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My 10 Favorite Albums


Music is a big part of my life, and during most of my waking hours, I'm either listening to music or I'm playing it.  Over the years, I've played the piano, harmonica, recorder, hammered dulcimer, clarinet and, most recently, the oboe -- though none of them very well.  I have about a thousand CDs in my collection and have listed my 10 favorite below. 


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  1). Legends  Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel (1989)

Seattle-based instrumentalists Tingstad & Rumbel have been my favorite group for many years.  Eric plays the guitar and Nancy plays the oboe, ocarina, and English horn.  They won the 2002 Grammy for Best New Age Album, "Acoustic Garden" and Nancy even inspired me to take up the oboe. 


Don Juan



2). The Harbor Lights Concert  John Denver (Released 2002)

Possessing an unbounded generosity and a prodigious talent as a singer, songwriter, and environmental activist, John Denver was always one of my favorite artists.  No, he wasn't flashy, but I respected him more than any singer and I was greatly saddened by his sudden death in 1997.  This is John Denver at his best.


Darcy Farrow



3). Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. II  The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1989)

The most inspirational collection of bluegrass and country music ever produced.  This is a compilation of over a dozen phenomenal artists, each singing music in their own way.


Life's Railway to Heaven (by Johnny Cash)



4). Abbey Road  The Beatles (1969)

Many think Abbey Road was one of the finest albums ever recorded, and I agree.  This is the Beatles at their best.


Come Together



5). Sheryl Crow  Sheryl Crow (1996)

The follow-up to Sheryl's debut (and scattered) "Tuesday Night Music Club" album, this is Sheryl's strongest and most consistent CD.  It shows off her talents as a singer and songwriter.


A Change



6). Last of The True Believers  Nanci Griffith (1986)

Grammy-winning Austin native Nanci Griffith carried the banner for folk music throughout the 1980s and '90's.  This is one of her earlier CDs.


Love At The Five And Dime



7). The Billy May Sessions  Nat King Cole (1951)

Nat's smoky smooth vocals are Unforgettable.  I could've put any of his albums on my Top 10 list. 


Walking My Baby Back Home



8). New World  Karla Bonoff (1995)

Known more as a songwriter than a singer, Karla comes from the Southern California pop-country-rock scene, writing hits for Linda Ronstadt, Wynonna Judd and others.  This album is more mature than her earlier efforts and really shows her stuff.


Goodbye My Friend



9). Listen Without Prejudice  George Michael (1990)

Despite his recent legal and personal problems, I still respect George Michael as an artist and this album was his strongest effort.  It was a great follow-up to "Faith" and every song is a winner. 


Freedom 90



10). Songbird  Eva Cassidy (1998)

Eva is the best singer you've never heard of.  An amazing jazz-blues-folk singer, Eva refused to be pigeon-holed by recording companies.  That, along with her shyness, hindered her career -- but not that she cared, she just wanted to sing.  Sadly, Eva died in 1998 from cancer.


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