I couldn’t imagine life before the TV much like my kids today can’t imagine life without the internet and everything being available.
Anyone who was around at the beginning of the MTV revolution, would have purchased a guitar or some other instrument. That’s what I did.
I bugged my Dad to buy me a guitar so he got me a classical guitar with the hope I could learn to play classical songs. He paid $15 for a 30 minute lesson with a man called Niccolini, who instead taught me how to play metal and rock songs because I asked him to.
And Niccolini, man he could play. He had the longest fingernails on his right hand and I was in awe at his classical playing. But I was a metal head.
I used to tell Niccolini which songs I would want to learn, he would then go away and learn those songs and then at the next lesson he would show me. But I also took lessons, to get the techniques right. I’m big on foundations. If the foundations are not right, everything else that comes after is not right either.
And I would fool my Dad by playing metal and hard rock songs in a classical way. Like anything from Randy Rhoads or Yngwie Malmsteen.
And music was my everything, something the generation of today doesn’t get. I talked about artists the same way people talk about tech devices today and their social media status.
And my record collection was a source of pride. I played them through and through. They are part of my DNA.
I used to have the collection under lock and key, in an alarmed room because once upon a time, if someone broke in, they would steal part of the collection. I couldn’t have that happen. Today, they’ll walk straight past it and go for the tech.
Music is part of my life. It will always be.