A blog documenting my education and progress as I learn to play traditional Irish music on tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle, bodhran and hopefully one day, mandola, bouzouki and more.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
As the 70's progressed we listened to a lot of Beatles, Pink Floyd, Robin Trower, Moody Blues and Van Morrison, James Taylor and Cat Stevens.
Mom & Dad had pretty good taste in music. It's really a shame they don't listen much anymore.
I remember when my 1st grade school teacher asked us to each bring a record to school and we would play one song from each person. I heard a lot Jackson 5, The Osmonds, The Monkees, etc. When it was my turn I played "One of These Days" from Pink Floyds "Meddle" album. My classmates where saying what amounted to WTF? My teacher just smiled HUGE.
But as soon as the novelty of Nirvana and Pearl Jam began to wear off, rock-n-roll went and changed again. Rap started sneaking it's way into my hard rock. And I HATE RAP. You can't spell C-R-A-P without R-A-P. And I started turning the radio off.
Oh yeah, didn't Jethro Tull beat out Metallica for "Best Metal Band" at the Grammy's the first year they had the category? YES... like I said, the music is intense. By the way, the members of Jethro Tull would tell you they are NOT a metal band. Most folk wouldn't argue. What were the Grammy folks thinking???
And speaking of Metallica, they recorded a traditional Irish folk song as well. "Whiskey in the Jaro" or more properly titled "Whisky in the Jar".
So I'll end this blog entry with my current musical obsession; The Bothy Band.