Monday, Nov 25, 2013
Depeche Mode is not in my collection. I pulled out the 3 discs I had been keeping for no apparent reason and put them aside to mail to an old friend that loves the band. Hearing just one note of electronica makes me dizzy. Onward. Dio is one of my favorites. You will hear me proclaim at every opportunity that Ronnie James Dio had the greatest rock voice ever. A diminutive man with a huge presence and enormous lungs. “Holy Diver” is a perfect rock album. It is my go-to workout album. And I really like to sing with Ronnie. I must be quite a sight as I churn down the roads on my bike bellowing “Rainbow in the Dark.” A bit of Central New York pride comes busting through to although it is well known that once he met success and moved to Cali, he rarely came back to his hometown.
Monday, Nov 18, 2013
The “D”s in my collection contain 2 bands that I am really passionate about but first I have to explain Danzig. Have met Glenn Danzig a couple of times. Nice guy, soft-spoken with really pointy fingernails. The punk metal thing is really not me…never got the Misfits either but “Mother” is such a mother of a rock song. And I love it. And I do enjoy a band with members named Eerie Van, Chuck Biscuits and John Christ. You just can’t make this stuff up. That song ends up slightly tainted though. It was included in the soundtrack of one of the worst movie sequels ever- The Hangover III. A very brief Depeche Mode dissection next!
Monday, Nov 11, 2013
Despite “C” being my least favorite classic rock letter, I have a small Coldplay collection and I love them. Collective Soul-yes. Creed-no, thanks to Scott Staph. But, my collection of Cream is as extensive as it can be for a band that was together for just two years. In fact, I was lucky enough to see one of their reunion shows at Madison Square Garden in 2005. And, I definitely appreciate any musicians that play as a group for any length of time after seeing a biopic on the cantankerous Ginger Baker. As I get to the end of the “C’s”, I am keeping the first two Cult CD’s…Dreamtime and Love. After those, they lost me but I tried.
Monday, Nov 04, 2013
Into the “C”s and I’ll begin by saying not my favorite letter of the Classic Rock alphabet. Alice Cooper is a keeper. He’s a rock star, a character-literally and an artist. And, something has rekindled my interest in Creedence Clearwater Revival. I don’t know why but I do appreciate the volumes of catchy songs that always sound just right. Maybe I just love a good sing-a-long. I have a CD from The Calling. I don’t even remember what they sound like. I’ll keep the Candlebox debut because of the many memories tied to the band and my radio career. The Clash…everything but “Cut the Crap”. I loved the Clash so much that I also got into another punk band that played oh-so-very loud called ”Mission of Burma.” More on them later.
Saturday, Oct 05, 2013
In the “B”s of my collection and there are no Beatles CDs. What? Well, I have the red and blue hit collections that came out in the Seventies, on vinyl. And I own “Revolver” on vinyl. I do not own one Beatles CD. I have never felt an urge to pop in a Beatles CD and listen to the Fab Four. Am I missing a chromosome? No, I made a quick decision way back when that I was a Stones fan, not a Beatles fan. There was a time that you chose camps..Beatles vs Stones. I emphatically chose the Stones. I liked their R&B lean, and most of all, I liked their bad boy swagger. Plus, my mother liked Beatles songs. I couldn’t possibly like the same music as my mother. I like Beatles songs and know the words to every one. I even had a Beatles wallet. I won’t turn a Beatles song off if it comes on the radio but I won’t seek out their music either. Total appreciation for the Beatles. Total love for the Rolling Stones.
Monday, Sep 16, 2013
Into the “B”s and what do I come across? Bloodhound Gang…”..the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire” Fire Water Burn. Yeah, keeping it. Silly song but it marks a fun era in my life. Boston…I’m only keeping my vinyl album. Also in the “Keep” pile, Blue Oyster Cult and Bad Company. Tossing, as far as I can throw them, BoneClub(huh?), Big Country-never really appreciated them, Joan Baez and Blue Murder. Black Country Communion is an interesting one. A supergroup of Glenn Hughes from Deep Purple, Jason Bonham and blues prodigy Joe Bonamassa. It’s heavy and I should like it but it’s missing something. I will hold on to it because of Bonamassa.
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
Bryan Adams.I think of his big huge songs that have filled arenas for years and years. Because of them, I kept his greatest hits album. It is unlikely that I will ever listen to it. I kept a couple of Anthrax Cds because I do have a metal side. And I love Joey Belladonna. I have never listened to Air Supply and Ambrosia so I don’t have anything to toss from those bands. I have always disliked sappy music. I have kept Asia, A Perfect Circle, Aztec Two-Step and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. ARS with it’s southern rock flavor was never as successful as the “Brothers” but I keep them in the same category in my head. There are a lot of keepers under the letter “A” in my collection. You will be probably be shocked at what I dumped in the “B” category which I will reveal in my next post.
Tuesday, Aug 06, 2013
So all my music is alphabetized and the herd has been thinned. I kept most of the A’s. I have most of what the Allman Brothers Band put out. I grew up seeing them live in concert every summer and can always bring back the feel of summertime with a spin of their music. Keepers also, all the Aerosmith-I’m a Boston area girl …all the AC/DC and all the Alice in Chains. Dumping Arcade and holding on to Tori Amos even though I don’t like her music. One of her albums stays in my collection simply for it’s historical content. I do have the Arc Angels debut. The band was Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton and two former members of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s band Double Trouble. I think Bramhall’s heroin addiction got in the way of a great collaboration and the band fizzled. I can proudly say that I haven’t any ABBA or a-Ha albums to toss because I have never owned them. My verdict on Bryan Adams and the Atlanta Rhythm Section in the next post.
Monday, Apr 01, 2013
About 2 months ago, I started a project I thought would take me a year. I decided to thin out and organize my music collection. I am just about finished with the CD portion. It feels good to give up the pieces that never in a hundred-years-on-a desert-island-facing-a-zombie- apocalypse would I ever enjoy listening to again. At this point in my music-loving life, I will listen to what I love and only what I love. That’s not say someone else won’t listen to them and enjoy them. I plan on recycling or donating them. And, I alphabetized all of them for the first time in my life which is satisfying. So watch this space and follow along as I confess to misguided musical choices and explain the meaning of the keepers. I am, after all, a rock girl.