I am not a musician but sing Contralto, I had some private lessons and used to sing in a few choir projects. My teacher let me sing everything, he was a former opera singer. So I sang some Bach, but also Better Midler songs, …
I played flute as a child and wanted to learn guitar, but my dad said no, so till today … I dream of playing an instrument, but I am glad that at least I can sing, and it is an instrument you can take everywhere with you.
Songs that touch my heart and soul, something like this
I guess when it comes to concerts of a band I have seen the most from Journey, and I got to experience all singers live except you guess right, Steve Perry. I was too small back then, and they weren’t often in Europe, if they even were … I just checked and oh, I was not an adult and my Dad didn’t let me go to concerts of that kind back then.
I heard Steve Auguri, before he had to stop because of problems with his voice. I at least saw 2 shows with Jeff Scott Soto and I think it must have been 3 shows with Arnel Pinada since then. I am glad we were using our chances back then, today I couldn’t for several reasons.
Freddie died when I was 21, so nope, not either.
What I really … That I never made it on a concert of David Bowie, but back then I was already busy working and times never matched for me, and it was always the big cities and I would have had to spend a night, so it never came true. I am thankful I got to see Joe Cocker 2 times live, he was amazing.
I am thankful for 2 shows of Gotthard with singer Steve Lee, died way to early as well. I couldn’t see Tina Turner live so another regret, but I can live with it, since there was nothing I could do, when she announced her last tour. Thankfully she is still alive.
P.S. I remember sitting in front of the radio with the stereo sound and on the other side the TV in 1985 listening to Live Aid, I listen to it until I fell asleep with my hand on the radio to make a mixtape. I still have 2 tapes.
Haruka and the boys hit it way, way out of the park with “Void Act” back in 2016 - one of the most spectacular chord progression / vocal melodies I’ve ever heard in rock. That chorus! (wait for it… wait for it…) Gooseflesh material.
A translation of the lyrics to Eigo is here if you’re interested (but it appears to be one of those garbled machine translations - but my Nihongo isn’t good enough to do any better):
Koji Nakamura’s “redesign” of “Walk Slowly” is a groove that’s near & dear, despite my not having a clue as to what it’s about. ‘Doesn’t really kick into gear until around 1:20 but I just love this tune. The melody reminds me of the Beatles’ “Here Comes The Sun”:
The late, great RonMon’s unusually laid-back “Tonga” has a ton of memories tied up with it - not the least of which talking to the dude himself after one of his gigs in the mid-'90s. Just as smooth as butter:
Lastly, another song by a genius no longer with us, another I was fortunate enough to have met: Shawn Lane. He’s mostly known for his impossibly-fast guitar playing (he was hired as guitarist for Black Oak Arkansas at age… 14!) But he was a pianist first, and “Pluie d’Étincelles” is like “heavy metal piano.” 'Reminds me of a Rachmaninoff etude, also of the shock I felt when I got the news that he’d died: