How My Dad Helped Me Nurture My Love for Music
To say I’m a “music nerd” is an understatement. My earliest memories as a child involve my Mom and Dad playing classic jams from Womack & Womack to Kool G Rap on the stereo. As I grew older, it was quite clear that they wanted me to enjoy music as much as they did.
My Dad would sit me down to teach me the importance of and the history of Hip Hop and R&B. Even more importantly, he made sure I knew that music is universal and no genre should ever be left unturned.
We sat and listened... for hours. We went down the rabbit hole of Phil Collins, Genesis, Rush and even Motley Crew - just to test the waters of Rock. It opened me up to a whole new world of music.
His lessons led me to me discovering my own musical lane early on. Destiny aligned one day as I was scrolling through the MTV music channels in Irvington, New Jersey. I remember hearing a rock song with an enchanting voice and a very distinct sound and I was immediately invested. It was "Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence and it was Amy Lee's voice and riffs that captivated me, and touched my soul.
That was it... game on since then.
Years later, here we are. My musical taste these days is more diverse than the United Nations. It keeps my wheels churning, and is a huge part of who I am and my everyday life. I wanted to share my discoveries with you all as I dig through the crates on a daily basis.
Enjoy, and let me know what song made you first fall in love with music!
Victory - Diddy , featuring The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes
Thank god for podcasts, i haven’t heard this song in years! This has been on the gym playlist ever since.
Home is where the hatred is - Gil Scott Heron
I’m a major sample head, and reliving Kanye’s work caused me to find the original source of the sample!
Bonnie & Clyde - Mack Wilds
The production makes this track for me, but Mack wilds has a great voice also.
Call My Name - Prince
I recently noticed that i didn’t have much Prince in my library, that changed very quickly!
King of Hearts - Kennedy Rd.
I stick around sultry R&B more than anything, so this is right up my alley