I started listening to music seriously just about fifteen years ago.
I listen to all kinds of music. Even in languages I just do not understand.
Old fashioned as I am, I buy CDs. I do not own an IPod or even have a single song on my IPhone.
Here are five musicians that strum my life.
I could do a doctorate in Ave Maria. It is the ultimate musical soul cleanser for me. It has both depth and width. And no one sings it better than Juliette Pochin. She has a majestic voice and great grace. Check out an old album of hers called Venezia.
I am a Chopin freak. In particular, Etude 25/12. And no one plays it with as much flair as James Rhodes. He is the Gordon Ramsay of the piano. James wears tees while playing the piano. And he is badly behaved. Which is just what the purist piano deserved. Check out his album 'Razor Blades, Little Pills and Big Pianos.' And while you are at it, read his book, Instrumental. Brilliant.
An Italian pop singer, Pausini has both range and repertoire. Listen to 'E Ritorno Da Te' and 'La Solitudine'. Pair it with a glass of Chateau La Garde Pessac Leognan 2009. Majestic.
I stumbled upon Joi. Heard his music and wept. I then called him and asked him to come home and sing for the four of us. He did. It was the best evening of our lives. I am so much in love with everything about North East India. Joi's music started it all. Listen to 'Tumi' and 'Teje, Teje'.
Stu was India's finest copywriters. He and I worked in Hong Kong as well. Subsequently he went on to start his spiffy advertising agency in the US. But he never gave up on his love for music and finally made a meal out of his talent. His music and lyrics are simply splendid. And in many circles he is compared with Dylan. My favourite songs from Stuart are 'Bring The House Down' and 'Eyes Still Sad'. Both staggering.
The weekend's here. Give these folks are listen.