Not to sound like a narcissistic hipster asshole, though there is nothing wrong with being one, I have a rather eclectic taste in music. A lot of that stems from my aptitude in music and familial influences during my formative years. I will not bore you with the details, nor am I pandering for sympathy points, lets just say I had a traumatic childhood. The one shining light in my misanthropic and angst-ridden youth was my grandparents. My grandfather in particular. We bridged the gap between age, culture, and identity; forming an enduring bond. He was a “country boy”, my grandfather. Grandpa Huffman taught me many things; life skills like cooking, camping, defensive driving, fishing, hunting, and intermediate automobile/home repair and maintenance, not to mention how to play various stringed instruments. More importantly he imparted his core values unto me, establishing my code of ethics and morality. Learning accountability, empathy, respect, tolerance and the varying shade of grey between right and wrong, among other things; I was no longer that abused, self-destructive, smart-ass punk kid with a snarky attitude. Loved, accepted and having gained some measure of self-worth. I was now able to cope with and channel that angst, that rage into creative outlets.
I apologize for the mid-boss level, TL;DR wall-o-text, above. I will hide the details behind a summary. I was just giving context to the following statement. Ten years and a day ago my grandfather passed away from terminal emphysema. When we were out on our varied outings, we had a deal when it came to music. He had control of what we listened to on the way there, and I had control on the way back. Much to my chagrin, as a wee lad, his choice was invariably country music. “Classic” country music at that. That being said as I grew up with him, I learned to appreciate the musical stylings of honky tonk, rockabilly, and bluegrass. Which on my own, further expanded into blues, folk, jazz, and beyond. The following songs are just a few that I have been listening to as of late, in memoriam…
…and Postmodern Jukebox. Who doesn’t love modern music arranged into vintage styles?!?
*Note to self, Thou shall not post on forums when thou is morose and a lil’ bit inebriated.