No Judgement Zone

One of the things that I try to pride myself on is not judging others for their personal musical interests.  It doesn't matter if they align with mine because our lives inform our personal tastes - when you were born, where you grew up, radio stations in your area, access to cable television, your family.  It all informs your tastes.  Your strongest memories with music occur at a young age - younger than you might expect.  Generally, studies find that your strongest music memories form between the ages of 12 and 22.  Many people stop listening to new music much earlier than they might expect they might. - early twenties for many   They become frozen in time and, if that brings them comfort and happiness, that is OK. 

I always press myself to get exposed to new music, new genres, and I really fall in love with a lot of new music.  I'm a music nerd - that is our lot in life.  Constant pursuit of new sounds to pull into our collections.  New artists, classic artists - it doesn't matter because it is new to you.

Tonight I took the night off of planning for the next show.  I decided to let go and let iTunes.  I didn't even look at the playlist, I just selected "Favorites Mix" in the "Made For You" tab.  I loved it.  It didn't bring me all of my nerdy love.  It gave me the oldest of the old.  You see, I was an early early user of iTunes.  Every one of my CDs was burned and loaded into iTunes, it must've been maybe 2003 or 2004.  Later, when it could be uploaded to the iCloud, it was.  It lives there to this day.  Much of it lying dormant.  Most of my new music playlists are created on Spotify, so iTunes doesn't have much to feed from but the older stuff.  My cassettes are long gone - so I don't have all of the great eighties music here - just some of the stuff that I was fond enough as an adult to grab CDs or, erm, download off of Limewire, *cough*.  I think the Limewire downloads got purged off of the iCloud - not 100% on that.

I grew up in the countryside - a small village called Mendon, MI. It was closer to Indiana than it was to Kalamazoo, the nearest city - at least where I lived.  Most of the time the radio was tuned to the local station in Three Rivers, MI - WLKM.  What did they play?  Well, they didn't call it Adult Contemporary back then, I believe it was called soft rock.  It was a lot of the softer 70s music (I grew up in the eighties).  And you know what?  I like that music.  Very fond of it.  I also watched Sha-Na-Na which introduced me to a heck of a lot of 50s and 60s Doo-Wop.  WKRP in Cincinnati - definitely watched that show - lots of great late 70s and early 80s rock (licensing ran out in the eighties, so you don't hear the great disco and rock music anymore on reruns).  As I got older, I tuned the station to WKFR in Kalamazoo - a top 40 station.  Also, 92.9 out of South Bend, IN (I think) for R&B and hip hop.  I lived too far from Kalamazoo to tune in the college station.  I also watched a ton of MTV.  If the TV was on, and I had the clicker, nine times out of ten it was on MTV.  But this was early MTV.  Later on, Remote Control was the only thing that wasn't music videos and it was a game show about.... music videos.

That music, all of that music, resides on the cloud.  It sits there and it waits for me to remember.  Tonight, I remembered.  Interested?  This mix spans a lot of time.  But here it is in all of its dated glory.  Some of it is schmaltzy, some of it is cheesy, some of it is really dramatic, and all of it is really my music from over the course of my life.  I graduated high school in 1993 from a very small town.  I always loved music.  Enjoy this deliciously decadent blast of very non-nerdy music (ok, some of it is kinda nerdy...).

The Playlist:

  • Etta James - Stormy Weather
  • Bo Diddley - I'm Looking For a Woman
  • Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign
  • Alanis Morissette - That I Would Be Good
  • Elton John - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
  • George Michael - Father Figure
  • Adele - I'll Be Waiting
  • Dido - Thank You
  • INXS - Never Tear Us Apart
  • Simon & Garfunkel - Homeward Bound
  • Jim Croce - Time In A Bottle
  • Chris Isaak - The End of Everything
  • Billy Joel - My Life
  • Barenaked Ladies - The Wrong Man Was Convicted
  • The Beatles - I've Got a Feeling
  • Frank Sinatra - One For My Baby
  • David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
  • John Lennon - Woman
  • Cracker - Low
  • Tori Amos - God
  • Toad The Wet Sprocket - Fall Down
  • Little Anthony & The Imperials - Tears On My Pillow
  • Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus
  • Evanescence - My Immortal

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