Tuesday, November 23, 2010

101 Reasons: Why I Love Music

This is the maiden voyage of what will hopefully become a new series.  I'm not sure how often this will happen quite yet.  There's a bunch of work that has gone into this entry.  So, I hope there's something here for everyone.  (Sorry, Lady Gaga fans)  Enjoy.

1. Joe Strummer

2. Paul Simonon

3. "Oh baby don't it feel like heaven right now, don't it feel like something from a dream"

4. & 5.  Speaking of Tom Petty, Members of the Heatbreakers, Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell

6. When the scene of a movie has perfect music.

7. Tom Dowd, Producer

8. The Temptations precision

9. Christine McVie's vocals

10. Jonathan Richman's Love Songs

11. The Who and their appetite for destruction

12. Sly and the Family Stone's message

13. The Beatles sense of humor

14. Brian Wilson's amazing talent

15. Stewart Copeland playing with a Police cover band

16. The quirky success of They Might Be Giants

17. The first musical prodigy I heard

18. The background vocals in the New York Dolls song "Trash"

19. Joan Jett

20. "I have my books and poetry to protect me"

21. The Glimmer Twins

22. The haunting vocal by Elvis Presley on "Blue Moon"

23. The blue eyed soul of Hall & Oates

24. One Hit Wonders

25. Boston Symphony Orchestra

26. "John McLaughlin," the song and guitarist

27. Howlin' Wolf

28. The harmonies of the Bee Gees

29. The Singing Brakeman

30. The pop genius of, ABBA

31. KISS in full makeup

32. Christmas time songs

33. Blondie's drummer, Clem Burke

34. The technical ability of RUSH

35. "That silly school boy crush wasn't just pretend"

36. The Duck Walk

37. Iggy Pop

38.  Duane Eddy and his "twangy guitar"

39. John Williams

40. Hank Williams III making his grandpa proud

41. You Really Got Me

42. Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat

43. James Brown on the good foot

44. "What you once were isn't what you want to be anymore"

45. Juliana Hatfield

46. Great DJ's, blow my mind

47. Heavy Classical

48. Frank Zappa

49. David Lee Roth can really put a band together

50. Call It Stormy Monday

51. Dave Pirner's lyrics

52. Because Paul Gilbert can play anything

53. Keyboards can be a valuable tool

54. Songs that you can't get out of your head for days

55. Girls can rock

56. The unique Keller Williams

57. Mr. Quincy Jones

58. The many faces of David Bowie

59. It Makes No Difference

60. Disco Rod Stewart

61. "I was never cool in school, I'm sure you don't remember me"

62. Mr. Cool, Chris Isaak

63. Iron Maiden's mascot, Eddie

64. Monterey Pop

65. Ravel's Bolero

66. Beck's Bolero

67. Why don't you Take Five from reading?

68. The Rock Musical

69. A lesson in showmanship by Jerry Lee Lewis

70. James Jamerson and the Funk Brothers

71. The power of Led Zeppelin

72. "The people will survive"

73. The Murder Ballads

74. When commercials use good songs

75. Roger Dean's Artwork

76. There's only one At Budokan

77. When it's educational

78. Double lead guitar harmonies

79. The other Elvis

80. "And if the band you're in starts playing different tunes"

81. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal or "NWOBHM"

82. Queen at Live Aid

83. We want The Funk

84. The heaviest two notes in music

85. Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys

86. Motown

87. John Peel

88. The Band of Gypsys

89. The Holy Wars

90. The Go Go's

91.The Brothers Everly

92. Signature Songs

93. Power trios

94. "Life is the crummiest book I ever read"

95. Glam rock

96. Woodstock

97. Everybody Knows

98. A guitar sound that can rip your face off

99. Television Debuts

100. Reimagined Christmas Classics

101. Music can be inadvertently funny, but great at the same time

Editor's note: If you looked at all the links and/or have a new appreciation for something here.  I truly thank you. 

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