I recently finished the “Music That Means Something” challenge.
Don’t know this challenge? Here is the basic idea:
Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
Post what the lyrics mean to you. (Optional)
Post the name of the song and a video.
Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge. –>Well…, All of you! :)
I was “volunteered” by Sue Vincent ;) And I did it my way (like Frank, both Zappa and Sinatra). Because of that, I felt I needed a little nightcap. Uhm, I mean I need a little recap….
Here is the Intro I did for this.
And here is the list, with links, of posts:
- The Who – Tommy
- Wendy Carlos – Switched on Bach
- Isao Tomita – Snowflakes are Dancing
- Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother
- Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
First, you’ll noticed I chose entire albums, not songs. I also posted videos instrumentals (OK, since I ended up posting the entire of Shine on You Crazy Diamond there were lyrics).
I created some perimeters for myself. All of the music I chose I first heard in the 10 year period from when I was 5 to 15 years old. All of the music had a large impact on how I heard, understood, listened to, wrote and performed music. These were all Earth-shattering in their own ways.
Besides videos from the albums themselves, I also posted videos of my music that was influenced by the given album.
Notice how much electronic music there is on the list? Notice two Pink Floyd albums? And they weren’t even my favorite, but they were, by far, the most influential. Also notice that the non-classical (well non-electronic-recreations-of-classical) are where rock and classical mix, but by pushing rock into classical proportions, not by trying to merge the two. (I love prog, a fusion of classical and rock, but that’s different.)
What wasn’t included is almost as telling as what was included. Yes was my favorite band when I was in high school. Rick Wakman was my hero. And yet, I think I was more influence musically by Pink Floyd. Also, since I chose these years you don’t see music that was put out during this time yet made a huge impact on my later life. I once did a post about David Bowie’s Low album. I listened to jazz at this time, but it wasn’t huge in my life until later. Same with classical (besides electronic versions). There was also other great electronic music, Like Larry Fast’s Synergy, that I loved. Oh, how about Tangerine Dream? About 80% of modern modular analog synthesizer music is heavily influenced by T. D. I liked them, but not as much as others. Also, notice the absence of Beatles? If you’ve seen my Coffee Share posts you may have seen posts with a pyramid of Beatles’ mugs. I love the Beatles, but I honestly can’t say they influenced my music more than the ones I chose. And there is none of the Punk, New Wave, New Age, etc., etc., that I listened to later. No folk. No pop.
What do you think of the music I chose?
It was interesting taking this walk down memory lane. I mean, I still listen to all of this music, but I doing this I “heard it for the first time” again. All of it was hugely influential and every note I’ve written ultimately has its roots here. Which you can hear in my videos.
A last note – I haven’t put any new videos on Youtube in ages, so I also quickly threw two together for this. Since these are new, I’ll post them again ;)
I hope you enjoyed this music walk down memory lane into where my odd tastes originated ;)
OK, time for my nightcap…