Hi to everyone who reads this. My name is Derek Anderson, I’m 47, single and live in Scotland. I came to writing this blog in a round about way. For over thirty-five years I’ve been a huge music fan, collecting firstly vinyl, tapes, mini discs and now compact discs. During this time, I’ve always enjoyed reading, listening to and making music. So, for all these years, my main interest in life has been music. Truly, music is what I love. It means so much to me, it brings back memories, changes the way I feel and has been a constant throughout my life. It’s provided a soundtrack to my life. Some people have photograph albums, I have a music collection. My love of music, and my desire to share that love of music is why I decided to launch this blog. Each day, I put up new reviews for everyone to read. So each day, when you look at this blog, you’ll always find something new.
My musical tastes are wide and varied, i enjoy everything from rock to indie, soul to folk and hip hop to house. Although I’ve lost count of how many albums are in my collection, there must be 1700 CDs and box sets. I’m fast running out of room, and I’m becoming submerged in CDs. Although my favourite label is Philadelphia International Records and many of my favourite artists like The O’Jays, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass and Billy Paul recorded for that label, there’s so much more to my musical tastes than Philadelphia International. Among the other artists I enjoy are Primal Scream, Blue Nile, Terry Callier, Neil Young, The Bathers, New Order and Al Green. Some of my other favourite labels are OM, Stax, Hi, Naked Music, Atlantic and Chess. I could go on for hours, but that’s a quick snapshot of my musical tastes.
I decided to write this blog as I’ve been immersed in music throughout my life although my life has taken a few twists and turns. Originally, I studied business studies, over twenty five years ago, then later in life, I decided to branch out, try something different. This lead to me studying first social sciences and then English Law. That resulted in me gaining a 2:1 in English Law. However, regardless of what I’ve done in life, music has been what I’ve always loved. This lead to me writing this blog, writing about music I love, music I believe in and music that I’m passionate about. This is something I enjoy doing and hope people enjoy reading.
Should you enjoy an article so much that you want to to re-blog or repost it then please ask my permission to do so. The copyright to all the articles belong to me. I’ve nothing against anyone reposting or re-blogging an article, that’s great, just as long as you ask permission and then credit me for it. Remember, I own the copyright, both moral and legal copyright. Anyone reposting an article, must ask before doing so. Once permission has been granted, then they can repost it, if they credit me. Should you fail to do this, you will be asked to remove the article and compensate me. I’ve had problems with this recently, especially people on Facebook stealing my work.
If you’re an artist or band, I’d be willing to review your music. Just contact me. You can send me a CD and once I’ve heard it, I’ll review it.
My other interests are reading, technology and football. I have supported St Mirren FC all my life, and I hope that they will win another trophy in my lifetime. After all, 1987 and our Scottish Cup win is but a distant memory. I suppose supporting St Mirren means I must be the eternal optimist. Anything else you want to know just ask. Enjoy the blog, and remember, it’s “the music blog where music matters.”
Derek Anderson LLB (Hons), Cert. Soc. Sci.