WHAT would you all choose, from this musical smorgasbord?
This list is, for diplomatic reasons, is all inclusive. It is all that which is available on the TV cable box at home. Something that i find more valuable all the time, to get away from the growing badgerment of commmercials. It is i think, when one turns on the 'boob tube' that you turn it on to get some programming along with the bulk of the commercial venue. But enough rantiment. You may choose more that one answer and please elaborate on what moves you.
But some of my favourite genres are choral (secular and religious), early music, classical, folk, african, bollywood, the kind of blues that is rock rather than jazz-based, swing, the occasional pop-rock, a good soundtrack, depends on mood... I enjoy rap music/hip-hop too, but some I censor some I don't. Unfortunately, clumsy censoring often spoils the rhythm.
My 10 'Desert Island' pieces, if anyone's interested; These change nearly every month!
- Brewer, Hamba Lulu - Vaughn Williams, Seventeen Come Sunday -' Radha Kaise Na Jale' from 'Lagaan' - A Kate Rusby track - Kathryn Tickell, F-G Set - Howells, Magnificat from the Collegium Regale - Rose, Responses - Badelt, He's a Pirate (From PotC) - Spamalot, You Won't Succeed on Broadway - Fowlis, Hug Air A' Bhonaid Mhoir
My music choices depend a lot on mood, and on the mood I'm trying to create for myself. I listen to a lot of classical and folk music in the evenings when I want to relax. But if I am cleaning the house or cooking, I'll often listen to cheesy pop music, or classic rock, or jazz. If I'm driving for any length of time, I prefer something loud with a good beat. And if I'm feeling worked up in a way where I need to vent, I'll go for Muse or something equally overwrought. Variety is the spice of life!
It's interesting because Mr. H.H. grew up in a household where the TV is on, constantly. So that's his default background noise of choice, while mine is music. I find the TV actively grating, so we try to find a balance.
My music tastes are pretty eclectic, and generally I can listen to any genre at anytime. The best way I describe my music tastes is from the Jay Geils Band to Jay Z, from Tchaikovsky to Taylor Swift, from the Beach Boys to Bing Crosby, and A-Ha to Avicii! So yeah, I can pretty much listen to anything!
(This post was edited by Spencissimus on Apr 22 2012, 12:02am)
All of the above (Well, almost, but not quite)
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I am more drawn to some genres than others, but I can usually enjoy at least some of any kind of music. But I would also add to your list various "World" music and genres such as Hawaiian, American Indian and others - traditional, folk, and contemporary.
What I really love in music is the music I grew up with doing international folk dancing. Turkish, Israeli, Bulgarian, Croatian, Serbian, Romanian, Albanian, etc. That and old British Isles folk songs of the sort sung by John Roberts and Tony Barrand.
I did pick a few of your choices, like classical and old country. I'm picky, though. I love Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Vivaldi, but *not* Brahams, Schumann, or Chopin. And I grew up listening to Johnny Cash, and was lucky enough to see him perform in concert once.
Even though I was a teenager in the late 60s and early 70s, I didn't listen much to popular music then. It was only after I met Uncle Baggins in 1975 that he introduced me to the music of the Beatles and Moody Blues and so on. The only rock music I really know is Jesus Christ Superstar.
And I love hymns, particularly Christmas carols, but all kinds of hymns. When we sing in church, I rarely have to consult the hymnal because I already know the words.
Not long ago my daughter had the idea of making a "personal hymnal", listing music that felt like hymns to her even though they might not be. I was inspired to make my own list. Here it is (though it keeps growing and changing):
Over the Rainbow
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Bitola [a Macedonian folk dance song of longing for a hometown]
Kendime [a Turkish folk dance song about being true to one's self]
In Western Lands [Sam's song of hope in Mordor]
Under African Skies [from Graceland. The wordless chorus is what transports me]
Gonzo's Wishing Song
I See the Light [from Tangled]
There's a Light [from Rocky Horror Picture Show]
Well I Wonder [from Cotton Patch Gospel]
Iridescent [Linkin Park]
Row On ["Row on, another day may shine with brighter light. Ply, ply the oars and pull away; there's dawn beyond the night."]
Song of Seikilos
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
We are a Gentle Angry People [we sang this at the candlelight vigil for Matt Shepard when he was dying]
Dona Nobis Pacem [we sang this at the candlelight vigil for Matt Shepard when he was dying]
O We Give Thanks for this Precious Day [I sang this to my mom before she died]
May We Have Safe Passage [I sang this to my mom just after she died]
How Great Thou Art [sung at services for my great-grandmother and my two grandmothers]
This is my Song, Oh God of all the Nations [we sang this at Buckhorn after 9-11]
May Nothing Evil Cross this Door [we sang this after Columbine and 9-11]
Amazing Grace [we sang this when Tom Sutherland came home from captivity]
for sharing that meaningful list with us. May I also add a personal thank you for pointing me in the direction of 'There's a River flowing in my Soul' - I'd never heard it before, and it's just what I needed at the moment.
Yeah, like Lunasa or Altan or Loreena McKennit or, or, or...
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I'm with ya, dernwyn! and so's Beamer - Celtic's her favorite! 'Course, we love movie soundtracks, and my training is in opera singing, so sil's cable company is missing some options... but still, a fun poll!