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28 February 2009 @ 01:35 pm
The Music of Me  
I talk a lot about my fannish activities but I rarely talk music. I am not sure why considering how much music is a part of me. I've been listening to music before I can remember. I was raised with music around me. I have a mother that is heavily invested in music and I figure it was her love for music that left an impact on me today even if we listen to very very different stuff. My dad also likes music, but doesn't have that aching need for it like the rest of the family does.



Actually, it started with my mom. She sings. She was in choir as a teen and she is still in choir now. The thing is she sings everywhere. So I hear her at home too. So when I was a baby she would sing. I don't remember it, but she managed to tape herself singing. I discovered it one day and promptly copied it before the old clunky tape broke. J

I don't remember much of when I was little, but it involved some Mickey Mouse Disco records, Winnie the Pooh, and an old 45 with the song Elvira. I still have all of these.

I was interested in Barbara Mandrel and some other country singers at that time. I also watched Solid Gold religiously. The TV show Fame was big with me, too.

By the time I was around 5, I was invested in music enough to know songs that I would later seek out as a teen. These would be songs by Bonnie Tyler, Yes, and basically all the big songs and artists who were big between 83-86. Since I was just a kid, I listed to a lot of Pop music.

1987 was a big year for me. This was the year that music became my world. Maybe it was because I was getting older. Maybe it was peer influence. Whatever the case was, I got more use out of my stereo and started listening to Top 40 charts. I wanted to be Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. I started getting tapes for Christmas and my birthday. I wanted my radio all the time.

I remember roller skating class trips where we skated to Paradise City by Guns 'N Roses.

By 1989 I was sold. We had cable and now I had access to MTV on top of the stereo. This is when I transitioned from Pop to Rock/Metal. In the late 80's/early 90's I listened to Whitesnake, Damn Yankees, Warrant, Nelson, Metallica, Guns 'N Roses, Skid Row, Cinderella, White Lion, Poison, and Van Halen to name a few.

While I was rocking out, I was also listening to Bobby Brown, Vanilla Ice, Milli Vanilli, Kid 'N Play, MC Hammer, Marky Mark and the Funky bunch, and New Kids on the Block. There are so many more but I can't remember their names right now. I can envision them in my mind, though. One had a group of four guys and they liked to wear pastels. Another was…oh! Boys II Men. But there were tons others.

In the mid-90's, I switched to New Age. I'm thinking it must have been popular at the time. I was big into Enigma and Enya. I started listening to a lot of different types of music. This lasted into my college years. I still seek out different and interesting material today.

I discovered dance and then alternative.

In the late 90's, I was feeling nostalgic for the 80s and decided to find the music I used to listen to when I was a kid. It was during this time I rediscovered Survivor, Styx and Boston. I also could finally name the groups my mom's friend always listened to when she would drive us to school: Toto, Asia, and The Moody Blues.

I rediscovered New Wave and turned my attention to musical scores.

I listened to 80s and New Age mostly during my college years, though I did listen to some musicals during this time. When I graduated, I went back to alt rock. I've mostly stayed with Alternative music this century, though I did have a period when I was swaying toward more of the Adult Contemporary Stuff. I also became interested in video game scores and music, much of which is Japanese. Good stuff.

Supernatural introduced me to classic rock. I'm embraced that happily and was surprised to find I knew a lot of the bands in their 80's personas anyway. I still prefer most of the 80's remnants of the 70's rock, though.

What am I today? Well, my current phase is becoming acquainted with today's metal and hard rock. It's different than the rock when I was young, but it's good. I love the really epic metal stuff with the orchestra touches in the background, the songs that tell stories. I guess these would be the successors to the sweeping story focused rock songs of the 70s.

But I still dabble in a little Pop. And Alternative is my default.

I feel like music can tell you a lot about a person. My musical tastes are eclectic, but I always gravitate back to the power and thrill of a good drumbeat. For me, music is like the blood that pumps through your veins.

