Music… It’s something that I love but I would not say it’s a passion of mine. I am not someone who looks forward to New Music Tuesdays or preorders an album. I do need to have music when I drive and it’s good to have on when I clean or cook. That’s the extent of it. It’s not a constant – I don’t even listen to it at my desk at work most days. I think this stems from growing up in a house where the radio was hardly ever on (unless my sisters let me in the bedroom when they were listening to records) and MTV’s early days was occasionally blocked from cable depending on dad’s mood. That being said…I AM a HUGE fan of 80’s rock, Hair Bands, Old School Heavy Metal, Grunge, Punk and Alternative. Because of my dad’s influence, I also have some big bands and swing on my ipod. I have been thinking about all this lately. I have been feeling a bit nostalgic for the good ol’ days. Some of my best memories and milestones revolve around music.
When I was little in the late 70’s early 80’s I had Strawberry Shortcake and Sesame Street records. The dawn of the video era during the summer of 1981 even at 6 years old, made an impression on me. Bye bye kiddie records! Here comes the Moon Man and he’s brought Simon Le Bon with him! Who else was scared when they first saw the Thriller Video in 1982? I was scared to DEATH- major nightmares! I clearly remember in 1984 when my sister Ellie came home with the new Bruce Springsteen album. She sat me on the top bunk bed and told me I HAD to listen to this song “Pink Cadillac.” 1984 also had Madonna on the verge of career EXPLOSION with Like a Virgin. In 1987 Def Leppard released Hysteria ,Motley Crue released Girls, Girls, Girls and I was HOOKED on hair bands from there. Ellie was also the one who broke the news of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s death in 1990 even though I really did not appreciate or know who she was talking about at the time. It’s something I still remember…. I was in 10th grade in 1991 at the drop of Nirvana’s Nevermind. It seamed like everyone was now a fan of all things grunge except me. I also did not appreciate this album until a few years AFTER Kirk’s death. I was busy banging my head to Metallica’s Black album. 1995 brought on the birth of my daughter and the Goo Goo Dolls’ A boy Named Goo. In 1997 I fell in love with the Foo Fighters The Color and the Shape. Through it all was Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, R.E.M. and a few other classic acts. There are so many more moments that have shaped me into the head case that I am today. But these are the ones that really stick out in my head. If I think back however, there are really on five albums that’s I still listen too on a regular basis without skipping a single song. I think I will leave you with that list for now… Because who doesn’t like a good list?
- Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger
- Foo Fighters – The Color and The Shape
- Metallica – …And Justice For All
- Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up The Girl
- Tom Petty & The Heartbeakers – Greatest Hits ( ok this one should not count since it’s a but I have played this CD so many times I wore it out and had to replace it. )
Do you have a favorite music memory from your childhood? I would love to hear about it!