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Hello Eric,

I often confuse my family and friends with my taste in music. One day I can listen to Barbara Streisand, Michael Crawford, and the soundtrack to 1776 - The next I can listen to Raspberries, Beatles, & The Who - and the following day I find myself listening to Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC, & Aerosmith. I also enjoy some R&B/Funk (Prince, Rick James, The Gap Band, Commodores, etc...)

Is there anything you listen to that might take us by surprise?

Tim

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Every Thursday afternoon, I take my big ol' keyboard to the family room of the Care Center where I work, and entertain the residents with big band music, polkas, old country music and whatever else I happen to have with me. I love playing a variety of songs and grew up listening to Lawrence Welk among other "not cool" pieces.

I always "sneak" in some Beatles, a little Eric, and other "modern" stuff and they really love it.

I can find a mood for just about every kind of music although I'm movin' to Canada with Tony if I ever have to play any rap!

--Julie

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If Elvis had "Never Mind The Bollocks" in his collection, it had to have been the import version, since it wasn't released in this country until October 1977.....a couple of months after he died. (I believe the import was out in June or July, so it's possible he did have the import...)

Then again, at Potomac Mills shopping center in Northern Virginia, they used to have an Elvis Museum as one of its main attractions....featuring an authentic Cadillac that he drove....a '79 model (!!??)

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Deep down, I suspect everyone secretly likes some kind of music that makes no sense when considered in the context of what they usually play and listen to most of the time.

A couple of weeks ago, I made a deal with a younger female friend of mine - if she'd accompany me to the 3/20 Ray Davies show at the 930 Club (Wash, DC), I'd go to the 3/26 Rob Zombie show with her. All I really knew about RZ was his horror movie connections (directed "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects"), and I wasn't planning on liking his music at all. Damned if I didn't really like enjoy his show! Zombie puts on a great live show, with tons of sleazy old horror movie footage, robots walking around the stage, and other goodies....and the music was a lot more hard rock than I imagined, and a lot less industrial-sounding metal, which I was expecting. His latest guitarist, John Five, is one of the very best players I've ever seen (he plays with Marilyn Manson, has put out several solo CDs of music, ranging from jazz to country to metal - and he has his own signature Tele put our by Fender...which doesn't produce signature models for just anybody). A shocker of a show, but a pleasant surprise......unlike, let's say, the American Idol finalists doing Queen songs....which was as bad as I imagined it would be...

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I like some of the "New Country," especially the gorgeous ballads, like, "Let's Make Love" by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. I love her stuff and Martina's and Lee Ann Womack's and Terri Clark's.

I don't like the real "kickin', twangy" stuff, but, then, I never did.

I love some of the cute songs too, like "I'll Think of A Reason Later," Sara Evans' "You Can't Stop Love" and Dixie Chicks' "There's Yer Trouble." I love "Waitin' on Joe" and songs like Martina's "In My Daughter's Eyes," because my eyes have always looked just like my Mom's.

I adore Rascal Flatts and used to listen to Nickel Creek as well. It seems out of character for me, but some of the best fiddle players alive are in Nashville, and I don't mean just in the bands--the session players have always been amazing.

smile --Darlene

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I am a huge Beach Boy fan and follower. (I am also into numerous 60's & 70's bands.) In the early 80's, I got all into New Wave and Punk music. I had a semi mohawk with a hot pink tail. At one Beach Boy concert one of the bandmembers stopped and pulled on my tail and said "my kids would LOVE this". I have everything from Big Bands to Velvet Revolver in my CD collection.

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Lionel Hampton - Live at Carnegie Hall April 14, 1945. I have an old "DJ Copy" and, I kid you not, you can feel the electricity in the air and the crowd going wild.

It contains a 7 minute version of "Flying Home" and Dizzy Gillespie playing Charlie Parker's "Red Cross". The band included Milt Buckner, Earl Bostic, Herbie Fields, Arnett Cobb, Joe Morris and, on vocal, Dinah Washington.

Many of the concert recordings appear on a Hampton CD titled "The Legendary Decca Recordings

of Lionel Hampton"

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