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easy listen or classical buff

how far into music are you I will listen to any thing once but like country pop light folk cross over classical Watson/boe/ not keen on jazz proper opera

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widtink 5 406 2 Scotland
11 Mar 2013 8:10PM
Alt country for me but then again iam an old ----Blush
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
11 Mar 2013 8:16PM
Country has always been a guilty pleasure of mine, but as I've got older I find myself enjoying everything from Death Metal to Adele - just depends what I'm doing at the time.
Nigeyboy 10 879 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 8:42PM
I find I'm listening more to Radio 2 and Classic FM these days - my dance music days are behind me!!
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
11 Mar 2013 8:45PM
At home: classical music... 100%. In the car popular music... also 100% (from 1960s to current0.
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
11 Mar 2013 10:36PM
Almost anything apart from heavy metal & modern papmusic. (By modern I mean anything from 1975 onwards Grin )
Always have classic FM on in the car.
12 Mar 2013 12:06AM
When I lived in the UK, Classic FM was easy listening. Radio 3 was for fans of serious music. Did something change?

Let me guess: Classic FM stole Radio 3ís lunch and consequently the BBC controllers dumbed down their station to claw back listeners who think classical music is for traffic jams?

If so, that would tie in nicely with the recent pared-down Penguin and Gramophone guides. I suppose the true classical music geeks hang out in the nether regions of the web these days, but the downside to that is people like me wonít get into classical music if itís hidden from view.

I remember many years ago Radio 3 played nothing but Beethoven for a week. Talk about hardcore! It was called The Beethoven Experience, and as part of the show the Radio 3 website offered free downloads of all nine symphonies played by Nosedaís BBC Philharmonic, in 128 kbps LAME-encoded MP3, which sounded pretty good by contemporary standards. I still have them in my iTunes library.

I think they did something similar with Bach one Christmas, though it would have taken even longer than a week. Commercially unviable, probably, with endless obscure arias no-oneís ever heard of.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
12 Mar 2013 12:24AM
Radio 3 used to be two-thirds music and one-third talking. I used to listen to it quite a bit. Then the policy changed to 50/50 and the talking was too much; I stopped listening at that point and have never returned to R3.
joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
12 Mar 2013 7:21AM
I listen to more or less anything (well, except rap (rhythmic speech gets old really fast), hip-hop and Country (endlessly depressing ballads about men who are total b*st*rds or who end up getting killed or killing themselves. Anyway, I digress Wink )) but most often end up listening to classical (Sibelius, Stravinsky, Bartok, Shostakovich), jazz (mostly ECM stuff) or classic rock, electronica (and, ermmm, even a bit of Prog Wink )
keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 1:46PM
I don't know why some things are called easy and some classical, "classical" is often very pleasant and "easy" is often painfully boring, and I think I prefer baroque over classical. And are Mediaeval Baebes classical ?

Anway I'm told my taste in music is "eclectic", and sure enough, whilst I was checking some music links, YouTube threw up a Merlin aero engine (!), music in my ears.

Eclectic samples

Annbjorg Lien, first arrived on You Tube in an amateur fan clip

And now a some official clips have arrived


then there's Kimya Dawson

Soggy Bottom Boys

And then again

And Meera Bhajans

And lots of heavy rock, and forties pop, and Cab Calloway, and scottish pipes, and Ravi Shankar, and Sea Shanties, and all sorts of stuff.
digicammad 15 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 1:56PM
I rarely listen to Radio 1 or 2 as there is just far too much talking. Even taking into account ad breaks the commercial stations tend to play more tracks per hour.

As to what I listen to it depends upon my mood. Could be classical, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols, Led Zep, Santana, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Abba, Lady Gaga, Pink, Linkin Park, Alicia Keys, Adele, The Streets, The Script, or any one of a thousand other artists. At the moment I just happen to be listening to Jamiroquai because I'm in a funky mood.

I have to smile at people who talk about modern 'pap' music. I wonder if they realise just how much like their parents they sound. Proportionally there is probably not much to choose between any of the decades for good vs rubbish music. If you listen and ignore the X-Factor hype there are plenty of excellent solo artists and bands out there.
keith selmes 14 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 2:30PM
I was listening to my latest loudest pop single, when my father told me it was actually by Katchaturian. Just reworked with electric guitars. it was a ballet tune from nineteen forties soviet russia. I still like it though.

A lot of tunes seem to go round again after a few years, I think "Under the boardwalk" was out again last year.

One of the favourites was "Those were the days", even the parents approved, but first recorded 1925, most recent recording 2013.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
12 Mar 2013 2:58PM

Quote:I think "Under the boardwalk" was out again last year.

I don't think it's ever been away really. Smile

12 Mar 2013 3:01PM

Quote:I don't know why some things are called easy and some classical, "classical" is often very pleasant and "easy" is often painfully boring...

I think itís just because some people think classical music is good Ďbackground musicí, which naturally aggravates others who pour all their waking energies into either making or intensely listening to classical music, since they consider such music the pre-eminent achievement of Western civilisation. Itís a bit like the table tennis players who canít stand their sport being dismissively called ping-pong.

Soggy Bottom Boys

The Soggy Bottom Boys are brilliant, as is the film that clip comes from, O Brother, Where Art Thou? What a riot! And yet so powerfully felt. I greatly regret not making it to the cinema for that when it came out.
rhol2 7 369 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 10:13PM
Not keen on gangsta rap, or commercialised c/w , or background music/musak ...otherwise enjoy all genres... Blue grass,zydeco,"Classical", jazz, rock,folk, world music..

Favourite composer J.S.Bach..

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