Since I’ve been doing Track of the Day, plus I’ve thrown out a few Insane in the Membrane’s, I figured I would give kind of a music background. While I do love music, I’m not so into music that I can name band members or even half the time, I don’t know who sings the songs. I just know whether or not I like the song.
I was born in 1973, so the majority of what I listened to growing up was 80’s music. That’s about as far back as I remember. I do remember the first cassette I bought for myself. Billy Squier – Emotions in Motion. I knew it was Billy Squier, I just had to google his albums and I recognized the cover.
Once it got into the late 80’s, I got into religion. I went to a local boys club that was religious in nature and I took to it. I was popular there and soaked it up. I eventually became a Sunday School teacher and was even a layperson for the church I went to. During this phase, I strictly listened to christian music so you’ll see a lot of that on it as well. Your high school years are impressionable, and that was the music I listened to at the time so even though I’m not religious at all now, I still love some of the music. A lot of the songs bring back memories so I like it when they pop in on my “station.”
Once I got out of my religious era, I basically listened to the local pop/rock station so whatever was mainstream, I listened to. I got my brother a job with me for a stretch and we always had lunch in his car, usually running somewhere to get something. He listened to gangster rap most of the time so there were a few songs that I liked and are on my playlist. His wife got him into country as well so he introduced me to a minimum of country because I was not a big fan of most of it.
Then in the late 90’s, I worked steel construction and had to ride in the work truck, sometimes for a couple of hours to and from the jobsite. The foreman (and my brother, yes I worked with him again) listened to the local rock station so I gradually went from mainstream to rock. The station also played a little classic rock so I heard all kinds of rock.
Rock pretty much covered the last 13 years or so. That was what I mainly listened to until I met my wife. While we were dating, she gave me a CD with some songs on it. It had pop, R&B and country singles. Plus when I went down to Virginia to spend time with her, while she was working she had the radio on and we listened to mainstream so I got back into that some. When her and her kids moved up here, I picked up Skyler from school for awhile and let her pick the music in the car as well so I ended up hearing a lot of different music.
So now, I have a playlist with 878 (currently) songs. I add to it whenever I think of something else that I like. I actually added almost 100 songs while typing out this blog. That would be why it took me almost 5 hours to write this out. I have the playlist streamed to my phone so I can use it at work and in the car. I generally get around 2 hours of music at work but I only work 3 or 4 days a week. I can use it on the laptop as well but I don’t often. Although, with the wife away for the next 9 days, I will probably use it more.
So that’s my music history. I’ve added a Track of the Day page at the top, I’ll link each post with a Track of the Day on it to that page. Let’s see how far I get before I quit doing that.