I'm a cook who cannot sing who married a musician who cannot cook. I'm the one singing off key at birthday parties and he is the one eating honey on toast for dinner when I'm not home. I listen to music with my heart, sometimes having to resist the urge to jump up and dance on the table. He listens with his head searching out instruments, timings, bars. He laughs when my eyes glaze over when he says "Listen, hear that french horn come in". His eyes glaze over when I say "can you taste the hint of cardamom".
When my favourite wino-sapien tagged me for the music meme I was a little nervous. Me, talk about music. Not likely. Then I read the rules:
List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to.
...hmmm I can do that. No dissecting the song into chorus' or verse. The songs didn't even have to be any good. That's good because I have very commercial tastes in music and some of what I enjoy probably isn't very good. In no particular order here are seven songs I'm listening too.
1. Anything by Chris Botti but I do like Someone To Watch Over Me. Our neighbors introduced us to a Chris Botti DVD they'd bought in the US. Twelve months before we moved home to Australia we moved from the big house to a townhouse. The same week another couple moved in next door, he and Bryan looked at each other, and realised they'd played in a band together when they were schoolboys. Bryan went on to be a professional musician, Mark went on to be a 747 pilot.....but he never got over wanting to be Cliff Richards, so the guitar was never far away when we got together. Many of my Daring Bakers cakes and desserts were shared with next door and were always followed by wine and singing. Even I sang on the night we told them we were moving. That was the night we thought it a good idea to drink our drinks cabinet dry in one night.
2.Time To Say Goodbye - Sarah Brightman with Andrea Bocelli. I have heard people send this one up but I never tire of this song.
3. Lisagna - Toto Bona Lokua. I discovered Toto Bona Lokua when I received some promotional Cd's from Putumayo Music.
4. Besame Mucho - Cesaria Evora. I sought out her music after reading about her in a magazine article. Twice I've been where she was performing. Paris in 2004 and sold out when I tried to get tickets. This year she was at the Adelaide Womad Festival and I'd already made other plans for that week. Check out this version - you won't believe it.
5. Gorecki Symphony No 3 Feeling down? Play this. It will take you even further down and then suddenly you'll find yourself lifted up and the world doesn't seem like such a bad place. Well that's how it makes me feel. (This clip is from the second movement. To really appreciate the music you need to hear the entire album.)
6.Brian Wilson Live At The Roxy Theatre. I'm naming the entire album here. Last year we were in Melbourne on holiday and saw a late night TV documentary on Brian Wilson. Next day we went all over Melbourne to find this CD. Then we played it non stop on the 5 day drive from Melbourne to Brisbane. You can here the damage from the drugs when he talks but this album is brilliant. It's all the old Beach Boys songs and more but with a newer younger band.
7. Alfie - Burt Baccarach.I'm not sure I even like this song yet, but I'm trying. Bryan has been learning it this week so I've heard it over and over from the other room. I didn't like the movie so I didn't like the song. We saw Burt perform it in Auckland last year and driving home in the car Byran and Mark were raving about it being such a great song, the anthem of our youth etc etc. A few days later we saw a clip on TV of Cilla Black recording the original song and doing take after take, over and over until well past midnight. My God how young was Burt back then, or how old is Burt now.
My turn to tag and first off I'm going to punish tag Dale and Brad for buying and selling me on Facebook. Staying with the boys I'm also tagging Benito and Bruno. I'd also like to know the music that moves Chris, Arfi, and Gilli. But only if you want to.