Midweek Music: 10 Albums I May Be Listening To In 10 Years

I would highlight a new artist but all I really want to listen to is Adele’s newest album. So here are 10 albums from 10 different artists I think I may be listening to 10 years from now:

1. 21 by Adele – I can’t stop listening to this album. It gets better every time I listen to it. It’s a sonic, vocal and musical masterpiece.

2. Moondance by Van Morrison – Flawless throughout, I never tire of these songs. So many moonlit nights had air filled with the sound of Van singing these tunes.

3. Live at Royal Albert Hall by Bob Dylan – This is easily my favorite Dylan album. These 2-disc piece of history marks his move from acoustic troubadour to bluesy pop icon.

4. Abbey Road by The Beatles – Genius.

5. Lady In Satin by Billie Holiday – Lady Day’s last recording, recorded just weeks before her death and released just after, it is a stunning, hypnotic piece of art. Though technically not her best singing, it is her singing that makes this one her best.

6. Blue Train by John Coltrane – Almost every sermon I’ve ever preached should should this album as a footnote.

7. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys – I get chills every time Sloop John B starts. Every. Single. Time.

8. Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen – Americana. Gothic. Haunting. Beautiful. Stories.

9. Dusty In Memphis by Dusty Springfield – I’m not sure there would be a Duffy or an Adele without Dusty. Every song is incredible and full of heart-rending soul-deep beauty.

10. Mack the Knife: The Complete Ella in Berlin by Ella Fitzgerald – I bought this on my birthday while living in St. Louis.  Autumn was in full swing, winter winds not far behind. And I can’t listen to this album without that moment. That was 10 years ago.

Sure, I could list more…what are some of yours?

MIdweek Music: The Jennys, Dylan and My Favorite Christian Band

I get asked a lot bout what I am listening to. Maybe I should use this Midweek Music thing to share what I have been listening to over the past week…

I’m actually listening to The Wailin’ Jennys at this very moment and have barely let up since discovering them a few weeks ago.

U2 continues to be my favorite Christian band. 😉

“What Can I give back to God for the blessings he poured out on me?”

I’ve also been enjoying Dylan’s The Witmark Demos.

A week doesn’t go by when I am not listening to The Beatles.

And last, my kids love these guys…

What are you listening to?

Bob Dylan, Live in Birmingham, October 13th, 2010

My kids will wonder why he didn’t do “Must Be Santa.”

Last night I saw Dylan in concert. It was surreal. Incredible to be in the same room with him, the living legend, it actually had the aura of just being in the room with a working band. A working band from about 50 years ago. I suppose it is strange the thing I liked best about the night was how uneventful it was. It was just a bunch of guys playing music with cords everywhere. What added to this was how Dylan changed almost every tune, some were almost completely unrecognizable till the title of the chorus was sung. I caught about fifty percent of the lyrics.

Highlights include “Cold Irons Bound,” “Ballad of a Thin Man,” “Jolene” and “Like A Rolling Stone.” I told my wife I might have enjoyed “Jolene” the most because none of the people around us knew the new song, so they were not yelling ‘woohoo!’ drunkenly every time he got to the chorus. Low points included the lady behind me, who throughout the majority of the concert did a loud and rather annoying impression of – and I am not kidding – Speedy Gonzales. I am not kidding. We moved after a while.

I loved it. The musicianship was stellar. Dylan was great on keys, guitar and harmonica. Charlie Sexton, plating lead guitar put on a show. Bobby may be approaching 70, but it was loud, often rollicking and definitely worth the wait after all these years.

The following is the set list:

Leopard Skin Pill-Box Hat
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again
Just Like A Woman
The Levee’s Gonna Break
Tangled Up In Blue
Things Have Changed
Simple Twist of Fate
Cold Irons Bound
Workingman’s Blues
Highway 61 Revisited
Ain’t Talkin’
Thunder On the Mountain
Ballad of a Thin Man

(Encore)
Jolene
Like A Rolling Stone