Hey folks. Thought I'd start this blog with a little bit about me, and what got me into music in the first place. It was maybe before I started going to high school that I was given 3 Red Hot Chili Peppers albums on cassette tape. They were, The Uplift Mofo Party Plan, Mother's Milk and Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
I started listening to RHCP, and for years they were pretty much ALL I listened to. I got a lot of stick for that from my friends, and rightly so.
Eventually, mostly from borrowing cds from my two older brothers, I started listening to other things. I discovered Nirvana, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Metallica and many, many others. As it stands today, RHCP are still my all time favourite band, and I discovered Jimi Hendrix, Parliament/Funkadelic, Charlie Parker and others through them. They're what made me want to become a musician. I started learning to play the alto Saxophone when I was in school. But, I learned up to grade 4 level and dropped it. I was bored of it. I was made to play a lot of old boring traditional songs. I didn't want to play the national anthem. I wanted to blast out some fucking John Coltrane, man!
But, a little later, after learning a few chords on my dad's old acoustic guitar, I decided I'd try learning the bass guitar. I wanted to play like Flea! Maybe because I was listening to a lot of funk, with Flea's bass dominating especially the early Pepper's records, I just thought it was way cooler than guitar.
That picture has been posted all over the web, thanks to the band's fan site posting it to various social networks, and I met some incredible people because of that.
So anyway, that's me. Throughout this blog, hopefully I will introduce some people to some beautiful music and maybe learn some things myself.
I believe that music is essential for living day to day. For me anyway, it has shaped my life, sparked friendships and helped me through bad times. I owe a lot to music. So we'll see where this goes....