Wednesday, 29 July 2009


If you thought I was going to reveal details of my earliest amours you will be disappointed! Maybe I'll be tempted to chat about that another time but for now I'm talking about my love for music.

I was recently reminded about the very first record I ever bought. I'm talking about a 45 r.p.m. vinyl single! If this sounds like Vulcan to you, you'll just have to turn to your favourite search engine for enlightenment because I don't want this to be any more of a history lesson than it is already!

My first ever music purchase took place in 1957 when I was 11 years old. I would have been on a small amount of pocket money, so for me to spend some of it on a piece of plastic was a major event. Which song was so important to me that I felt the need to own it and replay it so frequently? It was Lonnie Donegan singing 'The Battle of New Orleans' I was so thrilled to find the video on-line and what memories it evoked! This type of music genre was called 'skiffle' and was a revival of music styles from 1920's America which was a sort of fusion of blues and jazz.

Someone coined the phrase that music is 'the soundtrack to our lives'. I think this is a brilliant way to describe it. We can all think back to stages in our lives and how they related to our favourite music of the time. I'm sure I'm not the only person for instance, who having been dumped by a girlfriend, has turned to music for healing. This was usually achieved by playing a sad love track on repeat as the tears flowed and my period of mourning for a lost love slowly passed!

Over the years, I have loved a lot of music, songs and singers. Although I have 'moved on' from one artist to another I can honestly say that every song which ever moved me, still does. I expect this is not so common. Many of you probably hear an old track and say 'Crikey! Did I really used to like that?' In my case I hear it and think 'Oh I'd forgotten that track - I still love it!' This explains why I was foot-tapping immediately as Lonnie Donegan's video started playing.

The modern generation clearly find music as essential as I did - judging by the sales of i-pods. Whatever generation you belong to, I would love to hear which track so moved you that it became the first one you ever spent money on!


  1. Oh you bring back memories of my childhood with this one - as I recall my first "record" was a Beatles song I Wanna Hold Your Hand. I had received one of those big boxey phonograph players and I played that record over and over until it about drove my father insane! Haven't heard that tune in years and can't believe I remember this! Nice story - good memories! Hugs!

  2. Oh dear, Tony. That was a long time ago. I can't even remember what I had for breakfast this morning. I would guess it was Donny Osmond single like maybe "Puppy Love". And yes, I still love him.