Music

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Music by Frank JansenFrank Jansen (Dutch goes the Photo!)

Music is all around us and more than just a human form of expression, as Nature is filled with examples of great music from the birds in the trees to the whales in the oceans. As usual, you can take poetic license into any direction that you desire, so that it can be music to your ears, a great performance or a cacophony of atonal sound!

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Growing up in the Anglo Caribbean ( the 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 Barbieri. 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 was 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 to 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
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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.

15 thoughts on “Music”

  1. Camera : NIKON D40, Focal length : 55mm, Aperture : ƒ/5.6, Shutter speed : 1/2500s, ISO : 200, Captured : 2 April, 2010,
    Despite really good weather on Saturday (it rained torrentially all day on Sunday), I didn’t get up early on Saturday morning to capture the morning sky over Carnegie Lake as I had planned. My son decided to visit from college and I spent most of the day with him.
    This is one from the archives.
    It was taken in the early evening in Washington, D.C. several years ago during a family spring vacation. I had an entry-level DSLR, a Nikon D40 and AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens, and was still learning composition and how to use the camera. I don’t think I had a tripod. If I am recalling correctly, this was shot, hand-held while out tour trolley truck was stopped.
    I chose this one because of the intensity of the red in the sky. I think I did some minor editing in Adobe Lightroom.
    The title of the post is taken from the lyrics of the song “New Year’s Day”, originally released on U2’s War album. U2 has been my favourite band since I first heard “With or Without You” (from the Joshua Tree album) on the radio in 1986.
    NOTE: The WordPress theme I am using does not support captions in the featured image. I am looking for a similar theme but one which supports captions. If you have any suggestions, drop me a note in the comments section.
    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.

  2. I have a similar experience with music and listened to much as the same music as you did. It was fun to read about your musical journey. And great photos, of course. (Like other, I can't like the post - or any other of yours.)

    1. Otto, my musical tastes growing up were very much influenced by European pop.

      I think there is a problem with my self-hoseted WordPress communicating to JetPack. I tried different themes and the problems persist.

        1. Otto, the Like button is working again. I traced it down to a synchronization issue between JetPack and my self-hosted WordPress. I used the manually sync feature in JetPack to fix it.

    1. Judith, I am not sure what the problem is but I also see the problem when I use the computer at work. I tried changing themes but the problem persists so it's something with WordPress itself.

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