Music Appreciation – Introduction

April 24, 2009

I lived through the musical revolution that took place in the second half of the last century. As artists and musicians, we live in the shadow of that revolution. Revolutions can’t be sustained indefinitely. The ‘Rock Revolution’ died out by my reckoning about the mid 1970’s. (There was a separate technological revolution in the 1980’s, but we’ll look at that later.) Much of the music since then is an exploration of  avenues opened during that creative revolution.

Look at Miles and Trane, The Beatles, The Stones and the Who, the Motown sound, the New Orleans sound, The Atlanta sound, ‘progressive country’ and the Texas sound, the psychedelic sound, ’70’s brass, jazz/rock fusion, London blues, art-rock, the list goes on. The 60’s and 70’s saw an explosion of new sounds.

Today, it’s hard to imagine a time when these sounds didn’t exist. And before they did, there were musical voids in those places. So I’m writing appreciations for some of the important musical figures who we have forgotten, or who we should know better.