I’m thankful to my parents for a lot of things, but introducing me to great music at an early age sits pretty high up on the list. Naturally as a girl growing up in the 90’s I loved me some Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera but it was my parents who opened my eyes up to the music I still listen to on repeat today.
While all my friends had tapes/CD’s of whatever was on the radio at that time, my parents bought me albums that featured “Ride Captain Ride” by Blues Image, “Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las, “Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes” by Edison Lighthouse and “Sugar Sugar” by the Archies. Our household was filled with the sounds of Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Eagles and many more. I’m often surprised when I listen to the radio, or an oldies Spotify playlist, as I find myself recognizing almost every track being played.
To this day, my favourite band of all time is Aerosmith and my favourite artist is Billy Joel. I’ve owned every album released by both parties and some of my fondest memories link back to listening to their music. My very first musical memory brings me back to listening to Leningrad by Billy Joel with my dad, and him trying to convince me that the song was written about him – since he was a Russian man named Victor. It was a no-brainer when it came time for me to choose my father-daughter dance; it had to be something by Billy Joel.
My first concert experience brings me back to 13 years old, when my father brought me to see Aerosmith live at the Bell Center. To say the whole experience blew my mind is an understatement. No matter how many shows I’ve seen since then, seeing Steven Tyler close up and hearing all the songs I knew so well in person was something I’ll cherish forever.
I was lucky enough to be a millennial (or whatever they’re calling us these days) that grew up listening to the oldies. While I’m an avid fan of every generation’s music, nothing compares to the good ‘ol days, and I’m so thankful to my parents for insisting I open up my musical horizons at a very young age.