Before They Were Stars (60 mins. of music)

We all had to start somewhere.

"Courage and willingness to just go for it, whether it is a conversation or a spontaneous trip or trying new things that are scary - it is a really attractive quality." – Alanis Morissette

Earlier this week, I posted a video talking about what it takes to make it as a professional artist. More than anything, believing in yourself, doing it in spite of criticism and naysayers and just simply not giving up may be the three most important variables. We all had to start somewhere, and in this week's program, here are more than a dozen tracks by artists that illustrate these simple, but highly important, concepts.

Some of the artists here are still with us and doing their thing their way. Some of these artists have become some of the most important and influential artists in their genre. These are the tracks that some of these artists would sometimes like to forget, but regardless, they are with us here to show that we all have spots in our careers that make us cringe. It's an appreciate cringe, but a cringe nonetheless.

Say what you want about Alanis Morissette in the early 1990's: she was doing it when others were just wishing they would do it. And, the hat is simply adorable on her, dontcha think? Courtesy of MCA Records/video still.

Remember: if you love it, you live it. The only and best advice I can give you is this: Don't give up. 

Our tracks this week: Title, Year, Artist (future artist if applicable)

First Part
1. Ring Ring, 1973, Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida (ABBA)
2. Liza Jane, 1964, David Jones and the King Bees (David Bowie)
3. Confession Blues, 1949, The Maxin Trio (Ray Charles)
4.  Big Bad Love, 1992, Alanis Morissette
5. Keep Me Waiting, 1971-1972, Wicked Lester (Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS)
6. Little Miss Understood, 1968, Rod Stewart
7. The Way You Do The Things You Do, 1971, Meat Loaf and Stoney (Meat Loaf)
8. It’s My Time, 1966, The Mynah Birds (Rick James and Neil Young)
9. Rough Lover, 1962, Aretha Franklin

Second Part
10. April Lady, 1970, Smile (Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen)
11. Love Changes, 1982, Sequence (Angie Stone)
12. Waitin' For The Wind, 1969, Spooky Tooth (Gary Wright)
13. Wonder Woman, 1970, Attila (Billy Joel)
14. The Big Picture, 1988, Y Kant Tori Read (Tori Amos)

Finale
15. Come Bite the Apple, 1990, Mother Love Bone (Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam)

To download this program, click here.

Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner
Ace of Spades PDX

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