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Music To Not Write By
by Brian Plante

The more you like books, the more books you like. That's also true of music. What kind of music do I listen to? The short answer is lots. I have more music than I have room for in the house. All my old vinyl LP's (over a thousand) are boxed in the garage. I have many hundreds of CD's that do get room in the house, for now. I keep telling myself I'll transfer the songs I want to keep to MP3 files (or whatever the equivalent is at that time), then auction off the whole lot on eBay. Yeah, like I'll ever find the time to do that.

I was born in 1956, so I was just about the right age to get interested in music when the Beatles hit in 1964. I love 'em still. I liked a lot of the other British invasion groups, too. By the time I started learning to play guitar and keyboards in the early 70's, Progressive rock was popular, and the musicianship in those groups blew me away, so I still have a soft spot in my heart for that sound. I suppose the major part of my listening is oldies from the sixties, and classic and progressive rock from the seventies and eighties. I also like some classical (mostly the standard repertoire everyone knows -- nothing too heavy), some jazz (ditto), some new age, some Broadway and movie soundtracks, and some old farts, too.

Here's a bunch of quick lists of what I like. These are very incomplete, since a full listing of what I like and own would take much more time than I want to spend on this. Much of what I listen to is fairly obscure, so I'll list mostly the things that you might already know, rather than the ones you've never heard of. You won't see too many newer bands here, either. I suppose it's universal that as we age, we mostly hate the younger generation's music while revering our own. Just like our parents did.

Oldies, Classic Rock & Pop:

  • 10cc
  • A-Ha
  • Ace Of Base
  • Allman Brothers
  • Badfinger
  • Beach Boys
  • Beatles
  • Bette Midler
  • Billy Joel
  • Boston
  • Bread
  • Buffalo Springfield
  • Chicago
  • Chris DeBurgh
  • Christopher Cross
  • City Boy
  • Colin Blunstone
  • Eagles
  • Edgar Winter
  • Elton John
  • Elvis Costello
  • Emitt Rhodes
  • Hall & Oates
  • Herman's Hermits
  • Howard Jones
  • It Bites
  • Joe Jackson
  • Joe Walsh/James Gang
  • John Miles
  • Kirsty MacColl
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Linda Rondstadt
  • Lovin Spoonful
  • Marillion
  • Michael Jackson/Jackson Five
  • Moody Blues
  • Mott The Hoople
  • Naked Eyes
  • Nazz
  • Poco
  • Procol Harum
  • Queen
  • Raspberries
  • Reeves Gabrels
  • Robin Trower
  • Roy Harper
  • Sergio mendes
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Squeeze
  • Steely Dan
  • Sumertramp
  • Swing Out Sister
  • Tears For Fears
  • The Corrs
  • The Dave Clark Five
  • The Four Tops
  • The Grass Roots
  • The Hollies
  • The Monkees
  • The Police
  • The Spongetones
  • The Temptations
  • The Turtles
  • The Who
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Toto
  • Van Duren (his one album in the 70's is one of the greatest pop album ever created, and yet you've probably never heard of him -- life is not fair)
  • Van Halen
  • Zombies
  • ZZ Top

Progressive Rock:

  • Alan Parsons
  • Ambrosia
  • Asia
  • Camel
  • Crack The Sky
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Flash
  • Genesis
  • Gentle Giant
  • Happy The Man
  • King Crimson
  • Liquid Tension Experiment
  • Nektar
  • PFM
  • Pink Floyd
  • Renaissance
  • Spock's Beard
  • Starcastle
  • Supertramp
  • The Flower Kings (a curent band from Scandinavia that deserves a bigger audience)
  • The Strawbs
  • Triumvirat
  • Yes

Old Farts:

  • Elvis
  • Glen Miller
  • Herb Alpert
  • Johnny Mathis
  • Nat King Cole
  • The Four Freshmen
  • Tony Bennett


  • Aaron Copland
  • Bach
  • Beethoven
  • Charlotte Church
  • George Gershwin
  • Gustav Holst
  • Leonard Bernstein
  • Liona Boyd ( a great classical guitarist with a lot of downloads available on MP3.com ; check her out!)
  • Mussorsky
  • Tchaikovsky
  • The Swingle Singers

Jazz & "near-jazz":

  • Acoustic Alchemy
  • Bela Fleck & The Flecktones (well, this is jazz, bluegrass, progressive and the kitchen sink, but I have to put it somewhere)
  • Brand X
  • Chick Corea
  • Jeff Beck (his instrumental fusion albums)
  • Kenny Rankin
  • Pat Metheny
  • Steve Morse/Dixie Dregs (like Bela Fleck, these guys cover a lot of ground, too)
  • Weather Report


  • Anuna
  • Clannad
  • Davey Spillane
  • Enya
  • Riverdance (Bill Whelan)
  • The Chieftains


  • Braveheart (James Horner)
  • Das Boot (Klaus Doldinger)
  • Titanic soundtrack (James Horner)
  • The 5th Element
  • The Natural (Randy Newman)

Electronic & New Age

  • Adiemus
  • Anthony Phillips
  • Chuck Mangione
  • Diana Krall
  • Enigma
  • Kit Watkins
  • Larry Fast/Synergy
  • Manheim Steamroller (but not those boring Christmas albums)
  • Mike Oldfield
  • Paul Winter Consort
  • Reverberii
  • Sam Cardon & Kurt Bestor
  • Steve Reich
  • Tomita
  • Vangelis
  • Walter/Wendy Carlos
  • Yanni (his early albums were cutting edge before he wimped out)

I could go on, but you get the idea. Like I said, I like lots. The more you love music, the more music you love.

Copyright © 2000 Brian Plante


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