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The Devlin Family’s Musical “Heritage” (Contest)
Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

UPDATE: The winner is…Stacey Kinzebach!

The 16-year-old girl drove me into town today. Before we left the driveway, she plugged in her phone, pulled up Pandora, and started the song list at the top of her menu.

The first song played was “Under the Boardwalk” by The Drifters, the next was “Rockin’ Robin” by Bobby Day, followed by Etta James’ “At Last.” She sighed when she heard that song, saying, “That one’s my favorite.” BTW, she sang every word of every random song played. I couldn’t have been more proud.

Her mom had the same taste growing up, and this didn’t happen because we play Classic Rock and Motown songs 24/7 in our house. We listen and know well all the current hits, but the teenager is the one who brings up the frequent gripe our family shares that they just don’t make memorable music anymore. When the opening strains of “Stand by Me” play, you instantly know the song, and no matter how long it’s been since you heard it last, you remember the words.

This morning when the guitar riff at the start of Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” played, we both squealed and began dancing in our seats. I guess we’re doing something right. 🙂


For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, tell me what songs bring the biggest smiles and joy to your family!


16 comments to “The Devlin Family’s Musical “Heritage” (Contest)”

  1. Debra Guyette
    · June 30th, 2021 at 11:08 am · Link

    My family likes country and I do not.

  2. Anna Taylor Sweringen
    · June 30th, 2021 at 12:09 pm · Link

    This Marvin Gaye song, Sunny, always played on my Dad’s radio when we went to visit family in Manhattan. My sister and I remember those drives very fondly because of it.

  3. Amy Dudley
    · June 30th, 2021 at 12:23 pm · Link

    The Lazy Song- Bruno Mars
    Sexy and I Know It – LMFAO
    Don’t Worry Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

  4. Colleen C.
    · June 30th, 2021 at 12:33 pm · Link

    My parents always played Oldies music… so I still love listening to them… so many great ones that I have sung along with and danced to…

  5. Jennifer Beyer
    · June 30th, 2021 at 12:52 pm · Link

    None of us listen to the same music! The one thing that we all have fond memories of is Abba. We used to listen to Abba every time we had dinner at my in-law’s house so the kids associate Abba with that.

  6. bn100
    · June 30th, 2021 at 2:05 pm · Link

    upbeat songs

  7. Mary Preston
    · June 30th, 2021 at 6:11 pm · Link

    My father was in a brass band, so any marching band songs make me smile in remembrance.

  8. ButtonsMom2003
    · June 30th, 2021 at 9:41 pm · Link

    This post is timely for me. Last Saturday we went to see a Florida Doo Wop group called The Goldtones. They sing 50’s and 60’s music and they are fantastic.

    One of my favorite songs they do is Silhouettes on the Shade. I also love their version of Sherry by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

  9. Laura
    · July 1st, 2021 at 12:52 pm · Link

    I would have to say anything by Elvis. My grandmother was a huge fan. She cried when he died. My Aunt Agnes was also a huge fan. When she bought her van in 2010 it cam with SiriusXM radio. I found the Elvis channel and she never changed it. Once her free trial ended I gave her the Elvis Gospel CD that I had to play in the CD player of her van. When my son was little I would play an Elvis cassette in the car to help
    With sleeping in the car. My son keep Elvis songs on his phone when he is driving his GF’s son around so that he sleeps during car rides. When I bought my truck it came with SiriusXM radio and I programmed the Elvis channel as a go to.

    I grew up with the music of the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. When I hear music from those era I know the words and dance when I can.

  10. Elysian Fields
    · July 1st, 2021 at 8:30 pm · Link

    That would be Gath Brooks or Randy Travis. They were always on in the car or at the family get togethers so their songs always bring back such great memories.

  11. Carol Cox
    · July 5th, 2021 at 4:34 pm · Link

    There’s a song called one heart, one love by Phil Perry. I dance with my husband to that song every year on our anniversary.

  12. Stacey Kinzebach
    · July 9th, 2021 at 9:55 am · Link

    Old Time Rock and Roll by Bob Seger.

  13. Angel M Shaw
    · July 9th, 2021 at 11:57 am · Link

    Happy by Pharrell

  14. Courtney Kinder
    · July 9th, 2021 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
    Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars
    I Wanna Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston

  15. Mary McCoy
    · July 10th, 2021 at 12:40 am · Link

    Any Irish folk music, especially by the Black Brothers.

  16. Delilah
    · July 11th, 2021 at 10:39 am · Link

    Thanks to everyone for sharing! I saw some favorites of my own in this list!

    The winner of the Amazon gift card is…Stacey Kinzebach!

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