How has the first week been going for everyone? Making new friends? Checking out new blogs? Excellent--that's the point of this, right? Right. It is, trust me. Don't argue. We have music to discuss.
I'm trying to get into the "E" frame of mind, but I have to tell you, I'm still in the clouds from yesterday's Dvorak by Dudamel video. Seriously, if anyone reading this happens to have access to tickets to the LA Phil, please let me know. I need to see this live, just once. Now, on to E!
I'm not sure if this is meta or stalkerish, but when I was driving along the far northwest coast of Ireland in County Donegal, I had to listen to Enya's A Day Without Rain album. Why? Because I was driving through her hometown. At least, that's what my book said. I wouldn't know--the signs were in Gaelic. But I'm pretty sure I was in Gweedore. Enya's music has a home in my NaNoWriMo playlist. It's classified as "new age" in iTunes, which I think gives it a weird connotation, but I don't have any better suggestions so for now, here's a video of a "new age" Enya.
Love him? Hate him? A little of both? Yeah, that's cool. I get it. As a woman, I feel I should say something like, "His music is disrespectful!" but really, I like him. He's the villain we love to hate, right? We love to find his flaws and then in the safety of our own home, we can sing along. Go ahead and watch the video for "Not Afraid." It's okay. Marshall Mathers has grown up, even if people don't want to believe it. And my oh my, he's come a long way from the days of peroxide-bleached hair. Stick to the brown, Em.
3. "Exogenesis Parts 1-3" by Muse
And here it is. I waited until E to unveil my fascination with Muse. Yes, I first heard of the British group because of Stephanie Meyers. I'm not afraid to admit it. But she was right--this group is amazing. Matthew Bellamy (aka Mr. Kate Hudson) has the singing chops AND the musical talent to pull off some more creative pieces, like Exogenesis Parts I, II, and III as found on the album The Resistance. Each part tells a musical story of sorts, Overture (part 1), Cross-Pollination (part 2), and Redemption (part 3 and my personal favorite).
How about you? Would you classify Enya as "new age"? Do you like Eminem better as an angry blond kid or an angry brown-haired adult? What "E" music did I miss?