I'm pretty broad in my musical tastes; I like pretty much everything except
hard-ass country music and, at the absolute other end of the spectrum, most
opera (though I love classical music per se).
I have a playlist set aside as "writing music," which has everything from
musicals (JC Superstar to Chicago and Chess and Phantom of the Paradise and
-- to current artists (Aimee Mann, who is just terrific, Moby, Mariliyn Manson,
Fluke, Juno Reactor, and Rob Dougan, whose instrumental pieces on his most
current two-CD set are freaking brilliant) --
-- to the "music of my people," being the stuff I grew up with...huge walloping
sections of Simon and Garfunkel, Meatloaf, John Lennon, the Red Clay Ramblers,
Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Who, Billy Joel, the Doors, the Beatles,
Elton John, Leon Russell, Leon Redbone, Talking Heads and so on.
Classically, I'm a Mozart fan, then I go to Vivaldi, Beethoven, and on from
Internationally, I go for Celtic music (Enya, several others...also saw and
loved Riverdance, go thou and do likewise), and Japanese music (especially
Kodo), some East-Indian music (the Buddha Bar CD sets are a good place to
start, as kind of samplers of this style).
So at the end of the day, I'm kind of a mutt, musically speaking. But it works
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