Monday, September 20, 2010

Hey! What Are Some of Your Favorite Songs?

Little known fact about me --
when I was growing up, I was not allowed to listen to the radio or buy popular music that had lyrics.  The very few exceptions were a couple of John Denver albums, a Chuck Mangione or Wynton Marsalis, and Barry Manilow.

Yeah, I completely missed the entire decade of the 70s and much of the 80s.

I'm THAT person who can recognize a melody but has no idea of the lyrics past the first three words.  Or gets them wrong because I never saw the lyrics in print, and got the lyrics NEARLY right (but oh so wrong).

I've never really caught up, but am having fun now going back and listening to ohhhh DECADES of music I've missed out on.  I did sing in choirs, play an instrument all the way through early childhood to early adulthood and love to sing.  But I'm still musically deficient..

Which leads me to this question...I very curious...

What are some of your favorite songs?  I've discovered I have favorites now in nearly every genre, but I'd so love to know yours, no matter what genres or how popular/unpopular (or any other term), or even quirky.  I'm having fun collecting favorites now, and they're all over the page.

So I'd love to know some of yours, to expand my repertoire!   It seems my "inner child" is somewhat of a barefoot centrist-libertarian hippie redneck classical lyrical percussionist gypsy celtic world folk blues soul zeideco operatic israeli aussieoutback honkytonk chant symphonic R&B rockabilly gospel liturgical bluegrass mountain music person rolled all together.  

More recommendations, please!  :)


fullfreezer said...

Ooo, let me see, where do I start. I'm pretty eclectic as well....
Bob Marley- Redemption Song
The Wailin' Jennies- One Voice
Adrienne Young- Room to grow
Carrie Newcomer- Geodes
Da Vinci's Notebook- Kingdom in the Sky
Green Day- American Idiot
Jethro Tull- pretty much anything
Blue Oyster Cult- the Imaginos album
Copland- Appalachian Spring
Natalie Merchant- Beloved Wife

I could go on and on...
Have fun!

Melanie said...

Hmmm well I hate to scare you with any metal/rock head banging suggestions that I REALLY like...
So I will keep it slightly mellow!
Listen to more than one song from each band though, even though these are my current faves. Good variety to try :)

Band then song
Kings of Leon - Be Somebody
Silversun Pickups - Catch & Release
Owl City - Fireflies
Michael Buble - Lost
Donovan Frankenreiter - Glow
Metric - Help I'm Alive
John Mayer - Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
Robert Skoro - In Line

Representative said...

I like a band called Iona. They are an Irish band that have been around a long time, lots of music over the years. Here's one song I particularly like right now:

I enjoy your blog, btw. :)
Be blessed!

Robbyn said...

Yay!!!! Keep on sending them in!

Thanks Judy, Melanie, Representative! Melanie, no need to censor the loud stuff out...I'd love to hear the gamut as long as they're your faves :)

Mr. H. said...

Now don't laugh too hard but I like any song ever sung by Dolly Parton or Johnny Cash.:)

Robbyn said...

Mike, there are a lot of Dolly Parton songs I love, AND Johnny Cash...can't really be from the South and not :) But I can live without the song "Islands in the Stream..." lol

Irma said...

Anything Sting has done since leaving the Police. Anything.

Favourite song of all time is Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, the kd lang version.

I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt. (and pretty much everything she did in the late 80s-early 90s)

Operator by Jim Croce

Lullaby by Billy Joel

(I could do this all night, you know, ha ha!)

Irma said...

GAH, how did I forget this one: ANYTHING by Great Big Sea. No, you've never heard of them (you said quirky was okay!) but they are HUGE here in Canada and have a very dedicated following in the US.

Play around on YouTube, good songs to start with include "Ordinary Day", "Boston and St. John's", "When I'm Up", "Fast As I can"