“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music-the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” Henry Miller
I’ve always loved music, and my favorites cover a pretty wide spectrum from Jazz, to R&B, soul, classical, reggae, pop, gospel and more. When I read the Plinky prompt for this post – Create a soundtrack that captures the essence of your 2011 so far – I decided to not fall back on my old favorites and the songs I reach for readily when I am feeling wistful. I wanted to step out of my usual songs and listen to other music; stuff my kids and their friends listen to, as well as songs I’ve gleaned over the internet or through other friends. For instance, Marcia at InsideJourneys.com introduced me to Susana Baca’s music which is so old world romantic, that it takes you back to a time so ancient and innocent, my heart sings along in recognition.
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” Aldous Huxley
Then, my kids encouraged me to listen to many of the other artists on this list from Nicki to Foster The People to Adele. I added LiI Wayne and Jay-Z & Kanye because I like to vary my musical interests. Plus, the prompt wanted sounds that capture the essence of 2011. Since Jay-Z and Kanye will have a huge sold out Watch The Throne tour this fall, they fit the request. Ditto the North American F.A.M.E. tour with Kelly Rowland, Chris Brown, T-Pain and Tyga. Beyonce is a consummate entertainer and when I saw her perform in Los Angeles a couple of years ago, I was impressed. Oddly, I can’t listen when it’s on CD, only when she performs live. The lady is terrific anyway… and is expecting her first child. Congrats Bey! I’ve added some more sounds below, plus a few new performers on my horizon. I’m always looking to hear new sounds so share your beats.
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“Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.” James Allen
I came across Somi quite accidentally, but you will love her music. She has a unique sound and range, and the sort of music that allows you to enjoy it slowly without feeling rushed to jump up and dance. I like Kelly’s message and video on motivation as it’s a subject close to my heart… See if it appeals to you too. It would be a shame if I didn’t add a Lady Gaga song as she is off the curve musically; eccentric and all. Enjoy the tunes and share some of yours, as I’m always eager to hear new artists, and find ways to capture that inner essence through new songs… What are your thoughts? What sounds are capturing the essence of your summer 2011? How do you select music you enjoy? Do share! Thank you.
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Plinky: Create a soundtrack that captures the essence of your 2011 so far.