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Syrah's picture

We quite often have the book and movie threads, but I'm curious to know what you're listening to at the moment.

I saw a new (to me) singer-songwriter on a documentary the other night. He has a folksy, but slightly rock sound and seems to be a pretty good songwriter.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Gray_(musician)

Some footage of the show I saw is here http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=XxeWW3m2--E

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

ashleyd's picture

(post #51669, reply #1 of 73)

You didn't quite get the link right, it's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Gray_(musician). He's been around in the UK for ages and I quite liked "Babylon". Since then we have had quite a  lot of high-voiced wistful singer-songwriters in the same mould, James Blunt and James Morrison among others, and after a while you can have too much of a good thing.



Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.


Edited 1/9/2009 8:30 am by ashleyd

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Syrah's picture

(post #51669, reply #2 of 73)

I despise James Blunt's music. His voice makes me want to throw something - it's like nails down a blackboard. He's a bit too namby pamby for me. Reminds me a bit of Prince William actually.

Now, James Morrison I like. I really liked "You give me something".

Another singer I discovered was Glen Hansard when I watched Once. Wonderful voice.

The link seems to be losing the ) at the end. If you tack it on in the address bar it should work.

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

ashleyd's picture

(post #51669, reply #3 of 73)

Fixed my link (should have checked!). All of these guys have written decent songs and have reasonable voices, whether you like them or not is down to personal taste (although I know what you mean about James Blunt). It's just that all of a sudden there seem to be a lot of them, like it was a few years ago with boy bands. With music, as with food, I like variety.


Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Syrah's picture

(post #51669, reply #4 of 73)

I do understand what you mean. Fads come and go, but some do go beyond their five minutes.

Personally, I love a good songwriter, in whatever form it comes.

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

msm-s's picture

(post #51669, reply #5 of 73)

Muddy Waters literally at the moment, and lots of Chet Baker and Nat Adderly these days.
There are good folks out there currently, but I'm not a fan of pop or 90% of new releases. My taste tends to run towards older music.

roz's picture

(post #51669, reply #7 of 73)

<<< but I'm not a fan of pop or 90% of new releases. My taste tends to run towards older music.>>>

Me, too! Currently the first 20 seconds of Bach cello concerto or Mozart...then I'm asleep! Haven't gotten to the end of the piece yet.
I hear music all day long (my DH 'plays) so silence is lovely!

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BonnieinHolland's picture

(post #51669, reply #6 of 73)

I've been listening a lot to Bob Dylan's new bootleg album, Tell Tale Signs.  Wonderful stuff.  cheers, Bonnie

LuciaK's picture

(post #51669, reply #8 of 73)

Well, right now, in my home, I have the Bee Gees "One Night Only" dvd playing quite loudly to inspire me to clean the house.


In my car, if I am successful in getting the kidoodle to use headphones to listen to her movie, then I can listen to Charlie Haden Family & Friends "Rambling Boy." A little jazz, a lot country, and Jack Black doing his best blues geezer rendition of "Old Joe Clark."


Barry, Robin & Maurice are beckoning. Off to tackle the house.


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Jean's picture

(post #51669, reply #9 of 73)

When I'm on the computer I listen to Pandora. http://www.pandora.com/


You set up a "station" or two, or three or four. Right now I have one called the Swingle singers. I have another called JSBach, another called Perry Como.  You get the picture. You can then indicate whether you like the number you're hearing or not. If you go thumbs-down, it won't be played again-ever.


It's neat, and it's free!!



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thecooktoo's picture

(post #51669, reply #10 of 73)

Thanks Jean...I've always had trouble trying to get music on a regular basis through my Comcast hookup...already got two new stations playing, Elvis and Born Country.


Jim

Jean's picture

(post #51669, reply #11 of 73)

And there are no annoying announcers or commercials! Hee!


You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
suz's picture

(post #51669, reply #12 of 73)

Wow, Jean this is great!!  Thanks.   I now have Eva Cassidy Radio playing. 


Edited 1/9/2009 11:34 am ET by suz

Jean's picture

(post #51669, reply #17 of 73)

Glad you like it. I think it's the best thing since Moomie's buns. LOL


You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
LuciaK's picture

(post #51669, reply #27 of 73)

I will definitely look into Pandora. Sounds like we have the same taste in music - no fights over the Sirius radio in the car.

