Could there be anything more unifying in this world than music? Nothing comes to mind. Most of us have soundtracks of our lives; that song you hear that brings you right back to a certain time period, a place, a special person. You’ll hear a song that seems like it was written with you in mind. And whether you’re a fan of Blues, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Rock and Roll, or anything in between, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
This Saturday, April 18, 2015, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions will take place in Cleveland, Ohio (to be televised on May 30 on HBO). This years inductees include: Bill Withers, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, Lou Reed, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Green Day, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, The “5” Royales, and Ringo Starr. There’s no doubt we all have opinions about who should (and shouldn’t) be inducted into the hall. Some love the event, some don’t care about it at all. No matter what your take is on the ceremonies, you have to agree that it’s a great excuse to celebrate and talk about music.
Music (Rock and Roll in particular) has always played an important part in my life. Always. I went to my first concert at the age of 3 (Argent at the Tower Theater) and have been to many since. As you grow up and grow older, our taste in music can sometimes change. Being a kid in the 70’s was an incredible time for music. My family introduced me to bands like ELO, Foreigner, Boston, Billy Joel, Elton John, and of course, the Beatles, to name a few. As a teenager in the 80’s, my taste was largely dictated by top 40 radio and music videos. Duran Duran, Flock of Seagulls, Blondie, Joan Jett, et al., was what you would’ve heard in my larger than life earphones. I owned some of those albums (not only pop…ease up) but much of my library of music consisted of “mix tapes” that I made for myself by waiting for my favorite songs to come on the radio and hitting record at JUST the right time. The 90’s brought the likes of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana and Foo Fighters into my life (in disc form). In the years since then, many bands have worked their way into my heart and my music library. Music is ever-changing. Now that I’m a parent, I try to remember how my favorite songs made me feel as I was growing up (and how they continue to make me feel), when I hear something my kid is playing that I’m not fond of. I’m just happy that he shares the passion I have for music. After all, it is the universal language.
This week, we’ll be talking to a variety of people who have something to do with music. We will also have a couple of fun polls in keeping with that theme so we can find out what YOU think. As always, we welcome your comments on the articles, send us a private message and of course like and share us in our many social media forums.
We thank you for reading and hope you enjoy what we have in store for you this week. Rock on!