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      Leaving aside anything by the Fabs, their side projects, immediate family, etc., what are you're all-time favorite recordings? Here are mine, though in fairness, on any given day a couple might change depending on my mood.

      The Comedians -- Roy Orbison

      Honky Tonk Women -- Rolling Stones

      Your Imagination -- Brian Wilson

      Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore -- John Prine

      Summer's End -- John Prine

      Ahi Vela -- Iz Kamakawiwoʻole

      Deportees -- Arlo Guthrie

      That'll Be the Day -- Buddy Holly

      Kodachrome -- Paul Simon

      Porcelain Monkey -- Warren Zevon

        Your Song - Elton John

        No Matter What - Badfinger

        Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues

        White Room - Cream

        A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum 

        (got a White theme going on here!) 😂

        Bruce, I hate to tell you I only know 3 songs off your list (Stones, Buddy Holly & Paul Simon) and I can't stand Kodachrome!  He had some much better songs with Garfunkel like The Boxer or Sound Of Silence. And I don't really like the Stones but like a lot of their songs much more than Honky Tonk Woman (Angie, As Tears Go By, Time Is On My Side, etc.) but to each his own. 

          Kashmir - Led Zeppelin

          Surrender - Cheap Trick

          Sheep - Pink Floyd

          Bonnie - Supertramp

          Shining Star - Earth, Wind, and Fire

          Iron Man - Black Sabbath

          Theme From Shaft - Isaac Hayes

          Sowing The Seeds of Love - Tears For Fears

          Aqualung - Jethro Tull

            Nancy R wrote:

            Your Song - Elton John

            No Matter What - Badfinger

            Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues

            White Room - Cream

            A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum 

            (got a White theme going on here!) 😂

            Bruce, I hate to tell you I only know 3 songs off your list (Stones, Buddy Holly & Paul Simon) and I can't stand Kodachrome!  He had some much better songs with Garfunkel like The Boxer or Sound Of Silence. And I don't really like the Stones but like a lot of their songs much more than Honky Tonk Woman (Angie, As Tears Go By, Time Is On My Side, etc.) but to each his own. 

            No accounting for taste. The only song on your list I can tolerate at all is Your Song, and it's far from my favorite of Elton's. Nights in White Satin was the plague of my high school years and still gives me the dry heaves.

              Bruce M. wrote:

              Nancy R wrote:

              Your Song - Elton John

              No Matter What - Badfinger

              Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues

              White Room - Cream

              A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum 

              (got a White theme going on here!) 😂

              Bruce, I hate to tell you I only know 3 songs off your list (Stones, Buddy Holly & Paul Simon) and I can't stand Kodachrome!  He had some much better songs with Garfunkel like The Boxer or Sound Of Silence. And I don't really like the Stones but like a lot of their songs much more than Honky Tonk Woman (Angie, As Tears Go By, Time Is On My Side, etc.) but to each his own. 

              No accounting for taste. The only song on your list I can tolerate at all is Your Song, and it's far from my favorite of Elton's. Nights in White Satin was the plague of my high school years and still gives me the dry heaves.

              Jeez Bruce, at least I said "to each his own" to you. "No accounting for taste" is pretty damn rude! Who peed in your Cheerios? 

                Ugh, this is so very difficult but at this moment in time and in no particular order...

                On The Nature of Daylight ~ Max Richter.

                Donnie Darko ~ Let's Eat Grandma.

                Deer Stop ~ Goldfrapp.

                Mother Fore ~ Pink Floyd.

                The Hill ~ Marketa Irglova.

                Ask The Mountains ~ Vangelis and Stina Nordenstam.

                Hey Jupitar ~ Tori Amos.

                I Could Be Happy ~ Altered Images.

                The Fortess of Death ~ Geir Bohren and Bent Aserud.

                Broken Heart ~ Spirutualized.

                  Kestrel, I respect your choices and I would not criticize them, but I must confess I've never heard of any of those songs. I have heard of Tori Amos, Vangelis and Pink Floyd though! 😂 

                    Nancy R wrote:

                    Bruce M. wrote:
                    Nancy R wrote:

                    Your Song - Elton John

                    No Matter What - Badfinger

                    Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues

                    White Room - Cream

                    A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum 

                    (got a White theme going on here!) 😂

                    Bruce, I hate to tell you I only know 3 songs off your list (Stones, Buddy Holly & Paul Simon) and I can't stand Kodachrome!  He had some much better songs with Garfunkel like The Boxer or Sound Of Silence. And I don't really like the Stones but like a lot of their songs much more than Honky Tonk Woman (Angie, As Tears Go By, Time Is On My Side, etc.) but to each his own. 

                    No accounting for taste. The only song on your list I can tolerate at all is Your Song, and it's far from my favorite of Elton's. Nights in White Satin was the plague of my high school years and still gives me the dry heaves.

