That's me and fellow Jakarta blogger, macho man Dilligaf
. I'm macho too, and I'm not going all feminine over his attributes but sharing with you what we share: a love of music.
Of course, you love music too except maybe the music you love is really the aural wallpaper heard in elevators and supermarkets known as muzak
. I wager that both Dilligaf and I agree with Pat Metheny (download mp3)
, we both hate Kenny G
. - and Dave Koz, Dave Benoit, Celine Dion et al. Incidentally, I have albums by 20 of the jazz musicians on that page who hate him too.
Lovely Rima, who tells me that she's not related to Ikang Fauzi
, the Indonesian 'rocker' who Suharto must have loved considering that he was often on the state run TVRI 'whaling' his songs, has published her Top 25 Songs Of All Time
. For someone who's so young in chronological terms, it's astonishing that she likes popular music from my era. Yes, she likes "progressive rock, jazz, soul and funk from the 1970s and 80s
Well, so do I, but I started in the 60s, with the Beatles, Stones, Manfred Mann, Hollies, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac and other British 'beat' and blues groups preceding the 'hippies' and psychedelic music, Pink Floyd, Soft Machine soundtracked on pirate radio by the late, great John Peel
I've since moved through the 90s and am now in the noughties for my listening pleasure. But we mostly define ourselves by the music of our youth; pop music is for teens which means that I can be grumpy about Our Kid's musical tastes. "Turn that rubbish off," is how we parents echo our fathers, some of whom art in heaven.
When I read Dilligaf's list posted in Rima's comments, I reeled with recognition. From his list of 25, I have albums by the following 21 groups and artists:
Shakti - the original albums
Brand X - w. Phil Collins on drums
Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
But NOT King Crimson!
So, as you see, apart from that one blemish, which he shares with Rima, Dilligaf and I are soul mates, Man