Minivan Mom. Fueled by Caffeine.


www.acookandherbooks.blogspot.com

Minivan Mom. Fueled by Caffeine.

www.acookandherbooks.blogspot.com

roz's picture

(post #51669, reply #28 of 73)

Those outside the US cannot currently access Pandora...boohoo!

Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Do your best. Don Miguel Ruiz
Syrah's picture

(post #51669, reply #29 of 73)

I know. :-( It was fabulous when it started.

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

Jean's picture

(post #51669, reply #30 of 73)

That's a shame. It's really great. Right now I'm listening to


Piano Sonata No. 2 In G Sharp Minor ("Sonata-Fantasy"), Op. 19: I. Andante ( by Scriabin)

performed by: Marc-André Hamelin

 


You can't change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.


http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
knitpik's picture

(post #51669, reply #35 of 73)

Who needs Pandora when you can access jiwa.fm?
You can even create your own playlists.

Gary's picture

(post #51669, reply #36 of 73)

Jiwa is not available in the US. You might try screamer radio. Although it doesn't do the DNA thing, it does sort stations by genre.

http://www.screamer-radio.com/

The people who gave us golf and called it a game are the same people who gave us bag pipes and called it music and haggis and called it food.

Ozark's picture

(post #51669, reply #72 of 73)

I see you all have been talking about this for a long time. Son just showed me how it works. Went back and read the threads. One thing I didn't see was you talk about was downloading. Maybe you know already but if you have Realplayer putting the cursor over the menu brings up a Realplayer download button.


 


Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional!


Edited 9/5/2009 1:15 pm ET by Ozark

 

Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional!

Janjan's picture

(post #51669, reply #73 of 73)

Speaking of "Over the Rainbow," this was a conversation on NPR over a year ago - a fascinating analysis of why it's such a great song.  Hope you can open it.  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94281015&sc=emaf

DJ's picture

(post #51669, reply #32 of 73)

I added the Swingle Singers to my Pandora list when you mentioned them earlier-thank you.


I thank everyone on CT-your mention of all sorts of things have broadened my horizons.


Democracy has to be more than two wolves and a sheep deciding on what to have for dinner-James Bovard

If you eat pasta and antipasta, are you still hungry?

Syrah's picture

(post #51669, reply #34 of 73)

It's been fun, hasn't it?

I believe in champagne...

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be obtained." -Marie Curie

Sondra's picture

(post #51669, reply #13 of 73)

Love David Gray.  You might like Pete Yorn.


Listening to Pure Ella and Intimate Ella at the moment, also LOVE Eva Cassidy.  Also very into Bach these days, organ music.  Oh, love JJ Cale and Mark Knopfler.


Edited 1/9/2009 11:36 am ET by Sondra

suz's picture

(post #51669, reply #14 of 73)

LOVE Eva Cassidy.  Have you heard her do Somewhere Over the Rainbow?  It brings tears to my eyes.  She died toooo young.


Edited 1/9/2009 11:53 am ET by suz

Sondra's picture

(post #51669, reply #19 of 73)

Yes, Over the Rainbow knocks my socks off.  Such a powerful voice out of such a little thing, and so sad that she died so young.

smslaw's picture

(post #51669, reply #57 of 73)

ITA about Eva Cassidy.


Have you listened to Sonya Kitchell?

thecooktoo's picture

(post #51669, reply #15 of 73)

We recruited a new organist at our church about a year ago...and bless her heart, she is a Bach afficianodo.  Almost every service is ended with a magnificent Bach piece...and she gets more music out of our organ than I have heard in years!


Jim

ashleyd's picture

(post #51669, reply #16 of 73)

Ooh, JJ Cale, been a big fan of his since forever. Have you got The Road to Escondido, the CD he made with Eric Clapton in 2006? Funny thing about Eva Cassidy, I have the same problem with her as I do with Sarah Vaughan, great voice but would never sing the d**n song without messing about with it. Ella used to do do that on some songs but always knew when to sing it straight. Sublime.



Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

Age is unimportant unless you’re a cheese.

suz's picture

(post #51669, reply #18 of 73)

Although I understand what you mean regarding Eva Cassidy.  I think she has a beautiful voice and her interpretation makes it her own.