‘I get it from my mother’ – My mum’s music tastes and how they have influenced me
Since it has not long been Mother’s Day here in the UK, SLA’s entertainment guest blogger Zazuu took the opportunity to thank her mum not only for being the best mum she could ask for, but for influencing her love and appreciation of music.
My mum is one of those mums who just know everything. And she’s actually got taste. Music to me is a big indicator of where that individuals personality lies on a massive spectrum and my mum’s is what has influenced mine.. all over the place and a little bit on the crazy side! As it was mother’s day this month, I am doing top 7 albums from my childhood that shaped my music taste and the person I am… All thanks to my mother.
Let’s start with the big one- Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.
They are my favourite band, and this album is one of the best albums of all time in my opinion. It is crammed full of emotion and tension and it just shows that you make the best music and the best of you comes out when you are going through the hardest of times. There are some true eclectic and transcendent songs on this album, which as a young child were nothing more than pretty melodies and rocking beats. It is great car music. It’s also a perfect balance of soft and floaty and hard in your face obnoxious beats.
My personal favourite is going to have to be Dreams. It’s a really stunning song and its really is a pleasure to perform. As a singer that is often what I look for in a song, and this is one of those classics to sing in the shower or learn for an open mic night.
The next one is another big classic- Hunky Dory by David Bowie.
I remember the day I was sat in the car waiting for m mum to do some shopping (grumpy child) and she came back excited as she found a copy of her favourite David Bowie album in the shop. She put the C.D in and that’s where it started. This album is such a powerful and defining piece of art, both for artist and all that listen to it. It is the start of Bowie discovering what he can really do, and how good he is at doing it.
The album is truly a piano album, and it flows beautifully with an array of acoustic guitar and quirky vocal tones. One of my favourite things about bowie is his utterly fantastic pronunciation of words. He performs every syllable in the word. Not one is left out. It was our car album for quite some time and for that reason it is so ingrained in me, and it was why I discovered more of Bowie. He became such a favourite of mine and all because of my mum. On the morning he died, I woke to the news on the radio at about 7am. I rang my mum. ‘What have you done to me mum, you give me such a wonderful taste in music and they all just die in my life-time!’ I was so distraught, and I cried. ‘There’s a starman waiting in the sky’.
Next will have to be Breakfast in America by Supertramp.
This album is not one I have a specific memory of with my mother, I just remember her hounding on about how much she loved Supertramp and, of course being the musical crusader I am, I hopped on to the internet and discovered their most famous song, and album. I loved it. I really got it. It spoke to me and its beat just stood so strong to me. I hadn’t heard anything like it before. It’s so British and rings so true when you think of it in relation to a poor Brit boy dreaming of the big boys in America!
Now on to one of the most important albums of my life- (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis
Oasis became my teenage rebellion, it was about the time they released their Don’t believe the truth album that my mums copy of their 1995 album. To me at the age of 13 it made so much sense. I remember sitting in my room all angsty at my mum, ironically listening to my mums CD’s (it made sense at the time..!). It just so happened that through this album I found some really important friends at school too, and we shared the teenage angst and our love of Oasis and many others during secondary school, all because of my mum. I was always nagging her to take me to a gig when I was around that age and so in 2009 me and my mum went to Wembley and saw them (along with amazing supporting acts). It just so happened the gig I went to was their last. Heartbroken didn’t cover it!
But relieved I actually got there before it was too late. This band really did help me through a lot in all seriousness and I will always have my mum to thank so that.
Now for Reggatta de Blanc, by The Police
When I was talking to my mum about this article and was pulling out the memories, she mentioned this album, and in honesty I had always thought it was my dad who loved police. A few sharp words later and I was corrected and here we are. A brilliant album and a brilliant voice. The album we had was a best of but my mums favourite was this one. It was one of her first I believe and you can see she had taste from how many smash hit songs lie on this record.
Next up- Blue is the colour by The Beautiful South
I’ll be honest the first reason I loved this song in my young childish mind was because the lady swore. My mum had the album in the car and the uncensored ‘don’t marry her’ always made me giggle. The album itself though is a classic and beautiful look into the human aspects of being low and well… Blue.
One of my favourite tracks, an one I chose to sing at a school concert when I was 16, is Rotterdam. The lyrics are very simple but for a teen who thought she was a bit of an oddball it worked for me. Being alone is a running theme in the album, and it was something that I understood from a young age, I did love my own company!
Another one that is even more important this year is Hotel California by The Eagles
This is another album that kind of carries its own and speaks for itself in how many people know the title track and its importance in the world of music. It’s a strange mixture of supernatural and madness all rolled into one classic rock ballad. The whole album is a collection of songs that actually connects into a very successful conceptual piece, something in my opinion, the eagles had not achieved previously. I would find out later in my discovery of the bands other work after my mum introduced me to this album, that this album marked a big change for them.
Their sound drifted towards the harder sounds of mainstream rock rather than their previous country laced songs. The album creates a really dark and surreal world, based around the sin and debauchery of California. And it does this so well, and I always enjoyed the fantastical stories in every song. ‘You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave’. RIP Glenn Frey.