I remember going to a U2 concert in Southern France many years ago. Somehow I worked my way up towards the front of the muddy mosh pit. I could almost see Bono’s sweat drip off of his amazing face. WOW! The tour was ‘The Joshua Tree’ album. This was the beginning of my love for rockstars. I would then fall for Robert Smith of ‘The Cure’. Songs like ‘Pictures of You’ from ‘Disintegration’ pulled me into a beautiful reverie and I thus became an official poet.
Kate Bush soon crept into my favorite box. Although she is/was not really a rocker, she was this incredible artist who shook me to the core. From ‘The Dreaming’ to ‘The Sensual World’, I was completely hooked. Her song ‘Lily’ intrigued me in terms of the seeming witchcraft she used. ‘You’re the One’ was so beautiful as many of her songs. I think I related to the crazy love she felt for her beloved. After listening to her for a few years, I begin singing. But, I would only sing when I was alone, I never dreamed of singing to anyone else. That would come years later.
Ozzy Osbourne came into my awareness also around the late 80’s. He was such a different style than Kate or Bono (Robert Smith kinda fit in though… ). I could not really put myself into a box in terms of ‘rocker’, ‘goth chick’ or ‘folkster’. I think I fell in love with it all. ‘Diary of a Madman’ was now an anthem to me. Unfortunately, I was a troubled teen and I tried to kill myself while listening to the music. I really don’t think the music had much to do with it. It was just a reflection of a sadness I felt inside. I still love Ozzy, I think he is a genius and his music will live on forever.
Fast forward to Tori Amos… instant love! I think it was the piano and ethereal voice that drew me in as it also reminded me a little bit of Kate. She is so unusual and her lyrical content is so wild. The song ‘Little Earthquakes’ from the album with the same name blew me away. I think it’s her voice too that just communicates passion like no other.
Then came a short stint with PJ Harvey. Her voice alone can catapult one into ecstasy or pain depending on the song…
These are just a few of the artists that got me started writing and singing. Now I have done a complete 360 degree turn in my mind and I write inspirational music. I think all of the darkness shot me into the light.
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