Well, The Couch has gone and labeled me a musicphile 'cuz I know a few tunes. I attribute that label to two things: 1) I'm as old as dirt, so I've heard a few songs and 2) I've always been exposed to a wide range of music, be it by family, friends, husbands, no-longer husbands, or even my own initiative. Bond - thank you again for putting my name in lights! In tribute to my new designation, I've put together a list of my favorite types of music, in no particular order and by no means inclusive of all artists in each category. I have all of these on my iPod and listen to them regularly. And when I find a new genre that I like, I'm usually beating a path to Amazon or iTunes to buy the latest CD. So not only am I a musicphile, but I guess you could call me a good consumer, right??
Here's my list (and a few sample tunes to boot):
1. Classical - all the usual suspects...Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Rossini, Pachelbel...you name it. I'm particularly fond of Tchaikovsky.
Air On The G String
By Arthur Fiedler
2. Big Band - Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, Brian Setzer. In another life, I think I was a hostess at a USO club and jitterbugged my way through the war. I'm going to put Frank Sinatra in this group, too - I have most of his CD collections.
In The Mood
By Glenn Miller
3. Latin American, particularly Brazilian - Antonio Carlos Jobim is my favorite. Tito Puente is also a keeper.
Garota De Ipanema
By Antonio Carlos Jobim
4. Country & Western - yes, I watched Hee Haw and knew all the words to "Where O Where Are You Tonight?". The Last Picture Show got me hooked on Hank Williams, Sr., and I grew up listening to The Old Dominion Barn Dance.
Hey Good Lookin'
By Hank Williams
5. More Contemporary Country - here I include my idol, Patsy Cline, although she definitely could land in the category above. There was nobody like her and never will be again. Also, Kenny Rogers, Brooks and Dunn, The Judds, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker...just to name a few.
Brown Eyed Handsome Man
By Tanya Tucker
6. Reggae/Ska - I was introduced to this in the 70's by a Jamaican buddy. I had tickets to see Bob Marley and the Wailers during his Uprising Tour, but the show was canceled when he succumbed to cancer in 1981.
Three Little Birds
By Bob Marley
7. Funk/Disco - ok, slap me silly, but I love it!! Give me some Parliament/Funkadelic, Ohio Players, Earth Wind and Fire, K C and the Sunshine Band any day and I'll dance 'til I drop!
8. Jazz - lots of musicians fall under this category, don't they? Stan Getz, Pat Methany, Bob James, Grover Washington, Weather Report, etc. - love 'em all.
By Bob James
9. Bluegrass - Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Dolly Parton, Allison Kraus. One of my favorite CD's is the soundtrack from O Brother, Where Art Thou?
I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow
By Alison Krauss
10. Rock - this is such a broad category that I can't even begin to list all of my favorite artists. I would be remiss if I didn't at least include Elvis in this category since he still rocks my world! I like to keep an open mind, but I've never been partial to acid rock or punk rock. Maybe somebody new will come along and change my mind.
Rip It Up
By Elvis Presley
11. Rhythm and Blues - first and foremost, I must list Ray Charles at the top of this category. I'll also include Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, many of the Motown artists, Tina Turner, and Michael Jackson.
Night Time Is The Right Time (2)
By Ray Charles
12. Miscellaneous (?) - includes New Age (Kitaro), show tunes from Broadway and movies, Dinah Washington, Sally Oldfield...artists I can't fit into the other categories.
A Sunday Kind Of Love
By Dinah Washington
13. OK, here it is...you knew it was coming...MODERN WHOMP...that's right, the latest music genre. Created by Taylor Hicks, it's "like funk, soul, jazz, blues, a little bit of hip-hop beats and rhythms." Can you see why I like it? It's got a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in a bodacious package that has given me a hope that I will start buying new music again. As Taylor said back in August, "it's time to bring some real music back to *** pop music!!!" I think the boy said a mouthful!!!
Happy Thursday, everyone!