When I was an adolescent, I spent a disproportionate amount of time lying on my bedroom floor listening to music and reading an album cover/sleeve, which usually had much more on it than just the lyrics and who did what on which tracks. Most bands turned their sleeves into art forms. CDs and downloads just can't do that. I was in school and I remember what a big deal getting a new cassette was and how excited I was to be able to shop for them. I had a tiny portable player that I went to sleep with listening to one cassette or the other.
When I was 15, I learnt about Crowded House and Phil Collins. Undeniably unhip, though not at the time, but they were single-handedly responsible for the music enthusiast I am today. The finest time in my life as a music fan was the short-lived period after I'd seen a video of Phil Collins playing "In the Air Tonight" for the first time. I combed through music stores, trying to find all the songs performed by him and his earlier band, Genesis. I didn'tRead More »from Music: Yesterday & Today