17 December 2013
Top Ten: Now For Something Completely Different....My Favorite Musicians
For those that read this blog, and know me in the real world, are aware that I am seriously into music, and always have been. While I cannot play a single lick of anything or sing, music is a key component of my life and writing. FWS is not a personal blog about my life, but with Xmas coming up, and needing a break to began work on another novel, I decided to make a easy blogpost to cast some light on me. If you don't care about me and just interested in military sci-fi, than that is cool, that is the bread-and-butter of FWS, and FWS is not going to become an personal blog....I hate when that happens! My musical tastes have changed over the years. When I was in elementary school, I listened to top-40...which was awesome mid-1980's pop music...yes, our pop music was better than today's, just a simple fact. During middle school, I was obsessed by heavy metal/Punk and guitar-centered rock, like Metallica, Van Halen, Motorhead, Megadeath, Black Sabbath, the Sex Pistols, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, and Yngwie Malmsteen. Then in high school, while everyone was listening to Garth fucking Brooks, Nirvana (I liked Hole more than Nirvana), and Pearl Jam, I was tuning into Riot Grrrl and classic rock, like Led Zeppelin and the Doors. Today, I'm more into electronic-driven music, like Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Broken Bells, Kavinsky, some bands mentioned below. This blogpost was inspirited by Bennett the Sage's own top ten music video. These are in order of preference.
Honorable Mention: SHERYL CROW
10. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
Surprised? JS Bach has always been my point-of-reference for classic music, and been with me during the writing of books, college papers, and times when I needed to relax. His Brandenburg Concertos are a favorite of mine, and I've written many of FWS blogposts to that CD, especially the Powered Armored blogpost for a few months ago. To me, Bach maybe the language of the divine and the soul. Simply put, Bach rocks!
6. JOHN LEE HOOKER
5. The DANDY WARHOLS
4. The DOORS
The vast majority of people are going to drift towards the Doors because of Jim Morrison and his aura, and while he is a major gravitational force of the music, he was also backed up by some incredible talent. For me, Jim Morrison would still be sleeping on a roof if it were not for Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and the jazzy backbeats of John Densmore. To this day, I enjoy their music, but not their mega-hits that get repeated over and over, it is songs like "Gloria", "When the Music is Over", and "Texas Radio" that get me. The Doors were a unique experience that could have only come out of the 1960's, and are very lucky that the tension of those times give birth to the dark wisdom of The Doors. If you are interested in the history of The Doors, read John Densmore's book.
1. The SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS