Welcome to my blog, and thanks for stopping by! I feel as though I should explain why I have a blog about British music; I mean, I don’t have any British relatives, was raised in the south, and have no logical connection to the UK. After a bit of introspection and trying to figure out where this borderline obsession came from, I think it’s a twofold answer.
First, I’m 13 years older than my brother, so for most of my formative years it was just me…sure, I had friends at school, but I was a painfully shy kid most of the time, and I was chubby and pretty sickly, so I didn’t spend a lot of time outside. Obviously, this led to a lot of time to think, read, and watch tv and movies. Somewhere along the way I discovered Sherlock Holmes (probably on a PBS show), and from that point on, I was into all things British. I went to the library and checked out every VHS tape I could find that was featured England as a backdrop; Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, Bedknobs and Broomsticks…before long I started to wonder if somehow it was a mistake that I was in Virginia and not London. I have no doubt that I exasperated my mother and grandmother during that summer I only spoke in a British accent. Good times.
Anyway, my other outlet as a kid was music. I started taking piano lessons when I was four, and can read music, but I learned to play by ear (basically because I was lazy and always forgot to do my music homework), which I think forced me to listen to music on a bit of a deeper level, rather than just casually. Add to that my mom listened to everything; The Supremes, Isaac Hayes, Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand…and pretty much everything else you can think of. I listened to all of that as well as what was on the radio; needless to say, I’m a beast when it comes to playing Name That Tune.
So when you put music and the ability to speak in a fairly convincing British accent together, it’s only logical that I would be into British music, right? So there you have it. I imagine that at some point there’s going to be some music that I’ll write about that has nothing to do with what’s going on over the pond, but for now, it’s going to be all about British Soul music in particular. Somehow they’ve taken note of what R&B should sound like, and it isn’t like what’s played in heavy rotation on our radio stations over here, and good music is good music…so I’m here to let you know all about it.
Hope you guys enjoy it!