What music do you listen to?

Posted by  $  qhrjk 1 month ago to Ask the Gulch
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I've been wondering what different genres everyone listens on here... I ended up going to a Tool concert and a symphony last weekend so music is all that's been on my mind lately!

Also, is it true Ayn Rand's favorite composer was Rachmaninoff?


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  • Posted by  $  Suzanne43 1 month ago
    My mother played piano in dance band in the thirties and forties. So I grew up listening to the Big Bands. I like Bunny Berigan, Russ Morgan, The Boswell Sisters, Bix Beiderbecke, and Benny Goodman. Oh, and I like Leon Redbone.
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    • Posted by freedomforall 1 month ago
      My parents played big bands, too. I think I heard them for 9 months in the womb and I was hooked; the melodies and harmonies still give me so much happiness.
      (Dad sang with Hal Kemp when he was in college, iirc. My aunt was a "hot" singer on the radio in NYC about 1947 with Milton Berle.)
      Benny Goodman was such an amazing talent. So was Pete Fountain. There's nothing compared to hearing the details: the clarinet reed buzz and bass players softly mumbling as they get into the swing of the music. It's the real music instead of the carefully packaged modern thump-thump sound.
      Hearing Linda Ronstadt sing all the jazz standards can still bring tears to my eyes. (She's singing in my living room right now.)
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      • Posted by  $  Suzanne43 1 month ago
        I had to laugh..."heard them for 9 months in the womb...I did, too. You come from a talented family. I know that my mother was a little disappointed that neither my sister or I had any musical talent, but I told her that I at least could appreciate people who did. Well, as the old song goes, "It seems like old times." Enjoy your CDs. I enjoy mine.
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 1 month ago
    I like Gilbert & Sullivan as my favorite type of music; also other operas, for instance especially by
    Verdi; also Irish jigs and other drinking songs (the lively ones; I don't care for long drawn-out drinking songs, just lively ones); patriotic tunes (for instance, "Battle Hymn of the Republic", and, religious or not, it's rousing and beautiful), but my favorite song of all is "La Marseillaise".
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    • Posted by freedomforall 1 month ago
      Gilbert and Sullivan were so brilliant. I performed in amateur productions of Pirates and Mikado when I was young, but didn't really appreciate the plays until later when I came to understand the political issues they satirized so well. Maureen McGovern was amazing in Pirates on Broadway. What a voice!
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    • Posted by Lucky 1 month ago
      X years ago I bought my first 2nd-hand record player, it came with a 45 of Mario Lanza singing "Drink, drink" from the Student Prince. I still adore the voice of Lanza. As for drinking songs, there is a time and a place - eg when drinking.
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  • Posted by  $  pixelate 1 month ago
    I prefer the simplicity of Ambient Space Music.
    Some would say that this is not really music since, quite often, the pieces seem to lack a melody.
    For me, the sound is very relaxing and can be enjoyed while working, planning, designing, relaxing.
    Here is the online station that I go to -- just Space Music -- no advertising or interruptions:
    https://ambientsleepingpill.com/
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  • Posted by  $  exceller 1 month ago
    Richard Halley is the composer who represents the talent in music that the others do in their respective fields in AS.

    His concertos and Opera are shunned until after 19 years in oblivion when suddenly he becomes a sensation, by which time he is completely disillusioned.

    Dagny listens to his 4th Concerto in her penthouse when coming home from Taggart HQs. Then she is searching for his 5th, which we don't find out about until the Gulch scene.

    According to opinions the closest composition would probably be Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No.2, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini"::

