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Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 17 2013, 4:50am

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Mae Govannen, music lovers ! For the past couple of weeks i've been leaving the ipod and home stereo on 'shuffle' after focusing heavily on The Hobbit soundtrack for quite some time. It's always nice to get some variety back in the rotation, and I was hearing music I barely recall adding to the hard drive, which is always fun, whether they are old classics or bizarre musical experiments.

One of the artists I re-discovered lately is a one man effort called Sig : Ar : Tyr. Hailing from Canada, he is inspired by Norse mythology, and creates epic, lush soundscapes which could be the soundtrack for your next Viking conquestSmile I've chosen two of his most accessible tracks....I listen to the first one over and over againLaugh lovely acoustic guitar melodies with a slow churning pace and magical lyrics...

" Let me take you far away
Where the ravens fly
And the Valkyries cry

Let me take you far away
where the gold halls gleam
and Allfather dreams..."

Sig : Ar : Tyr - Far Away
Sig : Ar : Tyr - Nights All Nine

Another re-discovery that I love is a British instrumental group that deals out raw, pure, futuristic funk music. That's the only way I know how to describe it. These guys find a groove and do not relent ! Both of these are screaming to be used as soundtrack fodder to my ear....a Quentin Tarantino vehicle perhaps?

The Heliocentrics - Joyride
The Heliocentrics - Sirius B

And some old familiars....for me anyhow

Big Joe Williams - Wild Cow Blues
AC/DC - Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
The Everly Brothers - Always It's You
Billie Holiday - Let's Dream In The Moonlight

And it's the last two tracks that lead me to ask a musical question of my fellow TORnfolk.....do you prefer female or male vocals ? I've had this discussion before with friends, and I tend to prefer the female voice, but as soon as I commit to actually saying that, all the male vocalists I enjoy start racing through my noggin....Frank Sinatra, The Everly Brothers, Robert Plant, Luciano Pavarotti, Richard Armitage( Wink ), Johnny Cash, etc.

So how about you ? Man or Woman ? I'd love to see some examples of your favorites from each gender too : ) Cheers !


Starling
Half-elven


Jan 17 2013, 5:28am

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I've got a Temper Trap craze going on [In reply to] Can't Post

I love their second album, and I can't get enough of this gorgeous song, Trembling Hands. It's also a great example of a music vid that complements the song perfectly.

Now that's an interesting question about male and female vocalists.
Casting an eye across my collection, it contains only two female vocalists: Stevie Nicks and Alison Krauss. All the rest are men. You can probably figure out my preference. Laugh

Here's a lovely example of Alison Krauss and Union Station. This is a favourite of mine: Lay my Burden Down. Just beautiful.


Magpie
Immortal


Jan 17 2013, 6:01am

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This week, I chose to cue up... [In reply to] Can't Post

...the soundtrack to Battlestar Galactica. There are five CDs of music - four seasons plus one CD dedicated to the final episode.

go Bear.

:-)

I lean heavily toward female vocals (Emmy Lou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Enya, Lorenna McKennitt, Maddy Prior, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Custer LaRue, Ruth Mackenzie, MacGarrigle Sisters, Sinead O'Connor) although there are lots of men I enjoy, as well.

I think part of it might be it's easier for me to sing along with female vocalists.

Okay, that made me think of a male vocalists I love (and love the group he's in) but I just can't find a key to sing along with. My favorite song by them: Higher Ground

Lyrics to Higher Ground by UB40

Every hour of every day I'm learning more
The more I learn, the less I know about before
The less I know, the more I want to look around
Digging deep for clues on higher ground

Moon and stars sit way up high
Earth and trees beneath them lie
The wind blows fragrant lullaby
To cool the night for you and I

On the wind the birds fly free
Leviathan tames angry sea
The flower waits for honeybee
The sunrise wakes new life in me

And every hour of every day I'm learning more
The more I learn, the less I know about before
The less I know, the more I want to look around
Digging deep for clues on higher ground

The fishes swim while rivers run
Through fields to feast my eyes upon
Intoxicated drinking from
The loving cup of burning sun

In dreams I'll crave familiar taste
Of whispered rain on weary face
Of kisses sweet and warm embrace
Another time another place

And every hour of every day I'm learning more
The more I learn, the less I know about before
The less I know, the more I want to look around
Digging deep for clues on higher ground

Every hour of every day I'm learning more
The more I learn, the less I know about before
The less I know, the more I want to look around
Digging deep for clues on higher ground

Moon and stars sit way up high
Earth and trees beneath them lie
The wind blows fragrant lullaby
To cool the night for you and I

On the wind the birds fly free
Leviathan tames angry sea
The flower waits for honeybee
The sunrise wakes new life in me

And every hour of every day I'm learning more
The more I learn, the less I know about before
The less I know, the more I want to look around
Digging deep for clues on higher ground

The fishes swim while rivers run
Through fields to feast my eyes upon
Intoxicated drinking from
The loving cup of burning sun

In dreams I'll crave familiar taste
Of whispered rain on weary face
Of kisses sweet and warm embrace
Another time another place

And every hour of every day i'm learning more
The more I learn, the less I know about before
The less I know, the more I want to look around
Digging deep for clues on higher ground


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Starling
Half-elven


Jan 17 2013, 6:11am

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Here's a random fact for you, Magpie [In reply to] Can't Post

Ali Campbell, the UB40 singer was recently a judge on New Zealand's Got Talent.

