For those just joining the party, a little history. In a previous life, I have been a DJ. I worked at a country station, a big band station, and did mobile DJ work. All in the early 80’s in and around Miami.
Also in a previous life, I was a worship leader for several churches in the Daytona Beach area. I have been told that I was the “Christian Tom Petty” and that my voice was like the guy from Lady Antebellum. I take both as huge compliments.
Now that we have that out-of-the-way…
What I came here to talk about today are artists/bands/songs that either make me turn up the volume or change the station. This is not a comprehensive list and I ask for comments, both where you think I’m wrong and anything that could be added. And as I’m writing this post, Jethro Tull’s Aqua Lung is playing. While I love this song (and the “follow-up” Locomotive Breath) Wifey® will leave the room when either play, and I’ll turn it up. So that’s a perfect kick off!
Stuff That Makes Me Change The Station
- Anything, and I mean anything, by George Thorogood. There is just something about his whole style that I do not care for. And I love the blues in general, just not his version.
- Along the same lines is Bruce Springsteen. But not every song, just most of them. Again it’s a style thing for me.
- Almost anything from Lynyrd Skynyrd. Especially Free Bird. I will let Simple Man and Curtis Lowe play. Growing up in Florida, they had to be the most overplayed band of my youth. Along with our next entry.
- Led Zepplin. Again, they were like every third song on the radio. I’m so over them.
Stuff That Makes Me Turn Up The Volume
- The Beatles. When my granddaughters on riding with me in my truck, we always have The Beatles channel on SiriusXM playing. But not too loud, don’t want their ears to get as bad as mine.
- CCR. I love John Fogerty’s style. Every one of their songs gets me rocking.
- Crosby, Stills & Nash (with or without Young). Songs I learned to play very early. Although I could never quite get the right sound out of my guitar. It wasn’t until much later that I learned that Stephen Stills used an alternate tuning.
- So we also need to add Neil Young as a solo artist. Wifey® doesn’t care for Mr. Young. Something about his voice. But I love his melodies, harmonies, and lyrics.
- Just about any other “Southern Rock” band other than Skynyrd. Molly Hatchet (Especially their cover of Dreams), .38 Special, the Outlaws (High Tides and Green Grass), Marshall Tucker Band.
- The Allman Brothers. Sure you could place them in the “Southern Rock” category, but they play the blues more, and better than the others. Is it odd that I like their instrumental works best? Melissa, Jessica, In Memory of Elizabeth Reed. Now that I’ve put that down, maybe it’s because they’re all named for women?
- Bob Seger (except for Turn The Page, again way overplayed). But if Main Street or Night Moves comes on, the volume goes up.
- Eric Clapton. Doesn’t matter which band. The Yardbirds, John Mayall Blues Breakers, Cream, Derek & The Dominoes, or solo (even with Delany & Friends). His guitar soars above everything else. And that leads me to –
- Steve Winwood. Just like Clapton, it doesn’t matter which group or solo. Spencer Davis Group (as “Little Stevie Winwood”), Traffic, Blind Faith etc, etc…
- So lets put them together. Clapton and Winwood did a three-day gig at Madison Square Garden. Has to be one of the best of all time. They covered each of their bands and other stuff. That cover of Jimi Hendrix’s Little Wing is my all time favorite.
- Jimi Hendrix (oh nice segue there dude). Such an amazing guitar. Nothing else needs to be said.
- The Monkees. Yeah, it’s bubblegum, but my very first album I was “More Of The Monkees”. I watched the TV show every week. It was the one night I didn’t have to help with dishes! And, in my opinion, Michael Nesmith is a very talented musician. His music, both with and without The Monkees are some of my favorites.
- Staying with the “pop” genre, let’s go with The Bangles. Great music, and easy to look at. Their cover of Simon & Garfinkle’s Hazy Shade of Winter is so much better than the original. But the video sucks. Wifey® would add The Go-Go’s here, but they weren’t my favorite (but I do follow them on Twitter).
- Yes. That’s the band there, not just some random exclamation. Such interesting melodies, not to mention Jon Anderson’s vocals! I also have several of Rick Wakeman’s solo albums. The Six Wives of Henry VIII is so out of this world, I used to blast it outside on Halloween night.
- Heart. I have seen these ladies in concert three times. They put on a great show! I had a poster of (my wife to be – before I met Wifey®), Nancy Wilson in my bedroom.
- The Who. Really anything by Pete Townsend. His style of blending guitar, keyboards and either his or Roger Daltry’s vocals are superb. It’s that “wall of sound” that gets me.
Stuff That Doesn’t Get Turned Up, But I Don’t Change The Station
- Cat Stevens/Yusef. His music saved me during those tough High School years. But I have to admit, I did turn up the volume now and then.
- Dan Fogelberg. More music that saved me after those tough High School years. I tend to like the earlier stuff better.
- Linda Ronstadt. Hers was the other poster up in my room. Her voice was what I fell asleep to most nights.
- John Denver. Yes, John Denver. Just something about the folksy sound I really enjoyed. Except for Grandma’s Feather Bed et al…
As you can see, I have a lot more likes than dislikes. And I’m happy that I’m no longer behind the mic and have to play stuff I don’t care for, and pretend that I enjoy it.
I’m sure you can add others to both sides of this list. I didn’t go into much of 80’s music. But there are some I enjoyed, some I didn’t, and some that are hit and miss. I didn’t go into any Beatles solo projects either. But I’ll save that for another post…
I’ll leave you with a video of Clapton & Winwood. Enjoy!