Friday, September 29, 2006
My Prog Roots Are Showing
Classic rock guitar hero, Jan Akkerman
Another post inspired by a podcast.
This time, a big up to The Rockmother and her impeccable choice of the Dutch medieval banquet of prog that is Focus.
But hold on a minute, RoMo! Focus are MINE. I discovered them. ME!
All mine. The classic rock guitar hero that was Jan Akkerman. And the controlled lunacy of Thijs Van Leer, his flutey noodlings, his blood curdling yodelling....
A fresh faced Geoff heard Focus and knew he wanted to buy his first LP. My mum didn't have the first idea of where to buy a Focus album but she was determined to buy me one. She's good like that.
Walking past our local music shop, I saw Focus in the window.
"I want it, Mummy."
The next day she bought it for me.
It wasn't an LP, though. It was a book of Focus sheet music.
We got our money back, and of course we did work out that in order to buy a Focus LP, one goes not to a music shop but to a record shop.
Happy days, aren't they, your twenties?