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Writer's Block: Ten for the Tenth

Some people spend their whole lives preparing the answer to this question: What albums are on your personal all-time Top 10 list?


Boston, "Boston" Love the guitars; my favorite rock album ever, period.

Jerry Goldsmith, "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" Slow movie, spectacular score.

Simon and Garfunkel, "Concert in Central Park" I'm not usually one for live albums, but the energy there couldn't be denied.

Garth Brooks, "The Hits" I'm not a traditionalist; if I like a lot of one artist's songs, I'll just go straight to the greatest hits album. This one shows the great range of a guy who's way more than just country. "The River" and "Standing Outside the Fire" are two of my favorite songs of any kind, ever.

The Beatles, "The Beatles 1" Gee, it's not hard to pick just one Beatles album. Nope. Not at all.

Michael Jackson, "Thriller" I don't care. Just try listening to this without being overcome by the urge to dance.

John Williams, "the Greatest Hits: 1969-1999" I will buy and listen to anything by John Williams, up to and including him singing in the shower. (And he's a composer, not a singer.) This is a good sampler, including music from most of the most famous movies he's scored, as well as some others less well known. Did you know he used to write TV music under the name Johnny Williams? Truth is, he probably would go into a dozen spots in my top 20. Speaking of which:

James Horner, "Apollo 13" Or "Braveheart", or "Titanic", or "Casper", or "The Perfect Storm" ... I counted 115 film scores done by Horner since 1978. They range from stirring to exciting to heartbreaking, often in the same movie. Horner's probably my second favorite movie composer (see above).

Cherry Poppin' Daddies, "Zoot Suit Riot" Hey, I didn't name 'em. Their blood pumping, big band inspired music is perfect for working out or just dancing around the living room, preferably when no one's home.

Aaron Copeland, just about anything. (Check out "Fanfare for the Common Man".) Okay, truth is I couldn't decide on a tenth entry among the several hundred artists of a dozen genres that I count as my favorites. Having eclectic taste is just another way of saying you can't make up your mind. But you could do a lot worse than Copeland!

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petzipellepingo
Nov. 13th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
Cherry Poppin' Daddies, "Zoot Suit Riot" Hey, I didn't name 'em. Their blood pumping, big band inspired music is perfect for working out or just dancing around the living room, preferably when no one's home.

Sssswwwing!

James Horner, "Apollo 13" Or "Braveheart", or "Titanic", or "Casper", or "The Perfect Storm" ... I counted 115 film scores done by Horner since 1978. They range from stirring to exciting to heartbreaking, often in the same movie. Horner's probably my second favorite movie composer (see above).
Don't forget his score for Aliens, which kinda got recycled in Clear and Present Danger.

ozma914
Nov. 14th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
I've noticed that Horner recycles some of his riffs into other movies, from time to time, especially in his early works. I actually stopped and rewound "Cocoon" once, when I realized there was a very short piece near the end that was an exact duplicate of a moment during a scene in "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan". With that much music writing, I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often!
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ozma914
Nov. 14th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
Why, thank you! And might I add, some of the scoring in Doctor Who is worthy of putting together on an album of its own!
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ozma914
Nov. 14th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
*blink* They have Doctor Who music albums????
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ozma914
Nov. 14th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
How fast can I say yes!!!! That's perfect mood music to write by, man!
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ozma914
Nov. 14th, 2008 11:55 am (UTC)
No rush -- who knows how long before I'll have a chance to write any fiction again? But thanks, what a great thing for you to do!
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ozma914
Nov. 15th, 2008 08:09 am (UTC)
Thanks again! Music to write by ...

By the way, I probably won't be texting you any more, my cell phone company really socked me with overseas charges! I couldn't believe how much it was. Just goes to show, they'll get you one way or another. :-(
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ozma914
Nov. 15th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
Not bloody likely, if you'll pardon the phrasology! You didn't force us to text. Besides, you've more than made up for anything like that in all the postage and CD's you've spent money on to keep us entertained! :-)
karen_cat_7
Nov. 13th, 2008 10:00 am (UTC)
have you ever wondered WHAT people were thinking when they named their band? i'm familiar with the "cherry poppin' daddies" because my spouse loves swing (i like it in small doses, really small doses, almost non-existent doses actually - right there next to jazz and blues and rap and hiphop...like not often at all - can you tell he and i don't listen to the same music much anymore?) one of my favorite groups, though, "the barenaked ladies" ... well it got my attention.

cool list. i love the beatles, simon and garfunkel and boston was the college soundtrack to my romance with the spouse. sweet memories.
ozma914
Nov. 14th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I love the Barenaked Ladies! Who, I'm told, do the opening music on "The Big Bang Theory". But you're right, people are either running out of name ideas or smoking something before they start brainstorming.

Great memories, indeed!
keith5by5
Nov. 13th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Um, John Fogerty's Revival, Johnny Cash's 'When The Man COmes Around', the Beatles '1', and Meat Loaf's 'Bat Out Of Hell 1&2'. They'd be my top 5.

Although that changes daily.
ozma914
Nov. 14th, 2008 07:58 am (UTC)
Ah, Bat Out of Hell! And who doesn't love anything by Johnny Cash? One of my first albums was Cash's live concert at San Quenton Prison. Fogerty, of course, is classic.

That's my problem -- I could think about it and research from now until next year, and never really be able to decide on a top ten.
keith5by5
Nov. 14th, 2008 08:24 am (UTC)
That's the trouble with these lists. They change, change, change.
ozma914
Nov. 14th, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
Yes, constantly. My daughter has a new favorite song that she listens to over and over, and a week later it's the whole thing all over again, and I never hear the first song again.
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