A Photo A Week: Music


 My Kind Of Music

Marching Music

You can’t have a parade without music and preferably live music not canned. Not everyone likes bagpipes but I do. I’ve liked them ever since mum first played me a recording of a pipe band when I was a child. I also like the colours of the clan tartans so seeing a pipe band is a treat for me.

I enjoy the sound of a brass band too especially playing marching music.

Police Pipe Band not everyone likes bagpipes but I do.

image brass instrument

image drummer
Army band

Street Music

Buskers in Salamanca and singers at a protest rally.

Buskers in Salamanca Square

A busker at Salamanca
Singer at a protest rally.
Choir singing “Lean on Me” at a rally.

My Favourite Music

Of course that is not the only music I like. Naomi and I went to many rock concerts when we were young and in the early days before there were mobile phones and everyone took pictures at concerts I used to occasionally sneak my camera into a show to take photos. It was forbidden but Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide where we often went was not large and if I didn’t use flash they didn’t notice although I kept waiting for the hand on my shoulder and confiscation of my film. Most of the pictures were not great but I  got one  set of New Zealand band Split Enz that I was very pleased with and I still think I didn’t do a bad job all these years later. I think that I had a used Yashica SLR then, the first one we had and used 400 ASA film which was push processed at the shop. David told me about this method so that I would not need to use flash. These photos were taken in 1982.

Vinyl albums are making a comeback although they are hideously expensive. I’m old enough to have seen the rise and fall of cassette tapes and  CD’s imagine that!  We do still get people coming to the Op Shop to look for pre recorded cassettes which surprised me. We usually have some, as well as vinyl albums and CD’s.

I always liked the artwork on album covers and all the bits and pieces you’d get with them, lyrics, photos, band bios. Sometimes you’d get an album with fancy coloured vinyl. You are never going to get a poster inside a CD cover and those things always break.  Naomi and I still have our vinyl albums. Here are some of mine.

 

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

10 thoughts on “A Photo A Week: Music”

  1. There is something about film photos… the vintage look, it makes the photos still look very interesting.

    As a child I used cassette too, everyone had a cassette player in the 80`s. I think I got my first CD player in the 90’s. I liked the artworks too on CD’s. But I also browsed through grandpa’s vinyl collection with his vinyl player and found some nice gems. I think that’s where my love for old music started, apart from the fact that grandpa covered all the old stuff with his band. The big artworks on the vinyl cases fascinated me too. All those cool dudes with flared slacks and very flowerful (I think I invented this word right now) shirts 😀

    I think it’s practical how we consume media today, but in a way I am also missing old times, where you sat there with friends to browse through their cassette or CD collections, to borrow some of the albums, or let them borrow yours.

    I love the song Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band! But who doesn’t like Beatles 😀

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    1. Yes downloading and streaming music is practical. You don’t have to buy a whole album for just a coule of songs and you can take it wherever you go but vinyl albums are still cool. I love flowerful for a word for those shirts. You must have been a teen in the era of the boombox. Imagine carrying those heavy things around everywhere.

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      1. Haha, yeah, definitely a teen of the boombox era. Carrying them, that was seen as cool. At that time we listened to hip hop, and we tried to breakdance and so. But damn, our fashion style was pretty strange and our haircuts too! 🙂

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    2. Hey Dennis, I meant to ask you about what era your grandfather was in a band and what they played? I was just thinking that in their very early days before they were famous The Beatles played in clubs in Hamburg a couple of times. I think there was quite a big music scene there in the early sixties or was he playing a bit before this? I can’t recall how old he is now but the surviving Beatles are in their mid to late seventies.

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      1. Grandpa’s band existed already before 1962. He`s 78 now, born in 1940. Grandma gave me a picture of him once where grandpa has a haircut like Elvis, and a guitar in his hand. Grandma said at that time he was 18. So, they started early. First they made music on small cruise ships on the Baltic Sea. They basically lived on different ships. They stopped to do this later after my mother was born in 1962, but there are still photos where my mother was on the ships too, so they did that for a while. They went ashore because it would be better for the kids of the musicians. Mom had to go to school, and other reasons.

