James' Favorite Music
maintained by Roy Jones, music@hennapage.com
"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?

Strange and Beautiful
Strange and Beautiful is one of those cds where you hear one song in an ad or something, and it sends you on a long search for the cd, and when you find it, you are not disappointed. The music is rather reminiscent of Coldplay, but distinct all to its own. This, quite simply, is a cd that you can loose yourself in. I really find it helps me focus on any work I may be doing work while relaxing and soothing everyone else around... it seems that everyone can find something they like in this music.

Day One
Sarah Slean
Sarah Slean has got to be one of the more interesting sounds I have heard recently. She is kind of pop, and kind of rock, and in many ways she has invented a genre all to her own. Though it may take some time to become entranced in her sound (at lest 3 weeks of trying for me) suddenly something clicks, and you can never get enough. The lyrics may not be what one may expect, but no mater where you are, or what you are doing, her music seems to fit. Something that you never get tired of.

Putumayo presents: "Afro-Latin Party"
Various Artists
Simply said, this cd is fun. It has hot beats, and just makes you want to tap along and grab the nearest thing and dance with it. It is simply a wonderful cd to listen to again and again... I can't even begin to think of how many times this has played during henna, cooking or even while writing papers! It seems that if you are listening to something fun, everything else seems to want to match it.

Amelie (Original Soundtrack)
Yann Tiersen
Amelie. What can I say except it makes you heart dance, and your soul twirl with emotion. This cd is alive, it makes you want to go and dance on the streets and bath in the fountains, sing to the moon, and kiss a stranger. How can it not be loved?

The Hours (Original Soundtrack)
Philip Glass
If anyone has seen this movie, they might wonder how the music can be any more than emotional. But when you listen to this cd on its own, you find that its hauntingly beautiful sounds, of solo piano and violin, make it one of the most wonderful cds ever. Truthfully. There is never any is dappointment when it come to this cd. I have given it as gifts so many times in the past, and everyone always seems to love it!

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