THURSDAY THOUGHTS! - What does your music of choice say about you?

Posted by | January 26, 2012 | Thursday Thoughts | 6 Comments

What music do you listen to out of choice?

Opera, Soul, Gospel, Punk, Disco or Blues? 

Each of these music genres has it’s own feel and flow.  All have stood the test of time and continues to thrive.  So it shouldn’t be too surprising to make the connection with thinking processes, and as we all have a preferred thinking process style, it also shouldn’t be too difficult to spot the clues in what each of our styles might be.

I’ve picked 6 examples, but of course there are others.  If you favour one outside of the 6 listed, then please throw it into the pot – everything counts and they all have something significant to discover!

So here we go for week 5 , discover something new today and share what your musical “go to” is.  You will undoubtedly have a favourite song in your chosen genre too so if you have the time or inclination – include a You Tube (or similar) link in with your comments this week and we can all experience the sound of your soul (no pun intended!)

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6 Comments

  • Georgie Agass says:

    I’be never felt confident enough to feel the music I like fits into a ‘genre’ (always worry it implies I could do a mastermind ‘black chair’ appearance on it, which I patently couldn’t!) – unless “weird likes I’ve inherited from my parents” counts as a genre. James Taylor, Van The Man, Ray Charles, The Eagles, The Who, – you know, an eclectic mix…!
    But listening regularly to the BBC Radio 2 7pm show as I do nowadays (still leaving the office too late, obviously) I think my soft spot is for blues. Walter Trout, Etta James (tribute on tonight’s show), Eric Clapton, Howlin Wolf. Turns out that’s my bag.
    My favourite for a whole now is from Plant & Kraus’s Raising Sand:

  • Aresko says:

    Ahhh, wonderful, wonderful blues. Despite its name, a very white combination of thought processes. Deep, soul searching pros, laden with questioning 🙂

    The Blues has its roots in African-American folksongs, adding in some European melodies. It is usually played with guitar, banjo, and the harmonica using techniques from other genres, such as the gospel technique of call-and-response, and the trademark 12-bar rhythm. Blues lyrics lean toward soul-searching and bearing grievances, striking a chord in many listeners. An often popular, even stereotypical method is the way a blues song will say one line, repeat it again, then conclude with a different line. A good example is a song by Tracy Chapman called “Give Me One Reason”.

    Blues started sometime after the Emancipation Proclamation, from songs sung by African-Americans during slavery. Some of the original Blues lyrics were often filled with racy images, leading to it often being shunned by conservative groups. The then-budding record industry of the twenties didn’t see much of a difference between the Blues and another up-and-coming music genre, Country. They also categorized it as ‘race music’, much the same as R&B.

    An influential person at the time was W.C. Handy, often called ‘The Father of the Blues.’ His songs worked their way into many African-American clubs, and eventually into Caucasian circles. At this time, the slide guitar, a technique where guitar is played with a knife or bottleneck, became an influential part of Delta blues. After WWII, there was more of an emphasis on using electric guitars, which definitely had a major influence on the creation of Rock ‘n Roll in the fifties. Several of the artists, such as Bo Diddley and and B. B.King, crossed over into rock.

    Blues has continued to thrive, as Blues festivals and clubs embrace the tradition. Some artists, such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton, have combined with rock to create a new sound.

    With resulting influences in many other musical genres, is it surprising that you like it all Georgie???

  • Peggy Edwards says:

    Had to think long and hard about this one. I am old enough now to be a Radio Two listener and enjoy the trip to and from work. Out of choice I would listen to soft rock such as Bon Jovi, but my favorite song is World Song by Michael Jackson – what ever your thoughts of him as a person his music was stunning.

  • Aresko says:

    Michael Jackson’s music does not belong to a certain genre, but incorporates a wide variety of genres. Mainly R&B and Pop, Dance, Funk, Hard Rock (Dirty Diana), Rock, even Gospel and Soul (Man in the Mirror), Opera (Earth Song). Michael Jackson played Pop, he was known as the “King of Pop”.

    So this is a difficult one to categorise Peggy. If we focus primarily on Earth Song (I presume this is what you mean?) then we are dealing with a distinct “blue” Opera music thought process. Opera music is the music to which a theatrical dramatic performance is set and this very much fits the bill for Earth Song. Whilst an opera is presented with acting, scenery etc., the words are sung – this is very similar to the video for this song. Opera singers are accompanied by an instrumental ensemble and in some instances by a complete symphonic orchestra – again, lots of similarity.

    Opera can either be recitative (plot and dialogue are non-melodic) or aria (plot pauses and music is melodic and emotional). Earth Song is very aria-esque don’t you think? While opera music may not be appeal to everyone, it has a dedicated following of fans who enjoy nothing more than a night at the opera.

    http://youtu.be/CJqIEU6RfUo

  • Sarah Gant says:

    I don’t do genres! Since moving here, I often listen to a French radio station called Fip, which you can listen to online. Its strapline, is “curieuse et exigeante” (you get the ‘curieuse’ bit – exigeante means ‘demanding’) and its stated mission is to share its enthusiasms and discoveries. It has been known to follow Mozart with the White Stripes, so you get the idea. The only rule for me is NO PAP!

    When I listen to music, I have to keep discovering…. the old stuff can still be good (and there’s nothing wrong with re-living your youth) but my favourite ‘old’ artists are the ones who keep exploring and crossing new musical frontiers. Robert Plant is a case in point (I started listening to Led Zep when I was seven!) and Neil Young is another.

    I still mourn the demise of the BBC Asian Network’s “Pathaan’s Musical Rickshaw”. Since moving here, I’ve been learning about the music of North African (check out Khalid and Rachid Taha) and more recently Mali (Tinariwen are amazing).

    Devotchka’s “100 lovers” is getting lots of airtime in the kitchen of 26 Grande Rue at the moment: http://www.youtube.com/user/Devotchka (pick anything from “100 Lovers” and you’ll get the idea)

  • Aresko says:

    Had to do a bit of research on this one Sarah! However, thanks to the wonders of the www, it seems that DeVotchKa more often than not,are described as an Indie Rock band with American punk and folk roots. Over the years DeVotchKa has developed a reputation as fairly random. They incorporate so many different styles into their music – from tango and mariachi to Eastern European and gypsy influences – that they are difficult to rein in and stamp with a genre tag. Being a melting pot of cultural music – with a dash of just about every style imaginable entering the mix at some point. As a result, their sound has always been expanding upon its own boundaries as the band constantly challenges itself to be even crazier than before. “100 Lovers” gives us more of the same in that respect, which is to say it is not “more of the same” at all. “100 Lovers” is a stylistic expedition across the globe – you might find yourself right at home in your backyard at one moment, and then thousands of miles away in the deserts of Saudi Arabia the next.

    Seems you like this constant journey of discovery, alternatives, possibilities and new ideas Sarah, and thats a very green and creative thought process. With the opportunity to express new concepts, new perceptions, and provocative visions this band appear to prefer, that’s also very similar to what appears to be your own preference too.

    Isn’t thinking in green ways exciting? Anything could happen!!!

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