The first two records I ever owned were 45s that I played on my Dad’s 45 rpm record player. The record player had an automatic record changer which allowed me to listen to both records in succession or one record repeatedly. For one of my precious 45s, I remember the title clearly. It was “The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis Jr. The other title has been obscured by time. I do, however, vividly remember laying on our green, living room carpet playing the two 45s over and over for the entire day. There were no headphones available for the player so everyone in the house also listened to the songs over and over all day long. I am not sure how my mom was able to tolerate the continual lyrics….”The candy man can cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good”.
New Wave started during my HS years but I was not interested. I much preferred Progressive Rock, the sounds of Genesis, Yes, and Supertramp. It wasn’t until a trip to Wisconsin with my cousins that I finally grew into New Wave music. They introduced me to the Psychedelic Furs and I soon was immersed in Ministry, New Order, and many other New Wave groups. This was also the first time that music moved me to dance and I became a dancing fool whenever I heard the New Wave tunes. For about a year, I went to a bar named Erik the Red every Wednesday evening where it was not unusual to find me, like Billy Idol, Dancing with Myself.
Now, I listen to a wide variety of Music. I am as happy listening to the sultry vocals of Billie Holiday as I am to the crunching vocals and driving riffs of Linkin Park. I love the old jazz vocals, new wave, heavy metal, blue grass, industrial and even, a little bit of country. I also have some Indian classical music that I was introduced to while visiting India on one of my business trips. I woke up early one morning to attend a morning raga with my friend Inayat.
Music is a powerful force in my life. She has the power to soothe me and to amp me up. She has the power to evoke memories and to etch memories deep in my soul, memories that awaken each time the song catches me ear. Thanks to the world of MP3s and portable music players, she is pretty much my constant companion. Without her, I would be a lesser man.