It’s Link Party time once again and this week’s topic is all about music: Top Ten Favourite Musicians. When I was single, I couldn’t do anything without music. I worked with headphones on beating deadlines, something was always playing in the background. I grew up listening to the Beatles, Paul Simon and the like, so I’m starting my list also with someone whose voice was a familiar sound in my childhood:
1. Joni Mitchell:
2. Edie Brickell – And then thanks to my brother, I discovered Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians. Her songs from the band’s first-third albums, Shooting stars with Rubber Bands, Ghost of a Dog and Picture Perfect mornings, were a permanent fixture in my playlist. I’m not sure when they disbanded, all I know is that ended up marrying Paul Simon.
3. Indigo Girls – In their 2009 UK tour, I got the chance to watch them live when they played in Bristol. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I can’t even begin to explain how much this group meant to me in the 90s, so I won’t even begin. Let’s just say, I love their songwriting. The words are just so beautiful and sometimes painful.
4. Glenn Hansard: Numbers 4-5. What can I say? I’m a sucker for male musicians who can play the guitar and sing as if their very hearts are bleeding. Yes, I’m a sucker for sad songs. Oh dear indeed.
5. Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan
6. Counting Crowes: See number 2 & 3.
7. Eddie Vedder: See number 2 & 3.
8. Angus & Julia Stone: This is probably the only newish group included in my list. Sadly, I’m not so much into music nowadays. Being a mother keeps me busy and when we do have music playing in the background, it’s either T’s music or classical music which is what my husband prefers and which I also like anyway.
9. REM: See number 2 & 3.
10. Cynthia Alexander is a very talented Filipino musician who deserves more for her talent both as a musician and a songwriter.
Yes, I know. The ones on my list are not the latest, I’m not even familiar with the latest bands/music anymore. When I choose music, I listen to the words, just like when I choose a book, I read a few pages and if the words speak to me and or I like the style, then I buy it. I do miss listening to music. But ever since I became a mother, the rare moments I have of some peace or time for myself, I would always choose silence.