I so love hearing people to whom music means so much speak of those "special" songs, the ones that are deeply felt and personal. I have such songs, the ones that take you back to a particular period in your life, or that briefly, for the length of the song, take you out of this world, into eternity. For me one such song is "God Only Knows", written by Brian Wilson and recorded by The Beach Boys for the very nostalgic Pet Sounds, Paul McCartneys favorite album. The album fades out with the sound of a train far off in the distance, it’s metal wheels clattering down the railroad tracks, a dog barking in response. That is very evocative to me, as I faintly remember waking to that sound as a very young child. I respond to it the same way I do when reading Mark Twain---of a time that has past, but is eternal.
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One of the oldest albums I own and still in good condition, despite the miles and the various TT's it's spun on is the double one from The Pentangle.
Folk, jazz, and trad. "Sweet Child" is usually the first thing that any new TT or cart gets welcomed to at it's new home. A piece that still invokes 'long ago and far away' for me, and always will. And it only sounds good in vinyl, although this:
...gets the gist of it....the highs get clipped badly, pity....
I’m a rank newbie, but here goes..
Eva Cassidy is way up there on my list. I’m into folk quite a bit, and Waylin Jennies sometimes.
Recently listened to Eric Clapton (Unplugged) - just awesome acoustics.
I’ve been listening to african and world sounds (mostly via putumayo) - "Reggae from around the world", "Maali" are awesome acoustic recordings.
There are some CDs in my collection that scare me, they’re so good I’m scared I don’t have the preparation to sit down and listen.. Example. by a band called Red Tail Ring "Fall Away blues".. its a haunting album (Eva Cassidy used to occupy this pedestal once).
There’s a turkish one with Sufi music.. Its there sitting among my 100 odd CDs I’ve only listened to it once.. Scary good, literally.
You can almost tell how old the responders are in this thread... If you live long enough there will be quite a few "magical moments" from different genres spread over decades of your life. My latest is Nik Bartsch's Ronin "Llyria" on ECM label. Quite a departure from the "magic tune" of my teen years of BoneyM and Eruption ;-)
Chronologically there was Tchaikovsky 1st Piano Concerto (my parents dragged me there, kicking and screaming!) then Here Comes The Sun, Lady Jane, and such, then (oh, Boy!) The Wall, ...
Miles and the whole of jazz got to me only after discovering hi-end, go figure! Classical thru lo-end is OK with me, but not jazz, magic happens only through decent playback.
If there is one "magic" tune I go back to, it is Brahms 1st under Bohm and Wish You Were Here. Oops, its already two! :-)
The last few days I've been cruising YouTube... one of my favorite things to do... finding old video performances of Miles, Ella, Chet, Thelonius, Paul Desmond.... so many video/audio performances it's amazing. Recently, off jazz, I started watching ABBA. Their melodies were just so startlingly good, and of course the girls are so beautiful it doesn't distract.... well maybe a little, lol. Fernando... so many beautiful songs, with exciting beat/rhythms behind... ballads with a beat, unusual and FUN. Anyway, just another coal on the fire.