October 24, 2005

Doctor My Eyes

Jackson Browne is one of the artists I listen to when I have to think. He reminds me of being a little girl and riding a dark highway; his accompaniment the VW engine backed by tires against concrete, the beat kept by the wipers moving back and forth; the percussion was the rain, the streetlights announced another sleeping town and that mournful, powerful piano he played rolled us through the blinking lights and on into the night.

I will be purchasing the acoustic compilation released earlier this month and travel the once enigmatic highway of my memories.

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September 16, 2005

The Sound of Music

My brother suggested a new band to me. He called the other day sitting on his porch, drinking a glass of wine, taking in the evening. He asked if I had checked out the music yet. I let him know that I googled the name, found the site, but couldn't figure out how to do anything other than purchase an album through paypal. He told me it's all there. I think our conversation was interrupted by one of his darling nieces, and we decided to talk later.

I went back and found that my brother was right on about this music. I just needed to click on one of the buds hanging from the tree to find the links. He told me that it sounded like something Zach Braff would like. I agree. Now we just have to get Zach in on this so they can be played during Scrubs or Zach's next big directing/acting hit so they can enjoy the success and fame like other backseat bands that rode the wave of Garden State. They sound a bit young, but I have yet to follow an artist from the youth of their career and not witness the progression from merely talented to disciplined and mature lyrics and composition.


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August 09, 2005


When a girl is feeling blue, almost blue, Diana Krall sure can sing it for her.

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June 26, 2005

Get Dressed

Dressy Bessy's Electrified is a treat. I heard about them on NPR (the critic picked this album over Coldplay's X & Y) while driving in the rain to catch a late flight out of Vegas.

P.S. McCarran has free WiFi. :D

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June 17, 2005

Share and Share Alike

Thanks to Matt's suggestion, I downloaded a song off of Z's list (same post): Ryan Adams, "Damn, Sam (I Love a Woman That Rains)." I had a few other Ryan Adams songs in my iTunes, but was only famliar with the song title, not the artist. I really like this song and keep listening to it. Over and over.

Matt also sent me "R U a Believer" which I throughly enjoyed, though he politely warned me I might not like it. Jerry sent me "Jack Ball" by Squatweiler and "It's Not Me, It's You" by The Meat Joy. I had already discerned that Jerry's musical taste buds favored the flavor of a harder edge, and these are that (for this girl, anyway), but I actually found them to be O.K.

From Margi's list, I grabbed "Maps" by Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. I knew I would like anything on The Sister's list.

I have to give credit to Andy for introducing me to Mp3 love, and Greg for mentioning iTunes. Why buy the whole album when you can just get the single song you love?

Thanks people.

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June 08, 2005

Soul Food

I am sure that Robert has already mentioned this as he is a lover of The Master, but what delightful news that a new piece by J.S. Bach from 1713, apparently written for a duke's birthday, has been recently discovered.

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March 18, 2005

By Sword or Lance

Just a little note that we really like A Knight's Tale, and the soundtrack....perfect. Who can be in a foul mood with such music playing?

This needs to be purchased and put into the Saturday Songs to Clean By rotation.

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March 11, 2005

I know that those of

I know that those of the High Fidelity Music Snob Club don't particularly like Coldplay but I love their music. So there.

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March 04, 2005

More than Chuck E.

I haven't met too many people who like Rickie Lee Jones, but I love her music- its eclectic style appeals to the places and parts of me that other music can't seem to reach.

Playing now: "It Must Be Love" from Magazine but playing from my Melancholy Mama list on iTunes.

Other songs on the list:
Wonderful, Annie Lennox
Honestly, Cary Brothers
The Scientist, Coldplay
In Your Eyes, Peter Gabriel
Downtown Lights, Annie Lennox
Forgiveness, Mason Jennings
Thin Line Betwee Love and Hate, Annie Lennox
Amsterdam, Coldplay
Almost Blue, Diana Krall
I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You, Colin Hay
Strange Religion, Mark Lanegan
If I Laugh, Cat Stevens
I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You, Tom Waits
Spinning, Zero 7

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March 02, 2005

Fun Coincidence

I open my e-mail today and find the iTunes New Music Tuesday info and Jack Johnson is one of the featured artists. I just heard him for the first time last night. College students run the dollar theater and when we arrived for the late show, we entered to this great music playing. I asked the kid behind the register who it was and he gladly told me all about the surfer who produced his own music. I wrote the name down and made mental note to look into downloading some of his work (Brushfire Fairytales was the recommend of the three albums).

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February 11, 2005

Getting in Gear

C to me the other day: "Mom, will you make a rock-n-roll CD for me?"

