I love music. Really, I think in some ways the best thing a person can do for their spiritual health is listen on a regular basis to music that they love. Find a great piece of music, and it is hard to keep one’s soul out of the heavens while listening to it.
For all of you that are tech savy, I am embarrassed to admit that I still use AOL as my internet provider, but I do. I do realize that in many ways AOL is more of a giant commercial than anything else. One of the things they are now trying to sell is their “AOL Music Now,” so they are giving their subscribers a 30 day free trial.
I decided to try it. I won’t keep it beyond the 30 days—at $9.95 a month, that is way more than I’m willing to spend. But for now, I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have been thinking for a while that one thing I might ask my kids for as a Father’s Day, birthday, or Christmas present, is an MP3 player with some of my favorite old songs already loaded (Yeah, I know, I’m admitting once again my technological ignorance, but I don’t know how to do that).
Anyhow, AOL Music Now has let me go back to those songs and listen to them again. Of course, they don’t have some of my favorite artists—can you believe they don’t have Led Zepplin or AC/DC for instance? And though they have the Kinks, they don’t have Lola vs Powerman and the Money-Go-Round. But they have plenty of others.
So I’ve been listening to some of the following: Donovan (Hurdy Gurdy Man—one of my all time favorites; anybody remember it?, Atlantis, Rick Ticki Tavi, and others); Saigon Kick; Tommy James and the Shoendells (I still love “Crimson and Clover”); Uriah Heep (The Wizard is another of my all time favorites; The Magician’s Birthday is a great album); Deep Purple (Machinehead); Graham Nash (Be Yourself); The Byrds; Tears for Fears; Kansas; Genesis; Emerson Lake and Palmer (I wondered if I would ever hear Tarkus again), Gordon Lightfoot (The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald gets my vote for most haunting song), and on and on and on.
But since I have this service for a month, what are some new bands I should be trying? Anybody want to recommend any of their favorites?