Do You Hear What I Hear?

27 Nov

Yeah, the title’s kinda Christmassy but I’m talking music.  From time to time, I seem to remind myself just how much music I have at my disposal.  I have more CDs than I feel like counting; I can listen to the music on any of my computers for seven days and not hear the same song twice (unless someone did a different version); my iPod’s storage space is consumed more with music than all the other stuff combined.

Do ya think I love my music?  Hell, I got a couple of Android apps for my phone that’ll make the music on it bumping – in case I can’t get to my iPod.  This time of year, we’re into whatever Christmas music floats your boat but there are two pieces of Christmas music that gives me chills and can bring tears to my eyes:  “Traditions of Christmas” and “Cantique de Noel,” better known as “O Holy Night” and both pieces as arranged and performed by Mannheim Steamroller.  And if you’ve heard me say this before, yeah, I’m saying it again.

Yeah, I know some of you are wondering, “What the fuck…?” and that’s what I thought when I heard the group’s name – but these two pieces, on their “A Fresh Aire Christmas” CD. made me forget all about their crazy name.  I do believe that even if I weren’t a musician, I’d love these songs; that I am just makes me love them more.  I found Luther’s “Every Year, Every Christmas,” wondered how I missed even having the song to begin with and, hell, I’ll play the shit out of that song even if it ain’t Christmas!

Sometimes it’s about the lyrics of a song that grabs me; most of the time, it’s the music itself.  Like, for all you classical fans out there and those who love all things Bach (as I do), you should hear Don Dorsey’s arrangement of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desire.”  When my youngest told me about this guy, I wondered – as you probably are – “Who’s this?”  He told me to just listen… and wow.  Likewise, I’m a big fan of Wendy (formerly Walter) Carlos’ early and groundbreaking work performing Bach on the first generation Moog synthesizers, all monophonic (one note at a time) and each sound created from scratch – and with patch cords.  Hell, if I thought I was moved listening to the Philadelphia Orchestra (Ormandy era) perform Bach live, Carlos totally blew me away – and even more since I now know exactly how he did it and how incredibly difficult it was compared to today, where I can do what Carlos did and with some button pushes on my Korg music workstation…

I compiled a playlist for my computers that also resides on my iPod; not quite mood music but just a mix of the various genres I like and, really, the playlist is just a tiny subset of the music I like… because I don’t own any music I don’t like or wouldn’t listen to.  If I could – and I almost did – dump the entire content of my computer library of music onto my iPod, I’d be a little happy; I’d be made happier if I could get EVERY piece of music I own on it and, no, the 64GB version wouldn’t cut it.

So, after a day of sitting in front of the computer, watching TV, interacting with my baby and the cat, and communing with you, my blogging buddies, when I call it a night, I usually read until my eyes get tired – but sometimes I can’t sleep; there’s still this pain thing I’ve been battling all day.  So, there’s a series of podcasts I downloaded to my iPod and the narrator’s voice is one of those that’ll just put me out in good order even though his stories are right up my alley.  But the last couple of nights, I decided to read first, then crank up the playlist.

My baby bought me some new ear buds – Skullcandy Ink’d – because I haven’t been able to replace my Bose ear buds, which came to an end due to a vicious cat attack.  The things Apple gives you with an iPod are bullshit; you’d think with all the fucking money you pay for an iPod touch, they’d give you better ear buds, cheap  bastards!  Anyway, I like the Skullcandy buds not only because of the great sound but I can lie in bed with them in my ears comfortably; with those cheap Apple buds, I can only lie on my back ’cause to lie on my sides makes my ears hurt.

I have an odd mix of music on my playlist, from jazz (Sypro Gyra’s my favorite) to even movie soundtracks; I think the opening music for “Star Trek: First Contact” is some of the most beautiful music that’s been written for those movies – well, the first three minutes of it, anyway.  I’ve got some R&B oldies and a some newbies, some old-school hip-hop, classical, dance – everything except reggae and C&W.  I even have a song I composed and performed on the playlist, not because I wrote it (well, not totally) but because it’s nice to listen to.  I’ve got gospel, both old school a capella by a group from WAY back in the day and new school Kirk Franklin-type stuff; have you heard “Brokenhearted?”  God, I love that song…

What are you listening to?  What’s your favorite pieces, you know, the songs you can literally put on repeat and listen to it over and over?  Do you listen according to your mood?  Do you listen to mixed genres or like to   stick with just one?  And what’s your favorite Christmas song and who does it?

Have you listened to Mariah Carey’s “Hero” lately?  Ever heard George Duke’s “The Simple Life?”


Posted by on 27 November 2011 in Life, Living and Loving


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6 responses to “Do You Hear What I Hear?

  1. GreyGirl

    27 November 2011 at 11:13

    Great post! Music is my heart, my soul, my life! I can’t live without it. I listen to everything but metal, and I truly believe that there’s a time and place for every kind of music. Because I also love to sing, I tend to listen to music that I can easily sing to. Adele is always somewhere in the mix because I could belt out her tunes any time and any place, but I also love Amos Lee, John Legend, The Counting Crows, Leona Naess, Norah Jones, Janis Joplin, Jay-Z, Gym Class Heroes…you name it, and I probably like it.

    As for Christmas songs, I’m going to go old school and say that Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas,” Rubin Studdard’s “Celebrate Me Home” (I know he’s not the original artist, but his is good), and Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and Frank Sinatra rounded off by Maria Carey give me just about everything I need for Christmas music. I will certainly check out your recommendations, though!



    • kdaddy23

      27 November 2011 at 12:49

      Thanks for your comments, Grey – and welcome! Someone asked me years ago what was the one thing I couldn’t live without and the music won out, with sex coming in a very close second. When I think about the list of genres in my J. River media player, it is so diverse – 26 genres – and doesn’t include some music I haven’t ripped to the computer. From Acid Jazz with Liquid Soul to World with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, there’s so much good music to be heard, from songs I’ve collected from before I was born to some of the latest offerings.


  2. marriagecoach1

    27 November 2011 at 14:46

    Classical music sends me. I know I am an old fuddy duddy.


    • kdaddy23

      27 November 2011 at 15:02

      You have a favorite composer? And loving classical music doesn’t make one a fuddy duddy! And students of music know that today’s music has its roots firmly in classical music…


  3. marriagecoach1

    28 November 2011 at 09:53

    I love them all. I tell people who profess to hating classical music that they don’t know what they are talking about.
    Virtually every movie is scored with classical music in the background and is repsonsible for getting people to cry on cue, it is not just the story line.



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