There is a variety of music represented in this list of my all-time favorites, but the top three represent my true love for the blues. Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and the Allman Brothers would provide everything I need musically if I'm stranded on that desert island. The brilliance of Bob Marley influenced both Clapton and the Police. Depeche Mode just has a sound like none other. And if I'm not alone on that island, there's the Rev. Al Green to provide a special mood.
The is a lot of memory in music. Over the years, all of us remember songs or artists that seemed to speak to us at a particular moment. Music takes us to that place or time, and can evoke an emotion. It might not be the greatest music ever made, but there was a time when it was important to us. Maybe there's just great music or legendary musicians that deserve a special place in our regular rotation of music we listen to.
As I've mentioned, I'm a bit of a fan of one-hit wonders. There are quite a few in this list. But mostly, these are just individual songs that have stuck with me over the years. Some are from legendary artists, while others came and went. There are maybe even some you've never heard of before. You'll find Elvis and Ray Charles. Disco and hip-hop. Flock of Seagulls and the Byrds. And many versions of "All Along the Watchtower."
We all make playlists. We have playlists for when we’re sitting on the beach or for a long road trip. We have a playlist for parties. There are those songs we listen to when we’re happy, sad, or want to dance around the house in our underwear.
I’ve read a number of books on the blues, and listened to hours and hours of the music, going back to the early recordings of Robert Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy, through to the Great Migration north from the fields of Mississippi to Chicago, where Muddy Waters played those traditional blues on an electric guitar and changed everything.