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  posted on 1/29/2004 at 07:58 PM
I was thinking today of the moments in my youth that helped define my musical tastes. What are yours?

Mine were:

1) The Beatles both in general and on Ed Sullivan. I was 10 when they hit and there wasn't a bigger time in music (except Elvis)

2) The Kinks-on one of my birthdays a childhood buddy gave me the first 2 Kinks albums. He didn't know who they were but the lady at our record store recommended them.

3) Led Zeppelin-I either got it for a birthday present or bought it for myself but Led Zeppelin II really rocked me. The segway from Heartbreaker to Livin Lovin Maid was killer.

4) Growing up just south of Macon during the heyday of the Capricorn years (high school and college) listening to ABB, Marshall Tucker, Elvin Bishop, Wet Willie and more was indeed a wonderful time.

5) The Blues-while I had experienced The Blues with ABB it wasn't until about 1985 that I discovered the blues. I became close friends with Snit who played drums in a Blues band in Atlanta. I soon discovered Muddy Waters and a host of others that really influenced my
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Lots of other moments but those stand out!

 

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  posted on 1/29/2004 at 10:19 PM
Music sure has a milestone affect on all of us, and anybody who was alive remembers where they were when JFK was shot while they also remember where they were during their favorite music moments or the music related events during a specific period in their life . I don't think you even have to be an extreme music fan to have some musical moment that triggers your past and or emotions, this band does that for many and what makes these guys cool is, they are still creating musical moments for people.

I'll never forget Watkins Glen because the event transcended the music but music is what created the event. Brother Stephen Garfield one of my favorite forum members posted "Brothers and Sister” was the soundtrack of '73...cool when you think of it, and if you were around in 73 you know what he meant.

My signature a quote from Mike Bloomfield explains how I feel about.




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  posted on 1/29/2004 at 11:14 PM
The entire B2P trip, 2001. If I had to pick one moment from that, it'd be the very beginning of Mountain Jam in Atlanta on the last night, August 5.

My first show with Emily, March 14, 2003. Walking in during Trouble No More, and Dreams and Layla.

 

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  posted on 1/29/2004 at 11:15 PM
Two things did IT!!

Hearing about being"born in the backseat of a Greyhoung bus" I musta been round 7-8. It always stuck for some reason.

As a teenager into 80's metal, I 'bout pissed myself when heard "Cold Shot" from SRV.
SRV brought me back home to true music.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 12:25 AM
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music is an integral part of my life in the aspect of creation and listening
The defining moments include what songs were playing when finding out my ol' lady was pregnant with each of our kids. Finding something at a used record store you had as a kid and give it a listen and catch that ride down memory lane. Everyone can relate to a certain song from the past that always puts a smile on your face. Even if it is the cheesy-est song ever made
On the other aspect of defining moment(s) The first time going into a recording studio was dramatic. The auditions for Great White and L.A. Guns were "special" though I didn't get the gig. Being able to see alot of our beautiful planet as a roadie for Tesla was epic...
To alot people here... they wouldn't agree or much less care for the path I took. Yet it doesn't change how those happenings make me feel.

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 12:33 AM
Hearing Statesboro blues for the first time and trying to figure out how he made his guitar sound like that

Listening to Elmore James for the first time and thinking "man what have I been missing??? "

The rite of spring by Stravinsky. I never knew classical music could rock so hard

Thelonius Monk.....Just purely and beautifully twisted

Hearing the MTN Jam for the first time...especially part 2....Some of the finest music ever made

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 12:37 AM
The day my older cousin made a tape for my brother and I of Who songs. I just about wore that tape out, but I still can't bring myself to throw it away.

Then, my first concert (besides the Barry Manilow concert that my parents took me to in the early 80's), which was The Who at Giants Stadium in 1989 when I was 14. Really made me want to see more concerts.

Then, when I got EAP when I was a freshman in high school. Mountain Jam changed my life.

When I bought my first guitar at age 16.

My interest in "Alternative" music in the 90's, when Nirvana and Pearl Jam entered the picture.

Then, August 8th, 1995, my first ABB show. Same effect as The Who, but now I just wanted to focus on seeing The Allmans.

The first time I REALLY heard Jack Pearson clicking with the band. Probably sometime in 1998. That guy was my idol.

My first time hearing Mountain Jam live - Garden State Arts Center (F@CK YOU PNC BANK!) in 2000 - Derek and Jimmy. Never thought I would ever hear this song live.

Seeing Chuck Leavell in 2001 at the Beacon on multiple nights.

Travelling to Bonnaroo this past Summer and being exposed to so much more music that I have opened up to because of bands like The Roots, Sound Tribe Sector 9, The Funky Meters, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Flaming Lips, Particle, and probably 30 more bands who I saw but can't remember specifically.

That's it so far. When something else happens, I'll let you know about it.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 12:38 AM
The day my older cousin made a tape for my brother and I of Who songs. I just about wore that tape out, but I still can't bring myself to throw it away.

