As you may well have figured out by my screen name, I'm an old school (as in pre-MTV) Aerosmith fan.
I realize the MTV mutation was a necessary evil, but still...
I'm a child of the 70s, so I cut my teeth on KISS, Uncle Ted, Aero, The Coop, Foreigner, Boston, The Boss, Zep,
Skynyrd, Queen, etc. All the usual suspects.
However, I'm not stuck in the 70s, and certainly not limited to strictly rock.
I have a medium stack of country, a handful of bluegrass, a fairly good sized collection of 80s music, (a very busy & experimental
time for the evolution of music), a boatload of 60s stuff, a couple playlists of classical music and so on.
I even have stuff I thought was just horrendous when I was a teen. Those of you that were with me on the front lines during the war on disco
may understand what I'm saying. I guess out of time and distance there grows an appreciation.
I have a stack of blues, 90% of which is Stevie Ray Vaughan. Everyone has those artists that strike a musical
nerve that runs deeper than the others, and SRV was the one for me. The guy wasn't just a guitarist, he was a mediun.
It just flowed out of him. He wasn't just playing guitar, he was a part of it.
Man, I miss that guy.
Also, I have more Motown than any middle-aged white suburbanite should own. It's all my Mom listened to, so it was a musical
taste that was fed to me that I still carry today.
I prefer The Beatles over The Stones, but I prefer Elvis over both.
Speaking of The Beatles, I was a member of another forum, and there was a thread that asked what you would say if you
were to ever come face to face with Mark David Chapman. My answer?
"You had Yoko right there, man."
That's mean, I know.
As far as what's out there today, I love Avril. Yea, she's poppy and fluffy, if all you listen to is the radio. Also
a necessary evil.
What you don't hear, unless you buy her cds, is she's a very talented songwriter, and has a pretty deep understanding of textures and layers when it comes to structuring song.
She explores her emotions and unabashedly shares them. Strength, weakness, anger, self doubt, self assurance etc. She covers them all.
The greatest thing about her music, though, what I love most, are her harmonies. I'm an absolute harmony junkie, and they've
become an identifying trademark of hers.
She's almost 30, and she still gets labelled as a teeny bopper. Too bad for the people who don't know any better, or don't
look any deeper.
My latest greatest favorite right now?
These cats have the goods, and they absolutely bring it. I discovered them maybe 5-6 months ago at another site. I heard Amaryllis and loved the
strings in it. A little closer look and I was absolutely hooked. These guys just...I dunno...hit the spot, I guess. My all-time top 5-10 hasn't changed much in decades, but this bunch have cracked it, and I don't see them leaving any time soon.
At their core, they're a rock band, but they branch off a lot of directions.
Heavier stuff like Devour, Cry For Help, Enemies, Fly From The Inside, Begin Again, etc, are complimented by melodic cuts like Second Chance, If You Only Knew, and The Crow And The Butterfly.
They also have some of those big, hard rock, power ballads. What A Shame, Beyond The Sun, .45, and Burning Bright are a few.
At the far other end of their crunchy, grinding sound, there are songs that are wonderfully rich with strings and harmonies and big production qualities. Amaryllis, Call Me, and Through The Ghost are my favorites.
I did a quick search, and the only thread here is 2 years old, and you're supposed to wait 24 hours before bumping a thread (yes, I actually read all the rules),
so I figured I'd get my fanboy (my daughter told me that's what I am...a Shinedown fanboy) stuff out of then way here.
Moving on, outside my music, I'm 49 years old, a husband and father with a blue collar job I go to every day so no one else
in my family has work in a place like that.
I have CDO, which is like OCD, except the letters aree in alphabetical order, the way they're supposed to be.
I don't drink, and I don't take drugs. My only addictions (other than music), are model building and puzzling. Sudoku, Sunday
Times crosswords, cryptic bywords, anagrams, you name it. I can't walk past a puzzle without stopping to at least skim over it.
That's my drug of choice. Puzzles are my heroin. Plus, I always do them in pen. I like to live on the edge.
I'm not new to music forums, so I know how to behave myself. I don't pick fights and respect people's opinions, even if I don't agree with them.
Debates are groovy, as long people stay on topic. When it gets personal, that's over the line. Attack my point of view, not me.
Also, I have an odd sense of humor, so if I drop in a punchline here and there, just ignore it.
Anyhow, glad to be here.
I forgot to mention a few things
I don't have a facebook thing.
I don't know what 'skins' are.
Not exactly sure what a blog is.