What band/music has influenced you most?
What band/music influenced you the most, what was it about the music that did influence you and does it still have the same effect on you todayas it did then?
Wow, good stuff. Um, well, it's pretty hard to narrow it down to one band. I think most people will say the Beatles. I wanna say REM, but it's difficult to be influenced by a band if you can't understand half their lyrics. I almost wanted to say Petra, the Christian rock band. Living Colour carried me for a few years. In the last few years, Rufus Wainwright and Amy Winehouse have been very inspiring for me.
Still, in the end, if I could see anyone perform, living or dead, I would say Luke Kelly, the Irish folk singer from the 60's/70's. His voice cuts right to the soul. The feeling in his music can move me to tears. Especially when he sings about The Town I loved So Well or Scorn Not His Simplicity. Absolutely love his music and wish I could have seen him live.
Frank Zappa. Maybe not as much for his music as for his philosophy. He was one of the great minds of the Twentieth Century and most people just see him as some weird transgressive rock star. I could engrave at least twenty of his off-the-cuff quotes in stone, that's how smart he was. He basically gave the finger to anyone who wanted him to be someone they wanted him to be in any sense or fashion. And that's helped me a lot because I struggle with outside expectations and what I feel in my heart. Frank did what he knew inside himself was right, and it ended up working for him insanely well. A true talent and inspiration today.
I'm going to bore you. The big three for me (in chronological sequence) are the Beatles, Pink Floyd and Radiohead. I think Pink Floyd and Radiohead still affect me the same way-- I think I overplayed the Beatles for decades. The dead spaces for me include American pop before the Beatles, Disco, Rap and now. Occasionally, something interesting arises, but the music business seems intent on cranking out sausages.
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