Greetings, everyone! I am so excited to be here and so thankful to each and everyone who is going to share some of their time to read or follow my postings on this blog.
My name is Velina!!! I am 24 years old and I am from Bulgaria. Currently, however, I am living in Seoul, South Korea. I came here a few years ago to pursue my bachelor degree in Media and Mass Communication at Yonsei University. A bit unusual, right? Many people ask me why and how I ended up on the other side of the world. Well – I work hard, I’m very ambitious and have tons of dreams!
I am very passionate about and interested in mass media – both tradition and new media, as well as the art of advertising, PR and communication with the general public. I am greatly involved with new media technologies, Internet and Social Networking Websites. The main reason why I wanted to become part of the media world is – show business and entertainment and in particular music industry.
Let’s talk about music and me!!!
My passion and devotion to music began the moment I was born into a family of musicians. Now that I think of it, I can’t even begin expressing my gratitude for such turn of events. My mother and father have been a duo for more than 20 years – She is a singer and He is a keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist. On top of that, my brother is a drummer and has a successful career as a DJ in my country. Growing up in such environment can’t but have a huge impact on your life. I was raised among synthesizers, guitars, drums, microphones, speakers, pianos, cellos and pretty much every instrument you can imagine. I was taught how to listen well, experience and appreciate music in all its forms. Not only that, but I got the chance to witness at first-hand how music was made and what it meant for an artist to pour their soul out for the public. I was often taken on the road with my parents so the life of the rockstar is very well-known by me. Naturally, I wanted to be just like my mother – wear the glamorous dresses, sing in front of people and make them happy. I started singing and playing a little bit of piano, a little bit of everything pretty much. However, I understood that I was much better at studying than singing. I stepped aside from the singing and the music and devoted my life to pursuing academic achievements and giving my all to get into the best academic institutions. Throughout every second of my life journey, however, music was always an inseparable part of me and my existence. Music and I go hand in hand – i am music and music is me. To me, music is not about listening – it is about experiencing every little note and every little word with your soul – music is a feeling and I love losing myself in it…
Now it’s the time to talk about what I like and what I listen to – and of course, what kind of music and publications would people find in this blog. Where do I even begin? To me – it is all about rock ‘n’ roll! I try to appreciate, understand and feel music in all its forms and genres – i don’t discriminate. However, still – if we have to put a “label” on me – I’d say that I am a rock girl. To me, rock music is the perfect genre and so far, the genre I have connected mostly with on a deep personal level. I am mostly knowledgeable about and fond of American and British rock music, especially from the 70s-80s-90s. Rock music is indeed a very broad term, so I would like to emphasize that in this blog, I would like to explore the development and directions of rock music throughout the years – it did changed a lot that is one thing we can all say for sure.
I was born in the 90s – a decade in which artists such as Spice Girls, Mariah Carey, TLC, Aqua, Tony Braxton, Whitney Houston, U2, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson ..and later on Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and Christina Aguilera dominated the charts – and as a matter of fact dominated my CD and cassette collections as well. However, as much as I loved all those artists I grew up with and listened to every day on my cassette-recorder ( yes, that was a thing back in the days ), the 90s is not the decade I mostly appreciate or listen to the music of. To me, personally, 80s music – and especially 80s rock music, is probably the best thing that could’ve happened to the world. The music of 80s artists such as Van Halen, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Judas Priest, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Survivor, Journey, The Clash, Eagles, Rainbow, Pink Floyd, Genesis, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cher, George Michael and many many more is the best music that was ever made! The music of the 80s had everything – from songs about having fun and enjoying life, to very powerful and lyrically touching (power) love ballads; from songs about the struggles of life to songs about helping people and doing something for the others. In terms of vocals, instrumental delivery and concert performances – I consider the music of the 80s as the perfect example of how a musician needs to make music. Just check out some of the concerts of Van Halen or Michael Jackson – they will blow your mind away. Back then, it was all about the music and making something meaningful to the world – giving the people what they need – a feeling, an emotion and a connection. Finally, growing up in a family of musicians also contributed to my taste, perception and appreciation of music. My parents introduced me to great artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, Elton John, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Lionel Richie, Kool and the Gang, Earth Wind and Fire, Wilson Phillips and many many more. In addition to the above mentioned artists, I would also like to say that some of my favorite rock bands also include Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Ramones, David Bowie, Metallica, YES, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Qeen, Roxette, A-ha, Bad English and many many more…
Having said that, I think finally it is time to say a few more things about the blog itself.
The blog itself is a project which I should’ve started many years ago. The idea of a place in which I can make publications about my favorite music, genres, artists, lyrics, etc. was always inside my head, however due to busy lifestyle I never got to chance to sit down and think about it. Through this blog, I would like to express my views and opinions on pretty much everything that is related with music. Unfortunately, I cannot just write about every single genre and every single artist out there. Therefore, I decided to shift my primary focus to classic rock music from the 70s and 80s. Of course, sometimes I may go further back in time or ahead of time, but most importantly, this blog is definitely going to serve as a time machine in which people can go back and explore some major achievements, albums, songs, etc. of artists that were dominating the charts back in the days.
My visitors are expected to read, listen, watch and hopefully learn something new about an issue, connected with classic rock music and musicians. I have to say, though, I am going to be extremely subjective… :))
This blog is going to be a personal music space for me, however anyone who shares the same interests and opinions is more than welcome to check it out and express their views! I will give my best to provide variety… I am a person who believes in respect and thus I urge all the people who would visit my blog to be respectful and well-mannered.
I think this is it for now! I am very glad that the blog finally came public. I hope the project brings many good opportunities for me, as well as for the others.
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Rock Rock Till You Drop!!!