My earliest recollection of musical exposure was standing in the living room gyrating my hips and keeping time to the music with exaggerated right leg and foot movements all the while mouthing the words to an Elvis Presley song playing on my Parents 8 track tape player. Why was I doing that you ask? The answer is pretty simple you see, the music moved me and made me want to dance but also it entertained my Mother! The song that was playing was Hound Dog, one of the most popular songs from him. Some of my other recollections include upbeat disco songs playing on the record player by a very well known group the Bee Gees. My Mother was absolutely entranced with Berry Gibb of the Bee Gees and I remember distinctly my Mother being very excited for Saturday Night Fever to come out in the movie theaters so she could listen to her favorite band and see her favorite actor John Travolta. Throw in a Kenny Rogers album, and some Eagles Songs and that was my child hood exposure to music. Still to this day I love those songs and those bands I was exposed to and those songs pop vivid memories into my head from my child hood.
When I talk about musical transition I am not necessarily talking about how sometimes songs start at a high tempo or a low tempo and either slow down or speed up. Those types of transitions are classic and iconic such as Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin or In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins. I am talking about a persons’ musical transition. The transitions that people make when they move from genre to genre during their life. I believe that music is a part of peoples lives whether they like it or not. A person can choose to be a huge fan of music (like me) or choose not to be. There are people who just listen to music on the radio and do not really buy Albums by groups and there are other people that have to have that one bands album or all of their albums or that one pop single that everyone loves (all about that bass comes to mind). My point is that music is part of our environment even if we don’t get into it and start playing a musical instrument like people do. (like me again). The earliest group gatherings had music playing. To illustrate my point can you think of any advertisement that does not include some sort of music in it? If you can think of one please post it in the comments because I cannot think of any. Every Movie that comes out has music in it. Every TV show that is on has music in it or at least at the start of it.
Because music is a part of our environment and a part of our lives I submit that everyone has a soundtrack. Everyone has some song or tone or mind numbing guitar solo that effects them. A song or sound that pops memories into their heads however fleeting they are. It brings a person to a past time in their life if only for a brief second, that is a persons soundtrack. Lets face it, life goes on and stuff happens, good stuff, bad stuff, romantic stuff, energetic stuff, even high adrenaline stuff. It happens to everyone and I am willing to bet that, like me, it has an effect on your musical taste. One day you could be listening to the latest pop song when all of a sudden something happens and then next day blues music really starts to appeal to you. One day you could be driving your truck to a party listening to the new Luke Bryant album. When you arrive at the party they are playing really heavy aggressive music and you spot that special someone, the one girl or guy that will no doubt change the direction of your life and all of a sudden you start digging the new heavy aggressive music. This does not mean that during this musical transition you forsake all other music you listen to before, the new transition just adds to your memories, it adds to your soundtrack. Everyone has a sound track!
This post went way longer than I expected it to but I want to leave you, my faithful reader with my musical transition, my soundtrack so far!
1971 – early 80’s – Elvis Presley, Eagles, Bee Gees, Beatles (early soundtrack while growing up)
early 80’s – late 80’s – Hair metal, Kiss, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Ozzy, (Hormone racing, Immortal feeling time in my life)
late 80’s – 2004 – Classic Rock, Alternative, Grunge, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Rush, Souxsie and the Banshees, Sisters of Mercy, The Church, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Smashing pumpkins, Nirvana, Letters to Cleo (Awakening period and transition to adulthood)
2004-2015 – Delta Blues, Blues, Blues Rock, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie, Son House, Charlie Patton, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, BB King, Dr John, Jonny Lang, Joe Bonamassa (Troubled Times, Sad Events, Hard times in my life)
2015 – present – Delta Blues, Blues Rock, Jazz, country (well not just yet but I am trying to like it) Classic Rock, Funk (Optimism is the key to victory, Awaiting new and wonderful adventures that are just around the bend. This is me finding myself again)
Above is my musical soundtrack chronological timeline. I would be interested to see how others timelines look like so feel free to post it in the comments. Thanks for reading and I will do my best to post more frequently.