Catherine'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?

A3 "Exile on Coldharbour Lane"

"Exile on Coldharbour Lane: A3" is my present addiction. I use it to focus on work at hand...unless I’m playing “Goa” which case it's comedy relief from work at hand.

There are so many fine pieces on this CD, it's hard to say which I like most. Depends on the project.

My daughter got it for me for Christmas. She gets me most of my best music. If she didn’t get me music for Christmas every year, I don’t know what I’d listen to!

The A3 website makes me grin: Larry Love’s bio in the “offender’s files” sounds strikingly familiar:

“Known to dislike: Stupidity, pretentiousness, solipsism, self-deceit, herd conformity, lack of perspective, counterproductive pride, and lack of aesthetics, spiritual pipe dreams, hypocritical self-deceit, love wasted on ingrates.”

Miles Davis "Sketches of Spain"

I’ve loved this suite since it was first released … a long time ago. When I was young, I enjoyed the lovely melodies. When I revisited it decades later, I heard the layers of tragedy, loss, and longing, and found it much more beautiful. This music’s got powers.

Industrial Monk "Magnificat"

I’ve played "Puer Natus Est" more times than I can count … its gotten me through several major projects, though I have to stop and slam up the volume at 2:08, 3:38 and 5:23 and let electric shivers wash all over me.

Mercan Dede "Sufi Traveler"
Rapture is a delicious experience, no matter what social or religious structure frames it. The first cut is ear rapture.

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9
Otto Klemperer & the Philharmonia Orchestra

My old Otto Klemperer recording of Beethoven’s 9th was my synesthete's delight. Through the last movement, rainbows spun off the turntable while other recordings barely produced murky reddish ripples. I had a non-synesthete friend who wanted to see the rainbows; when I put my hand on her arm, she said she could see them too.

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