It’s been a long time since I’ve written a music related post especially as I often go off on tangents about how music is such an important factor of my life. I’ve recently been clearing out things from my parents’ house and stumbled across a box of things I purchased as a child, which included a few CDs. As a little heads up, this doesn’t fully summarise my passion for music as a child at all. When I was young the main products any pocket money I earned went towards were either graphic novels, CDs or collectibles from my favourite shows. I also travelled a lot as a child and unfortunately during one trip to Austria I arrived home, aged around seven, to find our front door smashed in and my bedroom pulled apart and sadly a lot of my belongings stolen. There is one CD I remember having a ballerina on the front, or something similar, that supposedly was one of my favourite things as a child but I was never able to find it in any music stores since. (Bear in mind I was living through the age of dial up internet, which basically meant no internet at all.) As time passed I forgot the artist, title, everything to do with this CD apart from what I believe to be the cover artwork, I hope one day, I’ll come across it and realise I’ve been reunited with it. As for the photo above, it’s a small selection of what I enjoyed as a child, other artists I loved I didn’t need to own as my parents instead owned them. Other CDs I purchased are still lost in amongst my parents belongings, many of which are now in Devon.
Whilst I’m not necessarily a huge fan of some of the CDs in the picture now, I still want to be true to myself and explore what I did enjoy as a child to help me realise how I’ve developed the music taste I enjoy today. In order of purchase from the photos above:
Daft Punk – Homework – 1996, Robert Miles – One & One – 1996, Robert Miles – Children – 1996, B.B.E – Seven Days And One Week – 1996, B.B.E – Flash – 1997, Sash! – Encore Une Fois – 1997, Placebo – Black Market Music – 2000, Kernkraft 400 – Zombie Nation – 2000, PPK – Resurection – 2001.
Other CDs I remember purchasing were a Depeche Mode album, Mr Oizo’s ‘Flat Beat’, The Smurfs – Saturday Night (It must have been good? I can’t remember haha.) and a few by Scooter.
So considering I was born in August 1991, I actually began my CD purchasing when I was around five years of age, which I find pretty interesting. I have very distinct memories in particular of listening to Robert Miles, Sash and B.B.E on my portable compact disc player a lot as a child. Each Friday night my dad would be playing football in Bath with friends and I would always hop in the back of the car for the journey of driving him there via Kelston Road from Bristol at night enjoying the night sky and landscape of Bath. It’s pretty safe to say looking at the image above that I had a love for trance music as a child, most probably from a creative escapism perspective. I also remember writing a lot of stories, or enjoying escaping to the imagery in my head. I guess at the age of five or six, I didn’t see loneliness in a negative light whatsoever, as an only child I was very used to being alone and spending time with myself. What I didn’t realise at that age was that music wouldn’t just be pleasure for me, but it would almost become a coping mechanism, it would become a need to constantly listen and escape to the imaginary worlds music would help me create in my head, it would become in a metaphoric sense my best friend that would always be there for me.
So now, I’m going to explore a timeline, of key pieces of music which I feel helped define me and mould me into the person I am today. I am by no means a music reviewer, I can’t discuss music on a technical level, all I am able to do is express why it matters to me or what I associate the piece with. As this is a personal blog post and I am so aware of mortality, I don’t particularly care what people think anymore because you just die in the end anyway, so I may write something which offends you simply for the purpose of expressing why enjoy what I do but we’ll see. Also I like to hope that you follow my blog partially for my personality/taste and whatnot, so I always want to be honest. Continue reading “Favourite Music As A Child, Teenager And Through To Now” »