My mother was into the “crooner” style music, and Andy Williams smooth voice was heard in the kitchen as she cooked dinner.
My father was far more eclectic in his tastes. He drove a Greyhound bus for a living and often visited Toronto and Detroit so brought back tales of dingy bars (where the food was cheap) with small house bands and jazz and blues singers. He introduced me to the Beatles long before they hit the big stage, and I recall him saying, these boys will be famous.
It wasn’t until I was an adult that I truly started to pay attention to the blues, and the turning point came in a small amphitheater in Ann Arbor Michigan when I had front row seats for BB King and after the show me came down and shook my hand. I recall thinking OMG, the hand that touches Lucille just held mine.
Then came Second Life and as I teleported about, I found more and more I was attracted to the venues playing blues. I marveled at the knowledge of the DJs and listened intently not only to the music but the stories of the artists and their life journeys.
Like the person who admits to not being able to tell a wine vintage by smelling the cork, but merely “knows what they like” I too am not yet as schooled as these expert Dj’s but , I do know what I like. Every week I look for one new (to me) Blues artist and listen to their music, and see if it speaks to me. If it does I buy the CD or selections and add them to my library. If I don’t like the song or artist and others comment favourably on them I bookmark them and come back a few times to see if they “grow on me”, if not, then *smile* I leave their songs to someone else’s playlist.
I am honoured to have been asked to join the Riverside family and look forward to growing in my blues journey here.