Sometimes listening to the music that got you making music in the first place is great inspiration to remember your home base and why you started with music to begin with.
Before we start this year dig up some tracks from back when you started playing and making music. Take it back to your beginning!
For me it all starts with KISS. The band that got me interested in music in the way I am and got me playing bass and then guitar. A classic track that still inspires me is "Got To Choose" from Hotter Than Hell, featuring a classic KISS lick, Peter Criss' instinct drumming and a hot steaming solo from Ace with his classic emotive bends and vibrato. Hotter Than Hell is KISS at their most Raw and awesome. Always my favorite band. I've heard better bands, sure, but only one can be the band that got me passionate about music to begin with.
Ac/Dc is second, the other band that always make me feel like home. I'll share "Down Payment Blues" which I've always loved for Bon's characteristic lyrics, the subtle groove of Phil Rudd (he really knew how to work the hi-hat for such simple beats) and Malcolm Young's awesome rhythm playing that is as solid as it gets. He is my favorite guitarist and my greatest guitar inspiration. He always played what the song needed and he was always perfect. I learnt guitar from playing his parts.
Van Halen rounds out my trilogy of Classic Rock bands that got me going. Recently I listened to Fair Warning again and I was absolutely blown away all over again by Eddie's playing on that record. While 1984 and 5150 are my favorite Van Halen records Fair Warning is the one where Eddie really lays it down. "Hear About It Later" is a hard hitting highlight with some insane guitar in the verse, featuring quick tap harmonics that make it difficult to play.
Share away your home base music!