I began with 1950's rock and roll. Bill Haley and the Comets, Elvis, Roy Orbison Sam Cooke and all the greats of that time. Grew into the Every Brothers, Patsy Cline, and New Orleans Jazz. Evolved to Dave Brubeck, Herby Hancock and Miles Davis almost the same time the British Rock Invasion hit our shores.
The Beatles changed everything, but I still loved many of our home grown artists such as The Jefferson Airplane, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Blood Sweat and Tears, and Chicago.
Was a huge fan of Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, The Left Bank, Music Machine and 13th Floor Elevators. Couldn't get through the day without my 8 track of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Stones.
It was only after I absorbed all the Jazz I could find, from Count Basie and Oscar Peterson to Bill Evans, before I opened up to Opera, my most difficult transition.
I love Mady Mesple, Frederica von Stade and especially Cecelia Bartoli. These artists performances could have never been enjoyed or understood when I was a child.
Now I listen to techno with my 16 year old, even a little rap (a real stretch for me). Today we listened to Dirty Vegas and Daft Punk, followed by Kylie Minoque, Sylver and Effiel 65.
When Tuesday night rolls around again I plan on Rocking to Tori Amos, Bjork, and the Doors. Followed by at least one classic Blue Note release such as Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder." Maybe something ECM like Oregon or Keith Jarrett. Then jumping to Red Garlands "Steppin' Out, " and then surprising the group by slipping in Lou Reed and John Cale's "Songs for Drella."
I'll listen to KD Lang, Carmen McRae, Rickie Lee Jones and Charlie Bird the same evening. I don't mind mixing Blues from Lightnin' Hopkins and Otis Spann in with Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois.
I have a few hundred classical records, mostly RCA, Mercury and Decca.
I have maybe a thousand blues and soul albums, from Robert Johnson to James Brown. The Chicago blues are in there too.
What I consider sort of American Classics which include (but not limited to), Les Paul and Mary Ford, Louis Prima and Keely Smith, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Carmen McRae, Julie London, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee, Etta James and Nina Simone.
It is not difficult to assemble a collection of 6,000 albums and not have all the important music. There is so much talent that has been laid out before us there is literally not enough time to enjoy all of it.