Seventy Years of Soundtrack
As I rock ‘n’ roll toward my seventieth birthday, I can’t help but reflect upon all the music I listened to, that helped get me through these past seven decades on the planet. I have lived through the 1950s where Elvis and Buddy Holly changed the face of popular music forever. I spent the 1960s in grade school and welcomed the sights and sounds of the Beatles and the Stones and the Supremes in the lower grades and felt the (flower) power of the Haight-Ashbury scene and Dylan, Eric Burdon and the Spoonful as I reached my last year in Grade 12. In the first half of the 1970s, I attended university and met new friends who introduced me to new music from the Dead and Zappa. I was around when the icons of rock music died – Hendrix and Morrison and Joplin – and I remember how their music moved me and how it changed the way I looked at the world. In the second half of the 1970s, I became a farmer and Cash and Owens and Haggard and Kristofferson became my minstrels of choice. Eventually, they gave way to the sounds from Elton John and Purple Sagers, Prairie Leaguers, Daredevils and Eagles. In the 1980s, I started my work life as a teacher and, out of necessity, or convenience – I’m not sure which – I began listening to Steve Earle and Hank Williams Jr. The Boss and Billy Joel and Elton John, Van Halen, Police and Duran Duran. By the time the 1990s were well into swing, my music collection had transformed mysteriously into a Country & Western collection with contributions from Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Martina, Reba and so many others. At the turn of the century, I began to cultivate my once-long-ago attraction to Canadian artists. Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young, The Hip and Blue Rodeo along with Joni Mitchell and Bruce Cockburn became my ‘musique de jour’. In 2011, I remarried and moved to China. While in Asia, my wife's performance background in music, helped me to become reacquainted with all of the music I had listened to for the first 60 years of my life. It was then, I came up with the idea of listing 30 songs and/or albums that were most meaningful to my life to that point. The list I came up with is featured below. The songs are not listed chronologically as far as their release dates are concerned but rather in the order of my life when I used them to help explain and narrate my day-to-day world. Neither are the songs listed in order of importance or personal popularity. No song on the list is any more or less important than any other song – just like no friend or family member is any more or less important than any other – they all contributed to who I have become, and they should all be included in the soundtrack of "ME". I have also included one short personal blurb with each entry on the list, to tell a little about my life and to demystify why the song was important to me.
20 Songs That Totally Prove the 1970s Really Did Rock
As a proud member of Generation X, my teen years were heavily influenced by the punk and New Wave of the early 1980s. But the music that forms the core of who we are and what we like usually happens well before those teen years (my Springsteen epiphany occurred at nine years old with the 1975 release of “Born to Run”). So while I have previously written about great ‘80s bands like the Smiths and 10,000 Maniacs as well as more Bruce articles than any one person should, I have not given nearly enough attention to the fabulous decade that was the 1970s, my decade of discovery.
Songs About Youthfulness
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Lasers at Dawn: As Good as Therapy
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The Art of Feeling Alive With Medicinal Music
Ecstatic Dance is a movement. It’s where a community of spiritually enlightened individuals come together to express themselves through the art of dance. The therapeutic sounds of Ecstatic Dance have intentions of empowering people from all walks of life to surrender, quiet the mind, and become in tune with their soul connection.
It’s Time to Celebrate: Britney’s Finally Free!
This has been the news that Britney’s fans all over the world have been dying to hear for years. I’ve been following the story well before the Free Britney movement caugh the full attention of mainstream media. Ever since Britney was young, she had been made to work hard for other people. Even those who did not like her music, could not deny her talents and how hard he worked to accomplish what she had achieved.
Why Taylor Swifts Short Film "All Too Well" Is A Masterpiece
You waited for it. It's finally here. And admit it...you bawled your eyes out. This is me listening to the extended version of one of my all time favorite Taylor Swift songs for the first time and somehow, as a gift from the universe, there is a short film written and directed by the musical goddess herself to accompany my first listen.
A Hell on Earth
*TRIGGER WARNING: Disturbing images, traumatic content* It's 4:02 a.m., and I can't sleep. I've spent the past seven hours glued to my phone, alternating between TikTok, Twitter, CNN, and Instagram. My social media feeds are all filled with the same content: Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival, where eight people are confirmed to have died and over 300 were injured on Friday evening.
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Music Can Treat a Broken Heart!
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Don Broco: My first post-lockdown gig
The original date for this gig was the 31st of August, but it got postponed to the 8th of November. Don Broco didn’t have much luck the last time they were due to perform at the O2 in Oxford. The toilets exploded and people were standing in human waste without even realising it. Must have been a bummer for the band. Oh well, shit happens... I liked how they had a sense of humour and thanked the 02 for fixing the toilets. I wasn't there when this infamous incident happened, but if I was there, I would have felt like I was back at work during a D&V outbreak.
Top 20 Interesting Facts About Nigerian Songstress Tiwa Savage
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Baker's Dozen: 2021 Beats in Review
It's that time of year again - Spotify Wrapped lists have been revealed! It would take far too long to go down all 100 of my top tracks this year; so how about a baker's dozen to describe my 2021? I have to admit, it was a tough choice to choose a mere 13 of these tracks! But I have, and here they are to tell you the story of my 2021.
Nigerians React to Niniola's Controversial New Video (Photos)
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Hear My Song!
I can't remember when I first began singing, but one of the earliest memories I have is around 10 years old. I was sick and off school, one of those days where the grown-ups go to work and leave you to your devices. Of course however ill you actually are, you seem to perk up as soon as school starts. With a whole day to fill, music became my port of call.
Songs for my Ex
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