Monday, December 2, 2013

What music are you enjoying right now? Want to share?

It’s officially Christmas season. I don’t know when you all started listening to Christmas music, but I started while I was cooking Thanksgiving dinner. It’s interesting that this “genre” of music keeps coming back seasonally, and it's really a whole mishmash of genres.

It’s also officially end-of-term project and finals season, so I thought I’d throw this one out to you, my readers. Here's the question: what music are you digging right now, and why do you like it?

I’ll start. I just finished a performance run of Handel’s Messiah, and even though I tried to pick something else as I wrote about Messiah last year, it's what's on my mind. Specifically, I've had "But Who May Abide the Day of His Coming?" stuck in my head. It has two parts, one fast and one slow. The slow part has a catchy melody, but the fast part is the kicker—not only is the vocal part flashy, but also the string parts sizzle with quick bowing, evoking fire (at least in my mind). Here's a video, and I hope you like countertenors:

Now it's your turn, and it doesn’t have to be Christmas music, and it doesn't have to be long.

Vocab: bowing, countertenor


  1. Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack.

  2. On Thanksgiving? Alice's Restaurant.

    1. I've heard you can get anything you want there. Do you think they have Dim Sum?

  3. I'm grooving to American Authors these days: and

  4. Thanks for the tip, Brady. I hadn't heard of them, and I liked what you shared. Kind of a Killers vibe, but with more memorable melodies and more deliberate timbral choices. Banjo is almost always a good sign in a rock group, too.