I have been doing a daily music thing on Facebook, wherein you post LPs that are a big part of your musical history and influence. When first nominated, I thought, "Oh bother..." but I have thoroughly enjoyed this musical journey.
You know how certain smells can take you back in time? Well, for me it is the same with music. I suspect that many people feel this way. Music transcends time, gets to a specific part of our brain that knows no time.
These the tunes of my early life. Formative. Affirming.
Of course there was new music later in life, as I'm always curious and open to new 'sounds.' Even hip-hop and rap provide inspiration at times. "Girl" bands, like The Clicks, shot adrenaline into my bloodstream when I was in my 50s; the Indigo Girls rocked my world in my 40s. Artists like Janis Ian came back on the scene and sparked my imagination once again. My husband re-introduced me to classical music (he is a fan, and very knowledgeable) at a much deeper level than I had known before.
Our new home provides even more avenues for music appreciation: we have regular concerts of every genre. Last week we saw a group called "Horns A Plenty" which blew me away. Look them up on YouTube. They are great.
In these times of the utmost cray-cray and craven politics, let music be your balm, your inspiration and the fire that gets you marching in the streets. I'm thinking of the music of Les Miserables. The Song of Angry Men. To the ramparts!