Sorry for the long absence in posting some memories of Cav. My life gets pretty busy sometimes. Then again, I don't really have to explain that to most of you!
After some deliberation, I've decided to head into Cav's love of music.
For most regular A2K members, it's not a big secret that music was a big part of Cav's life. In a few of the posts he left behind, there is a sprinkling of song titles and lyrics.
Yet, most of the lyrics deal with popular songs. I've found this odd, since Cav really wasn't into popular music.
Throughout his life, Cav delved into different musical styles. For example, his early LPs and tapes were primarily of alternative music, heavy metal and a little mix of classical and jazz.
One of the strangest albums in his collection (which he had on tape) was Duran Duran's "Rio."
I always teased him about it, to which he often replied something to this effect, "I thought it was something different, and I don't know why I keep it in my collection." Yet, the tape wasn't sold and stayed around for years. Hmm... :wink:
Fortunately, Cav had relatively good taste when it came to music. I remember when we used to sit in his room - or my room - and listen to The Damned, Skinny Puppy, David Bowie (old stuff), Metallica (typically Ride the Lightening and Master of Puppets), Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and many, many others. We would also throw on classical music and jazz, blues, and occasionally some good Irish tunes.
In terms of albums, I don't remember this part of the collection very well -- you should probably ask Mrs. Cav (over to you, Naomi). I remember some rare albums, some old Beatles LPs, a few Rolling Stones albums, and some offbeat material here and there. I'm pretty sure he had some classical LPs...an Itzhak Perlman and LSO recording is sticking my mind, and I think it was his.
As he got older, Cav moved away from the classical/jazz scene (I remain fully entrenched), and into Irish, Celtic and even some Atlantic Canadian folk music. He and I were somewhat disappointed with the modern music scene from the mid-1990s on. There were some decent bands and solo artists, of course, but it just wasn't the same.
One topic that we used to discuss was, believe it or not, the demise of heavy metal music. I don't why we kept coming back to this topic, but we often did. Cav and I didn't fit that scene whatsoever, but we really enjoyed many of the bands. We both liked early metal pioneers such as Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Black Sabbath, so it was probably a natural fit. Even though I readily admit that this musical genre is loud and thrashy, some of the best guitarists in the world have been heavy metalers.
As well, Cav was an excellent musician. He played piano and guitar very well. He also had a few harmonicas on hand, and was quite decent from what I remember.
I saw Cav perform on a few occasions. I still remember when he played a song in high school at a Remembrance Day assembly. The song was called "9 x 9," or "Nine Times Nine" (I can't remember if it was numerical or spelled out)...it was one of his earliest pieces, and it was a good song.
Cav also made a few demos with some bands, make-shift outfits and even on his own. He even got a couple of record stores to sell a demo on consignment. I don't remember how many he sold, but suffice to say it wasn't enough for him to quit school and tour the world!
Mrs. Cav even played one of his demos a few weeks ago. I had heard it a long time ago, but had obviously forgotten the songs. It still held up pretty well.
I think that's good for today. Speak to you later.