It’s been some time since I posted my latest mix (YouTube) Albums. I do these mostly for myself, for long drives and when I’m in the workshop, but I do have friends that tell me they enjoy them.
When I was a younger man, music was my affiliation: I was a British New Waver from the 11th grade of high school on. There were bands and music that was anathema to me out of allegiance to my affiliated bands. I would never have admitted a Hall and Oates or Whitney Houston sing a long. That changed for two reasons: I went bald and I became a dad. My hair was part of my affiliations, and without it, while I might like the music still, I would never feel the same ties, never emulate the fashion, culture and never again feel the youthful energy that I did. I accept that, it’s part of life and that phase of my life closed and another opened. Being a dad just meant it was time to stop acting like a rebellious teen and start looking the part of respectable adult.
While the music of my youth is still the music that reaches me on an emotional level, I do allow myself the occasional guilty pleasure. Guilty Pleasures don’t concern themselves with deep emotional connection, they just make you feel carefree and happy. A foot tap to the Bee Gees, a little Streisand melodrama, Karen Carpenter’s beautiful voice, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Billy Ocean and a bunch of artists I wouldn’t have been caught dead listening to while I had hair are suddenly free to me and I must admit, I don’t mind a bit of schlock now and then.
Anyways, my first two Guilty Pleasure Mix Albums are here along with my latest mix album. Enjoy!