Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 65: Melting For Old Blue Eyes

Ridiculously adorable Kat from the smart and sassy Book Tart blog sent me her RNRHS contribution with the caveat that she’s “so not rock ‘n’ roll”. I was quick to let her know that one previous contributor’s favorite make-out song was Pachelbel’s Canon in D. There are no rules here! If you’re anything like me, you appreciate that the people who didn’t grow up liking the same stuff everyone else did are the most fun to hang out with. So, yeah, Kat, be sure to send me an invite the next time you decide to haul out the Frank LPs.

Kat aka The Queen of Tarts (in my head)

Homeschooled, graduated ’98, Currently: Nanny, Family Assistant, reader, reviewer, blogger, vlogger (now if only those last four paid!)

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: *sigh* ok I adore Karen, (so to the muchness!) but I put off doing this because I am NOT cool *head/desk* I didn’t listen to popular music or the radio much… I’d actually have to google to tell you what was playing during the late 1990s. And I think that defeats the purpose. *snicker* What I DID listen to, and nearly wore them out, was a box set of records my dad brought home from the thrift store.

Yep, records baby! No, it wasn’t THAT long ago, we had CDs. But we also had a record player and the box set was the Readers Digest late 1940s after World War II 10 record set. I about drove my family nuts! I would play and play those. Sooo there was The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney and Doris Day to name a few.

And a few of the songs that I would sing? Because, yes, I sang along. “Thanks for the Memories”, “The Very Thought of You”, “My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time” by Vera Ellen, and especially…

“I Could Write a Book”… from “Pal Joey”

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: Well, That record set… What else? I had a Judy Garland music box.

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: N’sync was popular then right? I didn’t gush over ‘em. That’s only group that’s stuck in my memory though… I now I’m giving in and googling what music artist were big in the late 1990s, I’ll be right back….

1997 Music Chart…Oh! Michael Bolton! ROTFL I remember that hair! Spice Girls *giggle* You couldn’t avoid them. Counting Crows? I’m sure I would know them if I heard a song. Savage Garden… Yep, I remember singing along to that “You’ll be my kiss my fantasy” song… (I couldn’t listen to my records in the car!) Chumbawumba “I Get Knocked Down”… Yeah, that’ll get stuck in your head.

Best show or concert you saw in high school: See?! No cool stories, all my fav music artists are dead or not in concert. Even back then I was a retro baby.

Now, my music taste is a bit more eclectic. I listen to the top 20 channel sometimes. I love Bare Naked Ladies, I adore Pink! But I still really, really still love the 40s and 50s music. Give me a crooner… Oh! So Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr. will work for me in a pinch but I prefer the real deal.

I had to check out Duran Duran cause Karen loves them so. I agree! *thud* Yummy! and talented. I grew up in the wrong decade I think.

Thank you ever so to Karen for asking me to be part of the Rock N Roll High School. I’m flattered and so wish I was better at it. Though I stand by my 1945 singers…they aren’t very rock ‘n’ roll.

Give me Frank Sinatra *melt*

Visit Kat at The Book Tart for her spaz-outs (her term!) on various books she’s read or authors she adores all while fashionably dressed in her pin-up attire. Except when she’s in her PJs. But this is virtual, so you can imagine her as a 24-7 rockabilly chick. You can follow Kat on Twitter at @The_Book_Tart or check out her channel on You Tube.

15 Comments on “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 65: Melting For Old Blue Eyes

  1. Love it! I’m of Karen’s era with the Duran Duran and such, but I was raised by WWII-era parents and the youngest in a large family that spanned everything from the Beatles to the Moody Blues. I understand eclectic musical tastes.

    My parents raised us on the standards and Broadway show tunes, so I share your love of Sinatra. My mother with a bobby-soxer who once came home to find my grandfather had purloined the life-sized cut out of Old Blue Eyes and stashed him in her room.

    A few years ago, Tony Bennett came to Hot Springs to perform. My husband, wise man that he is, scored tickets right away.

    I love my 80s and 90s music as much as anyone of my generation, but there’s nothing like a little Cole Porter or Gershwin to get a girl to swoon.

    • I’m with you, Margaret! If you really love music, you need to listen to more than one thing. You know I love my 80s and 90s and beyond, but give me a little Chet Baker or Ella Fitzgerald–love it just as much.

  2. Oh! You saw Toby Bennett? *Kermit flail* that must have been amazing!
    And Cole Porter? *swoon* I adore him too!
    Thank you so much for saying hi and helping me feel less alone in my taste in music!

    • One of the highlights of the Tony Bennett experience was watching the little 70-something groupies with their high heels, big hair and mink coats (in Arkansas) chase after him as he made his way to his limo.

      It’s good to know we are not alone. 🙂

  3. Awww *smishes* Karen! Thank you again for including me in your RNRHS series! My first time being interviewed and I had a blast!

    You? Rock!
    (((Hugs))) Kat

  4. I agree with Kat that crooners trump 90’s era music every day of the week. The 70’s however… ok, now I’m revealing my age, and I’m gonna shut the hell up. What a great interview! And the video was awesome. The dress was TO DIE FOR. FRINGE!

    • *squee!* Hey darling! We need to go on a car ride with a Pink CD or 3 and jam out! And you could tell me what your plans are for Junco 😉
      *mwah* Kat

  5. Loooove that you love Old Blue Eyes. He’s my guy’s hero…JBJ has a picture of Frank up in his dressing room wherever he goes.

    Loved the interview and the song you chose.

    And Simon Lebon? YES PLS. Always. I’m a true blue 80’s and 90’s girl. LOL

    • Taryn Darlin’! Awww I’m so happy you stopped by! I get a kick hearing I’m not alone in my love of Frank *swoon*

      (((Hugs))) Kat

  6. Aw, Kat, you darling. I’m thankful you like the books, and music, and movies that you do. You pretty much colored my world growing up.

    • Keri! *Kermit Flail* Hey Beautiful! I adore you to the muchness and I’m glad you aren’t in therapy from all the records and movies I made everyone watch. lol
      Love you forever, Kat

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