                    Jeez Bruce, at least I said "to each his own" to you. "No accounting for taste" is pretty damn rude! Who peed in your Cheerios? 

                    I think of the two phrases as pretty much equivalent -- sorry you  didn't. No offense intended, truly, but your favorites list really does include several songs I just despise. No accounting for -- uh, to each his (or her) own! laugh

                      Nancy R wrote:

                      Kestrel, I respect your choices and I would not criticize them, but I must confess I've never heard of any of those songs. I have heard of Tori Amos, Vangelis and Pink Floyd though! 😂 

                       I don't think its an 'age thing' as we're of similar vintage so maybe its a 'location thing' or perhaps its becasue i listen to a lot of slightly more obscure (non mainstream) music?

                      If you've ever watched 'Shutter Island' then you've heard 'On The Nature of Daylight' even if you don't think you have. 

                      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_YHE4Sx-08

                       

                        Working on my list. Only 10 makes this quite a challenge. NancyR you may not like my list either...

                          love2travel wrote:

                          Working on my list. Only 10 makes this quite a challenge. NancyR you may not like my list either...

                          😂 Some of it is age difference, some of it it is taste, some is based on where we were brought up or now live, or like the stuff Kestrel said. 

                            Kestrel wrote:

                            Nancy R wrote:

                            Kestrel, I respect your choices and I would not criticize them, but I must confess I've never heard of any of those songs. I have heard of Tori Amos, Vangelis and Pink Floyd though! 😂 

                             I don't think its an 'age thing' as we're of similar vintage so maybe its a 'location thing' or perhaps its becasue i listen to a lot of slightly more obscure (non mainstream) music?

                            If you've ever watched 'Shutter Island' then you've heard 'On The Nature of Daylight' even if you don't think you have. 

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_YHE4Sx-08

                             

                            Yes, I saw that movie. Is that where you first heard it? If not, how did you come across it and remember it well enough to make it one of your favorites? It is a beautiful, haunting instrumental. 

                             

                              Nancy R wrote:

                              love2travel wrote:

                              Working on my list. Only 10 makes this quite a challenge. NancyR you may not like my list either...

                              😂 Some of it is age difference, some of it it is taste, some is based on where we were brought up or now live, or like the stuff Kestrel said. 

                               You know I'm jus kidding NancyR 

                              Trying to pick out my fav Hapa song after the Iz  inspiration by Bruce.  Something about Songs sung in Hawaiian moves the soul... Prolly Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai. 

                                love2travel wrote:

                                Nancy R wrote:
                                love2travel wrote:

                                Working on my list. Only 10 makes this quite a challenge. NancyR you may not like my list either...

                                😂 Some of it is age difference, some of it it is taste, some is based on where we were brought up or now live, or like the stuff Kestrel said. 

                                 You know I'm jus kidding NancyR 

                                Trying to pick out my fav Hapa song after the Iz  inspiration by Bruce.  Something about Songs sung in Hawaiian moves the soul... Prolly Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai. 

                                Had to search for that one on YouTube! I love Hawaiian Wedding Song by Elvis - does that count? 😂

                                  Nancy R wrote:

                                  love2travel wrote:
                                  Nancy R wrote:
                                  love2travel wrote:

                                  Working on my list. Only 10 makes this quite a challenge. NancyR you may not like my list either...

                                  😂 Some of it is age difference, some of it it is taste, some is based on where we were brought up or now live, or like the stuff Kestrel said. 

                                   You know I'm jus kidding NancyR 

                                  Trying to pick out my fav Hapa song after the Iz  inspiration by Bruce.  Something about Songs sung in Hawaiian moves the soul... Prolly Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai. 

                                  Had to search for that one on YouTube! I love Hawaiian Wedding Song by Elvis - does that count? 😂

                                    His  Hawaiian pronunciations were a bit off but hey it's Elvis...if any woman didn't feel her soul move on that song,  she must be ice on the inside...  lol  ding ding  ding  I would say that definitely counts! That is a soul moving song for sure! 

                                    Nancy R wrote:

                                    Kestrel wrote:
                                    Nancy R wrote:

                                    Kestrel, I respect your choices and I would not criticize them, but I must confess I've never heard of any of those songs. I have heard of Tori Amos, Vangelis and Pink Floyd though! 😂 

                                     I don't think its an 'age thing' as we're of similar vintage so maybe its a 'location thing' or perhaps its becasue i listen to a lot of slightly more obscure (non mainstream) music?

                                    If you've ever watched 'Shutter Island' then you've heard 'On The Nature of Daylight' even if you don't think you have. 

                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_YHE4Sx-08

                                     

                                    Yes, I saw that movie. Is that where you first heard it? If not, how did you come across it and remember it well enough to make it one of your favorites? It is a beautiful, haunting instrumental. 