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWKSx...
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    • Posted by  $  1 month ago
      I always envisioned the fourth concerto as Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto, and Halley's fifth concerto as Rachmaninoff's second piano concerto- because it's so passionate. Aside from Sibelius's violin concerto, I would say it's the best classical piece of music I've ever listened to.
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  • Posted by  $  mminnick 1 month ago
    I listen to (in Order)
    1. Western Ballads
    2. Hawaiian Music by "Israel Kamakawiwo'oli
    3. Country & Western
    I can't even tell you who the popular artists are now.
    Age: 71
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    • Posted by  $  Suzanne43 1 month ago
      I can't either. Most of the artists mentioned in the comments on this post, I have never heard of. Either I have good taste or I am completely out of touch....just kidding. Music is certainly a personal thing.
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  • Posted by  $  Maritimus 4 weeks, 1 day ago
    My favorite music is Italian opera and that is what I listen to most of the time. My favorite singers are:
    soprano: Maria Calls
    mezzo: Fedora Barbieri
    tenor Giuseppe di Stefano
    baritone: Tito Gobbi
    basso: Boris Christoff
    conductor: Tullio Serafin
    My favorite opera composers, in order of preference are: Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini, Puccini etc.
    I also like Frank Sinatra (Siriusly Sinatra).
    Other music I like very much is by Chopin, Paganini and Offenbach.
    Musicians I like the most are: Rubinstein on piano, Jasha Heifetz on violin, Louis Armstrong on horn, Arty Shaw on clarinet and Ella Fitzgerald's voice.

    As you can tell, I think that human voice is by far the best and sophisticated musical instrument. All other instruments are poor imitations.

    Dear qhrjk, this is probably much more than you asked. I always prefer the whole picture over a glimpse.

    Best wishes!
    Maritimus
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  • Posted by  $  Stormi 1 month ago
    My dad was in a big band, so I grew up loving Glenn Miller, Fitzgerald, Sinatra. In the 50s it was Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson into the Jackie Gleason Orches. and Bobby Hacke and his horn.Loved the Beatles, Johnny Rivers Gary Puckett in the 60s. 70s got into country, loved George Strait, Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins. Also, pop Rupert Holmes ("Escape") Got into Bon Jovi via our daughter. Huey Lewis' "He Don't Know" as fantastic sound.Hate rap and Hip Hop. Always like Al Hirt, Errrante and Teicher, and instrurmenttals.To this day, I like to create mixed CDs or playlists combing the right song from each genre, and it can flow great. Take "Looking for Lve" Johnny Lee next to as Huey Lewis, next to a big band ("Harlem Nocturne"), hrhow in Dino, Rod Stewart ("Infatuation" , it really can work, and leaves you really happy, as they or not exclusive, but all part of what makes you tick.
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  • Posted by Abaco 1 month ago
    When I work out...Revolution Saints, or Jeff Scott Soto. Otherwise, all kinds of stuff. I love music. Played guitar since I was 12. Played in a rock band until my kid got sick. My prize guitar still hangs in my home office...13 years later. I like good country (as opposed to that sappy stuff), jazz, Amy Weinstein (incredible talent), bluegrass! I listen to something very strange too...KLF Chill Out, when I'm working.
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  • Posted by chad 1 month ago
    If it is true that Ayn Rand's favorite composer and piece of music is Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2 then we have something in common! This has been my favorite since I first heard it, I find it stirring and inspiring that someone could create such great work.
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    • Posted by  $  1 month ago
      I agree, it's such a passionate piece of music. I rarely get emotional- but something about it brings me to tears. I can definitely imagine Richard Halley as Rachmaninoff!
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  • Posted by mccannon01 1 month ago
    It usually depends on what I'm doing at the time. For everyday activities like working in the yard or garage or cruising down the road I lean heavily towards classic rock or pop like the Stones, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Boston, Blondie, Cars, CCR, and many others. To break things up a bit I'll even throw on a CD of bagpipe music or Big Bands of the '30s and '40s. Then there's the '50s and early '60s stuff like Chuck Berry and Roy Orbison. I have a small collection of Civil War era tunes played by various artists where "2nd South Carolina String Band" is one of my favorites.

    If I want to read a book or write code or just plain relax and wind down I'll put on classical masters like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Wagner and others. When I want something soft and pleasant usually late at night when I've totally had it with TV, but not ready to sleep I'll put on something like Enya or just hop through my digital library looking for similar pieces.

    I have about 400 albums in my library of which only half are entered into my iTunes library. I rotate about 25 or so to my iPhone at any given time.

    Hard to believe, but I have a working wind up Victrola made in 1917 on which I play 78rpm records from that era to the '30s once in a while. The sound is awesome, scratches and all! My collection of those is very small, but I love them.
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    • Posted by  $  1 month ago
      I'm glad you mentioned the 2nd South Carolina String Band. I have never heard of them until now, but it's pretty neat. I'll definitely be saving them to my iPod.

