Here's a meme I picked up at Ruth's place...
Get out your iPod and play a random list of songs. Post them and show everyone your taste in music.
Well, this is the Reef; let there be music! Hitting "shuffle" now:
1. Papa Come Quick (Bonnie Raitt)
LOVE Bonnie. She's got game; she can seriously play that guitar, she can rock, wail the blues, and sing such a tender, plaintive melody that your heart tears slowly in half just from hearing her. Best concert I ever saw was her and Lyle Lovett together at the Minnesota State Fair; they enjoyed each other completely, and so did everyone in the stands. This song is pure fun.
2. O Magnum Mysterium (Francis Poulenc)
Poulenc's choral music is among my favorite stuff to sing; he deals with traditional texts in unusual harmonic ways that just seem to work--and tell new truths at the same time. It's like my spiritual journey; I can't predict what's coming next, but it's always worth the trip--and sometimes it's just achingly beautiful.
3. The Unicorn Song (Wayne Faust)
I don't know who these fine folks in the (borderline excruciating) video are, but this song is one of the best memories of my high school years. My best friend and I (and usually a bunch of other people) would hang out at the local Ground Round when Wayne came to town, singing along with ketchup bottles on our heads, laughing our butts off to this (and "Masochism Tango," and "Cockroaches On Parade"). We were geeks, but we were HAPPY geeks. :-)
4. Message to Myself (Melissa Etheridge)
Melissa. Yes, My People love her. She's One of Ours. But she's also a good musician, a positive, socially-responsible person, and a helluva lot of fun. Funny that this song should come up; I've posted about it before!
5. Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder)
Instant joy, and the best brass riff ever. That's all.
6. Crown Imperial March (William Walton)
...and it's back to high school we go AGAIN. Played this in orchestra; aforementioned best friend was my stand partner (cello). We'd holler out a request to play this one whenever we had extra time at the end of rehearsal. Yep, we were geeks, but we were happy geeks.
7. Agnus Dei (Frank Martin)
Oh, YUM. A recent acquisition, recommended by Young Poet Friend. My iPod version is sung by the local Dale Warland Singers (formerly world-famous, now two years gone). Arcing and transcendent.
8. John the Revelator (John Mellencamp)
Yep, the old spiritual, by the guy who recorded "Jack and Diane." He keeps evolving. He makes the music he cares about, with lyrics that are honest and, sometimes, even prophetic. No YouTube of this one, so I'll link you to another of my favorites of his music, "Walk Tall." (Embedding has been disabled; you'll have to click the link!)
9. One (Billy Jonas)
He's a folk artist, to whom my friend Frau Doktor introduced me. Got a website. Go there, click the "listen" tab, and find "God Is In" for a really wonderful lyric. Fun stuff, interesting writing and improvisation, accessible to all ages. This is one of my favorites of his, though the video doesn't really do him justice.
10. Galileo (Indigo Girls)
If I were a non-choral musician, I'd want to be Emily Saliers. Love her voice, but am awed by her writing. She's simply a brilliant lyricist with an additionally huge gift for melody. (And her dad, Don, is one of the preeminent church musicians in the country and a retired professor at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.) I met them when they were in St. Paul on their book tour. They spoke together about the power of music to unite people in a reverent way...whether on Saturday night or on Sunday morning. Both have my profound respect; Emily also has my affection, as the Girls' music spoke to a very deep place in me, just when I needed it. This song was the first of theirs I ever heard; I'm very glad it came up in the shuffle! Click the link to play.
You're a great audience; I love ya. Be sure to tip your wait staff.
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