Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ten on Tuesday - Dead or Alive Edition

Today's interesting Ten on Tuesday topic is 10 Musicians You Would Bring Back From the Dead. I've had way too much fun searching for whether some of my list ideas are actually dead or not!

1.   Jeremiah Clarke - If I had to name my favorite song of all time, it would probably be The Prince of Denmark March/Trumpet Voluntary. I walked down the aisle to it at our wedding; it's the ringtone for my family members, and I have an itunes playlist with quite a few different versions.


2.   Johann Sebastian Bach - His organ and harpsichord works are impeccable, and his compositions are often playing when I'm home.
3.   Frederic Handel - Our high school choir sang The Messiah and even after plenty of frustration and endless practices for over a year, it still brings chills and I feel compelled to sing the alto part when I hear it. 
4.   John Lennon - Sadly, he was gone far too soon, and I think he had so many more valuable things to say through his music.
5.   Jim Morrison - Many of The Doors' songs are iconic to me because they provided a sound track to my adolescence. I often wonder what his life would have been like if he had been able to calm down and focus on music and poetry.
6.   Pete Seeger - He wrote so many incredible songs with valuable messages. I've always loved this version of "Turn! Turn! Turn!".
7.   Harry Chapin - I have a soft spot for "story songs" and "Cat's in the Cradle" is one of the best.
8.   Johnny Cash - Even though country is not my genre, I'm a fan of his distinctive voice and songs like "Ring of Fire" and "I Walk the Line".
9.   Harry Nilsson - In college we played his album A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night until it was worn out. I'm not sure why, but his voice really stood out on this standards album.
10. Michael Dunford - Not a name that is widely recognized, but he was a guitarist, chief composer, and creative force for the band Renaissance. Their albums provided the soundtrack to my young adulthood, and I'm grateful for Michael Dunford's part in that.

Who would you like to bring back for more music?




7 comments:

  1. I had such a hard time limiting myself to 10! You have many of my favorites on your list.

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  2. I'm surprise how many of us have Jim Morrison on their lists. He was something. Johnny almost made my list. Smith was sad he didn't.

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  3. Johnny should have made mine as well. And that's it...I'm going to see / hear The Messiah this year for sure! (Now to find a good production...)

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  4. oh Harry Chapin and Johnny Cash-they don't make 'em like that anymore. I almost listed Jim Morrison, but I was never into his music even though i made it a point to visit his grave in Paris. LOVE Trumpet Voluntary, thanks for including a track.

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  5. Oh, what a wonderful list! And thank you for introducing me to Jeremiah Clarke.

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  6. What a great list - and thank you for including Handel (I had Vivaldi instead) - Water Music is one of my all-time favorites. And Renaissance - they were high school for me (not so big here in the South where I went to college and spent my early adult years) - but oh did I love them!

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