Tags: albums, desert-island-discs, influences, marian-call, music
So I made a list once upon a time of my musical/artistic influences, and wrote them down and touted them proudly. But my parents saw that list and called baloney. So with their help I’ve drawn up a more accurate list of childhood influences, as well as the roster of the top 10 most influential albums I’ve loved and listened to in becoming a musical self. Here ya go, world, more honesty. In no particular order, stuff I listened to a gazillion times at some point in my youth, with a few I’ve spun enough times to make the list even though I came to them in college or after:
- Yes – 90125, Fragile
- James Taylor – Sweet Baby James, Never Die Young, & New Moonshine
- Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
- Quincy Jones – Back on the Block
- Beatles – Sgt. Pepper
- Paul Simon – Graceland
- Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends, Bridge Over Troubled Water
- Weird Al Yankovic – everything
- They Might Be Giants – everything thru 2005
- The Aquabats – everything thru 2004
- Menotti – Amahl and the Night Visitors
- Beethoven – Symphonies No. 3, 6 & 7
- J.S. Bach – Goldberg Variations, Cello Suites
- Gilbert & Sullivan – Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado
- Lyle Lovett – Joshua Judges Ruth, I Love Everybody
- Les Misérables
- Miss Saigon
- Kasey Chambers – Barricades & Brick Walls
- Norah Jones – Come Away With Me
- Jason Mraz – Waiting for My Rocket to Come
- Harry Connick, Jr.
- Ella Fitzgerald
- Oscar Peterson
- The King’s Singers
- Diana Krall – All for You
- Carole King – Tapestry
- Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
- Jewel – Pieces of You
- Jars of Clay – Flood, Much Afraid, If I Left the Zoo
- Sting – Mercury Falling, Soul Cages
- Dave Matthews Band – Under the Table & Dreaming, Crash
- Earth, Wind, & Fire
- Tower of Power
- The Temptations
- Holst – The Planets
- Stravinsky – Rite of Spring, Firebird
- Copland – Billy the Kid Suite, Rodeo, lots more
- Leonard Bernstein – complete works
- Brand New Heavies – Brother Sister
- Joni Mitchell – Clouds, Blue, For the Roses, Court & Spark, Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter
- The Proclaimers – Sunshine on Leith
- Marc Cohn – Marc Cohn, Burning the Haze
- Carly Simon – Have You Seen Me Lately
- Julia Fordham – Porcelain
- Bruce Hornsby – Harbor Lights, Hot House, Spirit Trail
- Bonnie Raitt – Luck of the Draw
- 100 Carols for Choirs (Oxford hymn book)
- Christmas with Julie Andrews
- Pink Martini – Sympathique, Hang on Little Tomato
- Moulin Rouge soundtrack
- Romeo + Juliet soundtrack
- Peter Mulvey
- Stephen Fearing
- Kris Delmhorst – Songs for a Hurricane, Five Stories
- Five Iron Frenzy
- Brent Bourgeois
- The Newsboys
- Audio Adrenaline
- Into the Grey
- Susan Ashton
- Regina Spektor
- Sarah Harmer – You Were Here, All of Our Names
- Postal Service – Give Up
- Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days
- Iron & Wine / Calexico – In the Reins
- Baltimore Consort – Bright Day Star, The Mad Buckgoat, The Ladyes Delight
- Polyphony (choral ensemble) – O Magnum Misterium
- Carbonleaf – Echo Echo
And my top 10 Most Spun Albums, right up until I produced Vanilla (some are still spun constantly):
- Milk-Eyed Mender by Joanna Newsom
- Blue by Joni Mitchell
- Songs for a Hurricane by Kris Delmhorst
- Marry Me by Saint Vincent
- Le Fil by Camille
- Sixpence None the Richer by Sixpence None the Richer
- Seven Swans by Sufjan Stevens
- You Were Here by Sarah Harmer
- The Crane Wife by The Decemberists
- Begin to Hope by Regina Spektor
There. Now I don’t have to keep repeating this list for people. Lots of awesome folks have been left off of it, but I believe it’s truest to what I listened to growing up, rather than what I listen to now and wish I had listened to growing up. Then again I was never all that cool.
Mission accomplished! This is now written down. I’ma go do real work with this out of my head.
Tags: bad-musician-meeting, marian-call, poem, poetry
Here’s a true story-slash-goofy-little ditty for you, based on a real encounter with a local musician I was interviewing to play in my band. Go read some poetry today!
A Bad Musician Meeting
I asked to interview him, so I couldn’t really see
How he got the strange impression he was there to question me.
We met for just one cup of tea, but that was quite enough.
I’m mostly a good list’ner, but the first two acts were rough.
An hour into the interview it came to his attention
That I had called the meeting and I had some things to mention.
He asked me who I was, and just for once I answered boldly
But didn’t say what all I knew of everything he’d told me.
He turned a little pale and then he blamed it on his hearing.
But if he’d just said “Pardon me” it might have been endearing.
Instead, he seized on every opportunity to flatter
My status and my pedigree and things that didn’t matter.
For his monologue pedantic and his etiquette primeval,
I wrote this homage to him, because truth be told, I’m evil.
We met for just one cup of tea, and that was quite enough.
I saw him the next week and knew the winter would be rough.
In such a town as this it’s always best to behave meekly
You never know whom you might have to entertain with weekly.