Taking a short break from railroads, let’s talk music. I am going to try the ridiculous task of naming 25 of my favorite CDs, albums, MP3s or whatever you want to call them. Now of course this varies with time, mood, knowledge, what I am doing while listening, etc, but I’ll give it a shot. They are not in priority order.
These are friends that help me to be my creative best whether I am writing, painting or working on the railroad.
Drops of Jupiter, Train, 2001 — Great 90s music! Saw live in Paris twice in small venues, amazing band.
Fruit Of Life, Wild Colonials, March 15, 1994 — Just a great sound, an original, upbeat folk with touches of an orchestra
Just Lookin for a Hit, Dwight Yoakam, September 20, 1989 — the best honky-tonk CD ever made, saw him live in Knoxville, TN, unbelievable show!
Ballads, Dexter Gordon, June 18, 1991 — great down tempo jazz
Pet Your Friends, Dishwalla, 1995 –great 1990s sound, saw live this year, still very good!
Faux Mouvement, Autour De Lucie, 2001 — Great French pop, sophisticated and substantive
A Rush of Blood to the Head, Coldplay, 2002 –awesome CD, plenty of substance, great to accompany writing
The Trinity Session, Cowboy Junkies, 1990 — an amazing CD, country meets folk meets Jazz
Soul Station (original recording reissued),
Hank Mobley, (originally the 1960s) –Classic 1960s smoky Jazz bar music!
October Project, October Project, 2008 — Difficult to catagorize, just a great sound, very pensive, but not sad
Versions, Thievery Corporation, March 15, 2006 — Great uptempo alternative sounds, from DC.
Everything You Want, Vertical Horizon, 1999 –classic 1990s sounds, just a classic!
A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special Soundtrack Edition, 2000 — my favorite Christmas CD by, by far! great Jazz too.
My Private Nation, rain, 1998? — More awesome 1990s music
No Name Face, Lifehouse, 2000 — Rock, alternative, spiritual?
Color of Money Soundtrack, Don Henley and Robert Palmer, 1990 –perhaps the best soundtrack ever, blues and Jazz, music to play 9-ball by!
Classic Sinatra Original recording remastered, Frank Sinatra, 2000 –great for background music for cocktails and dinners, break out the martini glasses!
Biographie De Luka Philipsen, Keren Ann, 2001 — Great modern, thoughtful, French music by a talented singer
The Fray, The Fray, 2009 — One of the best bands of the 2000s, saw live in Virginia this year, a great modern sound
The Picasso of Big Band Jazz, Marty Paich and Jack Sheldon, 1990 — great Jazz, again–breakout the martini glass and make sure you don’t succomb to smoking
Under an Endless Sky, Balligomingo, 2009 –an original modern sound, one of my favorites from the 2000s, a little techno, but still good.
Breathe, Blue Stone, 2006 — great ambiance music to chill out with
A great “world” music sound, haunting and beautiful, a modernized Fado sound from Portugal
The Last Decca Years 1949-1954, Ella Fitzgerald — a true classic, great ambiance, can’t help but be classy when you listen to it!
The Ultimate Collection, Hank Williams, 2002 –unbelievable how good this guy was, grab a beer, shoot some pool and wait for a character from “The Last Picture Show” to join you
As I wrote this post, I realized how ridiculous this is. I love hundreds of CDs and I doubt few of my readers care at all about what kind of music I like. But maybe, just maybe, you may find a CD or two to check out.