        From then on, they were booked all around our federal state and sometimes beyond, but they lived in our city since grandpa later also had a real job aside the music. I heard them playing many songs in the 80`s and 90`s. Many soft songs, but also rock and roll and “dance music” as my grandpa would say. So, from Beatles over Elvis, to Bee Gee’s, Everly Brothers and so on. Everything that made people swing the hips, or sings for slow dancing 🙂 But also some traditional or local German folk songs. And German “Schlager music” like songs of Peter Maffay, Wolfgang Petry, Udo Jürgens and so on. Wich means, they never stopped to learn new songs that came up over the decades. They covered a huge repertoire across different decades and genres. Grandpa always said “If it makes people dance and party, we’ll play the song”.

        But they never played the type of 60`s songs I like, the psychedelic rock like Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, or things like Santana. They disliked everything related to flower power and grandpa is still baffled how I can like it. I like Bee Gee’s and all of grandpa’s favorites too, but grandpa thinks Hendrix and all the Woodstock stuff is way too crazy. He said “In a party tent, in a hotel, a club or whatever, nobody would dance to Hendrix”. It was not their audience. Grandpa said, those who listened to it in Germany, were also usually hippies. He didn’t like the whole scene, although he did admit his love for Rolling Stones songs. At least one of my favorites that he likes too. We both are also great fans of Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits)… he played some songs of them too. When I got my Fender Telecaster this year, I showed it to grandpa and played Sultans of Swing`s for him, this made him smile, but not without the side note “I was afraid you’d start to play a Hendrix song”. But then he grabbed my Tele, and started to dream of old times while playing a couple of chords. 🙂

        I like to remember too. I’ve seen grandpa often live when it was in our city or around it. Otherwise, I often helped him to carry the stuff from the basement to the tour trailer before he drove away, and there was a lot to carry but it was fun. When he played around the city, I’ve been there sometimes too and were allowed to do a sound check with his guitar. I still remember how shy I was when he said for the first time “Take the guitar and play” while it was plugged into an huge amp on a truck where they would start to play later that day. I think I was 14, and a few early guests were already in front of the truck and I replied to grandpa”No? There are already some people, I can’t do that!”. He replied “Imagine you’re at home, if you can play there, you can play here too”. I did then improvise a song with some chords I liked and some people clapped when I was done. Grandpa then said something like “See? Was that bad?”. After that I formed a band in school with some other people (laugh).

        When I was 8, there was a local carneval festival where they made music, and at that time I always sang “Live is Life” at home. Grandpa knew this and called me up to the stage and they started to play the song and gave me a microphone. He still has a video of this, it’s funny how I was less shy to sing with 8, than I was with 14 to play the guitar… especially if you consider that I can’t sing today, but that I can play the guitar today. It’s strange, because with 8, I sang even on a stage like if I always done it. It didn’t sound good, but I was absolutely not shy, and people laughed and clapped… you know “Kids have this bonus”, not to mention that the guests were influenced by drinks, I maybe even sounded good for them ( haha). 🙂 Too sad that I didn’t continue to sing.

        The piano player in his band taught me the “Der Flohwalzer” (I think it’s called Chopsticks in English) on the keyboard. During my uncle’s first wedding I was called on stage again, and they wanted me to play the Flohwalzer and I did it without mistakes. I still can play this today when I go into a music store where there are pianos or keyboards 😀

        Very good memories. In a way it was a bit similar to what kids experience in a circus family. Just not circus related, but music related. You experience all the stuff with the musicians.

        Yes, I’ve heard that many stars have been here in Hamburg. I don’t think grandpa saw the Beatles, he would have told me, or I forgot because he told me so much things. I will ask him if he saw any popular ones. But I know he saw some German musicians that later became famous here in Germany. I can’t recall who it was, but he told that he was with different bands on a festival, and met a person that later became famous here. I must ask him again who it was. If I am not completely wrong, I think he talked about Jürgen Drews.

        I believe grandpa and his band stopped before or around millenium. I don’t know it exact anymore either, because. time flies. So, they made at least 40 years music. That’s quite a bit. And while grandma, my mother and my uncle experiences most of it, I am glad that I experienced 20 years of it too.

