I was reflecting the other day about the fact that my introduction to music was done by my mother. And that as I had grown into my teenage years, she gave me the first records I listened to at the time.
The Beatles – The Red and Blue Albums (1973)
I remember singing Beatles songs with my brother in the backseat of the car when we’d take trips. And I’m pretty sure that’s why these albums ended up under the Christmas Tree one year. I know I was listening to these when I first started wondering which voice was John and which was Paul. I was certainly a fan, but graduated to super fan in the 90s when I read every book about the Fab 4 I could lay my hands on.
The Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever (1977)
To this day, I’ve never seen the movie. I don’t know why my parents gave me this album. I did like the music until my culture told me disco wasn’t cool. I rediscovered some of these songs on the bass guitar, and they are as fun to play as they are to listen to!
Styx – Grand Illusion (1977)
Styx (The rock band) is one of the definitions given in the OED for schmaltz, especially as you got into the later albums. Renegade (from 1978’s Pieces of Eight album) is the only song they wrote that doesn’t make me want to stick pencils in my ears. BUT… I didn’t know any of that at the time. What I did know was that I had a cousin who ran lighting and sound for Styx, and their 1978 appearance at Keil Auditorium in Saint Louis was my first concert. I’m pretty sure my parents gave me this album around that time.