A Joyful Noise

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.

About oldmainer

I am a retired manager living in Southern Maine and a would be writer of poetry, narratives, short stories, and random opinions, and that's how Oldmainer was born. Recently, I decided to try an experiment. I added photography to the mix, using only a cheap cell phone with a limited camera and the editing software that came with it, and added the blog site Inklings at poormanspoet.wordpress.com to showcase the results. So, feel free to use whatever you find interesting or worthy, but please honor the terms of my copyright when and if you do. They may not be much, but they are still a piece of me. I appreciate your checking me out and hope that you find something that will encourage a return visit. Thanks for stopping by.
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9 Responses to A Joyful Noise

  1. splitspeak says:

    I love Dire Straits! Hamad introduced me to Mumford and sons. I just heard Pink Floyd last week after a really long time. I totally relate!! A joyful noise indeed!!

    Love, Mehak


  2. splitspeak says:

    I have heard Time to say goodbye and of Sarah Brightman. Andrea has a beautiful voice….!! Very soothing
    Thanks for this 🙂


    • oldmainer says:

      Glad you liked it. I like to play him when I am alone in the car so I can crank it up and feel like I am there. I have one of his CD’s and of course don’t understand the lyrics, but I love his voice.


  3. gpcox says:

    “Hotel California” always takes me way, way back – love it!


  4. laurie27wsmith says:

    Just popped over here after reading your reply, I have to check my Reader and reconfigure the settings so I get your posts instantly. Thanks so much for promoting my blog. I love good music, my mother had a collection of 78 records, all classical so I had an early start. Bocelli has a truly beautiful voice, Mario Lanza is great. I could go on and on. I’ve met Foster and Allan personally and they’re nice blokes, their music is timeless. there are songs from various musicals that move me, Madame Butterfly for example. Then Pavarotti singing Nessum Dorma makes me choke up. The list goes on.


  5. NigelG says:

    To share a pint or two or three with you would be fun indeed oldmainer – and not so melancholy I suspect. Mr Cohen has a very special place in my affections, but so do Pink Floyd. They were the band of my youth and they gave me courage one night after a difficult diagnosis. On account of that I always run to them, as running has become important to me. Many thanks for your very kind comments. I shall raise my glass to you tonight – after my run, of course!


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