Eighties Music has endured way beyond its resurgence. History defines the era as one of the most outrageous and diverse decades of music and culture worldwide. Hope you tossed the spandex but not your vinyl, CD's and cassettes by: ABC, A-Ha, B-52's, Bananarama, Big Country, Blondie, Cars, The Clash, Cure, Def Leppard, Depeche Mode, Devo, Duran Duran, Erasure, Eurythmics, Falco, Fixx, Foreigner, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Hall & Oates, INXS, Joy Division, Cyndi Lauper, New Order, OMD, Pet Shop Boys, The Police, Prince, Psychedelic Furs, Bruce Springsteen, Skids, Spandau Ballet, The Smiths, Survivor, U2, Wham, the list goes on and on. Many remain active with new albums, touring, reissuing deluxe editions of their catalog. Welcome to my site to reminisce and share these musical memories.
Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, KJ's Music Talk for a wide-ranging collection of interviews conducted with legendary musicians and a few newcomers to the scene. There's something for everyone, search for your favorites, check back often for new features. Click below on the artist's name for the video, or click the channel's icon here. Enjoy!
Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult
Five clips total, watch 'em all!
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UPCOMING NEW RELEASES:
Queen's Roger Taylor returns with The Outsider on Oct. 1, also the date for The The's Comeback Special: Live At The Royal Albert Hall, and Ministry with Moral Hygiene...The Alarm celebrate their 40th with History Repeating 1981-2021 Oct. 15...Future Past is the new studio album by Duran Duran, out Oct. 22, as well as the 40th Anniversary Edition of Rolling Stones Tattoo You...ABBA reunite after nearly 40 years for Voyage on Nov. 5...Rod Stewart brings The Tears Of Hercules Nov. 12 and Eric Clapton releases The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions...Paul Weller An Orchestrated Songbook drops Dec. 3...Brian Wilson At My Piano on Dec. 10...Peter Hook w/Joy Division Orchestra Dreams on March 25, 2022...
NEW ALBUMS OUT NOW:
Lindsey Buckingham's self-titled, Lindsey Buckingham...Billy Idol The Roadside...Genesis The Last Domino? on the 17th...Iron Maiden Senjutsu...Night Ranger ATBPO...Blondie Vivir En La Habana...Saga Best Of , and reissues: Saga, Images At Twilight, Silent Knight, Worlds Apart, In Transit, Heads Or Tales, & Behaviour...John Mayer Sob Rock...
The English Beat and The Fixx embark on a 25 city U.S. tour this year from Oct. 18-Nov. 20...Genesis return for their 14 date U.S. tour kicking off in Chicago on Nov. 15: "The Last Domino?" reunion is their first here since 2007; fall dates planned for the U.K...Madness also cross the pond for a five city U.S. tour in 2022 with The English Beat (let's hope for more cities)...Elton John resumes his North American Stadium Farewell Tour in 2022 in Philadelphia on July 15 and finish with back-to-back shows at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Nov. 19 & 20.
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1984 is the year my love for music became an obsession and a way of life. It was also the year I started to attend live concerts and continued to do so with great regularity.
With my musical skills honed from playing an instrument in the school band from fifth grade on, I was also enjoying the performance and theory of music, which I owe to my junior and high school music teacher, who always encouraged and inspired me to become a serious musician. The combination of my new love for recorded and live music and interest in the school music program led to me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in music education.
Returning home from college at the end of each school year, I found employment related to my love for music. Applying with hopes for a summer job as an usher at an outdoor concert venue, I was instead hired as a security guard for the stage and backstage areas. Absolutely a dream job for three summers, just the right amount of time, as most major artists would come through to support a new album every few years. I always had direct interactions with all the artists, in addition to being a “fly on the wall” with the same musicians I followed for years listening to pop radio and my stereo.
Upon graduating college, I began my search for my first teaching job. Unfortunately, in an extremely competitive field, I didn’t get the keys to my first classroom later that year. Realizing I wouldn’t be teaching in the fall, I submerged myself into the retail side of the music industry, first as a salesclerk, a secret shopper, and eventually manager for a major national record store chain. After a brief stint outside the music industry, I was hired by one of the five major music distributors. I worked in several capacities over the course of 13 years, gaining a wealth of experience in advertising, marketing, promotion, and sales. Once again, I found myself rubbing shoulders with the artists I grew up listening to, with much closer collaboration than at the concert venue.
As the industry shifted from physical product to digital and streaming, it was time to recreate myself, adapting to a new business model. I took a leap of faith with work as a freelance educator, splitting my time between teaching General Music courses and Choir at three private schools. I also applied for a position as a Music Director for a musical in my community, which led me to directing 50 shows in the world of musical theater. Through my interaction with adults and adolescents enrolled in these programs, I built a studio of private vocal and instrumental students that continues to grow.
Today, I work for an entertainment organization that owns multiple concert venues, clubs, and restaurants. As with my past positions, I’ve had more opportunities to learn about more facets of the industry – relating to venue retail operations, booking, and developing performance opportunities for musicians in the community.
The common thread throughout these experiences is the stories – so many to share with you! Hope you check back often for updates about the artists you love to listen to and learn about. Looking forward to having you on this musical journey with me, where we can share our love for All Things Music!