Some of the music I’ve been listening to lately (in no particular order).

  • Gentle Giant, Three Friends, 1972. (The entire record is a single story told in six songs.)
  • Johnny Cash, American III: Solitary Man, 2000. (Also “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” from American V: A Hundred Highways, 2006.)
  • Dar Williams, My Better Self, 2005. (“Beautiful Enemy” is probably my most listened to song ever.)
  • Nightwish, Wishmaster, 2000.
  • Cranberries, Everybody Else is Doing it, so Why Can’t We? 1992.
  • Tracy Chapman, 1988.
  • Cranberries, No Need to Argue, 1994.
  • Dave Matthews Band, The Central Park Concert, 2003.
  • Big Brother and the Holding Company, Cheap Thrills, 1968.
  • Jimmi Hendrix, Axis: Bold as Love, 1967.
  • Bob Dylan, MTV Unplugged, 1995. (Dylan’s performance at MSG was the first live concert I ever attended, except from some outdoor performances by up and coming bands.)
  • KT Tunstall, Eye to the Telescope, 2004.
  • Iron and Wine, The Shepherd’s Dog, 2007.
  • Patti Smith, Trampin’, 2004. (Patti Smith was the keynote speaker at my Pratt graduation; she also received an honorary degree and sang “Wing” and “My Blakean Year.” Smith wanted to attend Pratt when she was younger and spent a lot of time on the campus. She was so genuinely moved when she received her degree that it really made me feel like she was a part of my graduating class.)
  • Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest, 2009.
  • Regina Spektor, Begin to Hope, 2006.
  • Joni Mitchell, Court and Spark, 1974.
  • Tori Amos, Boys for Pele, 1996. (I saw Tori in concert last summer, she was so great. I especially enjoyed “Space Dog” live.)
  • The Pretty Reckless, EP, 2010.
  • The Band, 1969.
  • The Best of Four Tops, 1999.
  • Vanessa Carlton, Heroes and Thieves, 2007.
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Deja Vu, 1970. (One of those beautiful records that you can listen to from the beginning to end and love every song.)
  • Joni Mitchell, For the Roses, 1972.

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