I am guest posting for Mr. Wednesday as he is detained out of the city for the time being.
So we’ll give it a go. All I could think to write about was me and my music experiences, and luckily this Thin Lizzy stuff is feeding right into it. So, read on if you care to.
I’m not sure why I like some music over others, but I do know it definitely helps to have an open mind and encouragement to like something never heard before, or even heard but disliked. Look at Cramer’s experience with Thin Lizzy. That’s what I’m talking about.
When I began, my parents were into happy, friendly, 50s rock, especially the kind that leaned over a bit to the sexy side. So, that gave me a good base, but I kept hearing other music and I was intrigued. I guess it was curiosity.
What came next was rock of the Rolling Stones variety as well as disco. I was born in ’68, so you can feel the era. So my first album was Donna Summers and my first tape was the Rolling Stones. I remember them because they were the only ones I picked out in a span of years which was probably 5.
My step-father gave me a bunch of country albums and I liked those as well. We’re talking outlaw country. And that music is about having a good time, and I wanted my step-father to like me, and I wanted to have a good time, and it’s fun singing about raising hell when you’re 11. My step-father had a friend who once pulled out a gun to shoot a roach running around his dining room ceiling. He shot it. These were rock ‘n roll attitudes, but in country. I liked it.
In the midst a friend asked if I liked this song by Hall and Oates and I’d never heard of them. She sniffed and was amazed I’d never heard of them. From then on, for some reason it was important to me to know what was going on musically.
Then new wave came along and everybody was doing it in high school. I went to my first concerts, Robert Plant, the Cure, Depeche Mode.
Then off to college where everybody in my circle of friends really listened to 60s music all of the time. It was really weird, actually, looking back. I’m not sure why we did that but it seemed so natural. I mean, I was going to Love and Rockets concerts as well as the Ramones, but I listened to so much Stones and Dylan and my god there was one night where everyone was singing Beatles songs. I had enough by then.
A close friend really loved the Grateful Dead and I really tried to like them and finally, after a few years, I liked them ok. Another close friend really loved Bruce Springsteen and The Modern Lovers. The Modern Lovers was an instant hit, but Bruce took a little longer. Today, I love that guy.
Then came the boyfriends and the music they brought.
Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, Enya
The Lounge Lizards
this weird music that I can’t even remember the name but I think D&D guys love it
Blues, the genre
one guy told me never to listen to live albums
Brian Eno, music that isn’t really music
another guy told me jazz was dead and to stop listening to it
At this point I’m listening to other stuff I never thought I’d like. I know I specifically said when I was in my 20s that I would never like any of that blue hair stuff like Mel Torme or Frank Sinatra. I’m the opposite now.
And I remember listening to this Grace Jones song on the radio in the 80s thinking it was the worst song I had ever heard in my life. I didn’t know who it was for almost a decade, and then I recognized it and liked it!
And I never liked REM in the day, or the Smiths. Now I love the Smiths, and can tolerate REM.
And though I love blues music, I can’t really listen to it right now, and haven’t been able to for years. It might not come back, but I’m ok with that. But I could watch it live if it was a good show. Did you guys ever make it to a lounge, I think it was called Etta’s Lounge, of 610 and around TC Jester or so, and Etta would sing with her feather boa? Man, that was a show.
So, what I think is that music is more about what you have going on on right now, personally, and not necessarily about if it’s good or not.
Kind of like if you haven’t heard about Jesus and then you die, I really don’t think you’re going to hell. If you want to think about it in that way.
It’s better than thinking about like that one scientist who wrote an article saying that past a certain age you’re not going to listen to new music anymore. Whatever. And I read another article that said each generation gets progressively more liberal, but more odd was that it showed that a person rarely changes their political thinking. I mean, people can barely keep their minds about anything, but they can keep a particular political view for the span of their lives? Bizarre.
I am just happy to keep finding new music, and discovering old music I never gave a chance or got a chance to really listen to.