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Around the first time I ever knew of anybody playing a cello, I thought that instrument was invented for violinists who had played so long as to wear out their chin and shoulder and therefore could no longer hold a violin in the normal position for any length of time. A cello was essentially the same instrument, I thought, designed to rest on the floor so they could continue to play it after their chin and shoulder were worn out. I hadn't yet learned back then about different sized instruments having different pitch ranges.
During one phase of my childhood, someone convinced me that no respectable kind of music was ever played on a guitar. I even got the idea during that time that "guitar" was like a "dirty word" and I wasn't supposed to say it.
Im 13 and I believed up until a few days ago that the USA's National Athem was a Christmas Carol! I found out because we were talking about what Christmas Carols we thought were kinda strange and random, and I started singing it and my friend burst into hysterics and told me that it was the USA's national athem!
When I was in kindergarden I used to believe that whenever we would sing "if you're happy and you know it clap your hands", the teacher was making a specific reference to something. In fear of her asking me what "it" was, I never clapped my hands. Now I know why teachers spent so much extra time with me.
When I was little I used to think the song "Smooth Operator" by Sade was about a lady who answered phones--you know, an operator. (Operators are standing by).
When I was three or four, I firmly believed that I had written the song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"... because some how I knew the tune and all the words but couldn't remember ever hearing it outside of me singing it. One Christmas (this was 1985 or 1986) my dad's entire family was at our house. I stood up in front of the tree and asked them if they wanted to hear the song I wrote, and proceded to sing Rudolph (minus the You know Dasher and Dancer... part because I had never heard that section of it at that point).
I would love to know what their reactions to this were now that I am twenty years older!!
i used to believe that if i thought of a song i would get it sucked out of my head and some pop star would make it
i also believed that if i would amke up a good line the media would come and interrigate you into telling them it
I used to think that musicians made songs fade out by moving away from the microphone. I had this mental image of the whole band walking backwards with their instruments as they approached the end of the song.
When people talked about dentist's office music, I heard it as "Dennis Stoffers music." I thought that Dennis Stoffers was a musician who made very boring music that nobody liked.
I used to believe when I was about 5 or 6 that the song "Downtown" was all about Halifax where I live
When I was about 5 years old, my aunt would always sing the song "You are my sunshine, my only sunshine..." (I don't know the title) to me because she knew I hated it. At the age of 5 I must have been pretty messed up, because I thought the song was a guy who got caught cheating on his wife. I thought he was singing the song to his mistress, telling her she was his sunshine, when his wife found them together. He then sang to his wife, "You never know dear, how much I love you, so please don't take my sunshine away." Sick mind I had.
Back in the late 70s when I was about 6 or 7 I used to sleep over my aunt's house from time to time. My cousins were teens at that point. They listened to a lot of disco and everytime I heard a song with the word "boogie" in it, I thought that they were referring to boogers.
"Get Up And Boogie" to me meant stop dancing and clean all the boogers out of your nose. LOL!!!
I always used to listen to Journey when i was a kid and i had their greatest hits tape. and you kno how songs like fade out when your listenin to the tapes.. well i was like 6 and i was like "mom! mom! i know how they do that! the keep playin quieter and quieter until you cant hear them anymore!" and she's just like "thats right honey", i didnt realize what actually happened until i was about 14
When I first heard the term "symphony orchestra", I thought it was "sympathy orchestra". So I envisioned that it was a kind of orchestra that played only at funerals or other events to console friends and relatives of someone deceased.
I used to believe if you listened to to music upside down the music would be backwards
I used to think the conductor of the orchestra actually told the band what notes to play by waving the stick in a certain direction. I always wanted to stand up before an orchestra and wave the stick around to see what kind of music I could make!
When I listened to the radio I thought the bands were at the station playing live. If I changed the station and heard the same band, I couldn't understand how they got to the other station so fast.
I remember when I was about 4 there would be this song on Barney. It was on a bunch of other shows, but I remember seeing this one first.
"Down by the bay where the watermelons grow, back to my home i dare not go. for if i do my mother will say. "Would you ever see a bear combing his hair down by the bay"
i remember being scared to DEATH of watermelons because of that. i saw the barney music video and they just flashed watermelons like ONCE, but i was SCARED. i have no idea why i was afraid of the watermelons, but i remember it alright!
I used to strongly believe that the 70's metal band Kansas played country music, because kansas is in the country therefore I wouldn't let anyone listen to it cos I was convinced country was evil, for no desernible reason.
You know what the really sad part of that is? I was born and raised till age 8 in kansas.
Every (former)child in my family has a copy of the record "The Muppets Christmas With John Denver". Just a few Christmases ago we were all sitting around talking about it, and my sister and cousins were saying something about how much fun it must have been to record it. I casually observed how funny it was that it was an album supposedly made by singing puppets, and they all looked at me like I had just shoved Santa off the roof. Even though they were in their late 20's/early 30's, they still believed that the album had been recorded in some giant studio, with John Denver really surrounded by all the Muppets, who were really all being worked by the puppeteers so they were "singing along".