When I’m doing my advocating, writing or photography, I usually do it while listening to music. Lately I have thought, if I were to make the soundtrack to my life, who and what would be on it?
As far back as I can remember I've liked music and being raised only by my Mom I must get it from her. My Mom had quite the collection of records, some of it was early rock and roll like Roy Orbison. She had his greatest hits record and I think she still has it somewhere. It was one of my favourites. She also had some country music like Loretta Lynn, Jean Shepard, Roy Drusky and I think there was a Kitty Wells in there. I remember hearing her sing along with songs on the radio, especially Patsy Cline. I honestly used to think she was Patsy Cline because when she sang along they sounded so much alike. I think if she wasn't so shy about singing in public, she could still belt one off at a Karaoke bar, no problem.
In 1964 I was all but 10 years old when the next big thing came alone - The Beatles coming to North America. We followed all of the hype on the radio and 6 o'clock news. We fell right into all that hype too. We saw the movies when they came out, sat with the screaming girls in the movie theatre, as if they would be heard by them. There were Beatle boots being sold at a shoe repair shop in town and we did get a pair. I remember buying the bubble gum cards, collecting them all to make the puzzle that was on the back of them. A complete set now could sell for several hundreds of dollars online. The only thing we didn't get was the permission to let our hair grow. Grrrrrrrr!
I really liked the Rock & Roll that they now call Classic Rock, so many of those songs bring back a memory or two from my past but I won't list all of them, some were not smart and others I'd really like to forget. Let’s just say, too much partying!
Then came the 80's and oh what a time that was. So many different styles of music became popular, much of it was very good too. Hair Bands were huge, no pun intended, Techno Pop was very big and people started to dance again. Near the end of that era, it all brought me back to Roy Orbison. He came out with a brilliant album called "Mystery Girl" and just before it came out he had a hit with k.d. Lang, on a remake of his song "Crying". I started getting back to the Roots Rock and singer/songwriter type music. Now I was listening to John (Cougar) Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and John Fogerty. I even found some lesser known writers like Joe Ely, T Bone Burnette and Billy Burnette. If it had twangling guitars, it was on my playlist.
I am not much for concert shows on records/CD's/DVD's but I have found a few very good ones. Again I'm going to mention Roy Orbison. His "A Black And White Night" was recorded in black and white on September 30 1987 as a television special, containing 17 of his hits. It really is one amazing piece of music history. T Bone Burnette was the musical director; he also played along side rock legends like, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jeff Lynne, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther and Steven Soles. The female background singers were k.d. Lang, Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt and the backing band was the TCB Band, Elvis's band from 1969 up until his death.
In 1988 I was again happy to see Roy Orbison as part of a "super group", the Traveling Wilburys. Here he teamed up with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. What a great sound they had, very roots rock. Roy's death on December 6th 1988 saw the Wilburys pay tribute to him in the last video from the first CD, on the song "End Of The Line". When you hear Roy sing, you see his guitar rocking in a chair. I believe if he was still with us today he would still be making great music and I’d have more songs to add to my soundtrack.