What is it about music? Scientists have studied music over the years, heck, even decades, and the way humans associate emotions with certain songs. And, this is especially true for us up to the age of around 30 years-old. As we are growing up, everything is new and exciting, so it become easy to associate both good and bad experiences with various songs. That’s why some of us developed something of a kinship with certain types of music that first captured our attention with the type of music, followed by the lyrics. To some of us who were socially awkward in our teens, much of this music became the way in which we communicated with our feelings. Like me.
When I was initially hooked by rock, it was the music. The first artist whose music that hooked me was “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper. I loved the aggression of the song at the time, as well as the lyrics’ rebellious nature. Fortunately for me, my uncle, a former high school history teacher, and aunt, bought me the 8-track tape version of the album upon the recommendation of his students. Those same students recommended that my uncle and aunt buy me 8-track tapes of Elton John’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Goat’s Head Soup’ by The Rolling Stones. Right there it is, my first jump into the pool. Finally, at the tender age of 10, I had finally found a way to communicate my feelings and emotions.
Those three tapes seemed to explain most of what was troubling my precocious soul. Elton and Taupin explained the melancholia that seemed to be nagging at me. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” seemed to be saying that everyone feels some yearning, whether that yearning was for a different life path, a sense of loss of one’s youth or a loss of someone important to one’s life, be it through death, break-up or a family being uprooted. At the age of 10, there was no way I could articulate to my peers the thoughts and feelings that I was experiencing at such a young age. A psychologist took a crack at me, but she could not explain this, yet Elton could. It was at this moment that I knew that rock and roll was going to be one outlet for my mental anxieties.
Now, I can listen to most of my records, and they will transport me back to a time and situation during some point in my life. See, I associate Cheap Trick’s classic first four albums with successful track and cross country performances. I listen to my ‘Billboard’s Top Hits of 1975’ and a couple of songs whisk me back to my first slow dance or my first kiss. On the unfortunate side, Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ ironically reminds me of my parents’ divorce. Put on Chic or Sugar Hill Gang, and I experience some many basketball memories, both good and bad. My Rhino collection of ‘New Wave Hits of the ’80s’ take me back to college. The Style Council’s first two releases remind me of when I first met, dated and fell in love with my wife.
Yes, I collect music now. And in that collection, I have locked away much of my memories. From my 7-inch 45s, through my vinyl albums and into my CDs, I have collected excellent music, as well a soundtrack to my life. The purpose of my blog is to unlock some of those memories while critiquing the music.
Welcome to my music collection as my music learns to unleash those memories locked into their grooves. So, let’s sit back and see where this endeavor takes us. Have a great weekend.