Music was not part of me growing up in rural New Zealand. The A.M. signal was blocked by rolling hills and valleys of my childhood. It wasn't until I went to boarding school at 15. Music was part of that place as much as the hand made cement bricks, and 17 coats of pant that covered them. Immersion.
It was the late 20th century - theme - black american popular music. I began to sense another dimension being revealed.
Then came sonic revelation.
So different from the R&B that ebbed and flowed all around me. But that sound resonated within New Traditionalists emotional impact unknown - an awakening.
The Walk - The Cure
Power Corruption and Lies - New Order
Upstairs at Eric's - Yazoo
Sweet Dreams Are Made of These - Eurithmics
Travel Log - Human League
Penthouse and Pavement - Heaven 17
Dazzel Ships - OMD
My music tastes have remained narrow, but the emotional strength of what I like is still strong. Music makes living a better place.