Open Thread: What Are You Listening To?
[guest post by Dana]
It’s a rainy day here, and the music is on. After reading a few comments on the Weekend Open Thread about The Who’s new release, I thought an open thread about what everyone is listening to these days would be fun. Whether it’s new or old stuff, share it with us – and include a link so readers can give a listen.
Here’s what I’m listening to:
Van Morrison’s 1974 Veedon Fleece (favorite song “You Don’t Pull No Punches, But You Don’t Push the River” at the 16:10 mark). Incredible songwriting.
The National “About Today”. Gorgeous.
Rolling Stones 1971 Let It Bleed (favorite song “Gimme Shelter”)
Nina Simone, any song, anytime, anywhere.
And since I’m going to the ballet tomorrow to watch a performance of Swan Lake, Tchaikovsky.
What are you listening to??
UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I have recently subscribed to a classical music streaming app called Primephonic, so I have been listening to a lot of different music. My current obsession is “Das Lied von der Erde” by Mahler. I have downloaded a live version with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and a version in which the vocalists are accompanied by piano only, the way Mahler originally wrote it. The selection is fantastic and it’s like being a kid in a candy store for a few bucks a month.
UPDATE x2 BY PATTERICO: In my limited free time (yes, it’s limited; there is a reason I blog so little these days although it’s coming to an end; I’ll tell you the enforced kitchen remodel story one day; all I’ll say now is wow the damage a small water leak can cause!) I have been listening to German lieder while reading word-for-word translations in this book, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite books I have ever acquired. It’s a great and fun way to work on your German if you’re so inclined (this book has French songs too, which has gotten me into Faure songs, which is a whole other story), and a fun aid to memorizing the poems/lyrics of the songs. I think I have “Gute Nacht” (the first song of Winterreise) entirely memorized, as well as “Auf ein altes Bild” by Hugo Wolf, and am working on several others. What a helpful acquisition this book was!