Just for a gig(gle)
I’m not going to talk about HR today. HR can take a break, a long and well needed one. I’m going to talk about music. Music has a very important part in my life, it always has had. Those of you who hang out here on a regular basis will know that before my holidays I asked you for recommendations for my iPod. The response was diverse and interesting and I found some really good artists that way. Unfortunately my iPod was a victim of a late night drinking, early morning plane debacle in Berlin and never made it back into the country.
I’ve tried to instill a love of music in my kids too. They both fall asleep to Classic FM, as they have since they were babies, but not only that they listen to a wide range of music and both play instruments. A little while ago I took my son to his first gig. We went to see Otis Gibbs. If you don’t know Otis, check him out. He’s not only a talented musician, agitator, environmentalist but also an all round nice guy. He even managed to get the population of a sleepy middle-class, middle-England venue to shout, “FUCK ERIC CLAPTON!” as one. My 10-year-old especially loved that bit.
This is a long way away from my first gig, which was Yazz and the Plastic Population at Portsmouth Guildhall! I was young and foolish and I didn’t come from an area of the world that was high on the list of cultural hotspots. To this day I remember the sensation of, “what the fuck am I doing here?” and fortunately after that, the only way WAS up and the rest of my life has been a musical reaction to that moment.
One of the great things about going off topic, is that I get the chance to hear from people who read this blog who maybe don’t want to put themselves out there (understandably) on some of the other topics. And it allows me to find out a little more about you lot, which believe it or not I kind of like.
So, over to you guys, old, new, regulars and Johnnie come latelys….your first gigs, who, what, when and why…… and be honest now, they can’t be any worse than Yazz!