Do me a favor and think back to your teens. What kind of music did you listen to? Supposedly we’re most musically impressionable in our teens, and for me, that’s definitely true. As I recently watched the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, I was struck by how great some of my musical heroes looked and sounded. Justin Hayward and John Lodge of The Moody Blues, Jon Bon Jovi and The Cars (minus my beloved Benjamin Orr who passed in 2000) looked their ages in the best way. They weren’t trying too hard, but they were still rockin’ and making my heart go pitter patter! That got me thinking about how the important music from my past, has influenced my style through today. And beware, I have proof.
If you watch any videos from the early inception of MTV, onesies were it – think Aldo Nova, Styx, the list goes on and on. So naturally I was excited to wear mine on New Wave/Punk Rock day at my high school in 1983. Then we moved on to the “bigger hair” days of the mid 1980’s to early 1990’s. The Wilson sisters nor Kip Winger had anything on my hair. And how about the time I took a Keith Urban pic to my hairstylist because I wanted the same cut? I would say that’s influence….and a little weird.
Like the bands and artists that have so influenced my life, my style will always reflect a bit of eclectic edginess. Maybe it’s my way of paying tribute to the lifetime of enjoyment their music has brought me, but it’s definitely where I feel most authentic. Rock on.
How has your favorite music influenced your life and/or style? Would love to know.
Here are some of the bands/artists who’ve had a huge influence on me, and with the exception of The Cars video from 1985, the others are fairly recent. Now this is how to age!