When I was very young, I would regularly request that my parents put on the record “Kaleidoscopic Vibrations” by Perrey and Kingsley. They had it in their collection because my maternal grandfather (who died before I was old enough to know him at all) had been an orchestra conductor and had been interested in experimental music. Probably my favorite song from the album was “Umbrellas of Cherbourg.”
When I was a little older, I became enamored with the movie The Neverending Story. One of the things I liked about it was its theme song.
At around the same age, I saw a film at school that included Erasure’s “Chains of Love.” I scanned the credits at the end to identify the song, though I didn’t do anything with that knowledge for many years. Erasure remains one of my favorite music groups today.
A few years later, I heard “Dangerous” by Roxette on the radio, and that became my favorite song for a while.