I have been trying to expand my horizons this month and one of the things I have been doing is listening to types of music I generally don't listen to. I am a huge jazz fan and tend to listen to it All.
Of. The. Time. I would not call myself in a jazz rut since I do love it, but there is nothing wrong with listening to different sounds. Each day I am listening to a different genre (well at least in the mornings I am, but confess I generally go back to jazz in the evenings) and today is my R & B day. I started with a little Luther Vandross, then some Barry White and of course some Aretha, but then I had to play my favorite R&B song over and over and over.
I make mixed CD's for my car (yeah I don't have Mp3 capabilities in my car and still have to rely on "Old School" methods, even though I am old enough to remember 8 track tapes and actually had a car once that had only an AM radio) This summer Son3 was here visiting with GF3 and we were driving to a family reunion with the Cd player on. Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones" came on and Son3 asked me my inspiration in including it on the disc, which was an extremely diverse compilation of tunes.
I told him I thought it was one of the most musically beautiful songs of the modern age. I love the instrumentation, the vocals, the spacing__in fact, I think the song is nearly a perfect piece of music. Amazingly, since this summer, Son3 calls me with that song playing in the background all the time. He was not terribly familiar with it and GF3 had never heard it before but they both love it and listen to it all the time now. Since they are both musicians they play various background parts while the song is playing. I love that I could sneak an "earworm" into their lives.
Incidentally there are 2 more songs on the Cd that they are listening to regularly, not because they are perfect songs but just because they are fun. I am including them also.
I don't know why I like this one so much except the energy of it makes me happy.
Grand Funk Railroad "Foot Stompin Music"
This one I love because of the last verse. When it plays in the car everyone sings along at the top of their lungs. Even people who don't know the song can find some places to easily sing along.
David Allen Coe "You Never Even Called Me by My Name"