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A Little Folk – A Little Pop

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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