Music Raised Me

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” (Bob Marley)

Sometimes I feel like I was raised by music. I was fortunate in that sense. My father sees music in a way that most people aren’t intelligent enough to see. He feels music.

My mother played vinyls; we had a turn table, but no CD player. We would turn it up as loud as we could, and the intoxicating sound of a raw album would turn our house into the Ryman. I learned at an early age to appreciate music. Not just one type of music, but a wide variety.

True appreciation comes from knowing where music came from… For example, did you know that AC/DC stands for “Alternate Current/Direct Current”, or that the radio wouldn’t play Billie Holiday’s “Love For Sale” because the lyrics are about prostitution. Oddly, the only guy in ZZ Top who doesn’t have a beard is the drummer, Frank Beard. Also, Jimi Hendrix got the inspiration for “Purple Haze” after having a dream that he could walk underwater, and “Freebird” was dedicated to Duane Allman, of The Allman Brother’s band.

I love old music, when lyrics were really about something; Hank, Haggard, Marshal Tucker Band, and Jennings. The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, and David Allen Coe, to name a few. Breakthrough artists, the ones who had to break through walls to make their voices heard; like Elvis, Ray Charles, The Doors, Eminem, and Billie Holiday. Then there are the people who changed the world with their music; Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, and John Lennon and the Beatles.

I love the way music can make you feel… It can wake you up, make you feel alive, empower you. I haven’t even skimmed the surface of my favorite bands, or genres. That would take a novel… Jazz, Soul, The Blues, Bluegrass, old school Rap, Jam, I love it all. So, yes. Music molds me. And I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Daily Prompt: “What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?”

4 comments

  1. Nice write…music can empower…and often used as a kind but firm generational trump. It was the late fifties, early sixties…post Elvis…pre Beatles and I was bending my Father’s ear..( a weekend father with a Payola past…for real) about some Dick Clark discovery fast to chart, when he pulled the below from his extensive platters that matter and schooled me forever about rock and roll

  2. I love music, my entire family does. Growing up we had most artist you mentioned but also the likes of Eric Clapton, Queen and Michael Jackson to name a few.

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