Long post. I was wondering about when you first heard a new sound that knocked your socks off ... and under what circumstances. A) You've first heard Elvis on the radio in 1954, after WWII and the Korean War. But then Chuck Berry comes along with "Maybellene" with that driving overloaded sound. B) You're living somewhere in 1962 and a friend puts the "Surfin Safari" LP on for your first listen. You want to move to SoCal because where you live seems boring in comparison. Teenage energy and angst is harmonized, but then JFK is shot in November 1963. C) The Beatles are a hit in January 1964. After ten US LPs of pop, rock, and country you put the new Revolver album on your turntable in August 1966 . After listening to side one you flip over to side two, and the last song is "Tomorrow Never Knows". You get a hint that things have changed and the journey will be different. D) February of 1967 brings Grace Slick belting out "White Rabbit" and "Somebody To Love". SoCal doesn't look as interesting as S.F. You are now absolutely sure that the journey will be different. E) 1968 brings "Sympathy For The Devil" and 1969 brings "Gimme Shelter" which both seem to foreshadow the change from a "peace and love" Woodstock generation to murder and violence a few months later at Altamont Speedway concert to the mass consciousness (which had already been long occuring in other parts of the US ... mentioned in acknowledgement). I could go on but I've chosen just a slice of time. There can be a difference as to when you were struck by that "new sound" that struck an inner chord. Some of you first heard the sound when it was happening and was different from the contemporary pop music of the time. Other events were happening that affected everyone, including the artists. What is happening is culturally new. Some of you first heard the same sound years or decades later, after the "contemporary" events became your history and the original sound had already influenced (either as a pro or con reaction) the contemporary musicians of your time. What is happening is a reaction to what had happened, in a sense like an echo. Surely you can appreciate the music in either example, but what I'm wondering is if the initial personal impact is different because of the context of the time at which the sound was first presented. Your thoughts?