Mix Tape Masterpiece
You make a new friend. Make them a mix tape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song.
The first thing my new friend is going to know about me is that I’m a gospel music fan. The second thing she’ll know is that I was a teen before hard rock, heavy metal and all that noise became popular. The third thing she’ll know is that classical music is huge for me, and finally she’ll know that my musical tastes include movie themes and people like Susan Boyle, Paul Potts, and The Three Tenors.
Songs are a lot harder to pick, since there are so many that I enjoy. Let’s see.
The Blackwood Brothers Quartet with Rudy Atwood at the Piano: I Will Meet You in the Morning
George Beverly Shea: I Found the Answer, I Learned to Pray
The Cathedrals Quartet: Too many to mention here.
Pat Boone: Love Letters in the Sand
Perry Como: Catch a Falling Star and Put it in Your Pocket
Connie Francis: Where the boys Are
Tchaikowsky: Sixth Symphony; Concerto in B-flat Major
Rachmaninoff: Concerto in C# minor
Many others too numerous to mention
Musical scores: The Sound of Music; Anne of Green Gables; many others
Vocalists I enjoy have already been mentioned, although they are not the only ones. My tastes are eclectic, but do not range into today’s pop artists. Seems to me that melody lines are limited and repetetive, with lots of “uh-huh” and “oh yeah” for fillers. Too many singers tend to over-vocalize, using ten notes where one used to do the job quite well. I guess I’m just old-fashioned.
I really should include some favorite hymns as well, since that’s a category I failed to mention. But to do that, I’d need a whole hymnal that I could just cut and paste onto this post 🙂 I still love “Praise God from Whom all Blessings Flow,” “The Church’s One Foundation,” “A Mighty Fortress is our God,” along with gospel songs like “How Great Thou Art,” Amazing Grace,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
Classics. They never become stale, boring, or out of date.