Thursday, February 2, 2012
my musical influences
What are your musical influences ? The AM radio was the first music I heard as an infant in the early 1950's which was mostly country music,1940's pop and early Elvis..... My father sang and played the Harmonica around the house...My mom played violin and piano and conducted choirs at school. At the age of 8. I started classical piano lessons and went for 7 years so I heard lots of Classical music: Bach ,Beethovan ,Chopin ,etc ..My mother played piano and when I was little I would dance around with my sister to her piano playing. I really liked the left hand bass notes she played on the piano....our hands were too small and couldn't reach the octaves [8 notes] yet. My music teacher had music recitals in her home every year so I played infront of parents and peers. I also played the piano at the Bethel Baptist Church usually at Christmas . These were my first 'gigs' in front of an audience......at a very young age .... My mother brought home the first 2 Beatle albums that came out in Canada . My brother who is three years older than I am , bought the first Rolling Stones album.... I played all these records over and over again ...I really liked the Chuck Berry covers on these albums.. and the drums My parents bought my brother a red , Vox Jaguar Organ and amp from J.J.H. Maclean's. When he quit playing in bands I gave them a few dollars and they gave it to me. That was my first portable keyboard that I would use at band practises. My mother drove me to the practises with the organ and amp in her car....usually to Wally Shayne's parents house on Hampton Street . We were called "The Jagged Edge". We played at the Airways Community Club. I think that was my first ever band gig. We also played at the Air force base on Mount Royal. This was 1966 if I'm not mistaken....I played in many , many bands after after that . I had a portable organ and it seemed the phone was always ringing , somebody wanting me to play in their band ........most of the bands were playing "Louie Louie" by the kingsmen , " I'm Not Your Stepping Stone ' by the monkeys , "Mustang Sally" , and songs by the Animals. I had a few 45's [ recordings ] . one I played alot was "Psychotic Reaction" by Count Five , "Your Pushing too Hard" and "Can't Seem to Make You Mine" by The Seeds........,most of the Dave Clark Five singles......."I Can See for Miles" by The Who......"Baby Please Don't Go" by Them ......also The Kinks album I had the first 2 Led Zepplin albums and played some borrowed drums in the basement to them .........I like to fool around on the guitar and imitate Santana and Jimi Hendrix but didn't sound anything like them! The first acoustic guitar song I remember playing was "Gloria" by Them [Van Morrison ] ...3 chords over and over till the fingers bleed!! ......somebody showed me "George Harrison's riff for 'Day Tripper' by the Beatles and then I figured I was pretty hot then !! In the 70's I had BTO's "Takin Care of Business" , Stones "Honky Tonk Women" , and Bob Seegar "Ramblin Gamblin Man" on 45's RPM. and played them over and over again.