This is my favourite UB40 song. I remember a lot of sing-alongs to this at parties in the 80's, when the political situation in South Africa was a very big deal to us in NZ.

Sing our own song

I prefer to do my singalongs with male vocalists. Smile


zarabia
Tol Eressea


Jan 17 2013, 7:56am

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Impossible to say [In reply to] Can't Post

If you looked through my collection you'd see more men, but to say I prefer men singers would not be at all accurate. There may not be as many women singers who appeal to me, but I'm in awe of those who do. I can't imagine what I'd do without the likes of Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Peggy Lee, Nina Simone, Vanessa Rubin, Patsy Cline, Della Reese...in my iPod. Okay these are mostly from the past, but I also adore the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks...okay, also the past, but not so distant Laugh; Alanis Morrisett and, yes, Courtney Love provide some catharsis though Alanis has some lovely mellow songs, too; I admit to enjoying Christine Aguilera - she has an amazing voice and the song "Stronger" is sort of an anthem; Nora Jones, Diana Krall (and Anastacia to a certain extent) are awesome in that they draw from the past but make songs their own; I was late discovering Amy Winehouse, but am blown away by her; some more recent (to me anyway) finds are Florence & the Machine and Kate Nash.


This Kate Walsh song is, admittedly long and repetitive, but there's something sweet and charming about it. I also love that she uses her own working class British accent unlike many British singers whom you'd never know were from the UK. The chorus is liberating, "I can be alone; I can watch the sunset on my own, I can be alone" Here's Merry Happy
http://www.youtube.com/...eature=results_video

This one by Florence & the Machine is much shorter. Okay, the lyrics are violent, but not intended literally. Some of their songs are more folksy, but this has a fun pop/punk sound.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YKhQxE6yNQ

But here's a favorite from the past which has been forgotten it seems, but is awesome! Rickie Lee Jones - Chuck E's in Love - It could be a bit cutesy if it weren't for her effortlessly cool vocals.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-skfqam0-I


BTW, I like your rediscoveries, definitely cinematic. I was especially drawn to The Heliocentrics (I knew I would be when I saw "funk"Cool) The songs you linked to remind me of some of the songs from the Trainspotting soundtrack. Love that soundtrack Cool

"The question isn't where, Constable, but when." - Inspector Spacetime


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Tol Eressea


Jan 17 2013, 12:47pm

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Discovered a new artist... [In reply to] Can't Post

Run Boy Run - Woodkid

This video is probably one of the most fantastic things I've seen in a while. Plus it's gotten my creative engines spiking. I've listened to a couple other Woodkid songs as well; definitely someone I'm gonna keep my eye on.

I've also been getting my fill of ELO:

Don't Bring Me Down - ELO
Mr. Blue Sky - ELO

Can never go wrong with these guys. Cool

FOTR 10th Anniversary Music Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33xJU3AIwsg

"You do not let your eyes see nor your ears hear, and that which is outside your daily life is not of account to you. Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain."


acheron
Gondor


Jan 17 2013, 9:02pm

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Dar Williams [In reply to] Can't Post

Every so often I get into a Dar Williams mood.

It's Alright (upbeat)
End of the Summer (slow)
The Ocean (midtempo)
Iowa (slow)
Are You Out There (upbeat)

To answer your question, despite this week's answer I'm generally more a fan of male vocals.

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much -- the wheel, New York, wars, and so on -- while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man, for precisely the same reasons. -- Douglas Adams


Starling
Half-elven


Jan 17 2013, 9:23pm

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ELO! [In reply to] Can't Post

Discovery was the first album I ever bought with my very own money. Cool


Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 18 2013, 12:47am

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Lovely songs, both. [In reply to] Can't Post

And while I am familiar with Alison Krauss, I hadn't heard Temper Trap before. He has a nice voice and I love the lyrics to the song too....especially this line

"Streets look familiar, I remember the park
where I buried my head so deep in my hands
all around me was dark"

Good stuff.


silneldor
Half-elven


Jan 18 2013, 12:54am

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Yes i too like the female voice [In reply to] Can't Post

in vocals or just in speech. Both are song to me.

I wish i had links for these i heard today:

Steven Halporn - "Harmonic Conversion" - Spectrom Suite 1975

David Friedman - "A Woodland Night" - Moonrise 1977

Peter Kater - "Treat Chakra" - Light Body 2012

and just now, Robert Whalen - I Have Loved You for a Thousand Years - My Secret Heart 2005















Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 18 2013, 1:04am

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Love UB40... [In reply to] Can't Post

And they are so much more than just the 'Red,Red Wine' song which most people know. I really like their version of 'I Got You Babe' with Chrissie Hynde....hey, how about that....that song has both male and female vocals, which for some reason I hadn't even thought of as an answer to my own question....Crazy

Now that i'm thinking of that.....The Friends of Distinction, Peaches & Herb, and this spirited track by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald are a few examples of both female and male vocals sounding great together Heart

A Fine Romance


Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 18 2013, 1:22am

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I love that Kate Walsh song ! [In reply to] Can't Post

And you are so right how the Brit accent adds to the charm.

