Music I Like

28/08/17: I thought I'd clean up this page, as it was getting cluttered with junk, that is to say, popular tracks that I liked for a while - because they fitted my mood - but had become weary of. My musical tastes are quite eclectic. Two of my favourite bands have always been The Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd. For some reason that has not changed, which makes me a bit of an anomaly as they are throw-backs who, in strict musical terms, belong mainly to the 1960s and 70s (and a little into the 80s), whereas my formative years were the 1990s. I also like The Who, a very similar band, but populist and less original/experimental, more 'pop arty', and a bit more dated in their sound (in my opinion) - but still very good. Additionally, I like English and Irish folk music, and anything else that is good to listen to.

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Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb

Pink Floyd, Shine On You Crazy Diamond

Nolwenn Leroy, Bro Gozh Ma Zadoù [Breton: "Old Land Of My Fathers"], the anthem of Britanny

An obscure find, but I just think it's a stirring tune. I like ethnic tribalism, things that bring a people together with a common, blood-based identity. There's something beautiful and transcendent about it. Some things should be beyond money and other transient attributes. It's an old idea, but still worthy I think. Incidentally, when listening to this, it struck me how much Breton sounds like Welsh (I've encountered quite a few Welsh speakers). If I'm not mistaken, I think the original composer of the song was even Welsh.

Beltaine, The Sea of the Irish Dream

The Levellers, Men-an-tol

Brian Eno, An Ending (Ascent)

Pearl Jam, Jeremy

Hamell On Trial, Bill Hicks

The Who, The Seeker

The Who, Baba O'Riley

A classic!

Nolwenn Leroy, Moonlight Shadow

I like Breton singer, Nolwenn Leroy, but found this by accident. Moonlight Shadow is a favourite song, and for me, this version rivals the original.

Nolwenn Leroy, Homeland

I think this was used in the Mel Gibson film, Braveheart.

Church Sonatas by Corelli and Mozart

Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballé, Barcelona (Live) - 1988

Helene Fischer, Ave Maria

Vangelis, Blade Runner End Theme

Donovan, Atlantis

This song is essentially simple, but has everything: a story, great lyrics, great music. A work of near-genius, in my opinion.

The Who, Behind Blue Eyes

In my list of favourites, this comes a close second to the Donovan song. It could almost have been written for me.

Beltaine, Beltaine

Taylor Davis, The Gael (Promentory) on Violin

Richard Thompson, Blackleg Miner

Soazig, Ar Soudarded

Karine Polwart, Cover Your Eyes

Kate Rusby, Who Will Sing Me Lullabies

Eric Coates, Knightsbridge March

Kula Shaker, Mystical Machine Gun

Moby, Harbour

Mumford & Sons, The Cave

Ronald Binge (composer), Alan Perry/William Gardner Orchestra, The Shipping Forecast (Sailing By)

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