As I’ve steadily moved into an older age, I often looked back to glance at what I’ve musically listened to, been a part of, collected, and attended. I’m extremely proud of the way I have been able to diversify my appreciation over the decades. One style led to another, which led to another. In the ’70s, as I listened to ambient offerings, which came, in large part, by way of ’60s-era progressive bands heard on FM radio, I found myself often going to classical releases. Those fueled my intense love for many of the greats including Holst, Beethoven, Grofe, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Philip Glass, and well, the list goes on and on.
As an example, listening to Tomita provided a search into the composers he re-imagined in his many RCA releases. ELP provided their share of further exploration, as did Tangerine Dream, and many, many others.
However, in looking back, I realize just how many I’ve missed along the way. In my aging years, it has become a top priority to not only continue hearing new music, but to look back and occasionally search who I may have missed along the way. And there are many. As a result, I have started to react as if I were still in the ‘good old days’ as I found a band that I may have remembered, brushed aside, or not heard of at all.
As always, I’m reminded of TAP readers, who generally share the same love of music as they have grown within much of it. And, of course, there are the younger readers that come in to find something to listen to.
I wonder that if you do the same, or are thinking of “going back”, which band(s) would you consider giving the time of day to? If you have started this project already, I’d be curious as to who you have chosen, and if will you go through their entire catalog to help supplement your currently defined loves.
I’m here to tell you it has been quite rewarding, if not extremely time-consuming. However, we only get one crack at this, and I want to go down with as much music in me as is possible.