Sunday, February 11, 2007

Music Nostalgia

I have enjoyed all genres of music since my childhood. I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by a music loving family. My grandmother introduced me to country and bluegrass music. The other grandmother intrduced me to piano. My mother played the flute all through high school and my father was an accomplished clarinetist in central Indiana. During my youth and through high school, I played trumpet for the school and and quite frankly I sucked. But this didn't deter me from my love of music. I can still get goosebumps watching a marching band perform. It brings a flood of memories back to days gone by that I regretfully cannot relive. But I cherish those fond memories all the same. The hairs still stand on the back of my neck when Martina McBride belts out her song Independence Day. I still chuckle and sit in awe whenever I see the Rat Pack on old films.

I am not versed as some when it comes to music. But I know what I like and I've yet to dislike a genre as a whole. Yes, there are some genres that defy music and its basic principles. But I always try and find that little part that I admire and tune out all the rest.

These following links are but a small taste. I do not argue over who is better because frankly folks, nobody really gives a damn...especially me.

My appreciation for legends:
Willie Nelson and Ray Charles - Seven Spanish Angels
Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas
My appreciation for male crooners:
Frank Sinatra
Sammy Davis Jr - Mr. Bojangles
Tony Bennett and Dean Martin
My appreciation for women singers:
Patsy Cline - Crazy
Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter
My appreciation for Big Band music:
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra - Moonlight Serenade
My appreciation for Blues and Jazz:
Dizzy Gillespie & Louis Armstrong - Umbrella Man
B B King Blues Session
My appreciation for guitars and string instruments:
Roy Clark - 1969 - Alabama Jubilee and Roy Clark - Late 1960's - Caravan
My appreciation for Bluegrass:
Bill Monroe - Little Georgia Rose


Jerry said...

I too have an appreciation for good music. I really think it has something to do with having music taught in school when we were younger. Now, music is just an elective class, if taught at all. That explains the tone-deaf artists that rule the music scene these days.

Good post.

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie Dazd, like thanks so much for the Dino and Tony clip. Never was, never will be anyone as cool as the King of Cool. Oh, to return to the days when Dino walked the earth.

Michele said...

Great selections!

Funny, my dad would always start his early morning radio show with band music. I thought he was so "square" by doing that. But now that you wrote this post I understand why he'd get choked up when we would watch a marching band play as it went by during parades.

Thanks for writing this.

Dazd said...

Jerry - I agree that it all starts during early years of education. I fear as the legends and talented musicians pass on, they'll not be replaced.

Dino - I agree!

Michele - Sometimes its cool to be square. :)