My interest in music started as a young boy. I grew up with my Grandmother and she worked 3pm to midnight. After school, homework, surfing or work I spent my time listening to music. As most teenagers do, I gravitated to the music of my peers. In those days it was Elvis, The Drifters, Bill Haley, Chubby Checker etc. In 1963 I entered a contest with my Aunt. We won 100 LP’s! That changed my perspective on music. I was introduced to Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Johnny Horton, Ramsey Lewis, Thelonious Monk, Barbara Streisand, and Ferrante & Teicher on and on. My eyes to the music world were opened. From Folk to Country, Rock and Roll to Classic Rock, Classical to Big Band, Jazz to Soul. I purchased my first portable record player (Motorola SP42R) and listened to everything I could get my hands on.
I spent 4 years in the U.S. Navy (1967 to 1971). My rate was Navigation, however, we had a Radio Station on the ship. I had a show on the ship 2 hours a day 3-5 days a week for 2 years. We went to the Western Pacific (Viet Nam) and the time spent on the radio helped take my mind and the minds of my listeners off of what was happening outside. When we came into a port I spent hours at the music library on base and that is how I was able to copy the music to my reel to reel tapes.
I would like to share what the music meant to me and my listeners. I think that today’s listener needs a break from the outside world (sort of speaking), whether it is one song or many songs taking them back in time. Some may be positive memories or some may be negative.
Music moves us in many ways.