Welcome to Side Two. What’s this all about? Well, it’s basically a place for me to share my thoughts about the music I enjoy. That’s it, pure and simple. Ok wait…maybe not so pure and simple. Let me give you some background. That way you can decide (a) I’ve just wasted two minutes of your time that you’ll never get back or (b) this might be a place worth visiting every now and then.
So here goes: I’ve always enjoyed listening to music. I grew up listening to Top 40 and rock radio. But as I got older, I discovered other artists that while in that same basic vein, wasn’t necessarily the stuff that you’d hear on radio on a regular basis. So while I count Bruce Springsteen, The Who and The Rolling Stones among my faves, I also love John Hiatt, Los Lobos and Joan Armatrading. I love a wide-range of music. Different songs move me in different ways.
I was the kid who always spent his allowance on 45’s and albums; the kid who always played dj at friend’s houses. Movies like “High Fidelity” hold a special place for me, not only because of the music theme, but also because I spent more time than anyone should working in the retail side of that business. And you know the movie Diner? The character played by Daniel Stern who alphabetized his records and who could name the b-sides of singles and the colour of the record labels? That was kinda me. For example, I always thought it was cool when the label on a 45 or album turned out to be something custom instead of just the regular kind, or when the companies updated the labels. It sounds geek-y, I know. But it was always cool to me.
I grew up in Montreal, and have fond memories of looking for 45’s at Woolco near my parents house. Going downtown on a Saturday afternoon, checking out Sam’s and Phantasmagoria to see who had the best price on the latest releases. And how many of us did the Boxing Day thing at Sam’s? You know who you are.
45’s begat albums begat cds. I’m leaving tapes out of the equation because let’s face it, I never purposely went out and bought a new album just on tape (or as we used it say in the warehouse at Sam’s, K7. Say it in French.) Tapes were only good to make a second copy of your album to listen in the car or on your “Walkman”, which when I got my first one in 1981, cost a ridiculous $200, didn’t have a radio, and weighed as much as a Grade 9 science textbook. Maybe, occasionally, you borrowed a friends’ album to make a copy. Not that I ever did that… 🙂
In the end, I still love music. Sure, I’m biased towards certain artists (The Boss, for one). And like many people of a certain age, I still listen to most of the same stuff I did when I was 13. I don’t listen to everything mind you, and there are plenty of artists you’d be surprised to discover aren’t on my ipod, and just as surprised by some that are. But I’m always open to something new. You see, you can teach an old dog new tricks.
So hopefully you’ll get something out of this. I’ll post things about stuff I listen to, talk about concerts, all sorts of fun topics. Maybe I’ll try and do stuff like “my song of the day”, suggest things for you to give a shot, trivia…who knows where this thing will take me. And comments are welcome and encouraged. Talking about this stuff and sharing is part of the fun. So let’s drop the needle and play.