Music has always been one of the most important parts of my life; some of my first memories are of lying with my ear close to my folks' Electro-Voice Wolverine LT-12 speakers, fascinated by the sounds coming from the trumpet and orchestra on Bert Kaempfert's "Wonderland By Night", the layers of sound on Jackie Gleason's "Last Dance For Lovers Only" and the festive sounds of Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Other regulars on our family "playlist" (aka, the stack of 4-5 records on our old 3-speed Garrard turntable) included albums by Al Hirt, Duane Eddy, Bent Fabric, the "Slightly Irreverent Chad Mitchell Trio" (ha!) and a handful of musicals, including "Damn Yankees" and "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying". When we were a little older, my brother and I would spend hours listening to all of the old 45s my parents had saved from the fifties. Our favorites were what would now be called "novelty songs" -- Brian Hyland's "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini", Texas Jim Lewis' "Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night", and the much newer "Snoopy Versus The Red Baron", Johnny Cash's "Oney" (loved the laugh at the end of that one!), "Convention '72", Ray Steven's "The Streak" and, of course, Sammy Davis Jr's "My Ding-a-ling". The first 45 I purchased was Sonny & Cher's "Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves" while my first album purchased was Lobo's "A Simple Man". As a teen, I became far more aware of the expressive beauty of lyrics, especially touched by the songs of Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & Garfunkel and other singer-songwriters (still my favorite style...).
I'll freely admit that I have become a Discogs junkie, relishing the vast knowledge of this group. Over the past couple years, this group (and the stevehoffman.tv forum) has helped me learn so much more about vinyl, music production and the history of music. I love submitting new releases, challenging myself to be as complete as possible with information and images. Ahhh... images! I love album artwork and thoroughly enjoy scanning and editing the images to match the album jacket and labels as closely as my limited (but expanding) skills will allow.
As much as I enjoy the music and the contributions, I've equally enjoyed conversations with other members of this great community and look forward to meeting other like-minded lovers of music.