Inspired by recent posts in Red Maryland.
My Top 10 Songs, in no particular order:
- "Xanadu", Rush. