My feet are tapping and my head is bobbing. I'm working away in my office and my computer's MP3 player is playing big band music from my collection: Glen Miller, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Xavier Cugat and much more. There is even a cut of Django Reinhard and Stéphane Grappelli performing "Begin the Beguine." The 1940's was a period rich in music innovation, with many gifted band leaders, singers and musicians.
I love music. I listen to just about everything from classical to pop. I can't get into hip hop and rap, or much from the bubble gum bimbettes like Britney Spears and the like, but otherwise I am pretty open.
I have some all-time favourite individual pieces and collections that I particularly like. They make a pretty eclectic collection. In no particular order, I have linked some of my favourites to YouTube videos or sites where more information is presented:
Tchaikovsky's Third, Fifth and Sixth symphonies. Although the melodramatic Fifth is my favourite of the group, the more serene Third and Sixth are beautiful for their soaring beauty and haunting melodies. The opening bars of the Third symphony give me chills every time I hear them.
Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb contains one of rock music's best guitar solos, played by David Gilmour. There isn't a misplaced note anywhere. I listen to this one often.
George Harrison's Savoy Truffle is one of my favourite tunes by the 'Quiet Beatle.' Why? I don't know. It just tickles me and I love to listen to it. Watch it on YouTube by clicking here.
Les Paul and Chet Atkins' Chester and Lester Album. The whole thing. I never tire of it. The spirit of fun and the talent of these two guitar giants makes this album very special.
Willie Nelson's Funny How Time Slips Away. This one of Willie's best songs.
What are your musical favourites? Maybe I can add some music, so far unknown to me, to my listening list.