Music has been a big part of my life since childhood. My parents felt the same way, and I grew up with music as a source of real happiness. It still is for me.
Did you grow up with vinyl records (45's and LPs)? I had records as a child - both kiddie records (Disney music, etc.) and 45's of favorite songs. I played them on a little portable record player in my bedroom and in our basement while I rollerskated. My parents also had a hi-fi stereo with a fabulous record collection. They loved jazz (including big band), classic pop, the Rat Pack, Broadway musicals, and Christmas music. This is all music from my childhood, and I love it to this day.
Did you have 8-tracks? I never had an 8-track player, although I remember them in friends' cars!
Or did you grow up with cassettes (both the purchased ones and, of course, mixtapes too)? I loved cassettes, and especially making mixtapes. I went to an urban university and listened to a Sony Walkman on the subway and as I walked downtown to classes. Cassettes remind me of my college years.
If you are young, maybe you grew up with CDs? Even in this age of digital music, I still love CDs and have a bunch of them. Of course, I especially love retro music on CDs!
How about you? What are your music memories? I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.