Daily Prompt: Papa Loves Mambo.
What sort of music was played in your house when you were growing up? What effect, (if any) did it have on your musical tastes?
I was taken care by my grandparents until I was 15, by the way.
So, whenever I went over to my parent’s house during the weekends, my dad and I would belt out songs from the 70s, well through to the 80s on our karaoke system and a little bit of the 40s – 60s.
Oh gawd…. I love music by Eric Clapton, Donna Summers, Carpenters, Rod Steward, Bee Gees, Phil Collins, Diana Ross, Vanilla Ice, Beastie Boys, David Bowie, A-ha… oooh… ❤
Yet, when my great-grandma visited us from Indonesia, my grandma would take out her kulintang (gong-like instrument), taught me to play and they would belt out songs in their language.
I have no idea what language and neither do my mum and aunts/uncles (my grandma has 6 kids).
But when they’d sing Indonesian and Malaysian songs of that decade, I would definitely join in the singing.
At 6 or 7, I rummaged through my grandparents’ store room of antiques and “rubbish” and found an electronic keyboard at the back.
Weird…. I didn’t know anyone else in the extended family were into music.
So, I self-taught myself to play it.
It was all based on hearing.
It wasn’t until I was in my late primary school years that I learned the proper music notes and whatnot.
But, I loved… adored the voices of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion the most.
The 3 most powerful vocal chords back then.
Thus, I learned to mimic their vocal range and, of course, love their music a lot.
Obviously I wasn’t blessed or meant to be in music, but, it wasn’t until we were forced to go through “testing” our voices during music class (who was also in charge of choir) when I was in my early teens that my vocal range came up second top in school.
The first was a pretty lady, my senior who was graduating soon, reminded me a lot like Whitney Houston’s vocal chords, high, strong and soulful.
Love her.. she was like an elder sister to me who taught me quite a lot in singing.
Mine was hollow and based on my non-puberty stage voice with no life of its own… hehehe.
But anyway, I got trapped and joined the team.
(Well, you know… my mum thingy.. I eventually had to quit).
Soon, it was the era of teen-pop of the late 80s to the late 90s.
Boy bands and girl groups.
Like a lot of them my age, we loved most of these.
From the tummy-baring Britney Spears to the dancing troupe of N’Sync to the romantic Westlife.
It wasn’t until I joined the military band after quitting choir that I learned to love instrumentals and classical.
But, that was also the era when techno and trance was huge.
Haha.. I was crazy about techno music while gaming.
One of my aunts used to love listening to reggae and since I would I sleep over at her place at times, I was pretty influenced with that genre.
I didn’t know much about country music until Shania Twain was played on the air (on tv) and I completely went head over heals for that genre.
I enjoy raps, R&B and hip hop a lot too.
Soft and hard rock was fine, but, it wasn’t until I was in my 20s that I started to relate to metal.
By now, I pretty much listen to any genre.
All except Jazz and Blues (okay there are a teeny tiny few exceptions).
Sorry.. I’ll just get agitated and bored to death listening to that genre.
Other than that, it’ll just depend on my mood to listen to a certain kind of music at that very moment.