Music I Love 12/26/10

Seasons greetings, kind folks! It occurs to me (yes, a bit belatedly) that I haven't spent enough time inviting you to listen to music I love, and that would be a terrible shame, because there's so darned much wonderful music for us all to obsess over, is there not?

I mean, I'm sure it's always obvious, when we listen to various songwriters, who their beloved songwriters are because elements of the songs they've been engaged with emerge in all sorts of ways in the music they write. 

So here you have it: installment #1 of Music I Love. 

Here are a few things I've been listening to of late (and loving!):
Chicago  "(I've Been) Searching So Long" (I have them on vinyl, but not on CD, so I went and borrowed a CD from the library so I could hear them again. It has been glorious re-visiting their music.) And, while I'm at it, go listen to "Make Me Smile" as well. 

Dan Fogelberg "Song From Half Mountain" (What. A. Gorgeous. Song. And that is all I have to say about it.) It's a bit of a wobbly recording, but it's so exquisite, I decided to just live with the wobbliness. And, on my way to work on Thursday I heard "Same Old Lang Syne" (given that it's the season and such), and I was thrilled for the song all over again. Not being the type to write stories into songs, I listen to songs like this and just plain marvel. Darn it, you should probably hear "Old Tennessee" too. 

Sonya Heller (and not just to prove that I'm totally stuck a few decades behind the times either!) "Songlines" (I've met Sonya, and she's a lovely human being and an incredible singer/songwriter- and an Indiegrrl to boot. I have been enjoying her CD for the past year and a half that I've owned it. Every so often one of the songs appears while I'm listening to my iTunes library, and I'm happy all over again!) As if that wasn't enough of a cool song, here are "Love Comes Down to Love" (you will have shivers up and down your legs). I think "Justine" was one that won her a songwriting award (a well-deserved one at that). 

Okay. So now I've obsessed half the afternoon away, and I need to go do some cooking for the week. Give these fabulous songs a listen, tell me what you think, and, please, find some wonderful new/old music to share with me too. I'm always in search of new inspiration.

Here's to a peaceful and joyful new year for us all!

5 comments

  • groovygarfoose

    groovygarfoose

    Hi Roia! Thanks for posting some of the music YOU love! I happen to love Chicago too. My hubby and I have been listening to Moby a lot lately...very relaxing. :) Hope you are having a good holiday! OH, and PS. I was just browsing through your site and noticed you have presented with Judy Belland a few times. Judy was one of my professors at OU back in the day. If you ever see/talk to her, please tell her Bonnie (St. John) Hayhurst says hi! :) Happy New Year!

    Hi Roia! Thanks for posting some of the music YOU love! I happen to love Chicago too. My hubby and I have been listening to Moby a lot lately...very relaxing. smile Hope you are having a good holiday! OH, and PS. I was just browsing through your site and noticed you have presented with Judy Belland a few times. Judy was one of my professors at OU back in the day. If you ever see/talk to her, please tell her Bonnie (St. John) Hayhurst says hi! smile Happy New Year!

  • Kat Fulton

    Kat Fulton

    So happy to contribute to the music/love movement =) I'll have to take a peek at Sonya Heller - never heard of her. Chicago was the second band I learned to play on piano (after Journey). I've been into Nick Drake lately... ok, maybe always, not just lately =) Happy holidays to you, Roia!

    So happy to contribute to the music/love movement =) I'll have to take a peek at Sonya Heller - never heard of her. Chicago was the second band I learned to play on piano (after Journey).

    I've been into Nick Drake lately... ok, maybe always, not just lately =)

    Happy holidays to you, Roia!

  • Roia

    Roia

    Hm. I wrote an entire comment and it has disappeared into the universe. How very odd. Let me try again. Ahem. @GroovyBonnie I haven't heard much Moby. Anything in particular you'd recommend? And I wouldn't be surprised if Judy herself swings by and says "hey" to you, but I will definitely tell her I've cyber-run into you. She always has nice things to say about her students in Ohio! @Kat I love Nick Drake's music. It has such a melancholy quality to it, but it's beautiful. Of course, the man's life (and death) were rather melancholy/tragic as well. Sigh. Thanks, both!

    Hm. I wrote an entire comment and it has disappeared into the universe. How very odd. Let me try again. Ahem.

    @GroovyBonnie I haven't heard much Moby. Anything in particular you'd recommend? And I wouldn't be surprised if Judy herself swings by and says "hey" to you, but I will definitely tell her I've cyber-run into you. She always has nice things to say about her students in Ohio!

    @Kat I love Nick Drake's music. It has such a melancholy quality to it, but it's beautiful. Of course, the man's life (and death) were rather melancholy/tragic as well. Sigh.

    Thanks, both!

  • Judy Belland

    Judy Belland

    Hey, Bonnie! Nice to 'hear' from you. I hope all is well! (And to Roia: You were right.)

    Hey, Bonnie! Nice to 'hear' from you. I hope all is well!

    (And to Roia: You were right.)

  • Roia

    Roia

    I knew I could count on you, Judy! Meanwhile, as soon as I can get a minute to wrap it, I have a package to send you! Yay!

    I knew I could count on you, Judy! Meanwhile, as soon as I can get a minute to wrap it, I have a package to send you! Yay!

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