How music inspires me and a few of my song samples
As a child of the 1970s and early 1980s, I was blessed to be
intertwined with various types of music of those decades. The 1970s was a
period of AM transistor radios and cassette tapes and players. The soft and
intimate sound of a record playing on the record player will always be like
feeding the soul. Our oldies stations were music of the 1950s and 1960s.
Amazingly, as I look back today the music of the 1950s and 1960s are fifty to
sixty years ago!
I am a music historian and I often can tell who are the
names of an artist and the name of the song when I hear music. Upon returning
from my 2009-2010 deployment, I do not have the same sharpness as before
however I do enjoy playing and listening to music. During the period around
2004, my military unit had fun runs every week as a unit and everyone ran with IPod
and MP3 players. I ran with my CD Walkman and sometimes my portable cassette
player. What about my hands? My hands were free because I placed the player in
my fanny pack. I enjoyed running and I could run forever, once I had my second
wind! Upon returning from a run one time one of the Soldiers began pointing and
laughing at my fanny pack. Seconds later a large group of Soldiers joined in on
the laughter. I was often the only female or another female that joined on
these fun runs with several males which I never recognized it until another
female told me. One of the Soldiers asked me about my CD Walkman and why don’t
I use an MP3 player or IPod which is much lighter and convenient on long runs.
I am practical and if it works why should I replace it. Technology has a way to
remind you that you will receive better working products by buying the latest
Approximately six months later I continued to be teased
about my Stone Age music devices during the fun runs. It did not bother me at
all because some of the Soldiers who laughed were the same ones who thought the
fun run was torture! For me it was a fun run and sometimes I would look up at
the sky as I was running however briefly to prevent myself from running into a
bicyclist or another runner. The
laughter toward my Stone Age music device extended to my children, as they
jumped on the laughter bandwagon, and teased me about my CD Walkman.
Ironically, I purchased an MP3 and IPod for them because I always gave to my
children instead of myself.
One morning after the fun run I went to utilize the latrine
and an MP3 was on the bathroom sink. I called out to see if anyone was in there
and I attempted to find the owner by creating and leaving a flyer on base. In
addition, I sent out a mass email to see if anyone was looking for it. No one
ever claimed it and I attempted to learn how to use the device. I did not like
the majority of the music that was on the device and I did not like the style
and song choices. The music was filled with profanity and I strongly believe that
any type of communication does not require profanity. I ended up purchasing an IPod
and I use my IPod today.
What type of music do I have on my IPod? I have gospel,
modern Christian music, R&B, country, rock, old school rap, reggae,
alternative music, rap without profanity and degradation, jazz, blues, some
opera, and music from all cultures and more.
What artists are on my IPod? The following and at no
particular order because I love music: Eagles, Journey, Paul McCartney and
Wings, Mary J Blige, Bill Withers, Peabo Bryson, U2, Elton John, Elvis Presley,
The Beatles, Sade, Prince, Pharrell Williams, The Fray, Emili Sande, Con Funk
Shun, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Barry Manilow, Michael Jackson, Zac Brown Band, Nas,
Drake, Dr. Dre, Aretha Franklin, Heart, Fred Hammond, Darlene Love, Mariah Carey, Mercy Me, Isley Brothers, Shirley
Caesar, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Olivia Newton-John, Feist, Faith
Evans, Time, Dusty Springfield, John Lennon, George Harrison, David Bowie, Loretta
Lynn, Vanessa Williams, Tamela Mann, Timbaland, the Judds, the Highway Men, the
Jacksons, Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots, Adele, Alicia Keys, Andy Williams, Jennifer
Hudson, Bee Gees, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Rolling Stones, Mary Mary, Tribe
Called Quest, the Clark Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, Donna Summers, Staples Singers, SWV,
Supertramp, Men at Work, Aaliyah, Abba, Edwin Starr, Ms. Jody, the Carpenters,
Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Annie Lennox, Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Aerosmith,
Van Halen, Dionne Warrick, Whitney Houston, Green Day, the Police, Commodores,
Lionel Richie, Moody Blues, The Roots, Juanes, Angela Bofill, Melba Moore, Frank
Sinatra, Kool and the Gang, L.T.D., Lady Antebellum, Tupac Shakur, Usher, Justin
Timberlake, Robert Palmer, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, Williams
Brothers, Sister Sledge, Tears for Fears, Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie
London, Herb Alpert, Pieces of a Dream, Debarge, Tony Toni Tone, Darius Rucker,
Bobby Womack, Babyface, Toni Braxton, Sound Garden, Miami Sound Machine, Brenda
Russell, Shaun Cassidy, Tom Jones, Brothers Johnson, Captain & Tennille, Chaka
Kahn, Glenn Campbell, Styx, Player,
Queen, Zapp, Gladys Knight & the Pipps, Martha Wash, Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Pearl Jam, Enrique Iglesias, Charlie Wilson, Gap Band, Coldplay, Sting, Eminem,
LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Sugar Hill Gang, Grand Master Flash and the
Furious Five, Faith Hill, Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Bowie, the Dells,
Stylistics, Dianne Reeves, DJ Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince, Heavy D &
Boyz, Donny Hathaway, Gary U.S. Bonds, Peggy Lee, Geto Boys, Gin Blossoms, No
Doubt, Grace Jones, Hezekiah Walker, Bread, Johnnie Taylor, Lee Ritenour, Lenny Kravitz,
Little River Band, Air Supply, Loose Ends, Outkast, P.M. Dawn, Alabama, Oak
Ridge Boys, Robin Thick, Rose Royce, S.O.S. Band, Seal, Shaggy, Sheryl Crow, Soul II Soul, Soul for Real, Steely Dan, War,
Whodini, ZZ Hill and more!
Tell me your favorite artists and why if you have the time.
Music written and composed by Joan
Any requests for my service as a composer or songwriter, please contact me under my contact page, thank you.
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