Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I'm a Pepper!

I'm not certain where our muscial tastes come from. It's not just growing up with certain types of music that makes you like it. I grew up with the Beatles and the Stones. I like the Beatles, but I don't like the Stones (okay maybe a couple of their songs). I also grew up with disco. Enough said?

I learned to like classical music listening to Bugs Bunny cartoons growing up. I picked up fondness for big band music and showtunes from my father. I learned about the Beatles from Ed Sullivan and was inspired to buy my first album (Revolver). I listened to pop music on a tiny battery powered transistor radio while growing up in Idaho. It really taught me to appreciate lots of different types of music (dependent upon the signal de jour).

I began playing soprano clairinet in grade school (my dad had played it briefly when he was young). By junior high I was playing contra alto and bass clairnets. Later I would play contrabass clairnet in the all-state band. But I also played guitar, bass guitar and even bass drum if required in the marching band.

Band further taught me to appreciate classical and more traditional forms of music (though in my senior year we built our football halftime show around Jesus Christ Superstar and Live and Let Die). The first rock concert I ever went to in Boise was Boz Scaggs. The second was Cheap Trick and Molly Hatchet. Later, when I moved to Seattle where big bands actually toured through, I saw Little River Band, Moody Blues, ZZ Top, the Prentenders, Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton, Harry Chapin, Air Supply, Tori Amos, and (hate to admit it) Barry Manilow.

I know it is cliche, but I literally do like lots of different types of music. Most importantly, music should make me feel something. It doesn't have to be a major emotional epiphany (though Pink Floyd moves me every time). It can simply make my head twitch because I like the beat (this explains the Kid Rock, Eminem, and Rob Zombie in my collection). In the right mood, I'll even listen to Garth Brooks, Brooks and Dunn, Willie Nelson. And I do have most of Elvis' early music.
But if push comes to shove, I will always consider the Beatles the cornerstone of my musical roots (sorry Kristy). Because you always remember the first album you buy (I'm not sure what the iTunes generation is going to remember).
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