If it wasn't for music, I actually wouldn't be here. I don't mean this in a 'music saved my life' kind of way..... I mean it literally!! If music didn't exist, neither would I!
In the late 60's - early 70's my dad was in a band.
My Dad.... the lead singer
My Dad.... the poser!! (2nd from left)
According to my Dad, he had his fair share of groupies! I wont challenge the rumour, he was a handsome devil. On one magical evening on some snow resort somewhere, my Dad and his band (The Thunderbolts...) were bashing out their tunes and in the crowd was his future wife. Apparently she wasn't quite as easy as his usual groupies so this one he had to work hard for..........
My Mum.... the successful groupie!
Thankfully for my brother and then me, he charmed her and they hooked up!
From then on, and throughout my childhood, music was a massive influence in my family. Dad went on to become a DJ when the band fell apart so he was always putting sets together and sourcing new sounds. Mum would listen to her favourite tunes as she cleaned or read or knitted.
Major influences in my childhood were The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Rickie Lee Jones, John Lennon, Van Morrison..... a real 60's & 70's theme! As I reached the land of teenage - dom (doom more like it..) you could find me locked away in my room/dungeon blaring artists such as The Doors, Nirvana, Hole and Smashing Pumpkins. My parents must have cringed with some of the songs they would have heard over and over again!!!
Now as I 'do' adult hood, the 70's still heavily influence my tastes. I love The Beatles still, I adore Rickie Lee Jones, I love John Lennon's story telling. Anything current that I tune into seems to have that 70's flare too.
Its funny, my boys are developing their tastes and I love their wide variety of choices. On their Ipods you will find a real mix. They have a bit of what I love plus their favourite chart toppers. Ill be made to listen to Justin Biebers new song..... cringe.... or something by Usher..... I encourage their love for music however so I smile and nod. 'Do you like it mum?' 'Oh yes, its great'.... (just not my cup of tea, but your kids taste of music really shouldn't be, should it?!)
So, as I close today's Thankful rant, I can hear John Lennon telling me all about Karma, and how its instant and it gonna get me, so I better get myself together...... Such wise words.
All together now.... 'and we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun........'
What kind of music has influenced your life?