Louis MagnificoMy earliest childhood memories are that of listening to my 45’s alone in my bedroom on a portable record player and listening to my albums on a large stereo console in the den of the home in which I grew up.  Whenever I was away from my music, it continued to play in my head providing a soundtrack to my youth.

I was three years old when Elvis Presley died and I remember the event vividly to this day. All I’ve ever wanted to be was a musician and carry on the legacy of rock ‘n roll. I formed my first band as a teenager (a glam punk / pop-punk outfit called Kiss Me Quick) and have continued to play in bands my entire life. I’ve played thousands and thousands of shows for countless audiences and somehow I never tire of the experience.

I don’t just listen to music, I feel it. Whether listening to my favorite albums, seeing someone else perform in concert, or rocking out on stage myself, I don’t just hear it – I feel it.

The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Big Star, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Police, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Steven Wilson, Tori Amos, King Crimson, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, John Coltrane, Bach, KISS, Curtis Mayfield, Diana Krall, Sam and Dave, Del Shannon, Billy Joel, Fleetwood Mac, Chicago, Elton John, Tangerine Dream, Jellyfish, Owsley, Tool, Metallica, Bread, Bobby Womack, Ziggy Marley, Soundgarden, America, Muddy Waters, Billie Holiday, Material Issue, The Posies, REM, The Cure, Iron Maiden, Johnny Hartman, Judas Priest, Boston, Alan Parsons, Heart, Nirvana, The Black Crowes, Pearl Jam, The Ramones, Alice In Chains…… the list goes on and on and covers a wide variety of genres.

In my younger days, I worked at a record store (actually it was more a CD store as this was the early-mid 1990’s). I loved that job. I loved turning people on to new music. That’s what this site is all about. You won’t find critical reviews analyzing every nuance of music theory from a technical perspective – you’ll just read about some truly remarkable tunes and how they make me feel!  You also won’t only find the latest, trendy, top-40 hits.  But then again, you won’t find only older classics.  You’ll read about some songs and albums you all know about and have grown up with (but hopefully find some new perspectives on them) but you’ll also – more importantly – read about music (old and new alike) that you’ve never heard of but will change your life once you give it a listen.  That was my passion at the record store.

Who am I to create this website? I’m not a music critic, I’m not a journalist; and while I’ve been a professional musician most of my life, I’m not a household name. So why me? Quite simply because you can search the world over and I dare say you’ll never find someone who loves music, who feels music, more than I.

I’m just a beggar who found some bread and I’m sharing it with you… I hope you feel it.

P.S. – One final note about listening to music.  Speakers, Stereos, and Audio Equipment Matter!!!!  Listening to music on computer speakers or through your phone speaker is NOT the same thing as listening to music with a good set of headphones or through a great stereo system.  And not only that, but I hate seeing how music has become relegated to the “background” of life.  Year ago, we cared about music differently.  Listening to music WAS the event – not just the background to whatever else we were doing at the time.  Getting a new album was big deal to us.  When someone on the block got the new KISS record, we’d go to his house, sit on the floor, and just listen and pour over the liner notes and check out the pictures included in the record sleeve.  Consume your music like it matters.  OK, I’m off my soapbox. Now go enjoy the site.