My passion for music stems from the days when we were young and had to go to the parties with my mum and dad when we were small.
Born in Paddington West London we were often taken to the blues dances as they couldn’t find a baby sitter, I remember those days hanging onto my mum’s leg as they were dancing or sitting in the corner of the room with the other children doing our rendition of dancing trying to act like grown-ups.
The music scene back in those days was unique and the music that they played I thought that is sounded rubbish and I used to laugh, but thinking back now, look at what this generation is listening to now, the same music of that era revamped as they say same selection different fashion.
Soul classics that we call rare groove, reggae, ska, blue beat, studio one, early Motown, calypso, this is the type of music I grew up with, the Platters, Brook Benton, Sam Cooke, Milly Small, Bob Marley to name but a few. On Sunday mornings my dad would turn on the gram, bring out the record stand and cleaner, clean the 45’s and slap it on the deck waiting for the hum from the speakers, then the old fashion bass line to thump out of the speakers, the old valve amp glowing, dimming slightly as the bass dropped, that repeating scratch as the record went round and round, then my mum humming along or occasionally singing to her favourite tune.
I remember those days well, it feels like they were just yesterday, the music I at the time thought was stupid is the same music we now crave for, those classics. I can’t fault the good taste that my parents showed me when it came to music and all those other parents of the first generation that came over in the 50’s bringing their culture with them and educating the society in the other cultures of food, music, dress and how to have a good time something from nothing.
On our radio station I plan to bring you back to this era of our lives to celebrate those wonderful years of music on Rhythmic Harmony Radio, so keep it locked keep it real stay tuned to Dj Chris, the smooth one on RHR.co.uk playing you a mixed blend of music from yester years.