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1.24.2012

THE SOUND OF ANGELS OR FINGERNAILS ON A CHALKBOARD

Music is one of those things in life that is both relative and subjective.  It is a design much like art, writing, decorating, and clothing styles.  In that big arena it gives room for opinions.  For preference.  For interpretative ingestion. For comparison even. The music we like defines a part of who we are.  It shows those parts and pieces.  Yesterday I was listening to a little bit of Nelly.  I like his voice and some of his music.  I also very much like Jason Mraz, Andrea Bocelli, Jamie Cullum, Maroon 5, James Taylor, Art Garfunkel, John Mayer, Karen Carpenter (wish she would have eaten a sandwich though!), Adelle, Five for Fighting, Marvin Gaye, Bebo Norman, a bit of Josh Kelley, and my Aunt Dee's spontaneous jazzy keyboard music. That is far from a complete list.  Really I should make a list of who I don't like which would be easier; Brittany Spears, Keisha, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga (ok, she is creative and I will give her that), Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, J Lo, Marc Anthony, Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Pink, Justin Timberlake (I did get though bring my sexy back at age 44, but it had nothing to do with that song!), Snoop Dog, Pit Bill, Christina Aguilera, Hank Williams Jr., Amy Grant, Jessica Simpson, Garth Brooks, Justin Bieber, several winners of past seasons of American Idol, Crystal Gayle, Elvis Presley, most of all of country music, all members of the Black Eyed Peas and every last song they have ever written and/or sung, and Steven Tyler for his horrific Star Spangled Banner singing voice at the Patriots/Ravens playoff game.  That is just to name a few. I just don't like mass produced cookie cutter sounds and copycatish music or shallow meaningless crap!  I read recently that Jay Z and Beyonce gave birth to their first child.  They named her Blue Ivy. They are artists so why should their child's name not be creative:)   I also read that since the birth of his daughter, Jay Z has said he will no longer use the b**** word in his lyrics.  He does not want his daughter to be degraded.  At least he finally got it!  Parenthood changes us.  That is always a good thing!   There are certain voices that no matter what the song is, I love the tone of their voice.  I love Adam Levine's duet with Gym Class Hereos.  Their voices have a great mix of tones together.  I find myself not wanting the song to end.  Not because it is the greatest song in the world, but I am struck by the sound of them together. I feel that same way when I hear James Taylor or a friend of mine's voice.  It never ever gets old to me.  I asked my daughter yesterday if it was ok that a 45 year old woman liked Nelly.  She replied, "More than ok!".  I then told her that I thought she and I should go see Nelly in concert and then Jason Mraz.  She told me, "You are ridic."  I probably am. 

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