My good friend and sometime tormentor Melissa has tagged me for a music meme. I’m supposed "List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what they are.
They must be songs you are presently enjoying. Then tag seven other
people to see what they’re listening to."
**All the links are to Wiki, it’s not that I believe it’s the best source of info, it’s just easier. (Do me a favour will you? Leave your comment before you disappear off into the linkosphere, I lose so many comments that way!)
Now I don’t want to be a pain and not play by the rules, but the truth is I’m not so much as a ‘song’ type of guy, I’m more of an ‘artist’ or ‘album’ guy. So I’ve decided to compromise and list seven artists that are always only my playlist and try to pick a song for each that is worth listening to. They are not listed in order of preference, but in order of when I discovered them (some I’ve been playing over 30 years now, let’s see if Boney M still holds up after that long!):
- Van Morrison. George Ivan Morrison is the first artist (for me anyway) to show that there could be sophistication in rock music, his blending of rock instruments with jazz and blues influences was particularly noticeable in the double live album "It’s Too Late to Stop Now". From this I have chosen Caravans. Van was the soundtrack to my first years in the workforce (I started work at 16).
- Bruce Springsteen. Like the Man, the Boss showed me that there was more to rock than singing loud. The E Street Band made music than could sometimes have a physical effect on me. I don’t think anyone has ever made me feel the same way that Clarence Clemons did. The album I choose is "The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle", and the song is Rosalita. Bruce was the soundtrack to my last year at home (I left home at 17).
- Little Feat. In a further development of my taste in music, Little Feat introduced me to both Cajun Music and Syncopation (although the Cajun influence came mostly after Lowel George’s death). While not a typical LF song, I like Willin’ from the first (self titled) album. Little Feat were the soundtrack last my year as an apprentice.
- Steely Dan. From rock to jazz in one easy lesson. These guys knew how to weave words and music into something really special, and they were clever too, just have a look at the cover of Katy Lied. I think I’ll have to choose Black Cow as a favorite song, but "Royal Scam" is my favorite album. Donald and Walter were the soundtrack to my first job in the bush.
- Jackson Browne. Most people I know complain that he always sounds like he’s crying about something, but he’s one of the few musicians whose lyrics I actually listen to (I’m more of a melody guy). You can’t go past the Pretender from the album of the same name. JB got me through my time in the mines.
- Dr. John. This is a strange one, I actually discovered Mack Rebennack before most of the artists on this list, but I didn’t really have much of an appreciation for him at the time. He has since become my all time favourite artist, and I won’t insult him by choosing a favourite song. If you want a good deal, get the Live at Montreaux DVD. Dr.J has been my soundtrack for many years now.
- As I was writing this, I realised there is a lot of music that I’m really into, so No. 7 is an honorable mention to just a few of the artists I listen to regularly: Charlie Daniels, Traffic, Paul Simon, Allman Brothers, Doobie Brothers, Dixie Chicks, Asleep at the Wheel, Rickie Lee Jones, Thin Lizzy, Warren Zevon, Howard Jones, Emmylou Harris….the list goes on.
Oh shit, I almost forgot! I have to tag someone. Ok here goes:
- Robin: It’s time you branched out from pee posts.
- Pamela: I’m interested to see what someone my age is listening to.
- Kila: Do you even get a chance to listen to music?
- Claudia: I know you’re busy with school so maybe a post you don’t have to think about might help.
- Vicki: I’ve always wondered what horny, redneck, Christian women listen to.
- Your name goes here ____________: because we’re all interested.
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