Music in your life.

by Brian Scott October. 07, 2020 895 views

I consider myself lucky to have been born into a family which enjoyed music. From a very early age, around 4, I remember listening to and playing 45s for my folks when they had friends round. They'd do stuff like, swap the records into the wrong sleeves to test me, I always noticed and swapped them back into the right ones.

The knock on effect of this upbringing didn't really manifest itself until my early teens, when I started buying records myself. T Rex, Slade etc. in the early 70's.

Fast forward to secondary school, Belfast 1974. A character building experience moving to N Ireland and all that entailed but, meeting other guys that loved good music opened my eyes to a whole new world. Pink Floyd? Who?

So started a true love affair with rock music in all its variants. I became a rock fan, what's now known as Classic rock, with a tinge of Prog. Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company ..... Family, Genesis (the real one )

1978 and my buddy and I have decided that there's a disco but, what about all us rock fans? So, after a bit of wrangling, one of the DJs came down on our side and they allowed us, to play our own albums in the club.

So began Album Nights at HMS Seahawk.

The two of us would cart a crate of albums up to the club on a Wednesday night and share our rock with a growing bunch of pals and fans. Loved it.

Now there was a reason to search out and discover ever new sounds. I will not forget the day we wandered into ..... I cannot remember for the life of me, the name over the hardware / electrical shop at the top of Coinagehall St in Helston however, they had a record department upstairs, run by Capt. Sensible, as we called him and he took great pleasure in finding something new for us. (Was it Eddy's?)

Then one day, he did! I remember him putting this album on the turntable, it started ....hmmmmmm. We wandered into the back room to browse. Track 2 started and segued into 3!

I don't think I'd ever been so stunned.

I'd never heard guitar playing like it!

Now, I didn't become a full instant fan of Van Halen, the band but, Eddie's guitar? Most definitely. I didn't buy everything ever but, loved what he could do with that instrument.

Now, I'm pretty sure there are some of you reading this thinking really? Awful noise and that's totally fine. My 83 year old father, a huge Roy Orbison fan, absolutely LOVES the Van Halen version of Oh Pretty Woman, it was him text me late last night to tell me that Eddie had died of throat cancer.

Van Halen will be remember by many for Jump, which i guess was a good single but, it really wasn't them, in my opinion.

There was fun, loud brash rock, calm soothing guitar and humour through it all.

That moment, when I first heard Eruption, break into You Really Got Me will stay with me all my life.

R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen and thank you

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James Featherby 2 months ago

I was addicted to exactly those albums and more when I was a teenager, much to my mother's disgust.  I still play the old records even today.  We were lucky to live the 70's, the best musical era.  Good presentation. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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Fernando Bourgon 8 months ago

#2This was the first album I bought from a friend of mine. We agree on musical tastes, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull.

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Brian Scott Replied to Fernando Bourgon 8 months ago

Good first album +1

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James Featherby Replied to Fernando Bourgon 2 months ago

First popular band I ever saw at age 17 was Jethro Tull. I was hooked on music ever since.

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Peter Butler 8 months ago

Some great albums with your knowledge of album tracks you should get a job on radio Caroline

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Brian Scott Replied to Peter Butler 8 months ago

Cheers +1 would it still be fun? Hmmmm

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Peter Butler Replied to Brian Scott 8 months ago

Of course, because you would be playing your own play list and not to some record company are only in it for profit.

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Brian Scott Replied to Peter Butler 8 months ago

+1 v true

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Helen Anders 8 months, 1 week ago

I really enjoyed reading your little trip down memory lane.  Wow, Van Halen was certainly a guitarist extraordinaire! I’ve been watching a few tributes to him on tv and am mesmerized by his talent. I enjoyed listening to them in the day!

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Brian Scott Replied to Helen Anders 8 months ago

Thank you Helen, it just evoked that memory, there are many! I love that music has that power to bring back a moment in time, the feelings, the emotion

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Helen Anders Replied to Brian Scott 8 months ago

Does it ever!   It transports you right back! Love it! 😊

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Brian Scott Replied to Helen Anders 8 months ago

There are songs which wrench my spine every time, I well up, fill with emotion, a wonderful feeling smile +1

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Helen Anders Replied to Brian Scott 8 months ago

I know that feeling, too, and I love it! It happens sometimes when I’m driving and listening to tunes! 😊

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Brian Scott Replied to Helen Anders 8 months ago

Glad to hear it Helen, I believe music should touch us

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Helen Anders Replied to Brian Scott 8 months ago

😊👍🎼

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In Reach Of The Skies 8 months, 1 week ago

Strange thing music. My Dad was a fairly accomplished musician. Could read and write musical scores, played several wind instruments (mainly Sax) and, in later years, taught himself guitar and keyboards. Absolutely none of that ability passed to me or in fact my sister. As I was growing up my Dad played in dance bands and then moved to the sort of groups that you would find doing middle of the road covers in your local. So that was my music for many years - hence the Abba reference the other day. When I was 18 I went college and became good friends with a chap who fancied himself as a guitarist and he lent me a couple of tapes of his heroes - Led Zep and Deep Purple. At the time Zep was a bit too much for me but Purple certainly caught my imagination. I think it was the 'In Rock' album. Anyway it had Child In Time on it and I'm sure Dad just didn't appreciate Ian Gillan and he certainly felt that way years later about Guns N Roses Paradise City. But there we are, going off to college broadened my musical horizons and 'Classis Rock' is certainly my thing these days - I'm a bit of a sucker for the latest compilation most of them now tending to be a rehash of what I already have several times over so I do have the odd Van Halen track tucked away. I didn't have your record shop moment but was surprised to hear he had gone. Much too young it seems to me.

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Brian Scott Replied to In Reach Of The Skies 8 months ago

Nice "dit" (story), I had similar issues when I discovered Deep Purple et al. My mother worked in a Mace store a street away and came about one day with friends who remarked on the loud music coming from somewhere ...... as they got closer !!!!! grinning My dad now has discovered  ... van Halen, led Zeppelin etc. Steve Vai is a fave of his!

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Camellia Staab 8 months, 1 week ago

What a nice tribute Brian. Really nice! Really enjoyed reading it.

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Brian Scott Replied to Camellia Staab 8 months ago

Thank you Camellia, it is or was one of those moments in life, I seem to have many, which is a good thing, see Jolly's comment below ;)

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Joe Zink 8 months, 1 week ago

I've heard it said that art is how we decorate space, and music is how we decorate time...

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Brian Scott Replied to Joe Zink 8 months ago

Nice Joe, I hadn't heard that but I like it +1 and get it

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Jolly Rogers 8 months, 1 week ago

I remember those nights in the Seahawk club.  Great memories.  Great piece Scotty.

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Brian Scott Replied to Jolly Rogers 8 months ago

Cheers Jols, great times, I seem to remember the patrol coming in one night asking if "those guys are ok?" Lying under the speakers on the tables, absorbing ...... ;)

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Jeff Damron 8 months, 1 week ago

I think I would have loved Album Nights at HMS Seahawk.  Great post!  Indeed, R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen.  2020 has been a mean year.

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Brian Scott Replied to Jeff Damron 8 months ago

Cheers Jeff, we had great times, we'd put on something like the Credence Heard it through the grapevine and go to the bar smile+1

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