      I listen to classical as well, mainly Rachmaninoff and various violin concertos. I find that some classical music from other countries (e.g. erhu concertos) and a few jewish prayers sound beautiful.

      Also, I admire your collection of records. I hope I'll be able to create my own collection of music in the future.
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      • Posted by mccannon01 1 month ago
        Greetings, qhrjk. I engaged in Civil War reenacting for over 20 years and first met the guys in 2nd South Carolina String Band in the mid to late '90s. I was part of a Confederate artillery unit at the time and we were walking down a dirt road at a reenactment in Virginia on the way to the artillery line and off to one side was an infantry encampment and a few of the guys were sitting around the campfire practicing and just having a good time. They sounded great and we all stood around for a while to have a listen and it turned they were the 2nd South Carolina String Band. They became rather famous in the reenactment community and began to play at the period dances at the larger events and gained quite a following. Their sound is very authentic using instruments of the time, that is nothing electric.

        I've enjoyed their performances at many events and purchased a number of their albums. Light up the campfires on a nice night in a Civil War era encampment and have these guys start playing and there's a wonderful experience you'll never forget.
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  • Posted by FMFBeckyG 1 month ago
    I listen to pretty much anything but rap/hip hop. My favorites lately have been sea chanties and Piano Guys. I also like classic rock -- Bob Seger is a favorite, and older country. Think George Strait and Alan Jackson. Oh, and there is also Beethoven.
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  • Posted by dstrim 1 month ago
    I listen to about all the music listed above, save C&W
    I have to add my favorite band and album.
    RUSH 2112
    Lyrics written by Neil Pert the drummer.
    The band dedicated 2112 to The Fountain head.
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    • Posted by  $  1 month ago
      I'm digging "2112." Never heard it before but it's great.
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      • Posted by dstrim 1 month ago
        A lot of RUSH's lyrics are\or come from Ryan's ideals. Their music can be "hard". Please don't pass up the wisdom. Read the lyrics if you don't like the music. Its worth the read. To have "a rock band" that believes and lives what Ayn Rand.wrote is hard to find!
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  • Posted by  $  Radio_Randy 1 month ago
    60's and 70's Rock & Roll (no Beatles...please)
    Can't stand most CW, but Kenny Rogers isn't bad
    The Eagles are NOT Country, in my mind
    Contemporary Jazz
    40's Big Band
    Some Classical
    There are a number of other genres I haven't even mentioned
    Did I mention that I can't stand most CW?
    P.S. Most of the stuff coming out, today, is NOT music...Lady Gag'ya and others don't even write their own material.
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  • Posted by jimslag 1 month ago
    My musical tastes are varied like most you. Classic Rock, oldies, Country, Classical. I have been listening to a lot of 80's and 90's lately as I spent a considerable amount of time overseas long before internet, iTunes and such were around. I did lots of cassettes and CD's back then, even mini-discs and vinyl which is coming back in a big way. However, being overseas (Europe and Middle East) made it so my music choices were limited at that time. Currently though, Country is on my list as a lot of songs hit certain memories that were a big part of my life back when.
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  • Posted by  $  puzzlelady 1 month ago
    Good question, and a welcome break from politics. (Let's not make music preference a political issue!) My father was a classical pianist, so I grew up listening to classics. Liszt is my favorite. Also Chopin and Rachmaninoff. My father knew Rachmaninoff personally while he (my father) was a Russian prisoner in WWI and thanks to his piano skills was let out to give concerts. (That's how he was able to escape and make his way back to Hungary across Siberia.)

    Other music I like: Patric Hale (Caranza)…Tim Minchin...Rafael Mendez, trumpet virtuoso...John Williams... Sergei Novikov, pianist/composer... Al Stewart, Edith Piaf, Enya, Yanni, Sozra, Tom Lehrer, Willie Bobo, Persian, especially Googoosh. Instrumentals mostly. I skipped the entire rock, hop, pop, bop, heavy metal era. I do like Big Band dance music, jazz, Jimmy Buffett, Latin American (I taught ballroom dancing for 30 years), and more recently the magnificent compositions of Jean-Michel Jarre. Other dramatic pieces like In the Hall of the Mountain King, Bolero, Caravan, Toreador song from Carmen, are very energizing.

