A strange, strange summer, complete with Biblical hail storms, far more travel than is normal for a man of my sedentary (and obsessive) work habits...not to mention the release of my first, full-length novel and all the attendant hoopla and weirdness that went with that. Plus, natch, I celebrated my 20th anniversary with the woman of my dreams.
But no matter what is happening in my life, where I am on my journey of discovery and faith, music plays a key component, providing a soundtrack for the highs and lows of existence.
The summer of 2010 was certainly no exception.
Old favorites like Elbow ("Red" is a fantastic tune), Interpol (check out their single "Evil"), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Flaming Lips, still make regular appearances but, then again, so does Mahler and Schoenberg and those Benjamin Britten cello compositions I've fallen in love with...ah, yes, there's always an eclectic mix of music in my 10' X 12' home office.
Other groups/performers who have featured prominently on my musical playlist of late:
The Brian Jonestown Massacre--"Who Killed Sergeant Pepper" is sublime.
Joy Division "Heart and Soul"--the definitive compilation of just about everything worth listening to by my fave gloom rockers.
Robert Plant's venerable "Principle of Moments" album, from the mid-eighties. His second solo effort, I believe.
Hank Williams, the Complete Recordings. Cowboy music at its finest and none of your snobby remarks either.
While I work, I like to play instrumental efforts or ambient tunes (a chap I know through LibraryThing introduced me to a group called Snow in Mexico and they've become a new fave) or offerings from the likes of Tangerine Dream, Stars of the Lid, Explosions in the Sky, In the Nursery. Soundtrack albums too: I've been grooving to "The Thin Red Line" and the film work of Russian composer Eduard Artemyev.
Do our tastes overlap anywhere? Can you suggest someone I might have missed, music that might inspire a poem, a story or something even grander?
Drop me a line, drop me some names. Tell me about some funky music, melodies to unfetter the imagination...
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