I am in the middle of that Facebook exercise where you put up, over two days, 10 album covers without explanations or reviews. The last part of that sentence is difficult for a theo-musicologist blogger like myself!
I might have to respond to some people’s responses - get out close to ease my frustrations!
First though, this is an explanation of how I chose the albums.
The key line for me “ten albums that greatly influenced my taste in music”.
For me that was not my favourite the records. Indeed for me that wasn’t even about anything I had discovered in the year or five years or even the last 40 years!
The ten albums that you are seeing on my Facebook page are the records of my teens that somehow shaped the tastes that makes me listen to the records I listen to now.
Why do I like good lyrics?
Why do I lean towards the songs?
Why am I dismayed when guitars no longer feature at the Grammys!
Why my love for a little honky tonk piano?
Why am I looking forward to Deacon Blue’s new record on Friday?
Why do I love Over The Rhine, Jason Isbell, Snow Patrol, Anthony Toner and U2?
So my top 10 are all albums that I was introduced to between 15 and 19. The last one I over reached. It was chosen two weeks into my University life.
For me the next few years at Queens were highly influential too. I discovered Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison among many other but just too late to be in this top 10.
My friend Rab was a big influence in my listening as we shared favourite records every Friday night. His sister’s boyfriend at the time also helped by leaving records at Rab’s house.
I have enjoyed the journey through my teens, stretching the sinews of my brain to remember records that I might not have listened to in quite a while but that influenced me.
The ten I have chosen, are all still on my playlists though some much more regular than others. You can decide what those are for yourselves!