Musings From A Musical Mind

Joni Mitchell, performing in 2004

Joni Mitchell, performing in 2004 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the ...

Between the Lines: Sara Bareilles Live at the Fillmore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lately I’ve able to customize music apps like Spotify and iHeart Radio.

I like a wide variety of music – but there are certain things that I always come back to.  Music with a “folk/pop” feel.  Artists like Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Elton John, George Michael, Kenny Loggins, Carole King and Carly Simon are always the ones I play again and again.  Lately I’m drawn to Josh Groban, Sara Bareilles, Coldplay, Regina Spektor, Phillip Phillips and Jon McLaughlin because of their great uniqueness and well thought out ballads.

I feel like there has been a revival of great songs and artists from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  I hear my students requesting songs from my youth and my heart swells with pride!  They don’t realize that the “cover” they are hearing is just a cheap copy of the real thing that I grew up with.  But that’s okay.  Great songs stand the test of time for any generation and I welcome these covers with open arms.  Songs like “River” and “Your song” are great in any decade.

I’ve never liked mainstream “pop” Christian music.  But I do LOVE anything Michael W. Smith.  He is a true artist in every sense of the word – his passion comes through with every lyric he writes and sings.  We attended a Christmas concert that he had a few years back and it was wonderful.  But he has been around since the 70’s like Amy Grant – tried and true and getting better with time.   Probably why I like them.  It makes me crazy when I hear too much “popular” Christian music of today – and find myself skipping songs like crazy on internet radio.  I guess that’s why I’m pretty good in my own lane of music and if set to one of the above classic artists, I know all that music will be appealing and easy for me to listen to.

All that being said – I find myself being drawn to folk music of the past and present.  Acoustic guitar and piano are my favorites.  Artists that try to copy Joni Mitchell and James Taylor – who did it so well the first time around – always have my interest.

What music are you drawn to?  Does it help set a mood for you when you are working or reflecting?  For me I love to write while listening so it needs to be calm and soothing or I keep skipping songs and it breaks my concentration!  How about you?

Hope you have a wonderful day – God Bless!

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  3. Thanks so much for taking time to comment. I’m glad I’m not the only one who looks for inspiring lyrics and relaxing music of any time period – it is there in every decade if you look! Blessings!

  4. genamarie {stormy} howard said:

    i think people like james taylor, kenny loggins etc drew out, after the craziness of the 60’s, a calm that was self-reflective and quiet after all the noise in our heads and around us with the disrespect to authority that some of us weren’t raised with and got thrown into with our friends, whether we liked it or not at that crazy age….. the confusion with the vietnam war and kids getting killed at college and our family and friends going off for reasons we heard our parents saying was for nought. such craziness! we needed to just mellow out and take it easy and use our own minds to think how we actually felt about things …. those artists actually helped us do that. they helped soothe our conscious and regain peace in the aftermath of wild distress in our world around us. 

    rock n roll had those of us who were into it fooled and confused, who thought people like jimi hendrix, janis joplin, were indestructable, then onto their demises.  we needed peace. i remember it being a time of decision makings that you didn’t have to go to church anymore if you didn’t want to. i remember friends in school and my neighbors telling their parents they were old enough to make their own decisions after ‘confirmation’, and they didn’t want to go bc church service was stupid and you had to get up too early after spending a wild nite out listening to rebellious music and doing whatever was done in your age group of peers.

    now after all this time, here we are again at an age of crying for peace. all the craziness is worse than ever. we need to chill and just hear soothing words of trusting in our Saviour and in the secular music, hearing songs of peace and naturalistic music about the positive things in our world and the beauty in it and around it that God created, even in us. i am american indian. we have enough strife still today without having ourselves involved in the pressures that all this other stuff ringing in our ears. we seek quiet and meditation on Gods’ beautiful earth and enjoy the many awesome wonders in and around it or something in us dies. as a christian and being native american, the meditation on christ at such a time as this with the beauty and wonder and the peaceful sounds of the pipe and flute    

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