My life is an often-bizarre amalgamation of music, parenting, faith, leadership, mental health, relationships and teaching the dog to come when I call her. This blog often reflects all that, and more.
At least it’s authentic.
I’ve been revisiting a good bit of older music lately; and by ‘older’, I mean the stuff that was around in my most formative years. And by ‘formative years’, I mean the stuff my dad played on the 8-track, and the stuff I listened to in high school, and the 80’s music of my college years. You know – the good stuff.
My youngest son is ‘discovering’ Steely Dan and some old jazz and it’s incredibly rewarding as a parent (He has good taste! I did something right!). Revisiting this music is interesting; it stimulates nostalgia, for sure. But it also makes me think about how solid the actual music is; some of this stuff has staying power, for good reason.
Inevitably, it strikes a chord (see what I did there?), and I find myself thinking about how I have been shaped and formed by particular records. Unlike CDs today, where you just know the number on the disc, there was a particular attachment to vinyl, I think. You got four or five songs on a side, and you had to flip it over to listen to the second side. It was a lot harder to skip around, so listening to a record was a little bit more of an immersive experience, I think. For me, anyway…
I’ve decided to blog about this; about once a week, I’m going to write about a particular record and its influence on my life. Even more exciting and interesting, I’ll have some guest posts on the blog, doing the same thing. I have some friends with fascinating tastes in music, and I find myself curious about their formative influences. I have a few lined up already (AND I’M SO EXCITED!), but there’s room for more – if you’re interested, just let me know!
I haven’t decided what will be first for me, but I’m thinking John Denver.
And just stop turning your nose up. I have my reasons….