Gibson has a list of 10 Classic Albums to Expand Your Musical Horizons, and a message: get outside your comfort zone.
The list includes work by the likes of Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Black Keys and Tom Waits, with whom I easily relate.
But it also includes artists I have shied away from, such as Coltrane, Hank Williams and Brian Eno.
And, sadly, it contains a few artists I had never heard of but probably should have, like Sonny Sharrock, Junior Kimbrough and Richard Hell and the Voidoids.
Reading the write-ups, I can see that each of these artists would have something to offer that relates to genres and styles I like, but pushes me past where I normally go if left to my own devices. In terms of lighting that creative spark, it’s a great idea to immerse yourself in something new.
And if I think about it, most of my heroes did/do just that.
Thanks, Gibson. You’ve given me some homework to do.