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My Favourite Music (August 2008 Version)

I listen to music on my computer using iTunes (usually played through my stereo system) and on my iPhone a lot so I decided to find my favourite music by looking at the play count. This is what I got. After some sections are links you can click to listen to a sample from the music or to see the lyrics.

To see how my musical taste has changed over time (and it certainly has) you can see the equivalent of this page for January 2007 and November 2003 too.

Surprisingly, at the top was an old folk/country/rock song called The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by the Band. This is a song about the American Civil War and its delivered in such a convincing, simple, direct way that I find it very effective.

- See the lyrics for The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.

Mozart's Concerto For Flute And Harp and Piano Concerto 24 Allegretto were amongst the top few tracks as well. I've mentioned the concerto for flute and harp before but I only discovered the piano concerto recently. It really is brilliant and I listened to it every day when I first discovered it.

- Listen to a short excerpt from Concerto 24.

Just to show I'm still a heavy metal fan at heart I include the following metal and hard rock songs: No More Tears by Ozzy Osbourne, Bleed It Out by Linkin Park, the classic Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden, another classic Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana, and Inside The Fire by Disturbed.

- See the lyrics for Inside the Fire.

Another song I discovered in the last year is John Cale's version of Hallelujah. The song was written by Canadian song writer, Leonard Cohen. Superficially it might sound like the song is religious but that's not really true, although it does have a lot of Biblical allusions. Cohen says the song is about different ways we can experience happiness. It has been covered 120 times and there are several different versions of highly variable quality, in my opinion.

- See the lyrics for Hallelujah.

I have the audio and the video for Tribute by Tenacious D. This is an interesting conbination of music and humour - the video is particularly amusing.

- See the lyrics for Tribute.

So that's the latest summary of some of the music I most enjoy. See the older pages linked at the top of the page to see my favourites form the past. If you would like to agree or disagree on anything I have said just send me an email at OJB@mac.com.


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