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What are you listening to?

The Shire

Apr 18 2013, 2:48am

Post #1 of 24 (311 views)
What are you listening to? Can't Post

I searched high & low for a thread of this nature but couldn't seem to find one, so forgive me if I'm a clueless newbie but I just had to do it. Wink

I've been listening to this song on endless repeat in the car and at home - the chorus "My heart is gone/I've gone cold" is evocative of the Arkenstone and the shaping of Thorin's personality after the sack of Erebor, at least in my mind. I like to think that if dwarves played modern guitars (and had American accents) it would sound something like this:


Tol Eressea

Apr 18 2013, 6:50am

Post #2 of 24 (204 views)
We used to have a regular music thread [In reply to] Can't Post

Our friend Hamfast had been posting a weekly music thread for several months, maybe almost a year, but he hasn't posted anything that I can remember since February. I don't know what has happened to him; I hope he's okay and just busy with work. Anyway, if he comes back then he would have dibs on posting a music thread, but until then, I don't know why we can't discuss music, especially considering the many music fans here. Smile

My computer is bogged down for some reason so I can't watch the video you posted, but it sounds great! I always think of Frodo and Sam whenever I hear Bill Withers' "Lean On Me" You may be too young to remember even the remake by Club Nouveau, but one of the lines is, "Lean on me when you're not strong, I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on." It always gets to me.Evil

BTW, welcome to TORn, Syzygy! Smile

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

(This post was edited by zarabia on Apr 18 2013, 6:52am)

The Shire

Apr 18 2013, 2:12pm

Post #3 of 24 (187 views)
I remember that song! [In reply to] Can't Post

Both versions, actually. I used to love the Club Nouveau version when I was a kid... so not too young at all, but thanks for thinking I am! Blush

And thanks for the warm welcome! I wondered why I couldn't find much in the way of music discussion, I was starting to worry nobody liked to talk about music around here! Smile


Apr 18 2013, 8:08pm

Post #4 of 24 (195 views)
Music discussion threads have always been sporadic [In reply to] Can't Post

and have been informally adopted by various leaders over the years.

When someone is posting somewhat regularly, we usually let them take the lead. But I don't know that the music thread is one that we can call Hamfast as having dibs on. Especially since he's been absent in his duties lately. ;-p

I posted a thread after he'd lapsed awhile because I just had to talk about some song I'd heard.

I haven't been listening to a lot. I did just listen to TH:AUJ soundtrack at work yesterday and today (replayed it after it finished since my headphones are sometimes off my head as much as they are on my head).

I found a 99cent copy of Rogue's Gallery, a compilation album of sea shanties performed by artists representing a variety of genres, ranging from pop musicians like Sting and Bryan Ferry, to folk musicians, including Richard Thompson and Martin Carthy. And produced by, among others, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp.

I love sea shanties and traditional music so I have had this album on my radar for years and was thrilled to get it for 99 cents.

But woah.. are these, um... interesting versions of these songs. All in all, I might load 2-5 on my mp3 player and kind of ignore the rest.

So, instead, I'll post a link to someone singing one of my favorite shanties.
Alabama John Cherokee

I first heard someone sing this a community sing and he blew me away. Literally. He finished and I said, "WHAT WAS THAT!?" :-) (I had a tiny crush on him for the rest of the weekend!)

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Apr 19 2013, 1:32am

Post #5 of 24 (192 views)
Welcome Syzygy [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, you wondered into our campfire and you are welcome here. Set awhile because there is some good company about.

For my part, if you wish to run with this thread a while, please do, and if a body wishes to contribute all is welcome. There are no obligations or expectations. It is good to just go where it goes.

I went wondering to find something but being away from the fire in the dark i stumbled across something i did not expect. I found this youtube piece and found it warming and comforting actually, given the times.

I am not a hunter now except by camera, but these folk are, but i found them quite amiable. The prize herein which i found was centered around a man named Jim Parker. So, if you want to sit by the fire and catch something special (in my opinion), settle in and
listen to some of his campfire songs:)

''Sam put his ragged orc-cloak under his master's head, and covered them both with the grey robe of Lorien; and as he did so his thoughts went out to that fair land, and to the Elves, and he hoped that the cloth woven by their hands might have some virtue to keep them hidden beyond all hope in this wilderness of fear...But their luck held, and for the rest of that day they met no living or moving thing; and when night fell they vanished into the darkess of Mordor.'' - - -rotk, chapter III

Faerie contains many things besides elves and fays and besides dwarfs, witches, trolls, giants or dragons; it holds the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth, and all things that are one in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves, mortal men, when we are enchanted."
J.R.R. Tolkien

May the grace of Manw let us soar with eagle's wings!

