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Friday, June 26, 2009

soundtracks of our lives 5

soundtracks of our lives 5 on the RevGals site

Mary Beth brings us today's timely talkin' 'bout topic:

"The sad news of Michael Jackson's untimely death has me thinking about music and its effects on us - individually, as cultures, as generations. Let's think about the soundtracks of our lives..."

1) as a child I mostly heard standard-issue classical and top 40 playing in the background, nothing especially esoteric.

2) no particular song says "high school" when I hear it, but sort of on my own I'd started listening to music that had an edge of social consciousness as well as that era's top 40 and alternative music. by then studio recording was making huge and imaginative advances! it's too early to think of any title at the moment, but you get the idea. in high school I also started serious piano lessons...

3) my favorite music lift me up from a down day tends to be either something profound like a Beethoven Symphony (esp 1, 2, 4 or 7) or an energetic oldie like Dire Straits' "Walk of Life" or Huey Lewis and the News' "Power of Love." The von Karajan Beethoven performances seem to have stayed on YouTube despite the newer policy of shorter videos and due to the way favorites keep disappearing I'm not linking to my current Walk of Life or Power of Love fave, but you get the idea.

4) just one, only a single favorite performer of all time? a few: Tracy Chapman, Jewel Kilcher, Boston Symphony Orchestra...

5) my favorite style of music for worship remains just about everything with the exceptions of most 19th century hymnody and the usually popular tunes of Taizé. For my bonus I'm linking to this vid that has been rocking my world every since I first heard it. The Northwest Missouri State University Tower Choir...

Let Everything that hath Breath, Praise the Lord!

"you and I must make a pact; we must bring salvation back - just call my name and I'll be there..."

6 comments:

Diane said...

Like me, you have a hard time deciding.

really, just one favorite performer?

great play! I like Tracy Chapman, too.

Auntie Knickers said...

Great play, and thanks for posting that video. I really liked the ASL interpreter at the right -- I don't know ASL but I always enjoy watching a good interpreter at a concert and she is a good one!

Sally said...

How to pick a performer??? Great play.

Jane said...

Loved the video link and thanks for reminding me to think about Tracy Chapman - one of the few folk I started listening to in my twenties that I still enjoy now

Sue said...

I listened to Tracy Chapman all the way through seminary, so that brings back some really good memories.

Great play!

Mary Beth said...

THanks for the Tracy Chapman reminder