Excellent female choices, too. Diana Krall ( good one ), Pat Benetar, and Aretha Franklin are some of my faves from the ones you mentioned, and I just realized that I didn't give any of my favorite female voices in my original post.....duh. Here's a few....

Melody Gardot
Ann & Nancy Wilson
Roberta Flack
Rene Fleming
Liv Kristine
Deborah Harry
Kate Bush


Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 18 2013, 1:28am

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Oh.My.God. [In reply to] Can't Post

That Woodkid video is incredibly awesome ! I watched it several times in a row just to take all of the imagery in....good to see folks are still showing some creativity with music videos ( a genre I wrote off years ago...)

BTW....the song is cool too !

ELO is such a great band....I hadn't listened to 'Don't Bring Me Down ' in such a long time ! Thanks for reminding me !


Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 18 2013, 1:33am

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Never heard Dar Williams before.... [In reply to] Can't Post

I really liked 'It's Alright'. Very catchy track indeed...couldn't stop my head from nodding and my feet from tapping Smile


Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 18 2013, 1:37am

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Oh yeah.... [In reply to] Can't Post

glad you liked The Heliocentrics. Never listened to the Trainspotting soundtrack, and i've only seen the film once. I'll have to put that on my 'things to check out' list Smile


Magpie
Immortal


Jan 18 2013, 2:24am

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I will admit... [In reply to] Can't Post

I had a little crush on Ali. :-)

I like pretty much everything UB40 sings. We had a lot of their cassettes and used to listen to them a lot. Their music makes me happy.


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Magpie
Immortal


Jan 18 2013, 2:43am

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Bonnie Raitt. Listened to her a lot in the 70s. And I would add Stevie Nicks, Rickie Lee Jones, and Joni Mitchell to my list.

Current female vocalists I like include Florence and the Machine and Adele.

I heard a snippet of a tune in Chipotle's one day and was mad to track down what it was. I spent hours on the internet with almost no info - googling 'top 40 songs' or something - listening to everything I could think of. I even told my son about it when I got from work. Then, I heard it... it was playing on his Guitar Hero game. This song is so 'wrong' but I love, love, love it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sei-eEjy4g It's one of the few contemporary songs I've purchased.

Patsy. I used to belong to a English Longsword team, Wild Rose Longsword and Gardening Society. We used to do a dance to Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces" in waitress outfits. (We also did a dance with garden tools in honor of one of our member's wedding. We wore gardening clothes and called ourselves the 'Wild Hoes'. And we called the figure where we bend over to put the swords on the ground and step over them 'Garden Butts')


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Magpie
Immortal


Jan 18 2013, 2:47am

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Dar was popular amongst many of my friends [In reply to] Can't Post

But she wasn't someone I had listened to. I was familiar with her song, "The Christians and the Pagans." :-)


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Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 18 2013, 3:42am

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Found something at least.... [In reply to] Can't Post

David Friedman - A Woodland Night

And I agree regarding the female voice just in speech too, and that was part of my sociological interest in asking the male vs. female voice question. Do most men prefer female voices ? Do most women prefer male voices ? At best it's an arbitrary question that just provided me with food for thought, but fun to ponderSmile


Magpie
Immortal


Jan 18 2013, 3:50am

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If we're talking speaking voices... [In reply to] Can't Post

certain men's voices make me go liquid. Women's voices rarely do that. In fact, I am sometimes almost irritated at highly pitched women's speaking voices at time. (although I love highly pitched singing voices)

I was watching a show where a young actor sounded very much like Richard Armitage. I realized just how much I LIKED that voice! :-)


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Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 18 2013, 3:53am

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If Cate Blanchett [In reply to] Can't Post

were to whisper in my ear.....i'd be ready to dieLaugh


Magpie
Immortal


Jan 18 2013, 3:57am

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lol [In reply to] Can't Post

life throws us simple joys to keep us happy. :-)


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Hamfast
Rohan


Jan 18 2013, 4:05am

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Thank goodness ! [In reply to] Can't Post

With all this talk of voices, I can't believe the Don of the deep voice has yet to be mentioned...wait for it....waaaiiit forrrr itttt....Tongue

Barry White - Just The Way You Are


silneldor
Half-elven


Jan 18 2013, 4:08am

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Thanks Hamfast [In reply to] Can't Post

That sounds even nicer now on better speakers.

I vaguely remember a sociological/biological show (by what title i cannot remember) on one of the good informational stations concerning this. It does center on the co-alluring properties that exist between the sexes.















zarabia
Tol Eressea


Jan 18 2013, 8:17am

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Don't bring me doooowwwn, Bruuuuce! [In reply to] Can't Post

Love ELO, and Mr. Blue Sky always makes me smile Smile

"The question isn't where, Constable, but when." - Inspector Spacetime

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