#tbtmemory: Discovering Your Musical Taste

It’s Throwback Thursday once again, and today Maggie asks questions about our musical taste. Here are her questions…

  1. What music were you exposed to in your family home – genre, artist, or style.
  2. Did you enjoy that type of music or did you rebel against it?
  3. How did you listen to music in your childhood home? Radio? Record player? Television?
  4. Did you buy records, tapes, cassettes, 8-tracks or CDs?
  5. What performers were you drawn to most as an adolescent?
  6. Who did you go to see for your first concert? Who did you go with?
  7. What concert has been your favorite concert to date?
  8. When do you listen to music? In the car? At work? While studying or doing projects?
  9. Did the music you listened to affect your attitudes, way of dress, or view of the world?
  10. How has your choice of music changed over the years? What is your genre of choice at this phase of your life?
  11. Bonus Question: What band or group posters did you have hanging in your room? Extra extra bonus points if you can share a copy of it or a link to it.
  12. EXTRA EXTRA BONUS: Care to share a playlist from Spotify?

And here are my answers…

  1. All kinds…

    • “Beautiful music” (Mantovani, Percy Faith, Ferrante & Teicher…)
    • Dixieland
    • Singers such as Jack Jones, Andy Williams, June Christy
    • The Beatles and other Top 40 artists.
    • Allan Sherman
    • Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
    • Big Band (Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller…)
  2. I liked most of it. What I didn’t like, I ignored.

  3. Mostly records and TV. My folks really didn’t listen to the radio that much. Of course, when I got a radio, it was on damn near all the time.

  4. I bought records, cassettes, and CD’s. Never got into tapes (which I assumed mean reel-to-reel) and I thought 8-tracks were an abomination.

  5. Mostly the horn bands, like Chicago, BS&T, Chase, Lighthouse, and The Buckinghams. The Beatles, of course. Later, Loggins & Messina, The Guess Who, Grand Funk Railroad. I got into blues via the Butterfield Blues Band and Blues Project, then started going with the real thing, i.e. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Luther Allison, Otis Rush etc.

  6. I’m assuming you mean ones for which I bought tickets and entered through the front door (we had this thing where we’d go to the Ravinia Festival and hop the fence). I think it was Chicago and Buzzy Linhart at Ravinia with Holly, who I sorta was/sorta wasn’t in a relationship with at the time.

  7. Muddy Waters at New Trier East (the other high school in the district). It wasn’t well promoted (I heard about it by accident). It was around the time that his band that played with him most of the time in the ’70’s came together, and I was impressed as hell. We got a whole lot of music for our money that night…

  8. Whenever I can. Usually when I’m at the computer or in bed getting my leg pumped out.

  9. Yes it did. When I got into a genre I really didn’t want to hear anything else. I blew off rock when I got into blues, blues when I got into jazz, jazz when I got into oldies, oldies when I got back into jazz…

  10. At this stage of my life, I’m listening to everything, even country of late.

  11. The one from Chicago At Carnegie Hall. This picture doesn’t do it justice.

  12. How about my Top Songs from last year? If you can’t get in, let me know.

That’s all for now, and for those of you that like my animations…

10 thoughts on “#tbtmemory: Discovering Your Musical Taste

  1. Very interesting to learn more about you. I am so glad you are open to all types.
    1. My mom loved the classics and I grew up on light classics but also biggies like Beethoven, Chopin, Rossini
    2. I never rebelled because I enjoyed it…my brother, well, that’s another story
    3. Record player where you could place 5 records on and as one finished, the other one came down and played. Once done, you just took the stack and turned them around to play. Later I had cassettes (and still do). The radio and TV…I hated Hee Haw but my parents liked Lawrence Welk.
    4. Records, Tape Cassettes and CD’s. Never 8 track
    5. I always loved Classics and so I played these Records, “Music for the Millions”. There were 5 records and all were pieces from famous composers. I loved ABBA and still do plus ELO. I got into Chris DeBurgh but I started to love the songs from the musicals. I also had..have a secret love for the Tyrolian music (German) where they yodel.
    6. My aunt took me and my brother to see Mozart’s “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat). The music is very well known and I laughed so much at some of the comedic bits. I laugh even thinking about it.
    7. I took my mom to see Andre Rieu in Toronto for his Viennese concert-it was magical!
    8. I listen to music all the time-The car, work and home
    9. In one answer…Nope
    10. I am mucvh more open to many musical styles now including Jazz(no chimps on the piano please and no Diana Krall, I can’t stand her singing), Blues and even some Country.
    11. Funny, I never had a band poster on my wall nor even a movie star from Teen Beat


    1. I had a record player with a changer that allowed 5-6 records at once, and you could pull it out and replace it with a short spindle for playing one at a time.

      I actually liked Hee Haw. Roy Clark is a tremendous guitarist who can also play fiddle and banjo, and a lot of the members of the cast were members of the Grand Old Opry. And I love their kind of corny humor…


  2. Love the playlist, John. I have it saved now. It looks like we shared the same poster, too! You have a rich mix of music you enjoy. I like a lot of the same music thanks to my parental influence. Thanks for playing along.

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