    A very recent addition to love is the theme music from Anthem. And a top favorite newest discovery are the 13 tracks from Rotem Hecht's compositions as the original sound track for the video game "Soviet Republic"--don't let the title turn you off. Rotem, originally from Israel, is a genius up there with anyone you can name, from any era. His music is on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh9Kj.... He also composes theme music for commercials. Wish I could afford him for my little enterprise.
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    • Posted by  $  1 month ago
      Damn, it's amazing your father knew Rachmaninoff.

      Also, I like the OST. Russian themes in music have this great sound about them.
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      • Posted by  $  puzzlelady 1 month ago
        Yes, my father and Rachmaninoff gave concerts together. My father was very young, about 22. His hands were like Rachmaninoff's, so he could play R's music with full competence. This was in Hungary and Germany, where classical music is/was greatly valued. Glad you like Rotem's Russian sound.
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  • Posted by  $  splumb 1 month ago
    I'm a hard-core punk rocker, but I also love other genres.

    My uncle is a retired professional opera singer, so I grew up around classical. I love Beethoven and Bach.
    My mother had the entire Oldies But Goodies compilation, so I love 1950s rock.
    I have a passion for old movies, so I love the music of the 1930s and 1940s.

    But punk is my life. Has been since I was 10.
    Ramones, baby!
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  • Posted by GaryL 1 month ago
    I'm still spinning my albums from the 1970s, classic rock played through my vintage gear and Altec Model 19 speakers. Some say I am stuck in a groove but that is the music I grew up on and still love.
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    • Posted by bobsprinkle 1 month ago
      I watched the Beatles on Ed Sullivan when I was in High school. During the 70's 80's & 90"s I was a vinyl junkie. Going to yard sales & auctions & used vinyl stores I accumulated around 5000 albums. In the past couple of years I have sold around 3000 of them. Still play some of them on Technics turntable thru huge Sansui SP9000 speakers with 15 in woofers. My neighbors hate me sometimes. Most recent concert was Eagles Hotel Calif. and Crosby Stills DeJa Vu.
      While searching classic gold I found and became educated to other genres/performers. 50's jazz has some great music.
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    • Posted by freedomforall 1 month ago
      My business partner loves his Heathkit W6A driving the Altec 19's, too. Great speakers!
      (We sell the Ten Octave Audio LP-1 tube preamplifier that we designed and build here in the USA. I should have the website working this weekend;^)
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      • Posted by GaryL 1 month ago
        I fell in love with Altec speakers while at the Woodstock festival in 1969 which was right down the road from me. When I got out of the USN after Vietnam I bought my first pair of 19s and still have them. Heathkit tube amps are just plain sweet behind any of the Altec high efficient speakers. My Luxman TT with a nice Denon MC cartridge and SME arm is about as nice as I will ever hear good music played on. I always wanted a MacIntosh system but never did spring for that set up and now at 67 when I could actually afford better gear I can't hear for shit anyway. I brought back a Sansui G-9000 receiver and the tank simply won't quit working.
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        • Posted by freedomforall 1 month ago
          That's a great system, Gary.
          I use some mid-80s Carver solid state amps most of the time, but I have a tube kit that I'm about 1/3 finished building and a Sansui 9090 receiver that I'm going to fix when I have time..
          My business partner was in Vietnam in the 60s servicing Air Force jets for missions. His electronics purchases are long gone though.
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  • Posted by  $  Ben_C 1 month ago
    I am a real fan of Mississippi Blues - RL Burnside at al. These guys were the genesis of rock and roll. I grew up with Bob Dylan so I am partial to music with a message.
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  • Posted by Rex_Little 1 month ago
    My favorite music genre is humor: Weird Al Yankovic, Bob Rivers, Jonathan Coulton, Cledus T. Judd, etc. My Pandora feed also some country, some light classical (Leroy Anderson's "Bugler's Holiday" is perhaps my all-time favorite piece of music), and some of the softer stuff from the 60's and 70's.
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