I also recently stumbled upon the Elvis Costello list (once a Vanity Fair article) of his essential albums. I started to think I should do the same, and maybe I will one day (here's a start: the monaural recording I used to moon over when I was a teenager, the one that contained both Ralph Vaughn Williams's "Variations on Greensleeves" and Barber's "Adagio for Strings," long before it became part of a movie score; Glen Campbell, Wichita Lineman; Simon & Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Water; Joni Mitchell, For the Roses; etc. That's just for starters. I'm just thinking about the ones I've lived with longest.).
But what I'm really here to tell you is that recently I had an e-mail exchange with an old friend (he blogs at cpsconsolidated) who really really really loves music. I said once, in a query he posted, that I thought the entire Rufus Wainwright oeuvre was worth listening to and owning. He needed to be persuaded. That's what we wrote back and forth about--what he was thinking about Rufus as he kept listening to Poses and the newest, All Days are Night: Songs for Lulu. Here's the result of our exchange, in case you want to know. (bonus: Rufus videos!)
Also, I am looking forward to two cds that will be coming my way soon: Sufjan Stevens' newest (all delighted people who are loving the new SS EP, raise your hands!), and Martha Wainwright's address to the work of Edith Piaf. The Wainwrights! Can't get enough of them!
(p.s. also, I bought the new Robert Plant.)
I'm so bad a buying music. I just listen to The National. I've been like this my whole life. I like one band for 2 years and then move on. A not particularly expansive world view. Your post today will make me go buy some music (admittedly, then I tend to like derivatives. Xavier Rudd sounds like Simon and Garfunkel--my 14-16 year old music obsession.) Well, them and SubHumAns.ReplyDelete
I need the new SS.ReplyDelete
Thanks to Lisa B. for gracing my blog with her presence and wisdom!ReplyDelete