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MUSIC

To say that music is an important part of my life would be a drastic understatement.

I was practically weaned on Rock n Roll. In 2nd grade, I began taking piano lessons, and taught myself guitar when I was about 14 years old. Today, as a worship leader in my church, I mostly play acoustic guitar.

ROCK

Due to the fact that I came of age in the 70's, most of my favorites are from then. I still think there was "magic" in the air back then. My guess is that the commercialization of rock music smothered the spark. Anyway...

My top 10 favorite rock albums
(click an album to read a review...)

CSNY - Deja Vu The Who - Who's Next Loggins & Messina - Sittin' In Yes - Close to the Edge Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
The Beatles - Let It Be Rush - Signals Emerson, Lake, & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon The Outlaws - The Outlaws

FOLK & CELTIC

Back in the early 90's when I lived on Long Island I turned on to contemporary Folk music, much to the encouragement of the best radio station in New York City, WFUV 90.7 FM. WFUV broadcasts a Saturday morning traditional Celtic program, "A Thousand Welcomes" hosted by Kathleen Biggins, which is second to none. If you're one of The Unfortunates (i.e., live outside of WFUV's broadcasting range), you can tune in locally to an excellent, syndicated Celtic show, Fiona Ritchie's Thistle and Shamrock. For those in the Philadelphia listening area, XPN plays a great mix of contemporary folk and other alternative genres, too.

Here's my favorite Folk and Celtic artists:
FOLK CELTIC
1. Bob Dylan 1. Clannad
2. Richard Shindell 2. Altan
3. Nanci Griffith 3. Enya
4. Emmy Lou Harris 4. Patrick Street
5. James McMurtry 5. Cherish the Ladies
6. John Hiatt 6. Dougie MacLean
7. Joni Mitchell 7. Silly Wizard
8. John Gorka 8. The Chieftains
9. Lucinda Williams 9. Capercaillie
10. Katell Kenig 10. Iona

CLASSICAL

Growing up with classical piano lessons, I've retained a love for classical music. I'm especially drawn to the music of the romantic Russian composers. Here's my favorite classical pieces:

  1. Handel - Water Music
  2. Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto #2
  3. Mussorgsky - Pictures at an Exhibition
  4. Beethoven - Symphony #7
  5. Mascagni, Pietro - Cavalleria Rusticana






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