After having been in radio for over 40 years, all at an “Adult Contemporary” formated station, I consider myself blessed. I am blessed in 100 ways, but let’s single out that God made me ecclectic in my musical tastes. As a “child of the ’60′s” I was influenced by the music of that time. I am a firm believer in the thought that the music you are exposed to from 13-18 years of age becomes “Your Music.” No matter whom you meet and ask “What is the best music of all time?” You’ll almost always get the answer “The music I grew up with.” I grew up with the Beatles and Stones and Hendrix and the WHO but also bubblegum type pop, like the Buckinghams, Paul Revere, The Monkees and was too foolish to listen to my much more musically advanced friend TC who tried to turn me onto Paul Butterfield and other blues artrists who were really just emerging and bringing what is the basis for all rock and roll to the forefront: Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, etc. BUT, my blessing comes in what you find in the CD collection I carry with me: The Byrds, The Who, Leonard Cohen, Classical, The Flying Burrito Brothers, RL Burnside, Canned Heat, The Beatles and Stones, Adele, Poppa Chubby, Sinatra, Ronan Tynan, Janis Joplin, Enya, Celine Dion, The Bee Gees, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Billy Bob Thornton, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash and Hank Jr and Merle Haggard, Willie Dixon, Cream, Jethro Tull, Johnny Ace, The Violent Femmes and The Clash… well you get the idea. THAT is a blessing. Now, I have discovered Mumford and Sons. Very interesting, but not always accepted if you’re riding shotgun in the Danz mobile. But, open your mind. What have you got to lose except money you can’t afford to spend on CD’s?
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