Amanda's Favorite Music
maintained by Roy Jones,
"Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened.
Don't open the door to the study and begin reading.
Take down a musical instrument."

Jalal al-Din Rumi

what music would you like today?

Sarah Brightman "Harem"
Harem is one of my favorite CDs to henna to. I have several of her albums, but this one is my favorite. The songs "Harem" and "Arabian Nights" have a middle-eastern flair that inspires some of my more traditional designs. Even familiar songs like “What a Wonderful World” work well for henna, since I find both the songs and the process of hennaing relaxing.

La Oreja de Van Gogh "Dile al Sol"
La Oreja de Van Gogh (or LODVG for short) is a group from the north of Spain. Their music is pop rock, with influences from both European and American rock bands. Check out “Pesadilla,” “Qué puede pedir,” and “Dile al sol” to get a feel for what LODVG is all about. This is my favorite group, and since I've been to north Spain, listening to this always brings me back to an incredible summer abroad.

Sheila Chandra "Out on my Own"
This is Sheila Chandra’s first solo album. I love this disc because it mixes traditional Indian instruments like tablas and sitars with rock beats. The vocals are simply amazing, and complete the sound and feel of the tracks perfectly. She creates a unique sound, and I’ve never found anything else like it.

Julieta Venegas "Aqui"
Julieta Venegas is one of the best Latin rock artists out there. She mixes traditional elements from her native Mexico with alternative and jazz (to name a few) to create an eclectic sound. Her voice is amazing, and brings even more depth to her songs. I never would have thought anyone could make the accordion rock, but she can (seriously, listen to a few clips). My favorite song is “De mis Pasos,” which always puts me in a good mood and makes me want to dance.

Shakira "¿Dónde están los ladrones?"
Ahhhh. Shakira back in the good old days, before singing in English. This entire CD is packed with great songs, beginning to end. The songwriting is amazing. I love the lyrics to her songs, especially “Ciega, sordomuda” (Blind, deaf and dumb) and “Si te vas” (If you leave). You don’t need to speak Spanish to appreciate her music, however. Her powerful and soulful voice transcends language barriers. I would buy this disc for one song, though, and that’s “Ojos Así” (Eyes like yours). On this track, Shakira experiments with mixing Middle Eastern beats with her own style of Latin rock. There are even lyrics in Arabic,

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