I am no stranger to music when it comes to getting a grip on my life and the soul parts of it. I grew up in pretty interesting home. My parents were different in their musical tastes. My mother introduced me to classical music as well as the hymns. My Father would slip in with gospel music, bluegrass and a little rock-in-roll. Both of them however were children of the 50s and 60s and so some of that music was on the shelves as LP records – yeah baby, old vinyl! I got introduced to jazz, do whap, the Beatles and oddly enough Iron Butterfly. In A Gadda Da Vida is 17 minute song but it definitely started me down the path to hard rock and eventually metal.
My teenage years were spent with the 80s music stars (which my daughter loves incidentally) but also the music of metal. Not the hair metal bands mind you (although I can listen to them unlike other metal heads who despise them) but the stuff that people would at the time make fun of at times because they didn’t put on makeup or wear their hair up in big hair styles. Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden. You get the idea. I simply found myself gravitating to anyone who good do good harmony – Probably why Boston slipped in there.
The problem is I never found it in my heart to hate any form of music. Why a lot of music fans give their total loyalty to one brand of music that they cling to and have so much venom for other forms escaped me. I never felt this way because I guessed given the infinite variety of people, their would be infinite variety of music. I am a child of many generations when it comes to music. Music is an expression of heart and soul no matter who does it or how. Now I have the same standards I do with art. if I can play it or learn to do it in a day, I don’t have a lot of love for it.
More recently I have added to my list of music forms I enjoy. Acapella music like Pentatonix and this little ditty that involves no more than voices and common objects:
I have also picked up a few new metal bands along the way. Most notably a J-pop/metal group known as BabyMetal. They have a lot of songs for such a young band but here is a fun one:
Thanks to BabyMetal for making metal fun again. “Why So Serious?” has been my complaint about metal for the last ten years. Yeah, me and the Joker.
There was of course all the Christian music of all the above types I collected over they years. Too many to mention.
My point, my soul has a tendency to resonate with a lot of different music and it is not uncommon for me for to listen to a wide variety of music to get the right vibe for a lot of my activities. Writing, Reading and all the rest often has background of music somewhere. So the rundown as I listen to In A Gadda Da Vida by Iron Butterfly. If you want a listen here is a live version from 1968: (remember 17 minutes long)
Finances: Things are in a holding pattern as I sort or my education and possible second job stuff.
Family: Love everyone and my oldest was thinking of me today so I guess I have it pretty decent. He was the inspiration behind this post so all is well.
Reading: No progress on the fiction reading but I hear Robert Heinlein’s books still calling. Soon I hope.
Writing: Music Therapy as it would be clear from this post. Trying to get some inspiration from surfing different songs and it seems to be working. Hopefully I will catch up with the blog sometime this week because of it.
I don’t know something tells me I would enjoy more of the 1960s stuff if drugs were involved.
Blessings and Cheers!!!