This week I asked folks the question "what was your first musical memory. The one that made you say "I Need to pick up a guitar, or banjo, or bang on a piano"? These are what the fine folks who answered the call...as always, interesting to see what makes people tick and want to start on the path of music.
Courtney Gallagher: My first musical memory: When I was little I saw Itzhak Perlman playing violin with a little girl on Sesame Street. That made me want to play the violin, so I took Suzuki lessons and that was my gateway into playing instruments and reading music.
Brian McKenzie: I grew up listening to rock and metal. When I was about 11 years old, Cinderella
and Iron Maiden were my favorite bands. I made a "guitar" out of a badminton racket and a whammy bar out a straw and a lego. I was rocking out to "Somebody Save Me", standing on my bed, playing my racket and my parents walked in. My mom said to my dad "I think we should buy him a guitar". I was a lot worse at badminton.
Jeff Butcher: Well. I was about 8 or 9... My dad sat me down and put on a record with 4 people making a ton of silly faces on the cover. He skipped to track 5, and the nylon string riff of "And I love her" started and my eyes widened. Pretty much mystified from that point on. I wanted to write a song like that. The rest of "A hard Days Night" was equally as amazing, but I'll never forget the first Beatles experience.