Musically that is…

The other day I got an email from one of my friends and former colleagues who wanted to compliment me on my Jeffrey at 50 posts about my Top 50 music, movies, travel destination lists that I have compiled (and will continue to compile until I run out of Top 50 things to compile).

I was especially interested in what he had to say about my musical choices in that I did not include any bands or artists from the “00’s” and that most of my musical choices were from the 70’s and the 80’s.

He’s right.

When I was putting together my Top 50 List of songs that were a part of me growing up, I couldn’t think of any songs from the past, say 10 or 15 years that have stuck in my mind. I guess when you come right down to it I am still stuck in the 70’s.

I guess I will forever be stuck in the 70’s and a part of the 80’s. There are any number of reasons for this, the more obvious one being was that the 70s were my teenage years, followed by four years in the military and then college—a period which would have a strong influence on anyone musically.

And as I get older, I always keep on coming back to 1979, 1980, 1981 when I think about the music I loved to listen to the most; the music that defined those years for me. I think a lot had to do with where I was stationed in the U.S. Air Force—on a base in the Mojave Desert. For almost two years I listened to some hip FM stations out of LA, which brought me up to date with a lot of music I had missed out on the first time around, and some of the new music defining the times from the likes of Tom Petty, The Pretenders, The Cars, and The Talking Heads.

And then I was in Carbondale, Illinois attending Southern Illinois University and going to some great concerts thanks to Pete Katsis who was on the university’s concert committee that brought bands like Ultravox, The Pretenders, The Rockats, and artists like Elton John, and Jeff Beck to the university. Later it would be concerts in Chicago like The Stray Cats and The Cure, and of all places Merrillville, Indiana to see Devo.

There’s no question that those years were some pretty important ones for me and it’s no surprise that I keep on going back to them when I want to listen to some great music as well as earlier in the 70s and the 60s.

Years ago, another former colleague here in Korea bemoaned the fact that there had been no good music made after 1972.

“Get out of here,” I told him, defending the honor and musical integrity of bands like R.E.M., U2, Peter Gabriel, The Clash, Ramones, The Talking Heads, The Eagles and Nirvana to name but a few of the more influential bands and artists that gained notoriety after his 1972 cut-off date and ones that I have enjoyed listening to the most over the years. “How can you say that when there has been so much good music since?”

He probably wasn’t too far off with his claim because now I kind of feel the same way when I say that there really hasn’t been anything musically earth trembling since Nirvana’s Nevermind and that was over 15 years ago, so I guess I wasn’t that far off when I said that I would be hard pressed to come up with anything since then that has rocked my world.

I don’t mind that I am stuck in the 70s and the 80s (and sometimes the 60s).

I am just happy to have the memories and the music that has defined who I am and yes, rocked my world.