Hey, everyone! It's another #BehindTheScenes and we're delving into some of my musical inspiration. I will not say they are favorites, because I do not have any. These bands are what have inspired me, made me dance, made me think, and celebrated and cried with me during the highs and lows of my life. This is not a complete list, though. Look for more in later editions!
Mozart - Even though the movie Amadeus fictionized his life and how he died, his music fascinated me more and became part of my earliest memories (happy ones). His short life, his childishness and charm, and the genius floor me still because of how long he was writing music and who he met. The times Mozart lived were extraordinary and changing too, from enlightenment to revolution.
John Williams - Even though he is a composer and conductor, John Williams has contributed to endless soundtracks to our favorite movies. His professionalism and skill in the art speak for itself and I don't need to go over his resume. Listening to the wordless music he composed is reliving memories of all kinds and that is a gift.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - You've all seen it on many of my social media posts and this one is not just because their music has endured for over forty years. The RHCP has represented (to me anyway) the ability to be themselves and speak of taboo topics like they are normal. I can relate to most of their music, from funk, rap and rock, and understand that I am truly not alone.
The Staples Singers - When I was young, I remember watched The Last Waltz and seeing the Staples Singers being featured in the song "The Weight" and it got me curious. Luckily, my father loved the Staples Singers and introduced me to their bluesy gospel. The courage of the Staples family and how they worked their way through not only R&B, gospel and soul, but also civil rights, brought tears to my eyes.
Stevie Nicks - Through her solo work and in Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks taught me many things, including worth and strength. It is not her music that has brought me to the happiest and lowest times of my life, though. It is her innovation and compassion that taught me lessons about love, loss and even drugs.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. Namaste!