So I’m finishing up my novella for an upcoming release and my hero is a musician. He plays bluesy rock n’ roll, but for some reason, I needed to listen to the kind of music that I like in order to write him. (I’m not opposed to bluesy rock-n-roll, but I don’t know enough about it to pick out what to listen to.)
So I turned to my Sirius XM radio. I ended up on Hair Nation, which is a station devoted to the “hair” bands of the 80s and 90s. My favorite band, Styx, qualified and they get a little airplay, though my second favorite band, Damn Yankees (featuring Tommy Shaw, who plays in both) gets a little more. I’d play my favorite song here, “High Enough,” but it has a nonsensical video that I’m not a big fan of!
As I’m getting to the love scene, I decided that the raucous rock-n-roll of White Stripes, Twister Sister and Aerosmith weren’t cutting it. I needed ballads. POWER ballads. So I bought POWER BALLADS GOLD, a collection of all the best (relatively speaking) power ballads of some of this era’s best bands. For instance, as I type this blog, “Amanda,” by Boston is playing. I love that song.
It’s hard to pick my favorite of this collection…but this one gets me right in the heart every single time.
This is the Glee version, obviously, because I couldn’t find a decent one actually sung by KISS. How weird is that?
“When the Children Cry” by White Lion
“Love is on the Way” by Saigon Kick
“Is This Love” by Whitesnake
“Carrie” by Europe
And many more!
So…what do you think about this era in music? Did you listen? What is your favorite ballad? (Doesn’t have to be by a hair band, LOL!)
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