It’s great being in LA during Grammy weekend and going to the After Grammy’s New Music Seminar. Music, music everywhere!
People ask me all the time, “what kind of music do you listen to, Tom?” Of course the standard aswer is… everything! Because I don’t want to appear ignorant, cliche, shallow, or biased.
I admit, I’m a rocker! I grew up in Southern California and listened to a lot of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, Yes, etc. But it isn’t the genre itself that makes music good or bad. And my work has forced me to pay attention to almost every genre. (Within a month’s time I’m working with a gospel artist, a country artist, an R&B artist, and a psychobilly/horror punk act!)
Honestly – I’ve worked with pop, rock, Southern Gospel, country, hip hop, urban, dance, R&B, jazz, singer/songwriter, German polka, Australian boogie woogie, and Chinese drum and bugle corps with basket weaving thrown in!
Have you ever had someone ask “if you were stranded on a desert island and could take only 10 records with you, what would you take?” Well, here are my top 10 favorite albums (in no particular order):
- Confessions on a Dance Floor: Madonna (dance) – A great dance record, especially think Isaac is an incredible song
- Close to the Edge: Yes (classic rock) – Probably my favorite band of all time because of their unique style
- October Road: James Taylor (singer/songwriter) – This was the best record he ever did; even better than Sweet Baby James
- State of Trance: Armin Van Buuren (electronica)
- Soul Cages: Sting (jazz pop) – A brilliant record, with Manu Katché (an unbelievable drummer!)
- Any album (take your pick): Afro Celt Sound System – I don’t know how to define this genre; on Peter Gabriel’s label: African rhythms, Celtic melodies, with electronica stuck in the middle, and guest appearances by Robert Plant, Sinéad O’Connor, and Bono. This is my favorite music in the world right now!
- Third Matinee: Patrick Leonard and Richard Page (pop) – Richard Page used to be with Mr. Mister
- Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Beatles (genre: The Beatles – need I say more?) – This record changed music, in my opinion
- Adagio for Strings: Samuel Barber (classical) – This takes me through every emotion and contemplative state
- Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (classic rock) – I’m sorry, I’m a rocker! Ridiculous record…
- Road to Live: Live: Pat Metheny (jazz) – Ridiculous players! It’s not fair. When I listen to this I feel like I’m in the presence of God.
Yeah, OK… I’m cheating now… but I’d sneak Bonnie Raitt on the island, too. As well as Daft Punk. And probably the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.
And I’d need Earth, Wind, and Fire, Gentle Giant, Huey Lewis and the News, Loggins and Messina, Michael Jackson, Moby, Nookie, Prince, Rick Elias, Zero 7…
Hey, this is MY blog! I can have as many as I want!
So, who would be in YOUR top 10? I’d love to see your favorites in the comments below.