Today, we are on a mission: attack and obliterate the toys, books, videos, sleeping bags, quilts, etc. in the family room. Knowing we must have a drum and a fife, I made a quick playlist:

Supposed to Be, Cary Brothers
What's On Your Mind, Information Society
Elisir, Paolo Conte
Perfidia, Shall We Dance Soundtrack
Turning Japenese Skankin' Pickle
Happy Feet, Paolo Conte
Let's Dance, Mya
New York City, Mason Jennings
Train in Vain, Annie Lennox
Love Me Like a Man, Diana Krall
One Tree Hill, U2

C says to me: "Mom, will you copy this CD for me? I love this music."

An aquaintance once recommended the soundtrack to A Knight's Tale as a very good, "let's get movin' " music. I will investigate.

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February 05, 2005


Cary Brothers was in Utah in January. I missed his performance during Sundance, Alas, performers seem to skip right over this ghost town on their way to Bright Lights, Big City (aka "Vegas"). At least iTunes downloads and the free songs he offers on his website keep me full of his Promethean lyrics and strumming.

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February 04, 2005

I absolutely love Annie Lennox

I absolutely love Annie Lennox singing Waiting in Vain.

"In life I know there is lots of grief, but your love is my relief."

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February 02, 2005

For the Sake of Curiosity

Because I was nicely asked:

Random 10 Albums Semi-Sorta Randomly pulled from my collection:

1.Paul McCartney All the Best
2.Susan Graham La Belle Époque
3.Nick Drake Pink Moon
4.Lenny Kravitz Let Love Rule
5.Rich Mullins Songs
6.Frédéric Chopin The Complete Collection
7.Annie Lennox Medusa
8.Diana Krall The Girl in the Other Room
9.Miles Davis Kind of Blue
10.Marvin Gaye All the Motown Hits

What is the total amount of music files on your computer?

Updated: Thanks to Andy.
752 MB. ( Disclaimer for all you Computer Music People: I only began to download about four weeks ago).

The last CD you bought is:
O.K. I bought the soundtrack to Shall We Dance. This was before I was introduced to iTunes. I wish I had it before I purchased the entire thing; I only really like two songs on the whole album (Santa Maria-Gotan Project-great dance song & Perfidia- a very sensual song).

What is the song you last listened to before this message?
Chopin Waltz in C# Minor

Five songs that you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.

Only five? This one was really limiting for me.
"Such Great Heights" by Iron and Wine- reminds me of R and I really enjoy contemplating us together in this life.
Chopin- Ballade no. 2 in F op.38
"Life Means So Much" by Chris Rice- exhorts me to make the most of my time here.
"I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You" by Colin Hay- read the words. Who hasn't felt this way about a lover, a friend, a family member? Besides, I have a long-standing love of acoustic guitar.
"Be Thou My Vision" an Irish hymn-my personal mantra.

Who are you gonna pass this stick to? (5 persons and why)

I choose seven people, because I always have to find some way to stretch the rules or to completely ignore them.

Nick- my brother, because music is a "closely held family value" and I always welcome knowing him better (Nick, you can either e-mail it to me or post in the comments; just cut and paste).
Flaca-She always introduces me to something new.
Greg-I think he very much enjoys music, although he doesn't frequently write about it.
Joan-She is such an interesting person; I am curious.
Pam-to know her better.
Jeremy- "We Want the Funk."
Cindy-I love how she analyzes and I want to see how the music she prefers "fits" her and why.

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January 03, 2005


One of my favorite love songs of all time:

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December 18, 2004

Astor Piazzolla

Few musicians impress me as the late Argentinan composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla. He brought an enormous degree of innovation to the tango, and blended successfully strands of tango, folk music, European avant-garde compositional motifs, and... jazz, jazz of the best kind.

I usually don't care a lot for tangos, but listening to pieces such as "Suite for Vibraphone and New Tango quintet" (recorded in the Montreux Jazz Festival with vibraphonist Gary Burton) gives me incredible pleasure. He's so... perfect.

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October 23, 2004

Things of simplicity

The voice of Sophie Barker is calming, intriguing, gossamer, luminous- the one we all imagine our mother's to be when singing lullabies or our own when the depths of our world suddenly plummet.

I purchased Zero 7's Simple Things. It was truly refreshing to stop into the music section of Barnes & Noble and find someone who knows music, and specifically knows the genre for which you are looking.

Previous confessions of the love of the minor and harmonic keys and the appeal to my sense of the melancholy will make my delight in "Spinning" understandable. It is one of two bonus tracks on the CD. This band is much more than I imagined or realized and their music invokes a sense of relaxation, thoughtfulness, and would be the perfect CD to throw into the changer for a small party. It is aptly named.

Rarely am I pleased with every song on a CD. This is one of those times. Thanks brother.

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