|I'm in the lower-left. Circa 1992|
The first few years (decade) of my musical history - and my life in general - is pretty hazy, as I'm sure you would expect. All I have is the occasional memory of belting out a song with my dad, or a video recording (on VCR, yeah I'm old enough for that bit of technology), or just general acceptance. At that age - really anything before your pre-teens - you accept what your parents do and listen to as holy scripture. They are the coolest people you know (within reason), and as such, everything they do and like is awesome. So as my dad and mom's musical tastes shifted, mine did as well.
All my life, there has been the standard fare that my parents have always listened to; they still do, with at least 15 years of my personal memory, so I'm sure they did before then too. My dad has always been a classic rock/metal fan, and so I grew up with a healthy dose of each. When I tell him about The Guide and all the time I spend on it, he remarks that if they had computers and internet when he was my age (he's fifty-four now) he probably have done the same thing. It's kind of a nice thought, knowing that the only thing separating your and you father (other then time) is technology. He spent most of his years dedicating his time to music; just like me he had a large collection of records, and spent much of his time going to concerts. Even today he has a large CD collection, but he always said that his record collection was far more, but that he didn't want to make the switch. In his words: "Why would I want to pay for the same music twice?" Couldn't agree more pops.
Rush, Iron Maiden, Queen, and Kansas, among others. We also had a healthy collection of Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Metallica not to mention the classics like Dio's Holy Diver, Deep Purple's Machine Head (which, for the longest time, I thought Deep Purple Machine Head was the band's actual full name) and Styx's Grand Illusion. But he also had some more recent rock and metal for my young ears to digest, like Manowar and Type O Negative. He took me to my first 'real' concert, being Tool, and also got me tickets when the Hurricane Relief shows of 2005 and 2006 came through - featuring AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Eddie Money, Cheap Trick and Grand Funk Railroad (great show by the way). So, this half of the world I grew up in, and explains my love for rock 'n roll and heavy metal.
The Beatles, Elton John and Billy Joel, there were also lesser known (and British) acts like The Proclaimers and The Dubliners, as well as the more chick-rock Sheryl Crow and Meredith Brooks (not my favorite times). But, living with my father for now going on thirty years, she picked up some enjoyment for the heavier side of things, she likes Metallica, Styx and System of A Down (SoaD still surprises me), and tolerates bands my dad likes seeing live (by accompanying him) like AC/DC, Queensryche and Disturbed (yes my dad is a fan). With this side of the coin, my enjoyment for the lighter, and the folkyer, side of music takes form.
With these two stark differences (with some intermingling) of musical tastes, my tastes are understandably eclectic. My dad is an old school rocker, who still enjoys listening to the radio and mainstream rock and metal (something we don't fully share). My mother still clings onto the British Invasion, piano music, and female pride, although with the occasional dip into the heavy pool. As an added reference, my sister listened to boy bands and teen-aimed females (Britney Spears and Pink), but she is 5 years younger then me, so thankfully that didn't stick.
Somehow, from this strange combination of styles, genres and tastes, I began to hack out my own niche in the music world. This rant brings me up to the middle of middle school (or Jr. High, for those older readers), and so this is where I'll take my first break. In the next segment, I'll go into my discovery era, the years from middle school, right up to the end of high school. For it was this time that I began discovering new bands and genres, defining my tastes and who I was/am as a person (at least musically).