I was born with 4 years left to go in the 70s in the Eastern portion of Tennessee. Now I know what you're thinking, there needs to be some banjos playing in the background. And I don't necessarily disagree. I am hill folk and so were my parents and their parents before them. I have 2 older brothers and an older sister as well as a younger sister and a younger brother. My family wasn't Catholic, just bored.
While my oldest sister was learning musically through the sounds of Southern Rock greats such as Skynard and Marshall Tucker, it was my oldest brother that picked up and ran with what eventually drove and created the better part of my musical taste, New Wave. From Duran Duran to Siouxie and the Banshees, Katrina and the Waves to Midnight Oil, this pop infused trip through the musical gambit pushed me harder and harder to hear as much as I could. As I grew older and music began to change from New Wave to Alternative, I changed with it. Looking back there really wasn't too much of a change, the progression was natural. 80s music splintered into the more marketable sounds of Janet and Michael, George Michael and the like and I followed The Cure, The Smiths, The B-52's, The Cult, The Clash. One thing you will see as a recurring theme in my musical taste are bands that start with "The". I don't know exactly what it is about them but they litter the landscape of my musical journey.
Flash forward into high school. It's now the early 90s and I have learned a lot. Most of it about myself but I know that on top of the delicious sounds only a synthesizer can produce, I also love drum machines and loops and samples and adventure. House, Drum and Bass, Techno and more electronic sounds start to proliferate my music collection as well as straight up dance pop. Like I said earlier though, I followed New Wave into 90s Alternative as well and I was just at the right age to be prone to the angst and feelings of self-everything to get swept up into the Grunge movement. Now I don't think that's a bad thing, just a thing. Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Breeders and many many more helped to round out my musical experience.
As I have grown into an adult and listened to more and more types of music and experienced as much as possible, I am finding that my love for New Wave and Alternative are still solid at the core of my taste. I love pop music, I love dance music and I can get behind more genres than I care to list. I heard a quote about music in general that said:
"Music is music and it shouldn't matter as long as it gets you where you need to go."So before this post gets too long, I say Hello and welcome to each and everyone of you. I look forward to this trip we are going to take and hope that we all can learn something from it.
I'll come up with some catch tag line or what not later.
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