I have always loved music for as long as I can remember. My dad played the saxophone and we always had music on in our house. The Beatles really captured me as a fan with their fantastic music when I was just seven years-old. I loved all the music from the 1960s. This would include The Fab Four, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Animals, Cream, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, The Jefferson Airplane, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix, Credence Clearwater Revival, The James Gang, The Young Rascals, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Three Dog Night and on and on.
I also loved the Motown sound with artists like The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye. In addition to that, I really enjoyed listening to the records my dad would play which would feature the sounds of the Big Band era, like Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Cannonball Adderley.
When I went to UW-Oshkosh, I had two radio shows at the college station. One was a rock show and the other was a jazz show.
In the 70s, I learned to love other music as well, as I became a big fan of Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, David Bowie, Bad Company, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, The Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allen Parsons Project, Rod Stewart, Grand Funk Railroad, Rush and so many other great groups of that era.
Over all those years, my favorite artist has been Neil Young. I have seen Neil in person many times over four decades. That would include him being with CSN&Y, plus I’ve seen him with Crazy Horse or just on his own.
My favorite show had to be when he was on the Live Rust tour in 1978. Some buddies and I saw him in Madison, Wisconsin.
It’s incredible that Neil has put out such great music spanning over six decades. I enjoyed him with Buffalo Springfield, with CSN&Y, with Crazy Horse or just on his own. I enjoyed listening to him yet again today.
Neil’s music never gets old, even as we do.