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What five pieces of music do you love the most? And why?

 
 
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 12:43 am
@farmerman,
Thanks FM.

I don't specially care if it is favourite for today or forever...though if people DO have really long-lasting favourites I'd be especially happy to hear about those, since they presumably have really lasting qualities and are special to them.
aidan
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 12:43 am
@dlowan,


I like this song so much because the piano is probably my favorite instrument (I'd say - I always love songs with dominate piano parts) and I find this melody simple, straightforward, beautiful and hopeful.
Roberta
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 12:47 am
One song instantly leapt to the forefront of my withering brain:

For All We Know sung by Donny Hathaway. Magnificent voice. Poignant lyrics. Haunting melody.

Others popped into my head. But the "why" is a challenge. I think that some songs reach us in a way that's hard to articulate, at least for me.

I will think further and be back if I come up with something else.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 12:51 am
@dlowan,
well, you set up an initial set of rules in order to play. Im just telling you that if you want specific, you must limit the responses. I think the "5 pieces of music that we love most" is
gonna make the non INTJ (Myeres Briggs) types go absolutely bomkers trying to peases you. Others will just change your question till it suits .


Sunday will probably be an "All string quartet" day. with maybe a STones album in there every so often (when my wife is working in the barn)
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 12:58 am
@aidan,
Cool! I'd never have coma across this on my own!!!

No need for it to be on Youtube, though folks (though I must confess I am off to see if Boida's is)...I am really happy to look interesting suggestions up....don't need to see and hear 'em.

Not that it is a problem if it IS, it's just not important.


And Boida's IS!!!




Though the sound quality lacks a little something.
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 01:06 am
@dlowan,
And Aretha making it sound very different:

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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 01:15 am
@farmerman,
Nobody ever called me Myers Briggs names before... (and same to you).

But if you slop off rules, slop them off for everyone past the initial post, which called for explication of five favorites and don't slam and ban someone who questions that post, fairly mildly.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 04:24 am
@ossobuco,


WHO ME?, Me in a ghanga

mood today. So me start de mooseek weeth sum mood mon. Hee yuu goah.

[youtube]
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 04:33 am
@farmerman,


See, now me in more mood for play some classeek mooseec. But me steel een da Island mon.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 05:49 am
@dlowan,
dlowan wrote:

Cool! I'd never have coma across this on my own!!!

No need for it to be on Youtube, though folks (though I must confess I am off to see if Boida's is)...I am really happy to look interesting suggestions up....don't need to see and hear 'em.

Not that it is a problem if it IS, it's just not important.


And Boida's IS!!!


[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMOFBcncfM4&feature=related[/youtube]

Though the sound quality lacks a little something.


The recording I know is not available on youtube, that I know of. I looked for it more than once. (Shoulda warned ya.) I read that the producers had it removed several times. Phooey on them. Hathaway's voice is in my head.

The song is on the album (I have the LP) "Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. "
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 06:02 am
Berlioz- Symphonie Fantastique
Tchaikovsky- Symphony #4
Puccini- Chrysanthemums
Saint Saens- Symphony #3 (Organ)
Beethoven- Symphony #7 (His other stuff is pretty good too!)
Mahler- Symphony #2- They're playing my song!
Orff- Carmina Burana- I once tried to learn all the words to that piece. Didn't work!

I like music which evokes a strong emotional reaction. Except for the Puccini, which is very lovely and peaceful, the others are rousers which get my blood moving!
dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 06:20 am
@farmerman,
Cool, man!

Never got into UB 40 (I have very idiosyncratic taste...hence the broadening thing.)
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dlowan
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 06:38 am
@Phoenix32890,
Cool...I'll look 'em up.

farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 08:33 am


Im listening to Keith Jarretts "Treasure Island" this AM and I ran back to see whether I could find anything of his classical stuuf and found he and Chick Corea on A Mozart two hand. Ill find some Jarrett Jazz but these guys mustve taken lessons when they were kids
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 08:44 am
@farmerman,


Ive always been a Keith Jarrett fan, and have followed his music since his early days. He can suck the entire pile of notes out of a peice and make it his. This piece is a standard that, while recognizable, can give you a sense that some of his really great stuff is in the half hour range. To me, hes like a Leo Kottke of the piano.
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Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 08:45 am
Abbey Road side 2
Close to the edge Yes
Tales From Topographic Oceans Yes
Bitches Brew Miles Davis
Inner Mounting flame Mahavishnu Orchestra
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 10:48 am
@dlowan,
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 11:09 am
Beethoven - Symphony No. 9, A Clockwork Orange increased my love for this piece

Dvorak - Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", when i worked in a picture framing store, i framed a poster for a series of concerts, the image at the top was a plant formed into a head wearing headphones, the picture was titled "Dvorak and the Begonias", about a week later my sister got symphony tickets from her boss, we saw selections from the new world symphony and other pieces, it was like a sign

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust, in my mind it's the ultimate rock & roll album

Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand, it's an acquired taste, but GBV are one of my favourite bnads

The Kinks - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, an under rated gem, in my mind it stands side by side the Sgt. Pepper and Pet Sounds

CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 11:35 am
"Georgia" (Ray Charles) - I get goose bumps every time I hear that song. Despite the controversy over blacks in GA and Charles promise to never set foot in GA again, he came up with this soulful, heartfelt love song for his state.

"Je t'aime" (Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg) Truly erotic song that was
banned in most countries - definitely in the U.S.A. Today, it is still one of the
most erotic songs.

"Bohemian Rapsody" (Queen) This song shows Freddy Mercury's great voice
and talent the most. Very powerful song.

"Imagine" (John Lennon) I never get tired of hearing it. John Lennon was
such a great musician, his legend will live on and this song captures it very well.

"Serenade" (Franz Schubert) Timeless piece of excellent composition, so
beautiful, light and romantic.

"Wiener Blut" (Johann Strauss II) I love it! The most beautiful waltz in my
opinion.

(Yes I can count to 5 - I just had to add "Wiener Blut") Very Happy
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sun 17 May, 2009 01:12 pm
1. "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin. I love the way he takes a theme and plays on it over and over again.
2. "Blue Rondo a la Turk" by Brubeck. ("Take Five" as well.) In Blue Rondo he plays with 9/8 time, switches to 4/4, and back to 9/8. Great rhythm and syncopation.
3. "Hey Jude" by the Beatles. (Beatles in general, but especially "Hey Jude", "Yesterday", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Blackbird", the B side of Abbey Road.) Great piano, great vocals.
4. "Brick" by Ben Folds Five. Makes me cry sometimes....
5. "Paper Bag" by Fiona Apple. Great vocals, great syncopation
6. "Birdland" by Maynard Ferguson. Bright, shiny, joyful.
7. "'Round Midnight" by Linda Ronstadt. Smokey.

Many, many more, but those jumped out at me this afternoon.
 

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