What have you been listening to these five weeks?


It occurred to me today that New York City is quieter; since Sep. 11 the city has been noticeably and unquestionably quieter. It is a part of city living here to have various flavors of obnoxious, angry and often ridiculous rap music rammed down our ears on a somewhat regular basis. I don't refer to some of the more creative efforts of a handfull of talented hip hop artists; I mean the mindless, mechanical thud and obscenity that passes for music for some.

It seems that the seriousness of what has been going on here as of late has caused some of those who felt it was a right to force that kind tastelesness and anger on those around them, to be a bit more sensitive and respectfull.

This is clearly a time of difficult emotions, and speaking from personal experience and that of many around me, finding confort and solace in music is very important. I wondered what music or artists Audiogoners have been listening to lately and what reasons for making those choices there might be?

Regards
frogman
Jennifer Warnes' The Hunter - these songs and her voice are very emotional - the song Big Noise, New York really does it.
I did not discriminate any specific music for that tragic event, but not to be extreme I ran on my TT the day after Musorgski "Shakherezade" and some of Bethoven symphonies Pastoral and Ode to Joy.
Music as any kind of entertainment has to be a part of life. So after continuous watching TV and listening to the news, there has to be a time to bring yourself back the way you've been before. Ambient of Brian Eno certainly was my first choise of my listening hunger.
Thanks to all for your responses. Some of the things that I have listening to include a couple of different versions of Beethoven's "Eroica", Astor Piazzola, Ellis Regina, Coltrane, and Bill Evans. Some of this music and artists have a certain melancholy in their sound or attitude but also optimism.

Fam124, interesting comment concerning Stan Getz's "sound". A beautiful sound it was and isn't it interesting how the "sound" of an artist can cause an emotional reaction. He had an incredibly honest sound without affectations. Could sound velvety, beautifully breathy and introspective. Ever notice how often his reed "squeaked" or chirped (usually in up-tempo tunes) and yet it never seemed to matter? If you haven't yet, check out his work with Bill Evans. Talk about introspection. Beautiful stuff.

I also find interesting the various mentions of artists of various nationalities. Perhaps with all the attention that world events is getting right now, more people will be exposed to the music of other nations. Naive? Maybe, but the power of music should not be underestimated.

Best to all.
During the 911 tragedy, I was over in Europe for business.
I could not get back to the states until 921. I was "stuck"
in Zurich(beautiful city but very expensive). I went to several concerts at Tonhalle, a lovely Schubert Mass, and
Mahler's 7th conducted by Zinman(5th row seats at both).
What contrasting performances!!! Schubert's a loving reminder of the good in mankind and Mahler's end of the world vision. When I got home I pensively turned to Schubert's later string quartets(Emerson String Quartet).
They are gloriously serene works on the inner strength
of man in the face of tragic turns of fate(autobiographical in Schubert's case). I have moved on to Webern, Bartok, Reger, and Hindesmith chamber music which keeps in step
with the dissonance of the currrent world.
I just got the Telarc DVD A of the 1812. The cannons firing and the explosions in sound made me hope that bin Laden was experiencing the real thing.