Ah, ok. So get to posting those suggestions. I'll listen too. I really want this thread to get massive from folks around here.
Gebre, your days of smoking the ganj listening to Off The Wall are over...but curious what stuff you got. How old were you when MJ did his Motown 25 stint?
I'm actually quite a big fan of him. I was just listening to Invincible a few hours ago, and really this whole week. His ballads are too mawkish, but I really enjoy "You Rock My World"...it is a fantastic throwback to OTW-era Mike.
First three tracks are great, love "Unbreakable" but not sure of the Notorious BIG cameo.
I dunno Gebre, you seem to be the type to listen to a lot of music as well. Really curious to see what you can offer up here.
Since you asked...
Music is such a subjective taste. But I consider myself pretty open to most forms of music. I think the only genres of music that I just can't stomach are "death metal," "contemporary Christian," and most of the "hip hop" that is produced today.
One of the most intense face to face debates I ever had was an argument about Bob Dylan and Ice Cube. I made the argument that Ice Cube is a better poet and a better musician than Bob Dylan. This dude that I had just met (we later became good friends) stood up and literally came after me. He couldn't believe what I was saying. But I stand by that argument to this day. Some of the "rap" music that was made in the 80's and 90's was simply brilliant. I don't see anything close to that today. (But that's another subject unto itself.)
Obviously, I am a huge fan of conscious reggae music. I love roots and conscious dancehall (as opposed to crap like Shaggy and Sean Paul.) My love for Bob Marley goes without saying. I love reggae because it can't be faked. To play reggae you need to have the skill and the heart. Conscious reggae music probably saved my life, and it was divinely used to bring me to the Orthodox Faith.
But other than reggae, the music of Santana has influenced and inspired me more than anything else. Again, like reggae, Carlos Santana and the musicians with which he surrounds himself possess both exceptional skill and true heart. Santana’s music is infused with a positive spiritual energy that lifts me up whenever I’m down. Santana created an original sound that fused the essence of Blues, Afro-Cuban, Rock, Reggae, and Jazz into something the world had never heard before. And everything Santana did in the studio or live was always so incredibly tight
. Talk about serious percussions! Most people today associate Carlos Santana with his Supernatural
album and subsequent recordings. There is definitely some good stuff there, but nothing like the prolific and sublime work he produced during the four decades prior. So I will probably list many Santana songs here to begin with. It’s hard for me to limit myself when it comes to Santana.
Before I proceed to my initial list of songs, I must mention the other most influential band in my life besides Bob Marley and Carlos Santana. That would be U2. I’ll never forget hearing The Edge’s ringing guitar sound on Atlanta’s alternative radio station late one night in 1980. The song was “I Will Follow.” That sound reached out a grabbed me, and I was so glad when the DJ gave the name of the song and the band. I spent a month going all over Atlanta trying to find a U2 tape. I just wanted it for that one song, which I thought would probably be the only song I liked off the entire tape. But my best friend and I wore that tape out! We told everyone that U2 was going to be big one day. Of course, we were laughed at and mocked because nobody at our school had ever heard of them. And U2 did become big - sadly, bigger than I had imagined. Too big in fact. But their first four albums are timeless. Talk about authentic Christian music! And very underrated musicians. But they lost me completely after “The Joshua Tree.”
OK, for the sake of this discussion, I will list a favorite song or two from a variety of genres. I’ll surely add much more later, with a few favorite songs by Zeppelin, Rush, and YES later on (three bands that provided the soundtrack for my high school years.) And as I said, I'll start with a large dose of Santana.SANTANA:
(A genre unto itself)
“Why Can’t We Live Together” (A Sade cover)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWvV5w_GfDQ
“Victory Is Won”www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYJqoUdh5_Y&feature=related
“Incident At Neshubar”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=japTDxReyqU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PYT8i5zNU4
“One With You” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Cm2NhD0bwI&feature=player_embedded
“Song of the Wind”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj0zGxDxXVM&feature=player_embedded
“Tales of Kilimanjaro” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mANSWtF4Mxk&feature=player_embedded
“Brightest Star” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d0c-3eXHDY&feature=player_embedded
“Make Somebody Happy” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyxFaTLHs6Q&feature=player_embedded
“Blues For Salvador” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIyp3-ZCWSU&feature=player_embedded
“Praise”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Fcx_JAGghQTHE ISLEY BROTHERS
“Voyage To Atlantis” (One of the baddest guitar grooves ever! Can’t believe this hasn’t been sampled by more hip hop artists.)www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh6lGI1bOkw&feature=relatedEARTH, WIND AND FIRE
(I love them! Funky and inspirational! Great band!)
(Ahh… the story of how I was turned onto Alan Stivell. Atop a mountain overlooking Mexico City with good Mexican friends and an abundance of herbal and fungal substances. Good times.)
“Tri Martolod”www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRpNVMjnDmYTHE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
(I actually like their top 40 songs better than their other stuff. But great musicians who can play anything they want.)
“Snow (Hey Oh)”http://singingfool.com/Title.aspx?publishedid=19767
“Soul To Squeeze”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XcN12uVHeQ
“Under the Bridge”http://www.mtvmusic.com/red_hot_chili_peppers/videos/26871/under_the_bridge.jhtmlU2
“Let My Love Open the Door”www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXgB0Z1nRhA&feature=relatedSADE
(So much to love about Sade. Talk about groove! So subtle but so tight. And what I love about her is that she has a truly original voice. She might not have the vocal range that others have, but her voice is uniquely hers.)
“Sweetest Taboo”http://new.music.yahoo.com/sade/videos/view/sweetest-taboo--2146802FLEETWOOD MAC
(One of my favorite bands. I love every song they ever made.)
(Real cheesy video, but a great song.)STANLEY CLARKE
“Justice’s Groove”www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en-GB&v=J2f_GRv6BDMCROSBY, STILLS AND NASH
(I love them, just love them! I could have been a hippie, but I wouldn’t have survived.)
“Wooden Ships”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQAWqT_R5NINEIL YOUNG
(I love Neil Young’s profound simplicity. Saw him in concert twice. Wonderful!)
“Look Out For My Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYuIc_4NXJ0
“Old Man”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVC2cszdTaoTRISHA YEARWOOD
“Wrong Side of Memphis” (A rare gem from the contemporary country genre.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB_YLUxwzUgJohnny Cash
(All things Johnny Cash are worthy, but this is one of my favorites.)
“Electric Feel” (As far as today’s current pop music goes, this is a great song.)www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUzL1rfzJD8Ice Cube
"Today Was A Good Day" (One of the best songs and best videos ever. A succinct and brilliant articulation of a worldview – regardless of what one thinks of that worldview. Books could be written about the philosophical and social complexities, confusions, absurdities, and truths contained in this song. Groove courtesy of the Isley Brothers. WARNING: Profane language and sexually explicit material.)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViK8PwbJmxo
OK. More artists and songs to come later on, if you want. Ask me a question about music and I'll bore you to death with my pontifications. But I guess that's pretty much how I am with everything else too.