The bands that influence me the most are those with a real message. The ability to emote and convey a message in the lyrics and melody of a song is truly a gift. When I was in my youth the band Lynyrd Skynyrd showed me the ways of the world. Growing up in the South and seeing the gradual change from a rural to modern society they helped me cope. Songs about the world and the way it was devolving were instrumental in shaping my need for information and need to communicate my ideas and thoughts. As we start to slow down for the weekend pour a fine bourbon in a glass and find a Skynyrd song. Listen to the messages and feel the emotion. Rest In Peace boys and thanks for the education!