#4M: Under The Influence
It’s a new month and a new week! The theme for today’s Monday’s Music Moves Me is ‘Free Choice’. I think it’s time for another ‘Under the Influence’ post.
Our influencers can often be subtle, and can come from various sources. Sometimes it’s environmental. Sometimes it’s from people we know.
I am the youngest of six children. I can tell you that each of my siblings has a different taste in the musical styles that they prefer. My sister, Lennox, leaned more toward groups and artists such as Donovan, The Lettermen, and Winchester Cathedral. My brother, Dave, preferred CCR, Bread, and Buffalo Springfield. Jim liked his music a little heavier such as Jimi Hendrix, Iron Butterfly, and Nazareth. Murray prefers musicals, showtunes and christian music. Bob prefers AC/DC, Black Sabbath and Jethro Tull. I, myself, have leanings toward what could be considered soft contemporary classic rock, although I like music from all genres - including death metal and Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Debbie DogLady sums me up quite accurately when she says my musical tastes are eclectic. I prefer to say that I’m well-rounded.
Recently, Jim Pike, the lead singer for The Lettermen passed away. It was when I was reading the article about his passing that I had an epiphany about how my sister came to really enjoy their music.
See, when we were young (I was only a few months old - my sister was pre-teen) we moved from Montana to Idaho. Idaho Falls, precisely, and then about 2 years later we moved to another smaller Idaho town. If you know anything about small towns, everyone knows everyone’s business. And if a well-known band or artist were to come from Idaho, it was pretty much common knowledge. Except for some reason, I had no clue that Jim Pike was from Idaho, let alone our side of the state. And while Jim was considerably older, I’m willing to bet that my sister possibly knew his daughter or his brother’s children. I can’t confirm this, of course, as she is no longer around to ask.
As we are also approaching the anniversary of my sister’s passing (July 4, 1996), I’ve chosen The Lettermen as our ‘influencer’ today.
I’ve prepared a setlist for you to enjoy.
What music has your siblings influenced you with?
Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by JAmerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked, Curious as a Cathy. , and Ramblin with AM. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants. If you have a MUSIC* post, feel free to join in the fun! *sorry non-music posts are not permitted in this bloghop.