Saturday, September 24, 2011

My Musical Path

Music has always been an important part of my daily life, my biggest desire as a child was to go to a music course and learn to play the guitar, piano or any other instrument, no matter what..but for an average Turkish family in Germany it wasn't very common to send their child to a music course and my silent and hiding nature never allowed me to express such a desire. And I guess since Gardner hadn't yet developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences my mother never saw that side in her girl although she had studied social pedagogy and was a kindergarten teacher. So I never learned to play anything...

At least, they nurtured my interest in music by buying the latest albums and my favorite singles even when I was very little.

The First Years; 1974-1980
The first three years were of course passive exposure to music my uncles and aunts were listening to back then, which was mainly Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles and later Queen, Dire Straits etc. Thanks God no exposure/imposure to/of the Bee Gees and ABBA. My first single was Umberto Tozzi's "Ti Amo". I think I was 4 years old...



Followed by "Rivers of Babylon" by Boney M.




Again passive exposure to AC/DC, Kiss, Led Zeppelin and similar bands which would be showing its effect in later years.

1980-1989
Gosh, those were the years...the famous 80's. Reading "Bravo" Magazine and watching the music show "Formel Eins"...
Michael Jackson, Madonna, George Michael, Prince, Bon Jovi, Cyndie Lauper,Guns'n Roses, Kim Wilde, Kool&the Gang, Spandau Ballet, Nena, Queen, Phil Collins, Rolling Stones, Sade, Scorpions, The Cure, and so many many more...I was quite average, my room was full with posters of Michael and Madonna for a long time.






When I started "Gymnasium" one of the first "topics" in music class were the Beatles. That's when I got to know them better and started to like. Very soon my interest in Glam/Hard Rock arouse, of course Bon Jovi, Guns'n Roses, Scorpions, Europe, etc..but there was also a short period where it got harder, darker and faster...with Helloween, W.A.S.P. and tougher pieces by Metallica and even some death metal stuff.



Then I went into another direction. German Punk Rock.


"Die beste band der Welt: Die Ärzte." Die Toten Hosen, usw...
Other German singers I liked were Herbert Groenemeyer and Udo Lindenberg.

1989-1998
1989, a turning point for me and for Germany. My return to Istanbul and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The following two years spent with adaptation and creating a new life, rather shallow in terms of music, not only for me but in general I would say. During my university years I first went back to rock and metal, then a short phase with Depeche Mode...




After those years a 2.5 year period of heavy night life while working as a dealer in a casino. Lots of music, fun, entertainment and crazy days and nights...spending most nights at the best bar ever, "She" Bar in Arnavutkoy. Those who know the place will remember the following theme song..around 3am ever morning.




1998-2006

Change of taste, entering the world of (smooth) jazz with Norah Jones and pending between classic jazz and blues. And, of course, Tarkan...





Lots of memories...

                                                                   2006-2011     
A wider range of Jazz, R&B, Classical Music, New Age, Italian, French and German music, sometimes Fado, sometimes Turkish Pop. An effort to find my style or simply being open to variety? Whatever...

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