Then, my first concert (besides the Barry Manilow concert that my parents took me to in the early 80's), which was The Who at Giants Stadium in 1989 when I was 14. Really made me want to see more concerts.

Then, when I got EAP when I was a freshman in high school. Mountain Jam changed my life.

When I bought my first guitar at age 16.

My interest in "Alternative" music in the 90's, when Nirvana and Pearl Jam entered the picture.

Then, August 8th, 1995, my first ABB show. Same effect as The Who, but now I just wanted to focus on seeing The Allmans.

The first time I REALLY heard Jack Pearson clicking with the band. Probably sometime in 1998. That guy was my idol.

My first time hearing Mountain Jam live - Garden State Arts Center (F@CK YOU PNC BANK!) in 2000 - Derek and Jimmy. Never thought I would ever hear this song live.

Seeing Chuck Leavell in 2001 at the Beacon on multiple nights.

Travelling to Bonnaroo this past Summer and being exposed to so much more music that I have opened up to because of bands like The Roots, Sound Tribe Sector 9, The Funky Meters, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Flaming Lips, Particle, and probably 30 more bands who I saw but can't remember specifically.

That's it so far. When something else happens, I'll let you know about it.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 12:41 AM
Oops - didn't mean to post that twice. Sorry.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 12:52 AM
I was 9 years old ( 1973) and was so intrigued by the photo of Johnny Winter on the album cover of Still Alive And Well. Vividlly remember listening to title song for the first time. Brief converstion at the start of the song where Johnny says, "Lets do this ...ucker!" Then he rips into the screaming guitar. HOOKED! Life really hasn't been the same since

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 12:55 AM
Oops - didn't mean to post that twice. Sorry.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 01:16 AM
Mills Brothers albums at my grandparent's parties... oh yeah, and lots of Schlitz beer and Pall Mall cigarettes for grandpa and his buddies.

Ramblin' Man about 20 times a day - graduating seniors bought my high school a juke box for the cafeteria and that's all anyone wanted to hear.

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 03:44 AM
It seems to me that people's early musical magic moments are often compared to a sexual buzz - in terms of trying to describe that moment of pure weightless pleasure, that's often the best analogy (and music, when it's done right, hits the same pleasure centres). Here's mine, though I must stress that no fluids were spilled :

THE musical moment in my youth that means most to me happened when I was about 14/15 - Radio 2 in the UK broadcasts a show on Thursday nights called "Rhythm & Blues" (hosted by Paul Jones, of Manfred Mann fame), and I was lucky to catch the very first broadcast.

He must have known what he was doing, because the very first track played (and the very first time I ever heard it) was "Crossroads" by Cream. Midway through the first lead break, I got the most amazing blast of cold air straight up my spine & into the pleasure centre of the brain, where it stayed for the next 3 minutes.

It terms of actual bodily sensation, it was probably the purest & most intense moment I've ever had (and bearing in mind, this was before I discovered the opposite sex! ) & something I've spent the rest of my life trying to recapture. Occasionally I will find tracks that give a mini-rush (Whipping Post, GD playing Hard To Handle, Santana's Oye Como Va to name a few), but nothing will ever duplicate that first-time.

 
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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 04:50 AM

the first time I heard the blues...that would be BB King Blues Summit...Stormy Monday with Albert Collins...I'm still reeling...

the first time I heard Coltrane play My Favourite Things...

American Beauty...



Life's pretty much been one musical moment to the next...

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 06:12 AM
Hearing "Liz Reed" from the FE album in the summer of '72. I was 15 going on 16, and it just took me someplace I had never been before. Late summer nights always remind me of that feeling of discovery & adventure.
 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 07:41 AM
I have thought about this question for awhile now. I have kind of put my "milestones" in two phases. The first phase from teenage to mid twenties. For sometime after that I was not really moved or in tune with the music. Then in the 90's I was reindoctronated so to speak. And I believe I was as impressed with the new music of 2003 as much as I have been in a long time. So I have broken it down like this.

Phase 1

Otis Redding Homecoming Show, Macon. About 1962. R&B has been in my blood ever since.

The last time I saw Duane play. Atlanta Municipal in july of 1971. At that point they held the pulse of music, in my opinion. I was a big fan before, but that show really sustained my belief in the band through the down time.

Watkins Glen in '73, I believe, and Dylan and The Band in '74 in Atlanta. These felt like a culmanation of sorts and shortly after that I started to kind of loose the passion for the music. It was the first time I saw Bob. After listening to his records for years, you can understand.

Phase 2

My returned passion dates to the Brothers at the Macon City Auditorium July 1990. Dickey was on fire and the old feeling just returned. I had seen them a dozen or so times after Duane's passing, but the spark just didn't seem to ignite for me.

Bob Dylan at the Fox in Atlanta around '96. We had like third row seats and he was into the extended jam a little then. LA Getaway and Not Fade Away. Really strong.

