Uncle Roger's Notebooks of Daily Life

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My life is, to me, ripe with frequent challenges, occasional successes, spontaneous laughter, adequate tears, and enough *life* to last me a lifetime. To you, however, it surely seems most pedestrian. And therefore, I recycle the name I used previously and call this my Notebooks of Daily Life. Daily, because it's everyday in nature, ordinary. These conglomeration of events that are my life are of interest to me because I live it, perhaps mildly so to those who are touched by it, and could only be of perverse, morbid curiosity to anyone else. Yet, I offer them here nonetheless. Make of them what you will, and perhaps you can learn from my mistakes.


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Friday, September 01, 2006

Genres

I was walking back to my desk after a meeting alongside one of the partners. Making chit-chat, I mentioned that I had to figure out what album to listen to next. He commented that I probably had a lot of different types of music, and I agreed. So when I had a free moment, I typed up a quick list of some of the genres represented in the more than 30GB of MP3 files I have on a little external hard drive and e-mailed it to him. I thought it might make an interesting post (at least, no more boring than any of my other posts), so here it is, along with some representative artists for each of the genres. I've also added links for some of the lesser known artists that you might want to follow up on.

Blues
John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Jimmy Witherspoon, Susan Tedeschi, Johnny Lang

Classical
Rossini, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Strauss

Opera
Verdi

Hawaiian
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

Kids
Sesame Street, Baby Einstein, Charity and the JAMband

Big Band/Swing
Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Brian Setzer Orchestra

Country
Alabama, Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs

Jpop
Hiroshima

Space
Mannheim Steamroller, Philip Glass, Jean-Michel Jarre, Serge Blenner, Vangelis

A capella
The Edlos, Flirtations

South African
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Juba

Puerto Rican
Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer

Reggae
UB40, Bob Marley, Cosmo

Rap
Will Smith

Folk
Caren Armstrong, James Taylor, Utah Phillips

Rock
Beatles, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton

Jazz
Dave Brubeck, Dave Gruisin, Spyro Gyra

Japanese
Ensemble Nipponia

Gilbert & Sullivan
Peruvian
Inkari

Jewish
Singers and Songwriters of the Jewish Home

Baroque
Vivaldi, Albinoni

Disco
Village People

Scandinavian
Loituma

Vocal Jazz
Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux

Broadway
Snoopy, Camelot

Soundtracks
Back to the Future, Cars, Blues Brothers 2000, Electric Dreams, O Brother

Choral
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus, Vienna Boys Choir

Humour
Ray Stevens, Dr. Demento, Allan Sherman

Most of what I've got falls into Blues, Rock, and Classical, but I also have a fair bit of jazz and country. There are probably other genres represented as well, especially in the directory called "Various Artists". Of course, I'm also always looking for new music and new artists, and one of the gifts I like best is a CD of local or unknown blues music.

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