The day I wrote about muse-ic and a ukulele viddy
Cerina suggested awhile ago doing a post on my favourite bands which I thought was an excellent idea and something that I’d like to share with you ! Looking back at all the artists that have influenced/changed my taste/life over the years isn’t just about the evolution of the musical climate and popular culture. On a personal level, it reflects a sort metamorphosis from child to adult (or maybe just child with adult privileges :-P), which sounds a lot more dramatic than I mean for it to be but I think you can sort of infer what I’m trying to say I hope.
The 90′s: childhood
As a kid hyperactive kid, my parents enjoyed taking my sister & I on road trips probably because they discovered that putting their children in a car and driving for hours lulled us to sleep (but on a less narcissistic note there are a lot of beautiful places to see in Australia !). So those early years were filled will music from my parent’s generation: ABBA, The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, The Beach Boys. I was also heavily involved in a show choir as well as playing piano and cello which exposed me to a variety of genres from classical, to jazz, to “world music”. However, the most memorable thing I kept tucked away in a secret back compartment of my mind was my phone interview with Melbourne’s Bachelor Girl, Tania Doko (if your memory allows it, think back to ‘Lucky Me‘, ‘I’m Just A Girl‘, ‘Permission To Shine‘). I vaguely remember that it was for a music project I did when I was in year 6. It just so happened that my mum knew her mum through art class. Pretty amazing ! Now into the new millenium ..
The early 2000′s: the pubescent years
I was pretty happy-go-lucky when it came to music at this period in my life. It was the start of high school and I listened to whatever was on the radio, so basically whatever sounded popish, with a beat that you can bop along to. Boy bands, girls bands, Avril Lavigne which, laugh all you want, was my first live-concert experience, and lots and lots of synchronised dancing. Besides that, I was lucky enough to be taken along to a lot of musicals that my mum & sister enjoyed watching including Les Miserable, Queen, The Boy From Oz, and West Side Story.
2003-2006: growing pains
I can say that before this period, music had always been served to me on a (somewhat tarnished) silver platter. I had never really made a conscious effort to discover and listen to artists that I liked for a deeper, more meaningful reason. That is not to say that I was brushing aside all songs without meaning — see Numa Numa song. These were the volatile years where teenagers started their journey to self-discovery. Some started dating, others focused on their studies, while I somehow managed to branch out into a field of interest which some found a little obscure — I discovered whole new communities online including the zine world (I was the editor of several zines with around a thousand subscribers — my dad called this bulk mailing -.-”), reply to alls (music sharing communities through email), Neopages (my first webhost), and Last.FM, where I met a many different and interesting peoples from all over the globe. So many distractions, so many sources of sounds & influences. Plus I had managed to steal my mum’s iPod, which she never used anyway. I finally had a place to store all the music I liked and I didn’t have to rely on a radio station to choose what they wanted me to hear. Anyway, I was a sucker for a male vocalists with pretty voices and faces, over dramatic/emo lyrics, and Japanese experimental music. Likes included: Shiina Ringo, Perfume, Taking Back Sunday, DCFC, music from anime soundtracks (such as Nana, Ouran High School Host Club), My Chemical Romance, FOB, David Bowie, Hellogoodbye, just to name a few.
2007 – present:
With the emergence of many young, talented YouTube artists, I developed an unhealthy stalker-like admiration for a few independent song writers and cover artists including Kris Shred, and very French & amusing Scampi who I had a slight crush on <333333 (who inspired me to pick up the ukulele & who has now disappeared off YouTube :-/). After turning 18, I also started going to more gigs and tend to be more biased towards musicians I’ve seen perform live such as Regina Spektor (who has such an amazing control of her voice), Amanda Palmer, Simon & Garfunkel, Broken Social Scene, Imogen Heap, and The Lucksmiths ! I can also say that I now have a much greater appreciation for artists that write, produce & perform their own music and don’t rely too much on a show to distract the audience. After moving out to the city, a significant amount of my day involves train & bus rides to get to uni out in the sticks so instrumental bands like Yime Bitsu, Explosions In The Sky, & Múm have made my transit a lot more pleasant, along with a nice book to read. At present, I continue to be very greedy when it comes to music (must listen to everything, more, more, MORE !!! !!!), and try to remain open minded to new things. I’ll give anything a listen at least once. So if you have an recommendations or anything, I’d love to hear. Perhaps we can trade iPods once Thomas has given me back mine :-P.
To finish off, here’s are some bands I’ve been digging recently: Emilíana Torrini (who I just discovered sang Gollum’s Song at the end of LOTR 2 — no wonder her voice sounds so familiar [although she does sound like Björk] !!), The Mountain Goats (listen to ‘Love, Love, Love’), Elliott Smith, and Jeff Buckley‘s ‘So Real‘.
What about you, what did you listen to growing up & how does that compare to what you listen to now ?
Also I recorded another ukulele video which I did, again, on a Friday night ! Enjoy :-)
This goal is related to #64.