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      2. I can certainly see where you get your interest in music from. What an interesting career your grandad had and how lucky you were to be a small part of it. You should really try and write some of this down or better still record him talking about it. You may have kids some day who might like to know about this especially if they love music too. Anyway it’s history. As I thought your grandad is contemporary with the Beatles, same age and probably started playing music around the same time. Their history is well documented so I’m sure you know they started as teenagers with bands of schoolmates. Even the famous hair cuts they copied from their
        friends in Hamburg. Klaus Voorman and Astrid Kircherr were quite influential in creating their style. Early photos of the Beatles as teenagers show them with hair cuts like Elvis who they all loved. I guess that the post Sergeant Pepper era of Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane etc would have seemed too weird to your grandad who sounds like he was more of a showman wanting to entertain than someone who wanted to create entirely different music. That’s the thing about the sixties ands seventies, so many different types of music to enjoy. David always liked the Bee Gees, The Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and that type of sound and I learned to enjoy those from him as well.
        I enjoy a lot of music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, not so much from the 90s and very little after that. I don’t know a lot of German musicians. I have heard of Rammstein, that’s about it. Naomi and I used to like Falco but yes I know he was Austrian.

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      3. Yes, I think they met the Beatles in the Große Freiheit 36 (Kaiserkeller) and somehow became best friends. I actually planned to take the train to Hamburg this summer to document some cool places with history, but the awful hot summer changed my plan. I barely did anything productive related to photography this summer, it was simply too hot. But I will do this in the future because Hamburg has a lot to show, and to write about.

        I did put a professional microphone for PC on my wishlist some time ago and I’m waiting for a good deal. The main reason was that I had the idea to maybe start some podcasts. I’d be shy to do that in English, but the idea is not from the table, because writing improved my English immensely, and maybe podcasting could improve my spoken English. In case I will do this some day, I’d be interested to interview grandpa and maybe put subtitles below the video. Because of the reasons you mentioned, and because he has a lot to talk about how it was for small and unknown local bands in our area. There are quite some cool stories he can tell.

        I like how you used the word “showman”, because literally translated that is about what grandpa always said to me… they preferred show music, entertaining a crowd, with music that has mass appeal. He once said “When you want to make money with music locally, it’s not so much about what you like, it’s rather about what the crowd likes”. I do agree with him, that’s the DJ philosophy too, but I still like the abstract and experimental music of older eras, like you said where people created something new, or where they thinked out of the box. Because when an artist is not limited to an established song structure anymore, you start to notice expression and emotions. Santana, Peter Green, Clapton Hendrix (not to mention all the blues heroes)… these are some examples where the guitar solos are very expressive, it’s almost like they spoke with their guitars, as if they used it as their voice. Grandpa once admitted “From a guitarists perspective that’s true, but you can dig a long and expressive guitar solo, and maybe others can do too, but it’s still very niche and doesn’t work when you want to earn money locally unless you find a club where the crowd is into this type of music, but then your options are limited”. I do agree with that.

        Grandpa is a bit sad that I play the guitar as a pastime, or that I am much more interested to experiment with tones, and not covering songs. He sometimes still wishes that I would start to sing, that I would then cover songs and earn money with it too. But I’m a much more selfish guitar player, I want to create tones and experiment, I don’t want to be a showman. I’d be much more interested to find people who want to do the same, and it worked in the past, but it’s more difficult today in our city. We’re not exactly and creative city when it’s about music :/ This probably would be easier in Hamburg.

        David had a good taste too. I love the the Yardbirds and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers!!! I also like almost every music genre from the 60`s and 70`s. Not just the experimental stuff. In fact I barely find music of that time that I don’t like. Modern music is super boring… to be honest, I like some modern songs, but mostly it’s just what I would call “template music”… the song structure of modern songs is always (almost mathematically) the same… it’s like they cook a dish with the same ingredients without a lot of variations. That’s where the 60`s and 70`s were very different. Exception today is maybe still rock music, but that’s highly influenced and basically stems from the 60`s and 70`s anyway. I am very sure, without the amount of artists from that time, we would today not have music like modern rock or metal music and so on. That time back then was very pioneering.

        I am not a too big fan of the 80`s, but I like how the history of electronic music envolved from there. I like electronic music because it can be very experimental too. I do for example like Depeche Mode and see them as pioneers for todays electronic music too, but they’re just one example.

        By the way, I also like 50`s music but my knowledge is limited but when I find or hear something, I like it a lot. Apart from that I also love pure piano music, or classical stuff. My knowledge there is also very limited but I have created a list on YouTube where I put all my favorite classical or orchestra music into it to hear it once in a while. It can be very relaxing, oh and Shyna loves classic music too! 🙂

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