now we're all hard of hearing, but wow, it was awesome while it lasted! We used to yell, "Crank it up!~" and now, we mutter "henh? huh? I can't hear what you said, will you repeat that?!"

Ann says …

The Beatles, Dionne Warwick, Aretha, The Four Tops, The Beach Boys, Chicago. My age is showing...

Lisa McKay says …

Ohhh high school,...was it that long ago?,,,yes it was,..lol! I'm a '68 baby,..graduated in 1987,..boy that sounds like a million years ago now,..but it feels like yesterday. I listened to the classics of course,..JOURNEY, FOREIGNER, AC<DC, LOVERBOY, BOSTON, VAN HALEN, LED ZEPPELIN, BON JOVI and of course AEROSMITH!! Is there anything better? I still listen to these great bands and even though music is different today and you have to change with the times I feel like the music from the 80's is the best! I guess I feel that way because high school was fun for me nad I enjoyed it so much,..great memories. I do like the newer music also though,..and I swore to myself that I wouldn't be like some people,..like our parents,.who held onto just old music and never tried new stuff,...todays good music in my opinion,.. Oasis, Nirvana, (did I mention Def Leppard?),..It's still Rock n' Roll to me!!

amy says …

REM, The Sundays, Love and Rockets, Jane's Addiction, The Police, The B-52s... plus lots of hair metal!! LOL.

Susan Cowan says …

I was in high school in the 60's so I listened to Pat Boone and Elvis Presley. And, I watched American Bandstand every day after school. Fun times!

vickie satterwhite says …

Music was what helped me get through my high school years (1970's)! I listened to all types but I really listened to a lot of Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Steely Dan and Captain and Tennille.

Chris Henderson says …

In High School I was listening to Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Shakespeare's Sister, Nirvana and many many more. I absolutely love music!!

Suzi Tobias says …

Being in High School, I explored different genre. When I felt like a hippie chick I listened to Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and the Dead... When I was hanging with my punky friends, I loved Bowie, The Romantics, The King-Bees, The Clash, and pop bands like Duran Duran and the Go-Gos... But I also played cello and had a great appreciation for Classical-- particularly Rimsky-Korsokov, Bernstein, Gershwin, and Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Dona Shewood says …

The first song I heard when I walked in to the Student Union my freshman year of high school was: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". It always brings back memories.

KimMarie Davidson says …

Talk about dating yourself, well here it goes: Yeah, this is the years when these were released--thats how old I am!. Zeppelin, Aerowsmith, Queen, Springsteen,Niel Young, Lennon, McCartney, Simon/Garfunkel, James Taylor, Carol King, Dylan, Linda Rondstat, Nugent Alice Cooper,Pink Floyd, Stones, Lynard Skynard, Boston, America, Cat Stevens, George Harrison... Diverse yes, Im an old sole, and listen to much music that wasnt popular at all from the 40's and 50's 60's too. Alot of stuff that was popular during the Nam war, as my friends fathers and brothers were returning home, alive and in boxes.....A very sad time in our country. I was in choir and sang and danced so music was my life then..

Alexandra says …

The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, Simon and Garfunkel, Dvorak, Hoagy Carmichael, any bigband music, The Lovin' Spoonful, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Mostly The Kinks... They were/are my favorite. All my friends made fun of me because no one else my age was listening to this music at the time...

Darlene Anderson says …

Ahhh, the early 70's..... It was John Mayal singing about "California", Jesse Colin Young and his "Ridgetop", some Stoneground thrown in just to keep things moving. When I was feeling reflective, Joni Mitchell and Judy Collins The first album I purchased was Joan Baez, her warbling connected me to Early American roots. The first concert I attended was Janice Joplin with Norton Buffalo; I was thirteen and it cost $3.50....her intensity satisfied my teenage rebellion. Lots and lots of Crosby, Stills and Nash, Santana and the occassional Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure. Simon and Garfunkel's, "Kodachrome" was the finale to my high school years in 1973. Music and lots of it, it makes life sweet!!!!!!

Lisa Pierre-Louis says …

When in high school I was listening to Chicago, Ashford and Simpson and the BeeGees. Wow what memories!!!!

Herb says …

The Fifth Dimension!

Sarah says …

ABBA, Air Supply, Billy Joel, Elton John and Chicago. I really miss those days!!

