I have to admit that one of the advantages of blogging is that you get to read so many great posts published by other bloggers. An example is the blog offered by Nigel G http://anotherwayofsaying.wordpress.com and that of Laurie http://laurie27wsmith.wordpress.com/ In the case of Nigel, he introduced me to the soulful songs of Leonard Cohen, while Laurie made me aware of the Irish Country music, specifically a song called The Old House, sung by Foster and Allen. In either case, I am the richer for it. I believe an afternoon spent over a pint or two with these lads, listening to music, would be fun, albeit melancholy.
It got me to thinking about my tastes in music. What or who are my artists or songs of choice. What genre appeals to me. Well, after much thought, and one of those pints I mentioned earlier, it seems that I must be a generalist. Because, I am all over the lot when I try to think of favorites. Probably due to my Irish heritage, I enjoy Celtic music. I have attended performances of River dance (twice) and Celtic Women and enjoy listening to their CD as well. However, it isn’t always a voice that draws me in. Sometimes it can be a well played instrumental Since I don’t play an instrument, unless you include never before heard sounds emanating from a harmonica I have had for years that my wife has hidden, I appreciate the intricate cords of a well played banjo as with Mumford and Sons, or masterful instrumentals by guitarists like the group Dire Straits. And who can overlook the string work by the Eagles in “Hotel California”. But, other times I prefer the raspy voice of Bryan Adams singing “To Love A Woman” or Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. And I have been known to key up Andrea Bocelli singing “Time To Say Goodbye.”
I guess in retrospect, I don’t really have a favorite artist or genre. I just kind of pick and choose as I go along. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder they say, and I believe music is the same to the ear. Some you like. Some you don’t. But one thing I am sure all three of us can agree upon. A pint always sounds good.