i know i've talked about my love of music on past posts. and i'm too lazy to look them up to see what i talked about.
lately i've been listening to satellite radio, a station called "the bridge". it's soft rock, singer song writer stuff. the music i grew up listening to.
music was always a big deal to me, even as a small child. i was obsessed with an 8 track my parents had of hank williams. i think that 8 track of old hank singing his lonesome tunes was my first musical obsession. i must have been around 4 or 5 years old.
when i was 6 we moved to kentucky. i remember driving through the hills of appalachia with my dad, listening to jim croce. "operator" was such a sad song. and "bad bad leroy brown" was hilarious. we'd sing out loud to that one.
my next musical memory is when we moved back to ohio. my parents bought a house in willowick and let me have the large attic bedroom. i also got my first radio. i was 8 years old, and that clock radio blew my mind! i couldn't believe all the free music, different stations, DJs who were interesting, it was all in that small clock radio.
here's a pic of me in my new bedroom, back in 1978, before we painted and decorated.
the song that changed my life: billy joel's "honesty". i can remember hearing it, sitting on my bed in that attic bedroom, in that new & strange house. i LOVED that song. and so began my billy joel obsession. i bought every one of his albums, and learned to play piano.
in 1980 we got cable and MTV. so much good music! i loved new wave. berlin "metro" was an obsession. i think my mom bought me the cassette and put it in my easter basket. i loved john waite's "missing you", the thompson twins, "der kommissar"(the version by after the fire, not falco.) frankie goes to hollywood, hall & outs, til tuesday, etc...
by high school i was ready for something new. i fell in love with the soundtrack to "pretty in pink". i was mesmerized by the final track, "please please please let me get what i want" by the smiths. i'd never heard anything like it.
so the smiths became my obsession, along with REM, the cure, and the cocteau twins. MTV's "120 minutes" became a sunday night ritual.
i discovered tom waits, kate bush, bjork, so many alternative musicians, some that i still listen to today, some 25 years later.
this post is too long, but i guess i'll publish, with some random pics!