                                     

                                    No, I first heard it on Max's 'The Blue Notebooks' album which I think was out about five years before the film. I've always been a  fan of contemporary classical / ambient / minimilistic / new age music and have dozens of albums by people like Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Jocelyn Pook, Harold Budd, Roger Eno etc etc etc. That's why choosing just 10 tracks is so difficult as there is so much amazing music to remember and process, and that's just from (mainly) instrumental music.

                                      Nancy R wrote:

                                      Your Song - Elton John

                                      No Matter What - Badfinger

                                      Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues

                                      White Room - Cream

                                      A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum 

                                      What I find interesting about your selection Nancy is not so much the quality of the songs (after all, they are all classics in their own right...I particularly love NIWS) so much as their age. I think they must be nearly all about fifty plus years old. Is it a nostalgic / sentimental attraction with you? Do these songs represent important events in your life? Aside from Paul / Beatles (etc) its almost as if you suddenly stopped listening to new music ? 

                                        wingsoverkc wrote:

                                        Sheep - Pink Floyd

                                        That's a great track from a great album. I prefer Dogs but Sheep is a close second. 

                                          Kestrel wrote:

                                          Nancy R wrote:

                                          Your Song - Elton John

                                          No Matter What - Badfinger

                                          Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues

                                          White Room - Cream

                                          A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum 

                                          What I find interesting about your selection Nancy is not so much the quality of the songs (after all, they are all classics in their own right...I particularly love NIWS) so much as their age. I think they must be nearly all about fifty plus years old. Is it a nostalgic / sentimental attraction with you? Do these songs represent important events in your life? Aside from Paul / Beatles (etc) its almost as if you suddenly stopped listening to new music ? 

                                          I am a true child of the '60s and the music of that decade (and the '70s) will always be my favorite. I wrote those songs down quickly, off the top of my head. Another one I should have mentioned is Cherish by the Association, which I do have a fond memory of being 12 years old (May 1967)  I had the first boy/girl party and we were all in the basement (my dad had rigged up the Hi-Fi upstairs with a speaker in the basement) We played it twice in a row and I got to slow dance with my crush at the time, Mark Phillips! (still have that 45!) We also played A Whiter Shade Of Pale (which had been released a month or so earlier) 

                                          Although I listened to the radio all the years since 1963, I have only liked a small % of "new" music. My work friends and I were really into country music - Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, etc. - in the mid-'90s. I did buy several of Garth's CDs, but other than that I only downloaded a few songs off iTunes, like Maroon 5's She Will Be Loved and Makes Me Wonder, a few Katy Perry, Complicated by Avril Lavigne, Forget You by CeeLo Green and Home by Daughtry. I really have mostly concentrated on just The Beatles and their solo careers over the years, with a detour into Tom Jones and Elvis. Have lots of their albums, along with the Moody Blues, Bee Gees and Eagles. 

                                            Nancy R wrote:

                                            Kestrel wrote:

                                            What I find interesting about your selection Nancy is not so much the quality of the songs (after all, they are all classics in their own right...I particularly love NIWS) so much as their age. I think they must be nearly all about fifty plus years old. Is it a nostalgic / sentimental attraction with you? Do these songs represent important events in your life? Aside from Paul / Beatles (etc) its almost as if you suddenly stopped listening to new music ? 

                                            I am a true child of the '60s and the music of that decade (and the '70s) will always be my favorite. I wrote those songs down quickly, off the top of my head. Another one I should have mentioned is Cherish by the Association, which I do have a fond memory of being 12 years old (May 1967)  I had the first boy/girl party and we were all in the basement (my dad had rigged up the Hi-Fi upstairs with a speaker in the basement) We played it twice in a row and I got to slow dance with my crush at the time, Mark Phillips! (still have that 45!) We also played A Whiter Shade Of Pale (which had been released a month or so earlier) 

                                            Although I listened to the radio all the years since 1963, I have only liked a small % of "new" music. My work friends and I were really into country music - Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, etc. - in the mid-'90s. I did buy several of Garth's CDs, but other than that I only downloaded a few songs off iTunes, like Maroon 5's She Will Be Loved and Makes Me Wonder, a few Katy Perry, Complicated by Avril Lavigne, Forget You by CeeLo Green and Home by Daughtry. I really have mostly concentrated on just The Beatles and their solo careers over the years, with a detour into Tom Jones and Elvis. Have lots of their albums, along with the Moody Blues, Bee Gees and Eagles. 

                                            Tom Jones, Maroon 5 and the Eagles. That's quite an electic mix.

                                            Its lovely when a song can trigger a (hopefully happy) memory of a distant moment in time, to just transport you back to your youth. Back in the summer of 1975 I was staying with friends in a farmhouse in Cornwall and we spent the late evenings listening to albums in the half-converted attic. All bare chipboard flooring and wooden beams and with the roof slates exposed. And now whenever I hear a song from Venus and Mars, The Original Soundtrack (10CC) and A Night At The Opera (Queen)....three albums that we were constantly playing, I instantly think of that attic. 

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