In the air, among the clouds in the sky
Here is where the birds of Manwe fly
Looking at the land, and the water that flows
The true beauty of earth shows
With the stars of Varda lighting my way
In all the realms this is where I stay
In the realm of Manw Slimo

The Shire

Apr 19 2013, 2:30am

Post #6 of 24 (169 views)
Sea shanties! [In reply to] Can't Post

I never knew I liked them, having thought of them only as an amusing device for one of Hyacinth Bucket's ill-advised social fiascoes... Laugh

I love the acapella quintet in the song you posted, especially the lead with his deep, distinctive voice. Very nice, thank you! Heart

The Shire

Apr 19 2013, 2:37am

Post #7 of 24 (176 views)
Thank you for not putting out the light [In reply to] Can't Post

On your campfire when I wandered in... I'm greatly enjoying the atmosphere, it reminds me of happier times when my mom would sing John Denver covers while we toasted marshmallows... the "Daddy, why..." song was so touching, it brought tears to my eyes!

Here's my contribution to the fireside sit, an acoustic rendition of another Clutch song I've always been quite fond of. While the original is marred by spotty production and a dubious guitar solo, this version is far cleaner and more appropriate to a campfire setting.



Apr 19 2013, 3:04am

Post #8 of 24 (173 views)
Been switching back and forth... [In reply to] Can't Post

Between the BBC Sherlock soundtracks (1&2), and The Book of Mormon soundtrack. When my kids are in the car- definitely Sherlock. When it's just me- TBoM :)


Apr 19 2013, 3:30am

Post #9 of 24 (166 views)
some songs are meant to be sung by men [In reply to] Can't Post

although I have heard women sing sea songs, those booming mens voices, especially in harmony, work really well for some songs - including sea shanties.

Different types of songs were sung for different tasks.. each requiring it's own tempo. Not that I know tons about them, but I do enjoy them.

Here's another one I like: Bully in the Alley - another version

and Roll the Wood Pile Down

I have had the pleasure to sit amongst people singing for fun at pubs or ceilidhs and those booming males voices always make things fun.

Another work type of song is a waulking song. This is a video explaining the history of waulking with some historic footage -- and another without the documentary.

I had the opportunity to try waulking led by the guy leading this one (not me in there!) I can't for the life of me remember his name but I think he's from the Hebrides.

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Apr 19 2013, 6:20am

Post #10 of 24 (170 views)
Not exactly a sea shantie [In reply to] Can't Post

But I immediately thought of this, which is one of my all time favourite songs in general:
The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, by Gordon Lightfoot.
This is a real childhood song for me - I could never get enough of it. I was always really into reading about disasters, and I adored this song. It's just beautiful.
We had a mining disaster here in New Zealand recently, and this song was played a number of times in tribute, because 29 miners died in the Pike River explosion.

And I always enjoy talking music - welcome! Smile

Tol Eressea

Apr 19 2013, 7:39am

Post #11 of 24 (162 views)
LOL! That's where my mind always goes when I hear the term "sea shanties" :D [In reply to] Can't Post


I never knew I liked them, having thought of them only as an amusing device for one of Hyacinth Bucket's ill-advised social fiascoes

I just imagine Emmet groaning, " She'll sing at me, Liz. She'll sing sea shanties at me." Laugh

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

Tol Eressea

Apr 19 2013, 7:57am

Post #12 of 24 (144 views)
Sorry to overstate Hamfast's dibs :P [In reply to] Can't Post

Plus, as passionate as he is about music, he'd most likely want the discussions to continue whether or not he's the one to initiate them.

As for sea shanties - I think I'm most familiar with the ones covered by my dad's favorite group, The Kingston Trio. I didn't realize that The Good Reuben James, which is one of my favorites, was written by Woody Guthrie until I watched the American Masters special about him on PBS. I don't know that it's technically a sea shanty, but one time while he was working on a merchant marine ship during WWII, he entertained the troops during an especially rough time (I forget if it was stormy or if they were being shelled) by singing Good Reuben James which is about a ship that was sunk during battle. Apparently the troops appreciated the his dark humor. Laugh

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


Apr 19 2013, 3:31pm

Post #13 of 24 (139 views)
The most recent disc that I've thrown into the CD player... [In reply to] Can't Post

The soundtrack CD for Star Trek: The Motion Picture -- 20th Anniversary Collectors' Edition. The bonus disc is Inside Star Trek with Gene Roddenberry, Bill Shatner, Mark Shepard and Isaac Asimov.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


Apr 19 2013, 3:44pm

Post #14 of 24 (137 views)
It's almost a 'local' song for me [In reply to] Can't Post

The actual wreck of the EF (as opposed to the song) is one that is etched in my memory. My partner (now husband) and I had been to the movies at the mall (Lansing Michigan) and we got out to find a mostly empty parking lot and this gale blowing. I can remember loose carts flying across the lot. It was a significant wind storm.

The next morning, I happen to call my mother and she said, a freighter went down in Lake Superior. I understood how that wind we had experienced had impacted a much larger area that that mall parking lot.

I love that song, especially the part where Gordon describes the lakes:

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the rooms of her ice-water mansion.
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams;
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.
And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her,
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the Gales of November remembered.

