This week I have mostly been listening to...

Louis Armstrong - The Definitive...David Bowie - RealityThe Who - Live at Leeds
The Sixteen/Harry Christophers - The Flowering of GeniusPink Floyd - Obscured by Clouds
In any given week I listen to a wide variety of music. As I write, The Definitive Louis Armstrong is playing. A couple of Tool CDs and David Bowie’s Reality are waiting on the pile. I pulled out Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick a few days ago. Eberhard Weber’s Endless Days, David Torn's Door X, my own compilation CD of 60s pop — Spencer Davis, Traffic, the Kinks, the Small Faces and the Who, The Complete Robert Johnson, Schubert’s Quintet, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote and Till Eulenspiegel, the Essential Duke Ellington, a Robin Trower compilation, a Soft Machine compilation (from volumes one and two and Bundles), Joss Stone’s Soul Sessions, Tommy from the re-release of the Who’s Live at Leeds, The Sixteen’s Flowering of Genius and Taverner’s Western Wynde Mass, Pink Floyd’s Obscured by Clouds, Hariprasad Chaurasia’s Rag Bhimpalasa, Cassandra Wilson, a Marvin Gaye compilation, and Damien Rice’s O have all been played this week.

Jethro Tull - Thick As A BrickStrauss - Don Juan; Till Eulenspiegel. Tod und VerklärungJoss Stone - The Soul Sessions
If we are to tack labels onto some of this, I have listened to contemporary pop, contemporary Jazz, Delta Blues, Bengali Classical, Renaissance Polyphony, twenties Hot Jazz, Swing Jazz, Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Progressive Rock, early 20th century Classical, 60s pop, contemporary Soul, Motown, Classical and ECM Jazz. Country would admittedly be more rare — late 60s and early 70s Rock and pop, Swing, 20 th century Classical, Renaissance Polyphony, Blues, ECM Jazz and Indian Classical are my standard fare.

Damien Rice - OKenny Wheeler - Angel Song
Different musics suit different moods and different tasks. This week I haven't actually sat down to listen properly to anything. I try to spend an evening a week doing only that, but it rarely happens. Instead I soak in music while I write. Occasionally, I will take an album turn it up loud, stick a headphone on one ear and play along on my drum kit. Damien Rice’s O and Kenny Wheeler’s Angel Song are the most recent examples of this. Welcome to my world.

February 2002