Lastly, Brother Gregg showing at a party we had last fall. Looking good and sober, being polite and proffessional and helping out his old friend Floyd Miles. Confirmed my faith in the Brotherhood.


As I stated I really enjoyed last years music. Layla, Derek, Greendale, Bob, Brown Sugar, etc. Looking forward to '04.

 
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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 08:16 AM
A few big ones stand out

1) The first time I ever heard Are You Experienced? I rewound the tape and listened to it over and over again, in disbelief at what I was hearing!
2) My first Grateful Dead show at UNO Lakefront Arena in 1988. My friend Mike and I ran into this nice gentleman in the parking lot who gave us a one-way ticket to Neptune This show was a great one, and the tapes prove it. It's a good thing, too, because I don't remember a thing!
3) The first time I saw the Meters at Jimmy's in New Orleans. I never knew music could hit so hard or feel so good.
4) September 7, 1992 at Lakewood Amphitheater. My first truly great Allmans show

 
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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 08:21 AM
listening to purple`s in rock first time in `81
seeing them on stage first in `84
discovering statesboro blues in `87

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 10:51 AM
for me i had just turned 16 and was a head banger, only listening to metallica, motorhead and stuff like that...then one night i went to my best friends boyfreinds house to hang out...first time i ever got high...hangin out with a bunch of deadheads...all i remember was laying on this couch in the dark hearing a tape of jgb...when jerry started singing "...you are my shining star..." i was totally blown away....found a new love...opened me up to all different kinds of music, not just the dead, the next night i went with them to see george clinton...
 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 01:31 PM
There's many, but here are a few:

Sitting through "Hard Days Night", 4 times at the Granada Theatre ...

Seeing Ritchie Blackmore and Deep Purple, early 70's ....

Hearing SRV save music for me in the early 80's .....

Warren Haynes .....

 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 02:27 PM
Elvis and The Everley Brothers
The Beatles and The Stones
Bob Dylan
Jim, Jimi and Janis
Clapton
ABB
Led Zeppelin
Dead
CSN&Y
Return to Forever
ABB Again
Mule
DTB
ABB Again

Concerts
Ted Nugent 71
ABB 72
Led Zeppelin 73
Clapton 74
CSN 75
Dead 76
Wet Willie 77
Sea Level 78
ZZ Top 79
Neil Young 80's
ABB 90 Oak Mt
ABB 91
Paul McCartney 92
CSN 93
ABB 95
Stones 95
ABB Jazzfest 96
ABB=Mule
ABB Fox 98
ABB 99 with Derek
ABB 2000 Dickey's finals
ABB 2001 Warren and Derek with Chuck in Atlanta
DTB-ABB 2002 meeting a bunch of you Pensacola, Nashville-B-ham
Stones and McCartney in Atlanta
Mule-ABB-DTB-Donna Hopkins 2003




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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 03:04 PM
I've been giving this a lot of thought and really enjoying the trip down memory lane, so thanks to Kreedham for opening this thread. Now to the memories....My dad taking me to see Buddy Rich and his big band when I was 10 and had just started playing drums, nothing's been the same since. Going to Forest Hills Tennis Stadium to see the Monkees with my 8th grade squeeze and her brother and his fiance and seeing the Jimi Hendrix Experience play maybe two songs before the crowd booed him off, buying Are You Experienced the next day with my own coin and never looking back;hearing Booker T and the MGs "Time is Tight" still one of the great "driving" tunes of all time, for the first time; seeing the Brothers for the first time in 1970;lots of others in between then and recent days, but in the last ten years the highlight was meeting the Bros at Jones Beach two summers ago, and being treated like an old friend by Mr and Mrs Trucks(Butch and Melinda to whom I am forever greatful) in particular, and by the entire crew in general. It still brings a huge smile to my face just thinking about it. I can't wait for the Beacon run....35th anniversary.....the road truly does go on forever....
 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 04:17 PM
My first defining momement had to be when I was about 5 yrs. old - coming home from morning kindergarten - Mom had Magical Mystery Tour on - I loved I am the Walrus. My Mom turned me on to the Beatles and the Stones at a very young age - the rest as they say - is history!
 

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 04:22 PM
i guess mine was at the first Further Festival.

this show was in the middle of a hurricane....just so happened to be Hurricane Bertha...and we had set up camp on the lawn with tarps and stuff. Still, we were getting soaked.

first up was Hot Tuna. It was the first time of about 25 times i saw them live. i knew every song since my husband was always playing their stuff. jorma and jack where electric that day and blew me away.

suddenly, the clouds parted, the rain stopped due to us being in the eye of the hurricane ...and Los Lobos came on (with Jorma) and did the best damn rendition of "Bertha" i had ever heard. i can't describe the feeling of being soaked, and being so damn happy. the sky was this weird gray and you could see Philly across the river. i've never looked back.

the Further Festivals are always special to me.

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  posted on 1/30/2004 at 11:00 PM
Mine was in 1992-Stevie Vaughan & Double Trouble-The Sky Is Crying.
 
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