People who live by the ocean love the sea. Michiganders love their lakes (and that state touches four of the five). And I grew up close enough to Lake Michigan to visit it frequently as a young adult before I moved out of the state and it is a young person's lake. It's where all the fun happens. :-)

Now, in Minnesota, we visit Superior a lot. We love watching the freighter steam in and out of port in Duluth.

Two other songs connected to the sea that are often sung around here are two Stan Rogers songs:
"Northwest Passage" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVY8LoM47xI
"Barrett's Privateers" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7Ufe0jF-AE

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Apr 19 2013, 3:57pm

Post #15 of 24 (133 views)
One more by sea song by Stan Rogers [In reply to] Can't Post

YouTube... it's like a siren song...

"Rolling Down To Old Maui" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPYAZUcohmw

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Apr 19 2013, 9:22pm

Post #16 of 24 (140 views)
Just stumbled on this audio book site [In reply to] Can't Post


Ancients, Middle Ages, Renaissance etc.

Kelly of Water's Edge

Apr 19 2013, 11:40pm

Post #17 of 24 (126 views)
Worked on increasing my (U.S.) Country music literacy [In reply to] Can't Post

after a sightseeing trip to the Austin/San Antonio/Hill Country loop in Texas.

First of all, it confirmed what I already suspected - that Johnny Cash is far and away my favorite. Ring of Fire, I Walk the Line, etc - I just love his delivery. I also fell in love with Ghost Riders in the Sky, which I recognized immediately through what I can only imagine is cultural osmosis. Johnny + ghost story = awesome! I'm going to have to add this when I make a Halloween playlist.

I still think Marty Robbins has the most gorgeous voice - I grew up hearing El Paso in regular rotation on my Dad's oldies station and still think it's great. The biggest surprise may have been how much of Hank Williams I recognized through cultural osmosis. I know I hear him alot when having breakfast at Cracker Barrel while on the road.

I was hit hardest by "Can the Circle be Unbroken" by The Carter Family. What a powerful representation of the collective cry of pain of a group of siblings going through one of the definitive moments of their lives - the loss of a family matriarch. A mixture of grief and hope that she's in a better place.

I also very much like some songs alot of people might consider hybrids, like "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" which is probably more Country/Rock (Southern Rock) and John Denver, about whom there seems to be alot of debate whether he should be considered Country or Folk.

Grey Havens

Apr 20 2013, 2:35am

Post #18 of 24 (117 views)
Try some Merle Haggard// [In reply to] Can't Post


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Apr 20 2013, 3:26am

Post #19 of 24 (127 views)
Searched all over? [In reply to] Can't Post

I've had this song in my head all day: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmtfODbi5-Y


Apr 20 2013, 3:51am

Post #20 of 24 (129 views)
And something completely different [In reply to] Can't Post

Give up the funk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImI78s638hQ

... and oh, why not? It's how we roll (content advisory): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enG7Ih9aQws



Apr 20 2013, 5:48am

Post #21 of 24 (132 views)
My dad didn't listen to much country music [In reply to] Can't Post

but he adored Jim Reeves. If you enjoy Marty Robbins, you might give him a listen.

He also loved Jimmie Rodgers http://en.wikipedia.org/...ers_(country_singer)
and I have fond memories of his Bradley Kincaid records. But those two go back even further than Robbins and Cash and they aren't much like today's country artists.

Ghost Riders in the Sky is really cowboy music which is it's own genre. I had a friend give me a whole mix tape of cowboy songs once. My dad had some of that music, too.

I would put Denver as folk.

funny, just this morning I was thinking of The Blue Brothers singing the Rawhide theme.

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(This post was edited by Magpie on Apr 20 2013, 5:50am)

Tol Eressea

Apr 21 2013, 2:17am

Post #22 of 24 (119 views)
thanks for continuing the baton for the thread! Hmm, what have I been listening to.. [In reply to] Can't Post

...a LOT of Jan Dismas Zelenka.. I don't think this composer will ever cease to stimulate me.

Probably the most uplifting beautiful heavenly baroque piece I've ever heard, by the Czech master:

Litaniae Lauretanae ZWV152

"So your own praise will forever keep your name green,
Both here on Earth and on the stage of the stars" - J.G.Kittel, writing about the composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1740)

Join us over at Barliman's chat all day, any day!

Tol Eressea

Apr 21 2013, 5:42pm

Post #23 of 24 (93 views)
ah! the age of Funk! ... [In reply to] Can't Post

funny...I just went on a Fantastic Voyage via youtube last night while in Barliman's. A few I enjoyed are:
Gap Band's You Dropped a Bomb on Me
Eddy Grant's Electric Avenue
Dazz Band's Let it Whip

....brought back some fun times of the late 70s -early 80s.


Apr 23 2013, 10:52pm

Post #24 of 24 (91 views)
Late to this thread...but right now, [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm listening to a lot of Within Temptation. I just recently discovered them (thank you Pandora) and am really loving their sound.

Before kids, exercising with LOTR meant listening to the soundtrack while I ran.

After kids, exercising with LOTR means having an all out dance party with the little ones to the "Break the Dam Release the River" disco mix form the Lego game.


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