• what i like & why i like it

    8. Jul. 2008, 17:46

    Music has been an integral part of my life as far back as I can remember. I fondly remember being in the back of my parents' Chevy van in the late 70's as they listened to the Beatles on their 8-track player (I LOVED the music from Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band). I loved hearing KC & the Sunshine Band and other similar artists on the radio around the same time, and in the 80s, I discovered probably my all-time favorite band, Duran Duran.

    With MTV came the discovery of a world of music that enticed me. Forever wanting to be like my big brother, though, I focused most of my attention in the mid to late 80's listening to Metallica and Van Halen, and embarrassingly enough, bands like Def Leppard, Anthrax, Poison, Motley Crue, Cinderella (what was i thinking??), White Snake, White Lion, Great White (what was glamour metal's obsession with white?), and other terribly vain big hair bands. (Disclaimer - my brother was NOT a fan of the big hair bands, & I was NEVER a fan of Bon Jovi).

    When my brother grew up & moved away, my musical taste migrated to a totally polar side of music, hip hop. My brother and his friends had introduced me to the then dark side of rap (NWA, etc.) and I settled into less controversial groups like De La Soul, PM Dawn, Heavy D & the Boyz, Das Efx, Digable Planets, Arrested Development, Will Smith, and my favorite - A Tribe Called Quest. By this time, the compact disc was born and I had a rather extensive collection of CDs.

    I became an avid BET watcher, and fell in love with most of what I heard, including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Keith Sweat, Brian McNight, Ralph Tresvant, Boys II Men, Jodeci, Tony, Toni, Tone', and plenty more. I toned down my choices because of the language & lyrical themes of most rap & heavy metal, and settled into an era of R&B in the late 90's/early 2000's.

    My husband is a fan of artists like Stevie Wonder, Rose Royce, BlackStreet, Lauryn Hill, and similar artists, and I soon fell in love too.

    During one of the most difficult times in my life, I found solace in the tragic style of Alanis Morisette and similar artists.

    With the help of the internet, I've rekindled my affection for the sadly underrated era of the 80's, with awesome artists like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Simple Minds, Simply Red, and much, much more. I love a lot of the current selection--Justin Timberlake and Rihanna on the R&B/hip hop side and almost anything listed under the genres of alternative, indie, emo labels.

    I have a distinct displeasure for gospel or Christian music because of the false teachings stated in their lyrics, and there is very little country music I can tolerate, with the exception of Lee Ann Womack, Alison Krauss, and a few others.

    I do not endorse or advocate any of the artists listed, because many of them have questionable and sometimes downright immoral or obscene lyrics, but I wanted to include them because they are part of my history.