My Odd Musical Tastes

As I grow older, I’ve grown to appreciate the way that music can energize, soothe and change my mood.  It’s probably surprising to friends and family, but I have become a big fan of Electronica.  What I like about it is that it helps me to stay focused and energized while I’m sitting at my desk at work.

I grew up listening to traditional rock from bands like Led Zeppelin, Boston, Aerosmith, etc.  In the late 80’s I started listening to New Age music to help take the edge off a very stressful period (new wife, child, and job while pursuing an MBA).  I still enjoy both forms of music – but at this point in my life, my greatest challenge is maintaining a laser focus. What I need in workplace music is an absence of distraction while helping maintain an energy level.  Rock music is far too engaging for me – I want to understand the lyrics and engage emotionally.  Lyrics are not commonly a problem with New Age music, but it’s not consistently energetic.  Electronica is high energy and instrumental (in the broad sense of the word).  I can put my ear buds in and focus on desk work.

I have close relatives who probably don’t understand this choice.  It’s counter to the tastes of my generation.  I guess very few 40 somethings choose to listen to Electronica.  But if you review my play list, there is no denying where I spend my time.

For your listening pleasure, I have included one of my current favorites.  Yea, I know.  It’s not what you would have expected.  (short link)

Strange Little Songs

What are the weirdest song titles in your playlist or music collection?
Submitted by Charline.

I haven’t taken a look at the other posts for this question – but I’m guessing I have one of the more uncommon set of songs on my player.  Where I have a full album from one of the artists I’ve only included two of the titles.

Nava by Safa
Frevo Rasgado by Mclaughlin and Dimeola
Ady by Tarika
Bir Zamanlar Bir by Ensemble Huseyin Turkmenler
Syzggy by Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Fuga Y Misterio
Folon by Salif Keita
Luminosa by Libera
Rockafella Skank by Fatboy Slim
Yaxchillian by Yussi
Avaz-e Dashti by Yo Yo Ma
Pilentze Pee by Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares
Kalimankou Denkou by Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares
What is a Bozo by William Shatner
Tamacun by Rodrigo y Gabriela

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