Lifes Soundtrack

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I have always lived and breathed music. It is such a large part of my life that I really don’t know what sort of person I’d be without it. There have been times when it has taken a back seat in my life but now, once again I find it is one of my main focuses in life.

For as long as I can remember I’ve played music. My first memories of buying 7 inch vinyl singles then playing them on my dads record player are still with me. My dads record player was a suitcase type affair and it had valves in it, the records used to drop down then get played. I still have it and it gets the occasional play when I’m in the mood to warm it up.

As I reached my teens, I could afford LP’s and that is when I found the music that I still very much listen to to this day. I’ll not go through my most loved records but lets just say my collection soon grew to feature most of the best and most famous rock artists of the early and mid 70’s along with a few not so well known artists. Those not so well known artist were and still are my favourites.

Late teens and early 20’s saw me getting out and seeing many of these artist at live concerts. Discovering yet more artists and then people that shared my musical interests. 3 other people in particular became close friends during those years and we rarely went anywhere without each other. They were great times and we discovered some great music together.

One of those friends played bass guitar and was always keen to get a few other musicians together to learn and play our favourite tracks of the time. For some reason they thought I had a voice worth sharing with their music and I grudgingly became their vocalist on these jam sessions. I know my voice didn’t suit a lot of the songs they could play but we had a lot of fun and I loved stepping back to let the others just jam away. I always admired the way they could just let their music and instruments talk for them. I was often left in awe of their skill yet they all played for fun only, none of them were or ever became professional musicians yet I’m sure they all could have if they had wanted.

The years pass and life takes on new responsibilities and for the next 20 or so years music also gets put on the back burner of my life, gently simmering until I can once again reintroduce it to my life. I will admit I never thought it would come back as it has but now I find that once again along with reading, it is up front and leading me in new directions. I’m catching up with artists that were around at the time I first fell in love with music. Artists from the late 60’s and early 70’s dominate my listening and it feels like almost every day I’m learning about new artists of that era.

I spend a lot of my free time with music playing, a soundtrack to my life. This soundtrack has become more diverse in recent times but only by the artists I listen to, not by the style of music. In my blood I’m still that teenager who first heard and bought that first vinyl Grateful Dead gatefold double LP and today that is where my music taste still lays, in the heart of 70’s rock.

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