Music has always been important to me. When I was in grade school I’d listen to my parents records: Tom Lehrer, Neil Diamond, Simon and Garfunkel-I had elaborate dance routines to Helen Reddy’s “Delta Dawn” and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson’s Star is Born-“Queen Bee.”
As a pre-Teener, I spent my babysitting money on Albums-45’s of the Bee Gee’s and yes I had Gary Numan’s “cars” that I played over and over again. In high school I moved into cassettes, my first three were-the Eagle’s Hotel California, Ac/Dc Back in Black and Cheap Trick-Live at Budokan. Buying my own music gave me the power to control my future and own my joy. I would run with a WalkMan and loved the concentration of running and music. Once I could drive and had my own car, I would obsess over a particular cassette until I literally wore it out. In high school, I went through a particularly strong Pink Floyd The Wall phase-fostering my strong sense of independence. Music was always there for me, no matter what else was going on in my life-music was my companion.
So I look to bring my love of 70’s and 80’s music to KVMR but also everything else that inspires me. I have listened to KVMR since the ‘80’s. While listening what I’ve learned is while you might think that you don’t like a specific genre or sound, but maybe-just maybe…there’s a day, a mood, an hour that you might just need a smile that a silly or heartfelt song brings to you. You just need to be open and if you don’t like it-wait five minutes, until the next song.