Penny, over at C O A H T R tagged me with the 7 songs I'm listening to meme. I'm afraid that my list wouldn't be very exciting if I simply typed in the latest seven entries on my Winamp MP3 playlist. Here's why:
Ten or so days ago, I decided that I was going to play my entire 10,000 song MP3 inventory front to back, non-stop, while I was in my office. I rip songs from my extensive CD collection, then store them on my computer so I don't have to keep on changing CD's every 45 minutes or so. Right now, I'm up to this song:
1. The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night. I have been a hard-core Beatles fan since I first heard "She Loves You" blaring from a home in Toronto's High Park area while going for a walk on a wintry evening in late 1963. I never tire of their music.
Because my songs are alphabetically organized, you might guess, and you would be correct, that more Beatles songs follow in the queue, and that the preceding songs might just have been by the Beach Boys. So, to make this more interesting, I'm going to cheat and finish this list with six of my all-time favourite songs.
2. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb. I love David Gilmour's soaring guitar solo, and of course the classic opening line of the song: "Hello... Is anybody in there..." Perfect. Absolutely perfect.
3. Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra - Blue Danube Waltz. This track was cut in 1937, and featured Josephine Tumminia as vocalist. The performance is uptempo, exuberant, funny and unique. Yes, I know this is a weird choice, but I'm a weird guy.
4. Johnny Cash - I Could Never be Ashamed of You. This was recorded way, way back, probably late fifties or early sixties, and is Cash at his best - raw, powerful voice, twangy guitar and gospel-style background harmonies. Great stuff. I believe this was originally a Hank Williams Senior song.
5. George Harrison - Savoy Truffle. Harrison has always been grossly underrated, perpetually in the shadow of Lennon and McCartney. He's gone and I miss him. This imaginative recital of what appears to be a dessert menu or a list of confections, is imaginative, catchy and pure Harrison.
6. Yngwie Malmsteen - Icarus Dream Fanfare. If you have never heard of Malmsteen or have never heard his entirely instrumental Concerto Suite for Electric Guitar, you simply must remedy that oversight. Right now! This is incredible stuff. The entire album rocks!
And there you have it.