Everybody seems to have a different definiton of what classic rock music is. Usually, what they like the most is classic to them. Well, I'm the same. I like rock and roll recorded from the 1950s into the 1980s. And I'll occasionally listen to songs recorded in the 1990s.
Rock and roll has changed quite a bit over the years. And a lot of younger people don't even know where it came from. So here's a chance for them to broaden their musical appreciation. And for the rest of us to just sit back and enjoy.
These playlists are just that - mostly classic rock music with some other genres mixed in.
I like different types of music. And sometimes I like them mixed together. I guess it keeps me from getting bored.
I was born in St. Louis in 1948 and lived there until I was 10. So most of the music I remember from that period was recorded in the 1950s.
Big band music was fading out and rock and roll music was just getting started.
Although my childhood wasn't much fun, I really enjoyed the music.
From St. Louis we moved to Southern Illinois. Then when I was 14 we moved to Chicago. It was 1962 and rock and roll was going strong.
Soon the British bands invaded and rock really got rolling.
And then there was Vietnam, which I'll get into later.
I spent the late 1960s and all of the 1970s denying that I had been effected by the Vietnam War. But nobody can go through something like that and not be effected.
And then there was the attitude of the self-righteous protesters who didn't like Vietnam veterans. We even had trouble getting jobs because of the way most people
felt toward us.
Looking back, I think my mind was numb. And my own attitude wasn't very good.
But the 1970s had some great music. And that music helped me get through it.
If you want to hear what songs came out in a particular year, this is the place for you.
Some people have asked me why I don't include later years. The answer is simple. I'm not that into music from the later years. So I don't have very much of it.
But if you like the same kind of music that I like, you're at the right website.
When I was in my teens, Motown music was a big part of me. And so it remains.
Motown music just seams to have something very special about it.
When I first started putting together these playlists, I didn't realize how many musicians I'd have to include.
These playlists are not complete. And I don't know if I'll ever have time to finish them.
Hard rock music has many definitions. And I'm sure that some people will disagree with me and my choices as to what I included in these playlists.
But again, as with other genres, I've included the songs that I like.
Okay, it's time to relax, unwind, and just enjoy. Find a quiet, comfortable place, and let the world go by.
Who says there has to be words? These are some very talented musicians playing some beautiful tunes. And sometimes it's nice to just listen to the instruments.
It's amazing how much music just involves horns. Horns are the main instruments of most of the big bands, and some of the smaller ones.
I didn't start listening to big band era music until I was in my 40s. I was changing radio stations and stumbled upon a song that I remember my parents listening
to when I was a child.
As I continued listening to the station, I was amazed at how wonderful that music was. And I heard more and more music that I remembered.
I've been hooked ever since.
I particularly like the country and western music recorded in the 1960s and 1970s. The stuff I know the best is from the late 60s, when I spent a lot of time
in honkytonks in Texas.
Light hearted music comes in almost all genres. But some artists, such as Guy Lombardo, Spike Jones, and Roger Miller, recorded a lot of light hearted stuff.
So you'll find them and others mixed into these playlists.
These are songs that I've put on CDs so that I can listen to them in my car. Most of the songs are classic rock. But they are mixed with other genres.
I had a CD player in my car that held 12 CDs. So I always had plenty of music that I liked.
I first became interested in ragtime music when I saw the movie "The Sting." Since then, I've collected a number of ragtime recordings, some of the songs being
recorded by multiple artists.
I've chosen some of my favorites to include in these playlists.
This playlist is music that brings back memories of when I was in Vietnam. There's a short narative that goes along with each song.