One of the things I love most in life is music and, while I do enjoy silence, music is often playing in the background of my daily life. Music was a big part of my childhood. Dad loved music and we had the biggest (and first) Hi-Fi in the neighborhood. It was the main entertainment in our home, used far more often than the television. Dad had a huge library of records and, during our early years, we learned more about music than most people do in a life time. As kids we acted out and sang every Broadway Musical from Guys and Dolls to West Side Story (I still remember most of the words).
The music played in our home was a varied mix; from Dave Brubeck, the Big Bands, opera, symphonies, and even the popular songs of the day…we heard it all. Dad's first love was Classical music and our education was broad. One of my favorite memories is sitting next to him while we read through a libretto of The Flying Dutchman or La Boheme. He made learning the ins and outs, the themes and 'jokes" in the music fun and I was often wide eyed with the information he passed on. How did he know so much?
From an early age I've enjoyed everything from the Beatles to Beethoven...a cliché I know, but it was and still is true. Music awakens the spirit, sets a mood, brings back memories and fills the soul with peace (or angst).
I thought about putting together a list of Desert Island albums/records/cds, but that proved an impossibility. So I'm going to link to a few of the tunes I'm listening to and love today. Everyday it changes.
The current song of the day that runs through my head most often is The Step and the Walk by The Duke Spirit. The song has a very classic sound to it and I love the lead singer's voice. You can find them on Myspace, too. Myspace is a great place to find the bands you love and hear their latest music (free!).
The music genre that gives me a big kick is classic country. (Don't get me started on the "hat country" of today.) A good country song will make you laugh out loud, wanna cry in your beer and/or give you a gen-u-wine feeling that you want to get drunk and beat someone up. Seriously, this music, the good ol' outlaw country music, is one of my faves and Hayes Carll is my newest love. His website plays several tunes from his latest album and "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" runs through my head quite often. His Myspace page has more good tunes.
Bela Karoli is flying under the radar, but this groups sound is unusual and stunning. The haunting voices, blended with acoustic instruments, evoke the past and future of music at the same time. Check their Myspace page and listen to Summertime.
I leave you with my favorite music video of all time...pre MTV.
Yes, M is for Music.