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  1. One of my earliest memories of rock music was hearing on the radio “We Will Rock You” by Queen.  That must have been shortly after its release in 1977.

    I didn’t really know what “rock” was and I had no idea who “Queen” was or what the song was about.  All I knew is that it sounded adult, it sounded “dangerous”, and I loved it!  That was a defining moment, the beginnings of my transition from childhood to adolescence…

  2. Kids come up to me all the time and they’ll say things like “SC-G, we know you’re super cool and all, but what does your music really sound like?”

    Well, actually, no one’s really asked me that, but if they did, what better way to answer that than walk them through my record collection?

    That’s essentially what I’m going to do with this blog.

    I think if you went to most artists, took all the records in their collection, all their musical influences, and kind of stuffed them all in a big blender, you would get a result that is a pretty close approximation of that artist’s music.

    Unconsciously, we all borrow from the music that came before us and that we love, process it, add a bit of personality, the new sounds and technology of our era, and then spit it right out as our own.

    In an interview with Time Magazine published this week, Sting says “I don't think there's such a thing as composition in pop music. I think what we do in pop music is collate. […] I'm a good collator.”

    So anyway, let’s start with a bit of quantitative analysis: I’ve crunched the numbers, and this is what my music collection looks like: