What is it about music that makes you love it?

WHEN I was just 12 I decided I wanted to be a radio announcer.

I listened to the local radio station in my hometown of Cairns, 4CA, every opportunity I could.

In the first instance via a crystal set wired to the Hills Hoist in our backyard, man that was some aerial.

In the second instance, via a Hitachi transistor radio I won - it was actually the second prize, but that's what I wanted - in 1966.

It was in a competition based on the new incoming decimal currency conducted by ETA potato chips.

I can't remember what first prize was. And I didn't care - I wanted that transistor radio.

I listened to it every night via the single headphone, and prepared myself for a career as an announcer.

A wise person once said find something you love, and do it, and you will never work a day in your life.

I did and I have for more than 40 years.

My first live concert was Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs at the Cairns Yacht Club in 1968.

My first international concert was The Hollie, supported by Russell Morris at the now gone forever Festival Hall in Brisbane.

Russell was better than The Brit Boys.

What is it about music that makes me love it?

It's the ability of music to transform and transport me, to transform a mood, to transport me back to when and where I first heard a particular song, or to a concert I really enjoyed, or not.

I got the music in me - it's not just a song.

Peace, love and light.

What do you love about music? Let us know in the comment section, we'd love hear your stories!



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