Welcome to a new blog! This is a music blog where you can share some of your favourite pieces of music and see what other people love. Links to the music you're talking about are highly encouraged, but not essential if they are unavailable.
1) Keep songs and videos clean; any videos embedded need to be family-friendly. If you link to a song with an instance or two of swearing or cursing, post a note with the link mentioning that. Explicit songs and videos are not allowed.
2) Don't post pirated songs. To the best of your knowledge, only post songs or links to songs that legally uploaded.
3) Please try to include links to sites where people don't need an account to listen to the music (such as Youtube, Soundcloud, etc.). However, if you can't easily find a link there and want to share a link to Spotify or some other such site, that is allowable. Please do try to mention the artist and title in your post, though.
4) Please don't just post a link; please do feel free to talk about why you like or song or comment on other people's songs. Extended discussions (more than a couple of sentences, or more than a couple of back-and-forth exchanges) should move to the Favorite Music thread in the Spare Oom, though.
5) Post only one or two songs per post; please don't post a long list.
What are some pieces of music you love?
Some days you battle yourself and other monsters.
Some days you just make soup.
Some of my go-to writing music is the soundtrack to Howl's Moving Castle, and these two covers are particular favorites:
Really nice, @rose!
One of my favourite instrumental pieces at the moment (I first heard it on Classic FM radio some time ago and keep coming back to it) is The Beyondness of Things by film composer John Barry — I gather it's not from a movie soundtrack, just a piece from his own imagination. I just love the mysterious, wistful, slightly sad yet hopeful atmosphere of it (at least, that's what I hear in it!)... just seems to suit my mood lately.
(I'm pretty sure this posting of it on YouTube is legal, as it's from the English Chamber Orchestra's channel, and they're the orchestra playing it in the recording.)
"Now you are a lioness," said Aslan. "And now all Narnia will be renewed."
Well, my recent playlist choices have been a bit non-traditional, even for me. For example: "Deep Dive" by TryHardNinja
I don't typically seek out a lot of Youtuber originated music, however I discovered this song because the developers of Subnautica: Below Zero actually put it in the game (and I happen to be playing the Early Access). It is based off of the original Subnautica and although the lyrics make the most sense if you've actually played the game, I think they work with any type of exploration or adventure studying the unknown - and I have an explorer's heart 😛 . One of my dreams growing up was to study and travel to the deepest depths of the ocean (which is probably why I love the game, Subnautica, so much.) I have been seriously overplaying this song since I discovered it. I'm amazed my family hasn't displayed any signs of annoyance 😛 It really makes me want to go outside and study the wildlife or discover something new. After all...
"There's a world that moves just right under the tide,
But I'll never know unless I look inside..."
That verse just sends chills right through my spine.
The other thing I've been playing a bunch recently is "Crossroads Elegy (Main Theme)" from the The Long Dark Episode 3 soundtrack (The whole soundtrack is composed by Cris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan, I believe). Unfortunately, I can't find a link that either isn't pirated or doesn't cost money, so I can't really share it here, but I've been letting the whole theme run on the main menu before starting up the game and playing. The best way I could describe it is evoking equal parts of sadness and mourning for a forever changed and lost world (in game) and a sense of resilience and hope as your character travels and survives in the world that's left (again in game). At least that's how I view it 😛 Both volumes of the soundtrack, but this theme in particular, have just been resonating a lot with me recently given current global events. And it really is just beautiful, beautiful music.
"The mountains are calling and I must go, and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly." -John Muir
"Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed." -Richard Adams, Watership Down
Here's a link to the album I released last year:
It sort of reflects my life, starting around 1986 when I was in my early twenties, through to 2017. The title "Running Up A Waterfall" is a line from the song "Farther Up, Farther In" which, of course, is based on "The Last Battle", though that's the only Narnia reference on the album.
I've also released an album of a rock opera I wrote in 1985, when I was an undergraduate. It's called "Locusts And Honey" and is based on the life of John the Baptist as recorded in the Gospels:
Hope you enjoy them.