In case you’re wondering — yes, this is a Best of Music Inside Out program. But the topic is universal. The songs we hear as children — even the ones we don’t like — help shape our feelings about the music we love as adults.
Nearly all of the guests who’ve appeared on Music Inside Out have talked about the songs they heard growing up. And those early songs and artists are partially responsible for the unique and varied musical landscape of Louisiana. What goes into little ears often helps build music careers. And, for that, we are grateful.
So next time Irma Thomas comes on the radio, thank Roy Rogers, or B.B. King. And when you hear Jon Cleary play New Orleans piano, you might want to remember The Stranglers or Burning Spear. But if you run into Allen Toussaint — thank everybody. He’s heard ‘em all.