ello and welcome to the version 2.0 of my Dani’s Music Box blog series. This will be more of an ongoing mini-series, recounting the music that got me into the music I liked then and now.
As I was a child born in the early/mid 80s, my main musical focus will be centered around the 80s, however, both my parents were born just after WWII and some of my musical tastes, can be dated as far back as the 50s. I have my parents to thank for that.
It’s strange. Until a few weeks ago, I nevere really gave it a second thought about how I liked or got into the music I like and I think this recounting will help a lot. Enough jibber jabber, let’s get to it.
So, like most other people, I was born in a hospital, at 3:45pm on 25 September 1984. My parents have since told me that, Stevie Wonder was at #1 in the charts with his song, ‘I Just Called to Say I Love You’, around the time I was born which I thought was an interesting fact.
I have my parents to thank mainly for my musical interests, being post war babies, they have a diverse music taste which has changed dramatically over the last 60+ years. Growing up listening to Jazz, Blues, Soul and Motown artists and hearing them on repeat, really stuck with me. I especially liked hearing those songs in the car.
Some of the artists and bands I can remember hearing were, Nina Simone, Buddy Holly, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to name but a few.
Upon hearing music from the 60s and 70s, my tastes had changed and adapted to a more rock based sound. My parents frequently commented that I was the hippie of the family and that I was born in the wrong era. This was probabaly because I loved tiedyed clothes, wore flares and long sleeved, oversized pattern shirts, and a long scarf on my head as a substitute for a hat. I thought (and still think) I looked pretty damn cool.
I digress. So, the 70s, this was when my brother was born, were fun as I’ve previously mentioned, however, my brothers musical choice I tried to avoid listening to, until I sat down with him one day and we just talked about music. This was probably around 1989.
We listened to music together growing up and I’m glad in a way because he’s helped me get into modern day R&B, Hip Hop, and Rap and I’ve peaked his interests into a harder and more electronic style of Rock music.
So, living in the 80s, unlike most of my friends who can’t remember their childhood, or can’t remember growing up in the 80s, I can and I loved it. When most children are born, the music of choice to let them listen to is probably Pop music. Growing up in a household of musical diversity with Hip Hop and Rap playing in one room, R&B playing in another Jazz and Blues in another and Punk Rock and Heavy Metal – originally known as Heavy Rock – in another, my musical tastes stemmed from those genres and more.
Next time I’ll be looking at music throughout the 90s. The following video also forms part of my childhood. Enjoy!