Even though I’m not a member of the video production team, I am often inspired by music while I am working in my office. What do I listen to during the long days in the office to keep me motivated and focused? Well, being a stone’s throw away from Cleveland, Ohio, it’s hard not to believe I was raised to love Rock and Roll. So whether it’s Zeppelin, The Beatles, Jimi or The Stones, ’60s and ’70s rock music will enter my ears at some point during the day.
The path to truly appreciating classic rock was definitely a long one. Growing up in the 90’s, my definition of “good music” was pretty different than my parents. While my folks were playing The White Album throughout the house, I was up in my room listening to Chumbawamba. I would tell them to turn down that noise while they would tell me to turn off mine.
My genuine distaste for Classic Rock stayed with me until about 10 years ago when I started listening to Jack White and the Black Keys’ blues-style of rock. I fell in love with that style of music and it made me seek out other bands with that same sound which of course led me back to…Zeppelin. I listened to everything that they recorded, watched documentaries, went to see cover bands. I was in deep. Listening to Zeppelin led me to listen to Jimi Hendrix, which led me to The Who, which led to The Stones, which led to The Beatles, etc. After it was all said and done, my “recently played” on Spotify looked like it belonged to my dad.
It’s funny that after fighting with my parents for control of the radio for so many years that I have ended up listening to the same albums as they did at my age. I wonder if it’s a sense of nostalgia that I feel while listening to those bands that takes me back to childhood memories or if I have just naturally come into liking that genre of music? Whatever the case, I don’t think that my children will be listening to Ace of Base or The Bare-naked Ladies the same way that I am listening to the music of my parents’ generation. And I think that might be a good thing.