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    Default Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    This is really a fun question to ponder. Let me start with bluegrass, my first love; it would be Old and In the Way's version of the Stones' "Wild Horses". Totally awesome, and a good reminder that there are a number of "non-bluegrass" songs that sound great as BG. Years ago I had an album by a group called The Travelers; they were BG, from Missouri I think. They did the Bee Gee's "To Love Somebody" and the Turtles' "Happy Together"; if that was the first time you'd ever heard those songs, you have sworn they were written for BG.

    The song that made me want to learn to play guitar was Ricky Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou". The guitar break in the middle, which I believe was James Burton (not certain of that), hit me like a ton of bricks. I was probably 13 or 14 when that song first came out and I bought a guitar not long after. Staying in the rock genre, in my opinion there is no better album than Gerry Rafferty's "City to City". It has the oft-played "Baker Street", but some other real gems: "Whatever's Written in Your Heart", "The Ark", "Mattie's Rag". Danged great album!! As for jazz, what more needs to be said than Miles' KOB.

    I have to mention two other albums. At age 74, I have settled in on Mandolin Orange's "This Side of Jordan" as my all-time favorite. Andrew is a fantastic writer and they are such a joy to listen to. I'll be interested to see how they fare as "Watchhouse"; quite well, I am sure. And now for the album that stunned and shocked me when I first heard it, which was around 1966. Robert Johnson, "King of the Delta Blues". Nothing like it, ever!!

    Okay, I will have to add my favorite classical album. Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmonic's 1965 recording of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" on Deutsche Gramophone. Now you've got Old Dog Dave's faves!!

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    Every day is a gift. Sheila Lagrand's Avatar
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    Default Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    Here's a laundry list. If I delved into hows and whys, this post would be ridiculously long.

    Otis Redding
    Roy Clark
    Itzak Perlman
    Joni Mitchell
    The Kinks
    John Prine
    David Bowie
    Van Morrison
    Bonnie Raitt
    Hank Williams
    Tina Turner
    The Clash
    Chrissie Hynde
    The Proclaimers' first album, This is the Story
    Johnny Cash
    Don Julin
    Matt Flinner

    I got my first speeding ticket to Led Zeppelin's Trampled Underfoot.
    Now, what was I after when I wandered in here?

    Phoebe, my 2021 Collings MT mandolin
    Dolly, my 2021 Ibanez M522 mandolin
    Fiona, My 2021 GSM guitar-bodied octave resonator mandolin
    Charlotte, my 2016 Eastman MDO 305 octave mandolin
    Giuliana, my 2002 Hans Schuster 505 violin
    Louise, my 193x SS Maxwell mandolin

    Rich, my 1959 husband

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    Boston, Mass.

    Default Re: What song, Album, Musician changed your perspective on music?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmic Graffiti View Post
    What was that moment you heard something . . . and said "thats it, thats what I have been searching for"
    Ring Dang Doo. But I still haven't found it.
    "The paths of experimentation twist and turn through mountains of miscalculations, and often lose themselves in error and darkness!"
    --Leslie Daniel, "The Brain That Wouldn't Die."

    Some tunes:

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