Mindy says …

I graduated HS in 1996, and I became a lifelong, diehard Pearl Jam fan when they first introduced TEN. If I wasn't listening to PJ (and I probably was, and stil am!), it was Bob Marley or Stone Temple Pilots.

Janet Wells says …

Steamy, hot back-to-school days in Houston were more tolerable with songs like "Hot Time in the City", "Sealed With a Kiss", "So Happy Together"...as high school teenagers in the late '60's, we were just being exposed for the first time to rock music. It seemed most of us were "boy-crazy" and "band-crazy", sitting in front of our record players and playing the same 45's over and over, or placing the needle carefully on a "special song" on a priceless album or concert that cost us quite a few summer few babysitting jobs. I wiill always remember my first live concert to see Roy Orbison, and the craziness of a packed local movie theatre showing Magical Mystery Tour and Yellow Submarine. I had so many favorites that I can't name them all here...countless tunes by the Beatles, the Monkeys, Simon and Garfunkle, The Lovin' Spoonful, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, The Turtles, Donovan, The Animals, the BJ's...just to name a few!!

Karen Jenkins says …

1976 we were tail-ending the big BiCentennial Celebration of our great country...I was livin' large in my cut-off "Daisy Dukes" shorts, halter tops, and rockin' to the best '70's Rock'n'Roll on my very own "Stereo" - with an 8-track player, turntable, AM and FM with two speakers!! Knew Mom was helping me get ready for the walk to school, making me a peanut-butter-and-jelly "slurp'n'choke" sandwich, and a crisp red delicious apple. I had a Thermos she would use for packing me homemade soup when the weather got cool. Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years" and "Summer Breeze Makes Me Feel Fine" by Seals & Croft, with a little "Closer to Home" by Grand Funk Railroad helped me to move along to school, the tunes "stuck in my head" without earplugs back then, unless it was the little white or tan one attached to the transistor radio. Bookin' to school in my wallabies...It was all good back in 1976, on my first day in 10th grade!

Sandra says …

In high school, I loved Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and early (pre-Stevie Nicks) Fleetwood Mac. Sooo thankful that I graduated before disco hit!

Yolanda Walser says …

I am definitly from the great 70's! I loved listening to Carole King, Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Chicago, Three Dog Night, Grand Funk, and Led Zeppelin. which was my first concert ever! Remember getting posters in the albums which were hung throughout our bedroom! Went to all the Chicago and Three Dog Night concerts after Led Zeppelin too ! :) Loved the 70's !

carol says …

80's music!! Madonna, Prince, Boy George, Blondie, etc

Roma says …

As a teen going to school in the late '70s, listening to music was a must! It was 'cool' to be up on the latest songs. I remember driving myself to school with Led Zeplin, Van Halen, Supertramp, Rolling Stones, and so many others blasting on the radio (remember this was time before CDs!) This morning as I drove my teenage children to their first day of school, guess what is playing on their iPod in the car?? Yep, Led Zeplin, Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Sting, Aerosmith... Music that can span three decades and still sounds fresh is definitely classic! I love that my kids are telling me the stories about these bands (as if I didn't know ;D) and are having their own experiences with them. As the new social committee chairman for the high school, I'm thinking Stairway to Heaven might be a good way to end the school dances this year :*)

Eugenie says …

I listened to Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, Roberta Flack, Diana Ross, Jim Croce.

Ann Thompson says …

Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd...so many great artists.

Cathy Price says …

The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Roberta Flack, Billy Joel, Elton John, Judy Collins,Cat Stevens,David Bowie,Eric Clapton just to name a few. There were so many!

Becki says …

I graduated early 80's. My tunes were Styx,John Denver,Steve Miller Band,Fleetwood Mac,bluegrass,and the song from Caddy Shack with the dancing gopher!

Chevon J says …

Well seeing that Whole Foods and I are the same age :-) In high school I was listening to Envogue, Notorious B.I.G.,Tupac Brandy, Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, Puff Daddy and Ma$e, and Spice Girls lol!

Dave Bennett says …

Grand Funk Railroad, Carpenters, Doors, Chicago, Led Zeppelin, Earth Wind and Fire, Blood Sweat and Tears... And that was just the top 10 for one week. ☺

Terry Kessinger says …

The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, and Alice Cooper! HA! THAT'S a blast from the past (circa 1974-77)!

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