From Where I’m Starting

Before I get started on my exploration of rock music, I thought it would be nice to see where I am at right now. These are some of the tracks that I like or have been favorites of the past.

This is by no means the entirety of the music that I like, but it gives you an idea. There are 43 tracks because I am 43 years old, so that made sense. Either that or I just put in some songs and it came out to 43 and I made up the whole age thing afterwards. What you believe is up to you.

If you look at the list, you will notice that there is an odd collection of different types of music, but there are a few themes present. Turns out I like women singer song writers, movie music, and even some country. Most of the songs are upbeat pop tunes.

The list starts with “Moving Right Along, by Kermit and Fozzie, because that was the first record that I owned. Still have found memories of listening to it on my little record player. Moves onto “Video Killed the Radio Star” because of course growing up in the 80’s it was all about MTV. Then it keeps with the 80’s theme. When Pop was king, I loved it just like all my friends in the neighborhood. A friend of mine played “Do You Think I’m Sexy” when I was young, I think she was flirting, but I didn’t really get it at the time.

There was a time that I thought Guns n’ Roses was the greatest band ever. That time was from when I first heard “Welcome to the Jungle” in 1989 until this very day. Can’t get much better than that. Every song on Appetite for Destruction was amazing.

I added Boys II Men because “It’s so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” was the class song at graduation. Seems appropriate. Next is Arrested Development. 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of… was the first CD that I ever bought. Still listen to that album when I want to remember that time in my life. Then a little Nirvana. I admit that I didn’t really like them at the time. Grunge just didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t until after Kurt Cobain died that I listened to their music and got what everyone was talking about.

Then we come to the movie music portion of the playlist. Soundtracks are some of my favorite albums. Footloose, Grease, Pulp Fiction, Dirty Dancing were on repeat. And lets not forget The Wonder Years TV Show. I’ve still got a crush on Winnie Cooper.

The next grouping is just an odd mix of my early 20’s. I used to listen to Bob Marley all the time when I was working at the pizza place. I could make 300 pizzas and hour when he was playing. Good times. Throw in some Beck, Jamiroquai and Simon & Garfunkel and you have even better times. There was even a goth period in there where I used to go dancing at C-Street. So many Beautiful People.

Next up is just some fun music. I have always wanted to learn how to play “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on a guitar. Maybe I need to do that sometime. I saw Deep Blue Something play live at the Abbey Pub in Chicago. I was surprised at how different most of their music was from that song. I really loved it. I don’t think the rest of the crowd enjoyed the set as much as I did. They were just calling for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” the whole time. The finally played it at the end, but I felt at the time that it must have been a real bummer to be famous for a song that isn’t like anything else you play. So much disrespect from the crowd. Kind of a bummer.

Here come the women! Lots and lots of female singer songwriters. Love them all. Just listen to them. I remember going to Lilith Fair at Tinley Park back in ’97 or ’98. My girlfriend and I drove the couple of hours up there and listened to some great music as we sat in the grass. Good memories.

Cake and Rusted Root. Don’t know why, but I like them.

The comes the country section. Loved Kenny Rogers when I was growing up. Maybe it was The Gambler movies. I still love listening to Randy Travis. And Garth Brooks, what can I say. All of his songs were hits. “Friends in Low Places” is still one of my favorites.

After that is just a mix of other songs that I like. “This Year” is the anthem that I listen to when I want to get through rough times. You can never go wrong with Tom Petty. Taylor Swift is my guilty pleasure. Love her songs. I included “Nothing Compare’s 2 U” as a nod to my love for music videos. That is one of my favorites.

Next is a little Elsinore. Had to cheat a little bit on this one. I would have liked to include all of the bands that I listened to from Champaign/Urbana, but most of them weren’t available on the streaming services. When I was working at WILL TV, I produced a series featuring local music. I got the pleasure to work with Lorenzo Goetz, Triple Whip, Terminus Victor and Temple of Low Men. If you check my music library, you’ll see that The Beauty Shop is my most played band.

And of course I couldn’t end it without a little Bobby McFerrin with a good motto to live by, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”

So there you go. That’s some of the music I like at the moment. I’m interested to see how much the list changes as I start to explore more.