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What Artist Influenced You?

If you could name one artist from our lullaby library who influenced you, who would it be?


Here are the picks from the team at Rockabye Baby HQ:  

Weezer. A song on their Blue album is titled “In the Garage,” which was basically about spending all your time in the garage, and that’s where you feel safe. I spent all my free time in high school in the garage learning to play instruments and forming a band. —Kristin

The Cure. One of the first bands I loved as a kid with their catchy pop hits, which were all over the radio and TV, but even then there was a mystique and allure to them. I had a friend whose cool, older, goth brother and his edgy, goth girlfriend listened to them, and they also had brilliant music videos, and, of course, there was/is Robert Smith’s crazy hair and iconography. They’ve been “with me” throughout my whole life and for various reasons — be it their upbeat, happy pop tunes, their melancholic love songs, or explicitly dark, early goth tunes. — Scott

Björk has always been an influence – I think it’s her attitude toward music (she knows absolutely no limit whatsoever) and the visuals that go with it. She pushes so many boundaries and is constantly evolving beyond expectation. I know it sounds like such a cliché thing to say about artists, but she really does take it to the extreme – far beyond what the majority of artists do. She basically works without a safety net and I really admire that. I guess I could almost say the same for Kanye West, though I feel like the syntax of his lyrics is more important and clever (and humorous) rather than thought provoking. — Jennifer

Dave Grohl. I taught myself how to play drums by watching him perform live. — Bill

You all know good and well by now that George Harrison, whose birthday just so happens to be today, is my musical champion. His fight to be seen as a contending songwriter by his cohorts never ceases to amaze me. He never gave up on himself . . . .and it’s a good thing, too, or we’d have missed out on “Here Comes The Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” “Something,” and a lot more. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE, I LOVE YOU. — Stacie

The Police. My parents played them for me when I was in utereo and I’ve loved them my whole life. They influenced my future musical leanings (ska and punk rock) and taught me to appreciate good drumming (Stewart Copeland is a God). I’ve loved them for so long that it’s become part of my personality and who I am. — Sarah


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