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NEW MUSIC EAR HISTORY - "PART 3 - THE SONGWRITER AND POET ENTERS THE PLEASUREDOME AS THE QUEEN, KING AND PRINCE POP TO LIVE AID!"

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THIS IS MY HISTORY, ANDREW GOODWIN, THE AUTHOR OF NEW MUSIC EAR.  THESE ARE MY MEMORIES OF MY MUSIC UPBRINGING AND HOW MY TASTES HAVE EVOLVED AND HOW MY LOVE FOR MUSIC EMERGED.  I HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOME MEMORIES FROM READING THESE ARTICLES TOO :)
1983 - 1986

In 1983 with MTV only being shown on "cable" TV (which only those in the higher wages bracket could afford at the time) I saw much of the video channel in friends' houses.  All we had to see our favourite music was Top Of The Pops, kids' shows like Razzmatazz and Cheggers Plays Pop, the morning shows Tiswas and Swap Shop and the much maligned The Tube.  
During the years of 1983 to 1986 most of the favourite artists' of mine either appeared or rose to fame in these times.  I first saw Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video on a videocassette at my friend's house and admittedly it scared me at first!  I just expected a music video not a horror film! Regardless of this unexpected shock I loved …

NEW MUSIC EAR VALENTINE'S DAY SPECIAL -"MUSIC? WHAT'S "LOVE" GOT TO DO WITH IT?"

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Music? What's love got to do with it? For that matter, what has heart or rose got to do with it too?.  We all associate these words with this day of giving our loved one something special to show we appreciate them.  I am going to look deeper into this in music.

So, love songs, we all have our favourites, some more obscure than others.  I found that 10 songs in the UK's all time best selling list of 100 singles contained the words "love" or "heart" in the title including "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion, "The Power Of Love" by Jennifer Rush and "Tainted Love" by Soft Cell.  Ironically, in the USA there were also 10 songs containing either of these two words including "Un-break My Heart" by Toni Braxton, "I Love Rock N' Roll" by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts and "Endless Love" by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.  So music wise it seems Valentine's day words don't necessarily sell the mo…

NEW MUSIC PROFILE - ROCK, FOLK AND BLUES ARTIST "TEZ LOCKE"

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Tez Locke seems to have been around the music business for quite a time as I can gather from his website bio.  Playing around the 70s and early 80s in bands such as Springheel Jack and Smart Alec he has focused his attention on solo songwriting with a vast number of compositions at his disposal.  Tez is based in Devon in the UK.


Tez is obviously a very skilled guitarist, but also as a lyric writer as his song bites and videoclips showcase both these talents on his website.  Effortlessly swerving from Rock to Folk to Blues to Country makes this guy a force to be reckoned with.  His lead line from his "Welcome" page states "Me. Doing what I love"and he surely does, sharing every part of his music experience with fans.

He has signed a deal with London based Copper Brown Records and is releasing his song "Howling At The Moon" on February 21st, 2018.  Before you take a listen to Tez think Tom Petty, Dave Edmunds, Status Quo, Iggy Pop and Johnny Cash all rolled…

NEW MUSIC EAR HISTORY - "PART 2 - PUNK CONFUSION AND A GIRL NAMED DEBBIE MEETS GREASE AND AN ANTS INVASION!"

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THIS IS MY HISTORY, ANDREW GOODWIN, THE AUTHOR OF NEW MUSIC EAR.  THESE ARE MY MEMORIES OF MY MUSIC UPBRINGING AND HOW MY TASTES HAVE EVOLVED AND HOW MY LOVE FOR MUSIC EMERGED.  I HOPE YOU CAN FIND SOME MEMORIES FROM READING THESE ARTICLES TOO :)

1976 - 1982

So my music preferences were still evolving during the second half of the 1970s.  I saw the furore about this new angry music called Punk.  I did not get it, I understood this kind of music to be just shouting and noise with not much substance.  I was young and only until I reached my late teens did I start to respect this music as an expression.  I remember my mum used to work in a newspaper shop and she always had these girls and boys coming in with earrings, studs through their noses and brightly coloured mohicans.  She said they were so polite and friendly, which kind of made a mockery of the media outrage that this music as a menace to society.  I suppose the Goth music lovers got the same blinkered coverage in later years…