I missed the birth and infancy of rock and roll, so didn't discover the incredible voice of Elvis Presley until toward the end of his life.
I was what could be considered a rock and roll "wimp." Not much into heavy metal--I liked an occasional song or two, but preferred my eardrums intact. Ironically, many of the groups considered "heavy metal" when I was a teenager are still around today--like Aerosmith, AC/DC, Metallica--and show up on my kids' playlists. Who would have thought these bands would still be rockin' into middle age?
As a teenager, I inched into rock and roll via "soft pop." I was totally sucked in by the Monkees. My parents--bless them--drove me and a couple girlfriends 150 miles to see one of their concerts. I screamed until I was hoarse and had a blast! I didn't realize they weren't singing their own songs until I was hooked on the fun.
And, like many sixteen-year-olds, my cousin and I dreamed we would move to Los Angeles after we graduated and become music stars. After all, we both sang in the church choir. In reality, she lived most of her life near the small town where we grew up. At least I got out of town, but farther away from LA, not closer.
As I got older, I came to admire those who not just performed, but wrote their own songs. Many of those same musicians I already enjoyed, including John Denver, Neil Diamond, Simon & Garfunkel.
My musical tastes broadened a bit, but were still predominantly the "easy listening" songs I preferred as a teenager. When I began writing, I remembered how music and those who played it were so much a part of my life as a teenager and young adult. So how could I not write a story or three about the influences of musicians? And, given my love of romances, these stories would have to be Rock 'n' Romances.
So who are your favorite rock bands? Do you like one particular style of music or are your tastes more eclectic? You name 'em and I'll listen to at least one of their songs--and enter you in my drawing!
Coming in a later post: the ladies of rock!