A wise person once said that the definition of good music is the music we listened to as teenagers. How true! How horribly parochial!
Thatís one reason I want to thank you for sharing your picks. They give me a chance to stretch beyond the confines of my comfort zone. Iíve listened to all of them now that the links are up, and I enjoyed (at least in parts) most of them.
Born in the 50s, I grew up in the 60s and 70s. Grew up on post-British-invasion classic, psychedelic, and progresive rock. The first two albums (as opposed to singles) I ever bought were the initial releases by Led Zeppelin and Itís a Beautiful Day. It amazed me as a kid that my parents never connected with rock'n'roll. I swore I would never close myself off from new music. Didnít want to be like them!
And all in all, Iíve done pretty well. It still delights me to discover a new band like Dogma. I have to be careful though. There is so much crap out there that it is easy to reject it all. But thatís no different than the 60s or the big band era my parents loved. For every timeless recording generated in those decades there are ten forgettable ones. Here is the direct link to the Dogma tune. As you can see, I finally learned the title as well.
HOT HOT HOT!
Below Iíve linked a video by Christina Aguilera that turned my head. When you consider that she is half my ageóclearly the artist of another generationóyou will understand why I give myself credit for opening up to her music. I had already dismissed the other Disney kids who were making pop records. You know, Britney, Jessica, and all the rest.
This is a performance of a James Brown classic at the Grammy Awards. Now, James Brown had one of the tightest bands in funk and R&B. Take a close listen to one of his greatest hits anthologies, and you will be astounded at the musicianship. Why anyone would think we need to hear a cover of one of his tunes is a mystery. And yet, Christina pulls it off. Thatís Jamie Foxx expressing his amazement at the end.
Itís a Manís World
49th Grammy Award Ceremony
In closing, I want to tip my hat to Lenny for alerting me to Bob Dylanís clever new video for a fifty-year old classic. When you watch it, donít forget to change the channel!