There are definitely some benefits to discovering a band later than the usual, the most being that one can binge-listen to the catalogue available at the time without the usual wait for a new album with new music. Since a later discovery means everything is new to you!
I’m not particularly ageist in my musical listenings, thankfully, so when I started really listening to the catchy tunes and covers of a UK band named The Vamps, their decision to do two McFly covers on The Vamps YouTube channel had me curious about the original being covered. Thus, I searched for and found the music of McFly.
With some chagrin, I realised that I had inadvertently been introduced to a bit of the McFly music via the viral videos of McFly’s Tom Fletcher. I’d no idea that Tom’s wedding speech video was based on McFly melodies and the more I listened, the more McFly music that became part of my collection.
Without The Vamps, I might not have known of McFly. And now I join others in waiting for hopefully more McFly music.
The weather outside is cold and wet, the rain reminding me of songs in my music listening history that are about the sometimes inclement weather. Here are ten songs about rain that came to mind, in no particular order:
- East 17 – “Let It Rain”
- Prince – “Purple Rain”
- Bruno Mars – “It Will Rain”
- The Beatles – “Rain”
- Wide Mouth Mason – “Midnight Rain”
- Adele – “Set Fire To The Rain”
- Blind Melon – “No Rain”
- Nelson – “After The Rain”
- Wide Mouth Mason – “Rained Out Parade”
- Eddie Rabbit – “I Love A Rainy Night”
Other than the children’s albums by Anne Murray and Raffi that my parents bought as LPs and the complimentary 45 single I got on a visit to Disneyland and played on my Fisher-Price record player, much of the music I introduced myself to came from the library. I remember flipping through records in bins, pulling any album cover or track listing that seemed interesting and then bringing it home for an initial spin on the same childhood record player that 45 spin on. Atlantic Start. The Northern Pikes. The Shuffle Demons. Rob Bass. Glenn Medeiros. My ears opened up a lot in those years all for the price of a library card.
One of the things I want to remember as I get older is the music that captures my mind, be it the records and cassette tapes of a younger self to the digital tunes and the search for tangible forms of great music I want to keep in something more than an upgraded hard drive/smartphone. I’m unabashedly an admirer and consumer of all that is aurally pleasing to me. In my own world, from the spaces in life that I choose to fill with music, there are only two types. Good music. And the rest that will never really be beats that I want to belong to me.