Tell Us About – Musical Influences

It is that time again when I join other blogs from around the world for Tell Us About and this month’s theme as suggested by Suzy Turner at The Grey Brunette is Musical Influences.

Well, I have to admit I did struggle with this one as even though I enjoy a variety of music across many genres I can honestly say I was not influenced by any music or musical artist.



Music didn’t exactly feature in my family much as I grew up and it wasn’t until my teenage years that I really became interested although I do remember seeing TV footage of the Beatles in Australia in 1964. It probably wasn’t until I started working and could buy my own records that my interest piqued.

These are just a few of those early records , there are many more but I really have no idea which are mine and which  belong to John. One I know for sure is the Rod Stewart records as I was a big fan in my late teens and early twenties , even attending one of his concerts in Melbourne with a girlfriend .

Throughout the 1970’s I did enjoy so many different artists from Janis Joplin , Jimi Hendrix to Cat Stevens and Arlo Guthrie and countless others that slipped my memory.

Attending live music concerts wasn’t really an option during those early years as it is very rare that big name artists make it to Tasmania , only the larger mainland states and I was busy saving my money to go overseas. That said Dire Straits did make it to Hobart in February, 1986 . Like most of our friends we travelled down and enjoyed the experience.

I do remember being very taken with the Woodstock era back in 1969 , it all seemed so very free and easy (which of course it wasn’t) and a complete opposite to my little world at the time.

My own belief is that certain songs resonate with you and your circumstances at that particular time – is this a musical influence not in my book but I will see what my fellow bloggers have to say.

Please link through Gail at Is This Mutton as my technical skills aren’t clever enough to do this.




  1. May 16, 2024 / 7:17 am

    Hi Jill how wonderful that you still have your records. I spied Tea for the Tillerman which was the first record I ever purchased. You’ve mentioned many artists and bands which I listened to growing up. I find music very emotive and a song can bring a tear to my eye or I can remember what period of my life I first heard it. I think it is a great prompt and I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s take on it. Have a lovely week. x

    • grownupglamour
      May 17, 2024 / 7:34 am

      I totally agree Sue hearing a particular song or piece of music evokes so many memories . I think many of us of the same era seemed to share similar musical taste. The prompt was an interesting one and I have enjoyed everyones take on it.

  2. May 16, 2024 / 7:31 am

    Hi Jill,
    I also was in love with the Woodstock era and all things Flowery and beautiful (still am in love with all things flowery and beautiful). Like you, the appeal was in the freedom and flowing clothes (still love to wear those), the music… I saw “Woodstock” the movie in 1971 when I was a student in Melbourne. I went by myself, got a seat in the very front row and had a sore neck for several days!! Cat Stevens, Abbey Road…thanks for sharing.

    • grownupglamour
      May 17, 2024 / 7:29 am

      I think Woodstock was quite a pivotal time for many of us. I also remember seeing the movie, although I can’t remember where -it was amazing. So many memories in those records. xx

  3. May 16, 2024 / 7:48 am

    This was a fun prompt Jill and your memories of growing up with musical influences was great to read through. Dire Straits was a favourite of ours too but I’ve never seen them live.

    • grownupglamour
      May 17, 2024 / 7:25 am

      Yes, it was fun seeing the music everyone enjoyed. I think we were very lucky that Dire Straits played in Hobart , it doesn’t happeen often.

  4. May 16, 2024 / 6:24 pm

    I’ve got several of those albums, including the Rod Stewart. That’s the one with “Sailing” on it, isn’t it?
    I was a big Queen fan back in the 70s, before punk and new wave came along and swept me off my feet.
    But my earliest musical influence must be jazz, courtesy of my Dad. Listening to jazz makes me feel happy. I keep on telling Jos that’s because my Dad must have played a lot of jazz records when my Mum was pregnant with me! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      May 17, 2024 / 7:23 am

      You may well be right about your Jazz influence Ann. You are spot on Atlantic Crossing is the one with Sailing. I agree with you on Queen they were brilliant.

  5. May 16, 2024 / 7:38 pm

    I loved Rod Stewart’s music back in the 80s, and when he released his jazz albums some decades later, I must admit to loving that too!
    Suzy xx

    • grownupglamour
      May 17, 2024 / 7:19 am

      Thanks so much Suzy, Rod Stewart seems to have stood the test of time. Thanks for the prompt.

  6. May 17, 2024 / 3:33 am

    You have some wonderful vinyl there, Jill! The only album I own these days is one from my son. He has all of our old records (at least the ones he liked). I wasn’t entirely sure about exactly how music influenced me so I wrote about the music I liked. I don’t know if I hit the mark or not!

    • grownupglamour
      May 17, 2024 / 7:16 am

      Thanks so much Marsha , so many memories from my younger years in the record collection. I was a bit the same with this one , maybe it is generational.

  7. May 17, 2024 / 3:54 pm

    Hi Jill. We’ve got a lot of those albums in our collection! I’ve never tired of the Woodstock album, an absolute classic.
    The good thing about growing up a few miles for the UK’s second city is being able to get to fantastic gigs, which I’ve done since I was a 13 year old. I still love going to gigs 45 years later and working at festivals is like a dream come true! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      May 22, 2024 / 7:14 am

      I can only imagine your albumn collection. I loved the Woodstock albumn too , so many brilliant artists. Lucky you having easy access to so many amazing gigs in your back yard.

  8. May 20, 2024 / 4:51 pm

    Wow you have such a fabulous collection.

    • grownupglamour
      May 22, 2024 / 7:10 am

      Thanks so much Hena , just a few of our record collection that we have held onto over the years.

  9. May 23, 2024 / 4:39 pm

    I agree, a musical influence would be more than a song that reminds you of your first boyfriend. I think of musical influences being more like types of music, genres – like your feelings of Woodstock – that affect us in certain ways. Country music was like that for me in the 1990s. It was the perfect soundtrack for that season of life.

    Enjoyed seeing your album covers. We have many of ours in a book shelf in the den. But we have duplicates in a closet. PC had put his name on most of his records because he lived in the barracks when he purchased most of them and wanted to keep track of them. Sometimes we can tell whose album it is because I liked Linda Ronstadt and he liked Blue Oyster Cult!!

    • grownupglamour
      May 28, 2024 / 9:25 am

      Thank you Leslie for your thoughts on this one , it is very open to individual interpretation . I agree that different music genres are what resonates at the various stages of our lives.
      John and I also had many of the same albumns when we met.

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