Music is a huge part of my life. Over the years, I've played the piano, harmonica, recorder, hammered dulcimer, clarinet and, most recently,
the oboe (though none of them very well). During most of my waking hours, I'm either listening to music, playing it or humming it.
Because music is so important to me, I've posted songs throughout this website to give you a better feel for the areas I visited. You never know
what you're going to get, so click around and look for the music. Here's a sample of what you'll hear:
The song Tom Dooley and a story about the real Tom Dula during my visit to
North Carolina (News: July 8, 2001)
The theme song of the television show The Waltons during my visit to Schuyler,
Virginia – the real Waltons Mountain (News: July 16, 2001)
Waltzing Matilda and the true story about that song during my visit to the Combo
Waterhole billabong in Australia (News: March 16, 2002)
Look for music on my website in this yellow box. Click below to play the song (in this case, a greeting from Yours Truly).
My 10 Favorite Albums
I've been collecting albums since the 1960s, first on vinyl, then eight-track, then CDs and now MP3s. I now have over 3,000 albums
in my collection and have listed my 10 favorite below.
1). Legends by 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." After I attended one of their concerts, Nancy even inspired me to take up the oboe.
This is Don Juan from the album Legends.
2). Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. II by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1989)
This is perhaps the most inspirational collection of bluegrass,
country and gospel music ever produced. The album is a compilation of over a dozen phenomenal artists, each singing music in
their own unique way.
Here's Life's Railway to Heaven (sung by Johnny Cash) from the album Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2.
3). An Ancient Muse by Loreena McKennit (2006)
Loreena is a Canadian folk artist who sings mystical songs about
ancient times. Her magical voice will transport you to places, and feelings, you didn't know existed.
Here's Beneath a Phygrian Sky from the album An Ancient Muse.
(Phygria was a kingdom in ancient Turkey).
4). Abbey Road by The Beatles (1969)
Many critics think Abbey Road was one of the finest albums ever recorded,
and I agree. This is the Beatles at their best.
This is Come Together from Abbey Road.
5). Sheryl Crow by 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 both a
singer and songwriter.
Here's A Change from the album Sheryl Crow.
6). The Harbor Lights Concert by John Denver (2002)
With an unbounded generosity and a prodigious talent as a singer,
songwriter, and environmentalist, John Denver was always one of my favorite artists. He wasn't flashy but I respected him, and I was
saddened by his tragic death in 1997.
Here's Darcy Farrow fromThe Harbor Lights Concert album.
7). Other Voices, Other Rooms by Nanci Griffith (1994)
Austin native Nanci Griffith carried folk music's banner through
the 1980s and 1990's. This album of cover songs won her the 1994 Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album.
This is Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (with John Prine) from Other Voices, Other Rooms.
8). New World by 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.
Here's Goodbye My Friend from New World.
9). Listen Without Prejudice by George Michael (1990)
Despite the legal and personal problems he had later in his career,
I always respected George Michael as an artist. This album was his strongest effort and was a great follow-up to "Faith."
Every song is a winner.
Here's Waiting for That Day from Listen Without Prejudice.
10). Songbird by Eva Cassidy (1998)
Eva is the best singer you've probably never heard of. An amazing
jazz-blues-folk artist, Eva refused to be pigeon-holed by recording companies. That, along with her shyness, hindered her career.
Sadly, Eva died of cancer in 1998.
Here's People Get Ready from Songbird.
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