I am not a writer, or a musician of any accomplishment but music is still my life's blood. Nothing can fill my life with the kind of excitement a great CD, new band, or live performance can. It's better than coffee!
When I got the idea to do a series of posts about music and how it inspires writers, I emailed some of my favorite authors asking them to be a part of things. To my delight and shock all were on board. Get ready folks this “chain gang” is about to get busy!,
So you may ask yourself( apologies Mr. Byrne) what makes Synde so qualified to do something like this? Perhaps a little about myself will help:
I can't remember a time when music wasn't a factor in my childhood. My mother has “loungeish” taste, and played the likes of Tom Jones, Engleburt Humperdink and Dusty Springfield. We watched Ed Sullivan as a family and I hid away alone to watch Soul Train, American Bandstand, and the Reele Don Steele show. My older brother and sister taught me about the British Invasion, Glam, and early Metal. By the age of twelve I was cutting my teeth on the likes of The Doors, Alice Cooper, David Bowie and Deep Purple. In high school I wrote record reviews for both Creem and Hit Parader magazines, as well as my high school newspaper. I was Carlsbad High's answer to Robert Hilburn or Jann Wenner.
After that I went on to work for a small number of bands... The Cure, The Cult, Adam Ant, Lords of the New Church, The Ramones, Patti Smith, The Smiths, The Police, King, and U2 and more
Even after all these years away from the business( I officially left in 1999) music still runs through these ol' veins.
I would never call myself an authority on music, because hell, my younger friends bring me new shit daily! But I am a fan! And that my friends is what qualifies me to do this: the love of music pure and simple. I hope you enjoy the series, please comment and share your own favorites!