There are just some Christmas presents that stand out in the memory for certain special musical moments.
For me, one of the earlier ones came when I was maybe 12 years old or so, and I opened up The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” — on 8-track tape — on Christmas Day. And then there was the time two Christmases ago when I opened up a gift from my oldest son Curtis — another music buff like his dad — and I literally discovered for the first time myself The Black Keys. Curtis rolled the dice on his gift selection for me, and it came up 7’s AND 11’s!
“Knowing your taste in music, I really think you’re going to like them,” Curtis said to me as I looked at him with a puzzled expression.
My son knows me much too well. And that can be a good thing. In this case, as far as turning each other on to different music is concerned, my son became “The Teacher” and I became “The Student.”
“Liking them” was a touch of an understatement. I played the CD “Brothers” that day, and every day after that for a while. An old-style rock-and-blues itch had just been scratched. It was just good, dirty-sounding, blast from the past music with no artificial ingredients … like auto-tuning. Bleaaaaahhhh! It’s like Mississippi Delta-style blues coming from a couple of good ol’ boys from Ohio.
This was the stuff!
If you’ve never heard them before, see if you agree. Britney Spears and Justin Bieber, this is most definitely NOT!!!
- My music playlist for today (January 22, 2012 edition) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)
- My music playlist for today (January 23, 2012 edition) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)
- My music playlist for today (January 24, 2012 edition) (viewfrommiddleclass.wordpress.com)