Music Monday

Share And Share Alike

Tiffany from Life With Blondie started Music Mondays because Mondays just suck. Mondays aren’t too suckish for me but I did like the idea and I will be joining in. I, however will only be contributing once a month. I believe Tiffany and her other music crew will be posting each and every Monday.

Just recently I became acutely aware of something I have heard most of my life – that music is the universal language. Then I heard math was, but no tangents today. I always thought it meant instrumentals like Classical music but now I know that music in any language can be understood by the soul. It doesn’t matter if you understand the lyrics or not. In just the last few months I realized the full meaning of Longfellow’s quote. If you think you need to understand Malayalam, Spanish, Tagalog, English, Korean, Swahili, or Russian to feel the full effect of what the lyricist, vocalist or musician is trying to convey, you are mistaken. Music is felt not only in the mind but also the soul.

For the most part what I have been sharing is Jazz, Smooth Jazz. Even people who don’t like Classical or the so called ‘elevator music’ can enjoy some smooth jazz. So far all of the friends with whom I have shared songs by artists like Boney James, George Benson, Kenny G., Najee, Norman Brown, Chris Botti and Candy Dulfer have enjoyed the music. I have even shared vocal music by Prince, Babyface, Journey, Yolanda Adams and several other artists. In return I have gained exposure to several new artists myself. Thank you all who have shared with me.

In particular I have received music by Ellie Goulding, Fonseca, Rashid Ali, The Speaks, Eric Darius and many more from Bollywood movie soundtracks. Music truly is the universal language and so to is friendship a universal construct. Music touches us on a spiritual level as does the love of a friend.

I have provided a topic on my contact page. If you would like to exchange music links via YouTube to share with me and in turn receive the same from me, I would be happy to oblige. Just use the contact page and I will gladly share a few of my Smooth Jazz favorites. In return, I would like to know some of yours. Jazz, Smooth Jazz and Spanish Guitar Jazz are my favorites but feel free to share any and all.

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  1. #1 by Paul Orr(leprachaunz) on June 25, 2012 - 11:51 PM

    I’m sure I have said this previously, but. I am a big jazz fan. My favorite period is the 30s and 40s, also vocal jazz from the 1950s.(Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole.) Some of the modern jazz singers and instrumentalists are great too.(I just recently discovered Chris Botti; great trumpet player.
    As for “Smooth Jazz”. Sorry Tom, it’s too boring for me.
    Paul

  2. #2 by Tiffany (lifewithblondie) on June 24, 2012 - 11:11 PM

    I love Spanish Guitar music. I could listen to it for hours! Thanks for joining in… happy to have anyone contribute anytime! And I’m also such a fan of any good sax player.

  3. #3 by cashewsandthings on June 23, 2012 - 2:43 AM

    Smooth Jazz for the win!! Thank you so much for making me listen to it. :) Definitely need to show you some more songs too. :D

    • #4 by Tom Baker on June 23, 2012 - 1:56 PM

      Yes, send me more and I will send more jazz to you.

  4. #5 by Addie on June 18, 2012 - 6:54 AM

    Ellie Goulding’s rendition of Your Song is one of the bests thus far. Have you listened yet to the links I sent you last night? :)

    • #6 by Addie on June 18, 2012 - 7:15 AM


      (Jump to 1:05, please).
      It’s a Korean song and I’ve been listening to it since 2007.


      This is one is a Tagalog song about “regretting”. Been listening to it since I was in grade-school.

      Two songs you may not understand the lyrics but will definitely understand the emotion that comes from it.

    • #7 by Tom Baker on June 23, 2012 - 1:39 PM

      I have listened to them bunso and they are now in my collection. Salamat.

  5. #8 by nenskei on June 18, 2012 - 6:51 AM

    I love Najee.

    • #9 by Tom Baker on June 23, 2012 - 1:37 PM

      I know you do and I will find some of his best sax songs!

  6. #10 by Sylvia on June 18, 2012 - 12:21 AM

    I have been a fan of George Benson since I was a teen. I just love listening to his music.

    • #11 by Tom Baker on June 23, 2012 - 1:36 PM

      I can send you some of the ones I have Sylvia. How are you?

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