I listen to a wide variety of music with probably the exception of country and heavy metal. I do have three genres of music that are near and dear to my heart. Those are "Old School R & B", "Classic Rock" and "Old School Hip-Hop."
I fell in love with old school R& B as a child. I grew up in a tight-knit community where I had the exact same neighbors for the twenty plus years I was there. Backyard parties and barbecues would have folks like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson blaring from speakers, and the smell of the food would drive me crazy. I would watch the grown-ups dance and play cards, and of course consume large amounts of alcohol. But after listening to that music through my childhood, I have since had a love affair with it.
I was not privileged to enjoy classic rock until my first year of college. Of course I heard it before but never paid to much attention to it. My roommate was a avid fan of Led Zeppelin, and after a night of sampling some of his very potent weed, I also became a huge fan. I bought the box set and then branched off to pick up groups like Cream, the Eagles and Santana.
Old school hip-hop and I really fell in love in high school. 1987 Eric B & Rakim "Paid in Full" album was released and from there I was a literal addict of hip-hop. I listen to it before with folks like L.L. Cool J with his "Radio" album, and course classics like Whodini and others, but Rakim took me to another level. I had the cassette tape and played it over and over to it broke, and I had to buy another. I was even in a group in my younger years, we recorded a couple of albums, none released sadly.
With all that being said, every Friday I will post a song that I love from one of the three genres for all to enjoy. I will take the weekends off from now on to spend time outdoors with my Son and family, life is too short short, right? The songs I post, I can tell you I have fond memories from each, I hope you do to, take care.