Basically, give me a song with a powerful beat and/or haunting lyrics and I am there.

My musical journey has been a varied and wild experience. I look forward to what new music I may discover beyond the horizon.
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{red wine and ambien, you're talking shit again}: random//music will never break your hearpowerof3 on February 28th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
You and I have so much in common with this. I'm a music-o-phile (is that even a word?) too. I might just do a post like this, if I haven't already. ;)

Thanks for sharing a little bit more about yourself. It's lovely to learn about my flist. *squishes you*
Working for the Mandroid: Divinemoonshayde on March 1st, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
I love music so much that I can't deny it :)
crayonbreakygalcrayonbreakygal on February 28th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Mine is very eclectic too. I go from Pop to Country to Classical and back to classic rock. I never know what I might listen to during the day.
Working for the Mandroidmoonshayde on March 1st, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
I love the variety. it means you never get bored :)
Nervous, Messed-Up Marionette: dino musicsuperbadgirl on February 28th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
I think you know my music taste spans a pretty wide range. I love music almost as much as I love books. :)
Working for the Mandroid: Headlightsmoonshayde on March 1st, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
It's essential :)
Autumn Dandelionautumndandelion on February 28th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
Dude, now I want to do a music history sort of thing like you just did.

I was so into Tiffany but especially Debbie Gibson! I loved that Debbie Gibson was a kid like me but was writing her own music. I also loved her sense of style. I had a hat like hers.
Working for the Mandroid: cyclemoonshayde on March 1st, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
I leaned more towards Tiffany. I loved her hair and wnated it bad LOL

If you haven't done it already, go for it! It's a nice trip down memory lane :)
Autumn Dandelionautumndandelion on March 1st, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, I did it. It wound up four pages on MS Word.
     Mandy: Timea_phoenixdragon on March 1st, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Music is beauty - in all of it's forms...

*hugs you*
Working for the Mandroid: Guardian Angel (Sam and Dean)moonshayde on March 1st, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
It truly is :)
Anna: Farscape-Claudialastingdreams8 on March 1st, 2009 08:34 am (UTC)
Wow-I never knew this about you, but it's totally awesome how you can trace your music history like that;)
Working for the Mandroid: Frymoonshayde on March 1st, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
Music is vital to my life. It's a huge part of who I am. I just don't know why I never talk about it.
aizjanikaaizjanika on March 1st, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
I love music. My musical journey is similar to yours except I'm older so mine started in the 60s and also somewhat the 50s, since I listened to my parents' music as a kid. Some specific things are a bit different, too, but in general, pretty similar.

I can't live without music. The few times in my life when I've forgotten that seem like sort of sad and empty times, even though I'm sure they weren't entirely so.
Working for the Mandroid: Clark Heat Visionmoonshayde on March 2nd, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I can't live without it either. It's such a vital part of me. Like writing. I need music and writing to survive. They are esstential to who I am.

It's good to know others feel the same way about music too :)
Banana Cavebanana_cave on March 1st, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
That was a fun post! I love music, but I do not know a lot of popular songs. In fact, I much prefer "indy" music today. I listen to some showtunes, Japanese music (from anime & games, but mostly anime) and I do know some mainstream music.

I think Guitar Hero & Rock Band have given me the chance to learn the lyrics to songs that have been around forever but now I actually know who sings them!
Working for the Mandroid: Angel of the Lordmoonshayde on March 2nd, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
I like some anime music. I have a bunch from a friend who was nice to send me some. I like the more orchestra type anime music over the pop stuff. :)
Banana Cave: Wolf's Rain: Kibabanana_cave on March 15th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
You should check out Yoko Kanno! Her music is AMAZING. She has composed for Cowboy Bebop, Wolf's Rain and bunch of other stuff. Cowboy Bebop was very jazzy, but she has such a wide range.
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Working for the Mandroid: Legendarymoonshayde on March 4th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
I did! I loved them in the 80s ;)