I write a lot about passions. I have a lot of them. One of the passions I have is music. I love music. Always have. Now, I’m not a musical person. I don’t play any instruments, unless you count drumming on the table. When I was a kid I played the piano. I was pretty good at it but at seven years old the piano was kind of boring to me.
When I was a teenager I wanted to be in a band. I loved music so much and the sound of the era I grew up in. It gave me this great feeling that I wanted everybody else to experience. I wanted to share that passion. But, that never happened.
My musical tastes changed over the years, as I’m sure it did for a lot of you. Does anyone remember the Mighty 690 from Southern California? There’s a throwback! I grew up in the 1980s just as a music revolution was beginning to happen. Disco was on its way out, new wave, punk and ska were making a stand. As teenagers we were on a search for anything new and different. I’m sure you had your radio stations in your neck of the woods. Where I grew up we had KROQ, 91X and a college station, KSPC. If the wind was blowing just right and we could get KSPC to tune in we were lucky.
“When I was a teenager I wanted to be in a band. I loved music so much and the sound of the era I grew up in.”
Christian music back in that day was still a little bubble-gummy. We had one decent station in Orange County, KYMS that would play more alternative music on Saturday nights. I remember the eager talk about a new hard rock band that was coming. That band was Stryper. Anyone remember those guys? This ushered in something totally different for the Christian genre. I remember bands like Undercover, Idle Lovell, Lifesavers (L.S.U.) and The 77s. They were more underground and they were the bands that the younger generation hungered for.
Today, believe it or not, I still have a thirst for the alternative music style. There are several sub-genres I enjoy. With sites like Spotify it is so much easier to find the music you like. Although I like the same style of music I liked 20+ years ago I react differently when I listen to it. I remember being asked a question by an adult at church all those years ago, “Does your mood choose the music you listen to or does the music you listen to choose your mood?” I had to think hard about that. I have to admit I allowed the music to affect my mood. That wasn’t necessarily a good thing, depending on what I was listening to. If I was listening to some kind of angry heavy metal with a raunchy message I found that I would get irritable easily and I wasn’t very nice. I think you get the picture.
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I love music. There are so many varieties. And because my preferences change from day-to-day I have a lot to choose from. It all depends on my mood. If I were a rock star I would be in trouble! Very few bands can cross the genre line and be successful. But then again, musicians are artists and don’t necessarily create music for the fame. If I were a rock star my album would be one to make most people scratch their heads. It certainly would not be a consistent style. If I were a rock star my album would have every style from alternative rock to punk to worship to heavy metal. Is that the sign of a crazy person? It just might be. If I were a rock star that is how it would be.
I am curious; what is on your playlist currently? Have your musical tastes changed over time? Do you let your mood choose your music or vice versa? I would really like to know. Comment away…