Quit your whining and eat your standard repertoire!
In loose response to the thread about least-favourite concertos...
What artist or genre do you enjoy that would seem "unusual" for a classical music type?
I can't get enough of Pink Floyd personally.
I listen to a lot of rap, but the weirdest? I'm not a super big metalhead, but I have a soft spot for GWAR - They crack me up.
Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Aerosmith to name a few.
Frank Sinatra for phrasing, the Fall for repetition, repetition but never exactly the same
Nah fam... I don’t whine about repertoire.
Well, what seems to surprise people the most about me is that I basically never listen to music in my free time, except for professional reasons or when I visit concerts.
Icelandic reggae and Norwegian folk music are my regular listen tos!
Another vote for Queen! A Night at the Opera is the only rock LP I have ever bought..
Easier to list what I haven't listened to.
rap / hip hop
Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Sinatra, Barry Manilow, ABBA, the Beach Boys. I like Paul McCartney's solo stuff.
I wonder if anyone on this forum would enjoy Jacob Collier
If they haven't heard Jacob Collier then they are in for a treat!
I am allergic to Jacob Collier.
Bon Jovi, P!nk, Rolling Stones, Fall Out Boy, Adele, Queen to name a few. People are always surprised when they look through my music on my phone aha
Showing my age?
And of course
I’ve observed through the years that the day before a migraine hits I have a strange and special need for listening to electronic music. The stronger the migraine, the more bassy, harder and simplistic music I need.
Oh, Michael Jackson's a good one. I listened to his music waay before I ever took an interest in classical.
@Nate Robinson; nice list! My son got me into Stevie Wonder. What a genius. He, my son, plays bass, and just about has the baseline to Sir Duke down. Incredible.
Carlos Gardel and Nat King Cole.
I actually like virtuoso composers, Ysaye, Wieniawski, Paganini, Vieuxtemps and the rest.
I read everyone else’s posts and realized that I don’t know anything else but classical...
Ella, Ella, Ella!!! (Fitzgerald that is)
Is that the French song that my class listened to in French class?
Xuanyuan: Jeff is talking about Ella Fitzgerald, who was a jazz singer. The French song you say says “Ella elle l’a” (in which Ella refers to... guess? Ella Fitzgerald!)
Xuanyuan, so do I. I feel like everyone who says virtuoso pieces are "musically vapid" are really super snobs. What the heck does "musically vapid" even mean? Does every piece have to be a dreadful, never-ending Wagner opera to have musical depth? Is it invalid for a piece to exist just for the sake of dumb fun? If so, we'd better start throwing out the majority of all the music ever written.
Oh, thanks Miguel. I’m embarrassed for not knowing lol.
Sarah Vaughan, "After Hours" exemplary singing.
In response to the title of this thread:
Nothing wrong with soul and funk. (especially P-Funk)
Hootie & the Blowfish
Mostly jazz. I love the piano trio channel on jazzradio.com. I also enjoy Joey Defrancesco. There's a guy with a few too many albums though.
Bebop. Raised on classical music, listened to progressive rock as a teen (Yes, Rush more than Pink Floyd, ELP, etc.), then fusion (70s Miles Davis and Tony Williams, Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, etc.), then took a step back 30 years or so.
I am finally a violin cool kid.
See Xuanyuan? You learned something new. Now, go listen some songs by Ella Fitzgerald... and learn some more French. Both things are completely worth it. And by the way, French rap is also great for learning the language, and quite entertaining. Musically, it’s not the same as Paganini... but still cool (I would have never thought I would like that, but I ended up enjoying it very much when I was at high school. And learning much French).
Some fine violin playing and French jazz chanteuse coming from the Avalon Jazz Band. They're very much on YouTube.
I like pretty much all of the above, except for rap/hip-hop.
There are a lot of songs that I really only know the Weird Al lyrics to.
Weird Al is one of a very few really skilled parodists working currently in popular music. In fact the only other one I can think of off hand who even comes close to being on the same level is Bob Rivers, who isn't nearly as prolific. One could also make the case that Yankovic's originals are even better than his parodies.
Otoh, I've found Weird Al's parodies can sometimes rely too much on the visuals.
Weird Al is probably the only guy who is my age and still cool :-)