Your Number One
What was the #1 song when you were born? (not sure? you can find out here.) Write about how the song relates (or not!) to your personality.
by John Yeo
Well according to this link, the song that was number one when I was born was "Chattanooga Choo-Choo " by Glen Miller and his Orchestra. I actually have heard and even danced to this song many times in my early life, without realising the significance of the year it was number one.
I don't think this wonderful big band sound has any relation at all to me or my personality. I have to admit that the music is pleasing to me and I find myself humming the tune, now that I have heard the music on the world-wide-web again after many, many years.
Strangely I have an idea that as this song was number one at the time of my birth, I think of my parents happily enjoying this music. It was towards the end of the Second World War and music must have meant so much to them to lift their spirits from the gloom of wartime.
Strangely by a sheer coincidence the prompt for "Flash fiction for Aspiring Writers" this week is a photograph of a steam engine. I decided to use the theme of Chattanooga Choo-Choo in answer to both prompts in one post.
Having done quite a bit of research on the story behind the song, I find that there never was an actual train that gave rise to the song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo". I do think that the images that come to mind from the words of the song, and the many variations of magical performances by many artistes are very inspiring.
From just this research and my background reading, I have developed a great interest in Chattanooga and the Appalachian mountains. Although I am not a steam train enthusiast, the draw of a trip through some beautiful scenery soaking up the history of the American railroad is magnetic and very tempting.
© Written by John Yeo