This post was inspired by the Facebook trend of sharing the top ten albums that influenced your taste in music.
The instructions were no reasons or reviews, just album covers.
Well, music means a lot more than that to me, so here we go.
✅ Sting: The Dream of The Blue Turtles.
This album influenced my owning: … Nothing Like the Sun, The Soul Cages, Ten Summoner’s Tales, Mercury Falling, Brand New Day, Sacred Love, Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994 and All This Time, as well as my attending three of his concert tours: Mercury Falling (Summer of 1996), Brand New Day (Fall of 1999) and Sacred Love (Summer of 2004), where I first saw Keith Carlock. I later met Keith at a drum workshop in the Summer of 2012.
He’s my favorite artist over time, perhaps all-time. I own several books about him, including an autographed copy of his biography, “Broken Music”.
✅ Phil Collins: No Jacket Required.
This album influenced my owning: Face Value, But Seriously, Serious Hits Live, Both Sides, as well as my attending a concert: 1994 Both Sides of the World Tour, and reading his book, “Not Dead Yet”. I drummed along to yet another favorite artist of mine quite often, especially in the early to mid-nineties.
✅ Van Halen: 1984.
This album influenced my owning: 5150, OU812, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and LIVE! Right Here, Right Now! of which I also attended the show at Alpine Valley in the Summer of 1993. Of course I jammed along to all of these albums and enjoyed playing both the real and “air” keyboards to “Jump”, “Love Walks In” and “When It’s Love”.
✅ Chicago: 17.
This album was all about coming of age, all of the emotions and the girls in my life. Aaaaah, the mid-eighties! It influenced my following of Peter Cetera: yes, I have a soft spot for “Daddy’s Girl” and “Restless Heart”.
A powerful music anthology that put a lot of artists on the map. It inspired my adding roto toms to my drum kit. Ya. I drummed along to this album … a lot.
✅ Rush: Exit Stage Left.
This album influenced my owning: A Show of Hands, Presto, Roll the Bones, Counterparts, and my excitedly attending two shows: Presto in the Summer of 1991, and Snakes & Arrows in the Summer of 2005. I own all of Neil Peart’s books. One of relevance here would be, “Traveling Music – The Soundtrack to My Life and Times”. As any drummer would, I played along to these albums. They were a heavy influence of my taste in the musical genre of progressive.
✅ Pet Shop Boys: Discography.
The song “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”, is great fun. It elicits thoughts of my crushes and the effervescent people in my life.
✅ Pearl Jam: Ten.
This album influenced my taste for grunge. I played along to it quite a bit. “Even flow … thoughts arrive like butter … flies!”
✅ John Lee Hooker: Best of Friends.
✅ Mickey Hart: Planet Drum.
I also own the book. I played this album quite often when teaching SPINNING. It led me deeper into my taste in percussion and to one day meet the ensemble “Dahui” at The Taste of Randolph in 2004. I taught a special SPINNING class where they played their music, just them … acoustically, for an entire hour, as we pedaled along for a very unique group exercise experience.
Here are some favorites of mine, which were not shared on Facebook: