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