My 1968 Soundtrack!

“Music melts all the separate parts of our bodies together. Every rusty fragment, every scattered piece could be melted into one rhythm. A note was a whole, and it was in motion, ascending or descending, swelling in fullness or thrown away, thrown out into the air, but always moving.”
~Anaïs Nin

Today I’m focused on 1968, the penultimate look back at the soundtrack of MY teenage life. It was an extraordinary year in music … Actually it was an extraordinary year in a lot of ways.
It was a year we lamented lost leaders while revolution was in the air. We discussed sympathy for the devil while wondering who really was to blame. The promise ignited by 1967’s summer of love had fallen asleep while guitars gently wept and waiting hopes cast silent spells.
It was the year of Big Pink, matchstick men, heavy metal thunder, lost continents, chest fevers, crossfire hurricanes, lonely docks, and trains of freedom.
We all looked at bent-backed tulips while walking on love streets, and we heard the crying of humanity as sky pilots fell and palace revolutions raged all along the watchtowers.
It was a year in music like no other, so while these medleys are long, there was no way I could leave any of it out.

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Soundtrack To My Life 1968 Medley / Part 1

Beach Boys – Big Brother & The Holding Company – Rascals
Dion – Rolling Stones – Beatles – Deep Purple
The Band – Three Dog Night – Turtles – Otis Redding
Monkees – Zombies – Canned Heat – Rolling Stones
Status Quo – Steppenwolf – Joe Cocker – Donovan
Tommy James & The Shondells – Beatles

Play button is on the left … Volume slider is on the right

Soundtrack To My Life 1968 Medley / Part 2

Simon & Garfunkel – Beatles – Bee Gees
Doors – Donovan – Animals
Rolling Stones – Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Who – Steppenwolf

Comments (8)

  1. Barbara Brill

    What a ride the week has been Ray— It is so interesting to listen to the lyrics of the 60’s as a compilation … the music consistently speaks to the anger, unrest and need for change … and yet it also speaks of our interest in peace and living together … that music fueled our spirits as we prepared to go out into the world and leave our mark …. of people being free, living together, things getting better … we were naïve but hopeful … and we were energized and anxious …. listening also carries with it sadness … our time to inspire, be part of those changes and in fact make the world a better place is over … we did our best and now is our time to rest — thank you Ray for giving us an opportunity to look back at our youth …. and for the record we made the ever ready bunny look like a slug!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Loved the comments, Barbara … especially the last one! 🙂

  2. Mary Helen Hawthorne

    Have so enjoyed these medleys especially today…great intro and Nin quote! Am I correct that these medleys will be available for constant replay later?

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thank you, Mary Helen. 🙂

      I appreciate the comments about the intro … and yes, I will be gone after May 4, but the medleys will be available until the end of time.

  3. Donna

    Memory Lane a favorite walk. Thank you Mr. D.J. You rock!

    1. Ray (Post author)

      Thanks, Donna. 🙂

  4. Wendyl

    I wonder what my music taste would be like without your influence….because I know, without a doubt, it has made all the difference! I have been dancing around listening to these 2 incredible medleys. What a lovely thing to do after sitting at a computer allll day! So thank you for that! I also feel pretty proud of myself, and by extension, you, because I recognize ALL of these songs with the first seconds of hearing them. BOOM! #raisedright #MusicMaster #Daddy’sGirl #thankyouforthemusic

    1. Ray (Post author)



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