Music has always been in my blood. My mother figured that one out when one day at the age of six I tied a piece of string to my cricket bat, strapped it on and led another piece of string from the bat to the lamppost! The lamppost was my amp you see! I then proceeded to sing the Beatles’ ‘She Loves You’ to anyone that passed (which most of them did quite quickly)!
While this performance was not at the time worthy of a Grammy and was definitely not going to get me inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame it still sowed the seeds of what was to come.
By the time I was 11 I was into The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac and Jethro Tull and proceeded to start building up a record collection. For years my world revolved at 331/3 rpm not the usual once every 24 hours like everyone else. (quote courtesy of Deke Leonard)
I have always found numerous nefarious ways of smuggling albums into the house unnoticed to avoid the rantings of my dear old mother (and later my wife(s)) ….Another LP ….you’ll never have any money …stop wasting …etc etc etc. The advent of CDs was a godsend (smaller you see).
Now nearly 50 years down the line from the lamppost (I’m 55 for those of you without calculators) and I am still as passionate about music as I was then, I don’t prescribe exclusively to one genre or the other, rather going by the mantra of ….you likes what you likes (although I do tend to lean an awful lot towards prog – or thinking man’s music as I refer to it)!
I intend to use this blog to review new and old albums and gigs and subject you to the odd inane rambling when my dim and distant memory dredges something up that I think is interesting!
Oh …..I may occasionally mention football when something good is happening with my team, but seeing as I support Hartlepool United, that shouldn’t be very often!
When the music’s over – turn out the light!