My entire life has been built on three pillars: music, english skills and technology. I have studied English because I wanted to understand the lyrics John Lennon sang in "Imagine" and Robert Plant in "Stairway to Heaven". First time I tried Internet was to obtain the lyrics of a Rush record, "2112", that was released without them in Brazil. Second time was to try to buy CDs not released here.
My grade as a Naval Engineer at Escola Politecnica da Universidade de São Paulo (that in English would sound like Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo) conceded me the chance of working with technology. From the very beginning of the course, my main interest was computing. My first job as analyst in a Bank gave me fundamentals to have a career as a consultant in computing strategies, my second job, and as an Internet marketing manager at IBM, my present occupation. Music helped with that...
If Music is no more a way to enhance my English skills, now it works as a way to relax after 10 hours working with technology every day. Technology helps maintaining my english skills two or three points above the mediocre, and both give me the opportunity to understand and live my first passion: Music.
This passion is very old, and goes back to the years of my childhood, when my mother, daughter of immigrants from Italy, and owner of a never explored voice and sense of rhythm, used to listen to AM radio stations. I clearly remember the first time I listened "Skyline Pigeon". I was seven years old. The year was 1970. In 1975, an aunt of mine gave us (my two brothers and me) a record player. One of my brothers introduced me to Rush, Led Zeppelin and the progressive bands. We started to buy LPs and build a respectable Rock collection.
In 1983, the same brother sold the whole collection to buy a guitar. From this date, one of my hobbies has been to rebuy the CDs we had, some of them so hard to find and obscure I still have no clue on how to buy. This episode and my natural behavior of being always looking for facts and linkages between them were the original impulses to turn me into an amateur researcher.
My first studies on popular music history consisted of rudiments of bands that "made" the seventies. Soon the influences from the main bands of the sixties and seventies over Brazilian nascent Rock music became clear. And, although Brazilian music is by far bigger than "Brazilian Rock and Pop", my attention was captured by this part of the phenomenon, that brings everything I love in music into a single lifeline. Maybe the knowledge acquired on that is the contribution I can give to Music and its lovers. ~ Wilson Cruz