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Blasts from the past

Posted Friday, August 3, 2007, at 6:42 PM

I go to extremes when it comes to music.

Much of the time I'm listening to modern rock MP3s and CDs and 102.9 The Buzz on the radio. (Check out the live stream of 99X in Atlanta -- www.99x.com -- for the type of rock station Nashville SHOULD have.)

For years, though, I've had a deep interest in rock's "first generation" -- the pre-Beatles years from 1956-63. I've never figured out exactly why I like songs from before my era, but there's just a sense of fun and excitement contained within them that's contagious.

I don't look it as going back to the past, but bringing pieces of the past into the present and future.

Original rockabilly and doo-wop have a style and feeling all their own, especially those rare gems which weren't hits but should have been.

Check www.dustydisc.com and www.palmsradio.net/rockittext.htm for good, frequently-changing selections of on-demand oldies.


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I agree totally I was a child of the 70's and 80's Idon't care for much past that.Anything from big band swing to jazz to the roots of rocknroll and country is fine with me.The old Southern Gospel is still my favorite .Seems like everything from the past is coming full circle like music clothes ,and cars ,don't figure.I can only hope that the kindness and love that people had for their fellow man prior to the 60's can make a comeback to.Be Blessed and Be a Blessing !

-- Posted by michaelbell on Sat, Aug 4, 2007, at 6:10 AM

Yep, I was a child of the 70's & 80's also. As I was growing up I hated country music. I became a preforming musician in my teens during the late 70's and moved to Texas where I started a band in 1981. We played from San Antonio to Wichita,Kansas. We formed as a rock band, but living and playing in Texas those folks in the rock joints still wanted to hear a few songs that they could two step to. So to keep everybody happy we learned a few country songs...mostly Hank Jr. and George Strait. Somewhere along the way I developed a liking for country music.

Well I fathered a daughter in 1984 and during her High School years I would often hear her music coming from her room. Like most folks my age I had a strong dislike for rap and hip hop music. I really had never listened to it, but what I had heard of it I disliked. Rap & hip hop was what my daughter liked. So I got a good dose of that music. You know I actually got to where I liked some of it. I would catch myself humming or singing some of the tunes I had heard coming from her room.

Now I try to stay more open minded about different sytles of music. Especially if I have heard only a small portion of that music. I try to not limit myself by saying that I don't like that particular style of music if I've only heard a couple of songs that I don't like from that style. Usually I find if I keep listening to different artists & songs from those types of music I will usually find something that appeals to me in a genre that I only thought I didn't like.

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Mon, Aug 6, 2007, at 10:55 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.