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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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