The '70s

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My wife and I have one tradition for Easter thus far:

We listen to this song on the way to church:

Easter Song: 2nd Chapter of Acts

...which, if you listen to more of the album, reminds you of Bohemian Rhapsody ...because it was recorded in the same era: The mid '70s. Which is big for me because I grew up listening to Larry Norman and not much else musically. In fact, it was Free at Last that finally moved me on.

Needless to say, I wasn't exactly "cool" when it came to my musical choices.

I'm still not.

If I had been in public school, would my musical taste be more refined/mature/informed? Perhaps, though I caught on pretty quickly in high school. And since graduating from college, I've noticed that the radio loops the same songs every couple of hours, so, "I don't dig the radio / I hate what the charts pick..."

1970's music is a minor example of how being at home allowed my dad to influence me. Would I ever have been interested in Harry Chapin or Cat Stevens if I hadn't been home?

Probably not.

The music I like--even old music--is a small reminder of the tremendous opportunities that homeschooling gives us as parents to be involved in the lives of our children.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

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  1. Ken

    That is amazing! Our kids listen to Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, the Beach Boys, and a lot of other old groups. I did not know whether that was because or our influence as parents or just a passing fad that was common to all teenagers these days. I am still not sure, but we are glad you enjoyed a similar experience.

  2. Shauna

    I was public schooled through grad school and still like Jim Croce, Simon and Garfunkel, The Mamas and The Papas, Cat Stevens, and some of the other albums my parents used to play.

    I think it's fun that my kids request Magnificent as soon as I put on the new U2 CD. They also appreciate They Might Be Giants thanks to their quirky children's albums and video podcasts.

  3. Lisa

    Our 11-year-old loves listening to Beethoven while doing his math, perhaps because my hubby is a fan of classical music.

  4. mom

    Oh, I love that song! Good choice for your Easter tradition :-)

    We're pretty eclectic in our musical choices around this house so you could hear just about anything when you walk through our door :-)

    Tammy ~@~

  5. Luke

    How could I have neglected such wonderful groups!?! Simon and Garfunkel, They Might Be Giants, classical... oh yes. Wonderful stuff <smile>.


  6. Birthblessed

    yeah well Jacob likes that Easter song and spent all Sunday night and Monday lamenting that he didn't have a way to listen to A Capella out at our rental cabin. We got home at midnight and he immediately turned on The Easter Song to fall to sleep to. He's also a huge Keith Green fan.

    (To be fair, he is also a fan of Rammstein= German industrial metal.)

  7. Susanne Barrett

    We sang this as our last song on Easter morning at our evangelical church. Our worship pastor is too young to have heard it first-hand (he's 23), but it was cool! You're right -- it does remind one of Bohemian Rhapsody! It was a great way to finish our service on Resurrection Sunday!

  8. Luke

    Amy, good stuff <smile>.

    Susanne, glad you got to experience the song too.


  9. mary grace

    Catching up on my blog reading after a little vacation and just had to comment to let you know that growing up in the 70s/early 80s scarred all of us musically. I will never, ever be able to shake the memory of my father witnessing Boy George performing on Solid Gold for the first time. His jaw literally dropped as he tried to wrap his mind around what he was seeing and hearing. Afterward, he listened to nothing but Johnny Horton for days. Can't say as how I blame him ...

  10. Luke

    <laughing> Mary Grace, you're hilarious.


  11. Heather the Mama Duk

    It's funny to think about how homeschooled kids are so influenced by their parents. Peter, Paul, and Mary and the like make me happy because that's what my parents listened to. My favorite group to this day is The Beach Boys. I still turned out okay, though. By the time I was a teenager I was totally into the typical pop stuff.

    I was recently surprised to hear from Ani that her favorite music right now is classical. We listen to a very wide mix of music since it's all on the AppleTV and we can just make an on the fly genius playlist based on virtually any song depending on our mood. Sometimes it's classical. I never dreamed she'd like it so much. Cameron prefers dance music lol