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Music – Tuesday Photo Challenge

  • Aperture—ƒ/4
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—25 June, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—24mm
  • ISO—200
  • Shutter speed—1/160s

Growing up in the Anglo Caribbean (old term is British West Indies) I was mostly exposed to Kaiso ( Calypso ) and later reggae. Kaiso gave way to Calypso which due to American musical influences became SoCa (Soul Calypso).

I remember that my uncles listened to a lot of American Country Music by Johnny Cash and Hank Williams Junior but also quite a lot of Elvis Presley. I can’t explain why my uncles liked that music but I developed an appreciation for it.

My father preferred popular American musicians such as Andy Williams and Nat King Cole but as I grew older and my dad became an audiophile, he switched to Pink Floyd, Chuck Mangione, and Gato Barbierri. My musical tastes changed along with him.

In high school I discovered my own musical tastes. I liked Bob Marley, David Bowie and The Police, the Beatles, Peter Gabriel and Devo and Flock of Seagulls, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, and Prince and Michael Jackson and … yeah my musical taste were all over the map. Consistently inconsistent. But in the 1980s I mostly listened to European alternative music.

First it was records spun on my father’s audio equipment. He was a serious audiophile. Linn Sondek turntable and pickup, Bose 501 Series 3 and Quad ESL 63 hooked up to NAD preamps and Marantz amplifiers. Our living room was a listening room. I learned the difference between high bias metal cassette tapes and normal cassette tapes. I learned how set the equalizer for each type of music listening experience.

Then CDs came and my tapes and vinyl were replaced by plastic discs. High quality digital discs quickly transitioned to lower quality but “good enough” digital downloads. It’s not good enough. But that’s where we are.

I discovered the band U2 in my second year of college. I listened to the Joshua Tree album until it fell apart. I had to buy a second copy. Then I bought all their older albums. And the new ones as they were released. I had friends who travelled to Europe and who bought me bootleg copies of tape recordings of concerts. I couldn’t get enough of the band.

U2 lead me to REM and to Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana. My 1990s was mostly filled with American alternative rock. I still listen to this genre today.

In the 2000s’ I listened to Cold Play and the OneRepublic.

Lately I have been stuck on EDM. Paul van Oakenfeld, and Tiesto, and Armin van Buren. Right now that music seems to calm me when working and help blot out the voices of self doubt.

Bob Marley reminds me too much of the life I used to have in the Caribbean and which I miss dearly. So … I don’t listen to reggae and calypso as much as I used to.

Music   Tuesday Photo Challenge, Music NIKON D5100 20170625 3280

Collection of Musical Items

  • Aperture—ƒ/4
  • Camera—NIKON D5100
  • Taken—25 June, 2017
  • Copyright—© 2017 Khürt L. Williams
  • Focal length—24mm
  • ISO—140
  • Shutter speed—1/160s

Created by photographer Frank Jansen, the Tuesday Photo Challenge is a weekly theme-based challenge for photographers of all kinds to share both new and old photography.