Can't Stop Listening to Great Old Music

Last Update: Nov 11, 2022

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A few weeks ago, I discovered the larger version of Amazon Music, which has gazillions of songs, artists, and albums, for a reasonable monthly fee. I started with a South African father-and-daughter team I'd been listening to, Adrian and Emma-Jean Galliard. Andrea Boccelli and other singers soon followed.

Tracking down a Beatles song took me to the fab four themselves. Then I happened to notice several musicians I had listened to many years ago: David Lanz (Cristofori's Dream), Ray Lynch (Deep Breakfast, No Blue Thing ), Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel, Kitaro, and more. I loved meeting up with this music again and I was surprised at how many of the pieces I could still hum along with. If there were words, I usually knew many of them.

So now I have a habit of listening twice most days. I take a nap after lunch, and that is a good time to play around with new tracks for a while. In the evening, I typically go to bed about an hour before my husband Kelly. I had been reading until he joined me, but now I'm listening to music. I do need to select more relaxing tracks if I want to fall asleep easily.

Kelly and I watched a Ken Burns series on jazz on PBS, and then one on country music. Kelly's forte is jazz, as he grew up playing it. I added the album Ella and Louis to my playlist. While listening to the country series, I added Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to my playlist. Then I discovered that they had done a lot in a group called the Highwaymen, with Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings.

Other musicians I've recently been playing include the singer-pianist Diana Krall, Santana, Nat King Cole, Pentatonix, and Josh White,. There isn't much classical on my list right now, but at times in my life I've played a lot of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms.

Well, I could keep mentioning musicians I'm enjoying, but this isn't just a list. I do want to say how uplifting I'm finding it to be listening to all this music. I don't much like to listen to music when I'm writing, as it distracts me, but to make time for it is great.

Yesterday I came across the great Rogers and Hammerstein hit South Pacific, and tonight we are going to watch the film online. I saw it when I was a kid, and I recognize most of the words. This will probably lead to Oklahoma and other shows.

What music do you listen to? And why?

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Keep on listening to that good music...that's how we give it immortality.

I like a variety of music: Acoustic, because I've played it for a long time; jazz; classical; great groups such as the Beatles...And, yes, isn't that part of the purpose of music -- to be uplifting? I've always thought so.

You're showing your age, Rosana! But that's ok, we've earned the right.
Enjoy immensely.

Yes, I know I am! One story I didn't tell is something my mother found hilarious. I must have still been very young when I would go around singing "Poor Jud is Dead" from Oklahoma. My mom said my favorite line was one that went roughly like this:

The daisies in the dell
Will give out a different smell
Because they know that Jud is underground.

Verrry interesting!

We all need to listen to what makes us happiest at any given moment in time Rosana...

I love the Beatles though, as well as the Stones, Jimmy, Oasis, Queen, Mozart...

I could go on.....

You have quite an eclectic taste in music…

"Eclectic" great word my friend and not one we see in everyday use very often these days...

That is quite the list, Rosana. Thank you for sharing! Yes, listening to music is good and calms the mind.

Myra

To each his(or her) own

Hi, Rosana

That's a great musical selection!

I love the old music of the 1920s to 1950s and everything else before and after, all genres!😎

I constantly stream Amazon Music on my computer, except when I'm using it to play guitar music!

Enjoy it to the fullest! 🎶

Frank 🎸

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