I can't remember the order it all happened in any more, but I started out with progressive rock... Genesis, Pink Floyd, Eno, Supertramp. I operated on the drill down theory, where I would find a band I liked and listen to every one of their albums, then every related solo album. I was in the process of transitioning to new wave like the Talking Heads when a bolt of lightning struck me.
I heard Cab Calloway's "Some of These Days" on the radio and it changed my life. I realized that the lousy "kid music" I was listening to was flaccid and talentless compared to this one song I had just experienced.
I went to the record store and found out the genre of music I was interested in was Harlem Jazz. I jumped in with both feet. When I began to get a feel for Fletcher Henderson, Don Redman and Duke Ellington, I thought to myself, "If Harlem Jazz" is this great and I didn't even know it, maybe there's other great music I don't know about." The drill down theory went by the wayside and my tastes and interests started to broaden.
First up was an exploration of the Rusisian Classical composers, which led to big band swing, which led to 50s Pop Vocals, Cuban Mambo, Romantic symphonies, The Blues, the operas of Richard Wagner, bluegrass, Hawaiian slack key guitar, 50s rock n roll, honky tonk country music, Columbian cumbia, Argentinian tango, Balinese gamelan, novelty songs, klezmer, easy listening, exotica, movie library music and soundtracks, rhythm and blues, soul, 60s pop music, jump blues, traditional folk music, Texas swing, Be Bop, ragtime, 30s hotel dance bands, Italian opera, cool jazz, tin pan alley, and dozens more.
Now I have a digital library with over a year's worth of music, over 8,000 CDs, 12-15,000 records and a blossoming set of musical interests that make it so I will have new and exciting music to listen to for the rest of my life.
Recently, I went back and listened to some of the records I liked in college... Peter Gabriel, Yes, Pink Floyd. I honestly don't know what I saw in that crap. I guess I liked it because it was all I knew. Thank goodness I heard Cab Calloway on the radio!
Edited by bigshot - 6/2/11 at 10:04am