I have heard that music is mystical, that music speaks to our souls – that angels sang songs to us in heaven before we were conceived. Music is one of life’s great pleasures, and one of God’s greatest gifts to us. Playing an instrument is one of the best ways to express yourself.
Writing songs and working them out with a band is one of the best therapies that I know, and I’m happy and blessed to be a musician.
I play the electric guitar, write my own songs and mostly enjoy garage rock and punk rock from the late ’70s.
I find the following bands a great inspiration:
13th Floor Elevators, 999, Adverts, Alice Cooper, Angelic Upstarts, Anti Nowhere League, Backyard Babies, Beasts of Bourbon, Bell Rays, Black Lips, Blacktop, Blondie, Bo Diddley, Brian Eno, Buff Medways, Buzzcocks, Can, Captain Beefheart, Carmen McRae, Celibate Rifles, Chelsea, Citizen Bird, Cockney Rebel, Count Five, Coyote Shivers, The Cramps, The Creation, Cuddly Toys, Customs, Cynics, The Damned, Dave Edmunds, David Bowie, David Werner, Dead Boys, Deep Reduction, Devo, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Dils, Dimstars, The Dirtbombs, DM3, DMZ, The Donnas, Dubrovniks, Eagles of Deathmetal, The Easybeats, Eater, Eddie and the Hotrods, Edith Piaf, Electric Chairs, Electric Prunes, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Flamin’ Groovies, Flaming Stars, Flipper, Frank Sinatra, Funkadelic, Gang of Four, Gary Glitter, Generation X, Ghost, Grinder Man, Hawkwind, The Hives, The Hollies, Hoodoo Gurus, Howlin’ Wolf, Ian Hunter, Iggy & the Stooges, Iggy Pop, The International Noise Consipiracy, Isaac Hayes, The Jam, Jeff Beck, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Carroll, John Cale, John Zorn, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Johnny Hallyday, Johnny Hartman, Johnny Thunders, Jumping Bomb Girls, The Kinks, Leonard Cohen, Lime Spiders, Los Lobos, Los Straitjackets, Lou Reed, Louis Jordan, Love, Makers, MC5, Mekons, Merle Haggards, Mission of Burma, Mott the Hoople, Mud, Neon Boys, Neu!, New Bomb Turks, New Christs, New York Dolls, Nico, Nova Express, Os Mutantes, Patti Smith, Pere Ubu, Pretenders, Prisoners, Radio Birdman, Ramones, Rank and File, Rats, The Real Kids, The Rezillos, Rich Kids, Richard Hawley, Richard Hell, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Richard Lloyd, Rocket from the Crypt, Rocket from the Tombs, Rockpile, Roky Erickson, Rolling Stones, Rosemary Clooney, Roxy Music, Roy Wood, the Runaways, The Saints, Sam & Dave, Sammy Davis, Jr., The Scientists, Scott Walker, Sex Pistols, Sham 69, Silverbullit, Simply Saucer, Small Faces, The Sonics, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Stiff Little Fingers, Stiv Bators, Stooges, Stop, The Stranglers, Style Council, Sugar Shack, Suicide, Suzi Quatro, Sweet, T. Rex, Television, Thin White Rope, Toilet Boys, UK Subs, Undertones, Union Carbide Productions, Velvet Underground, The Vibrators, the Von Bondies, the Waldos, Wayne Kramer, the Weirdos, the Who, The Wipers, X, X-Ray Spex, the Yardbirds, the Zombies
Check some of these bands out if you get the chance – you might like them!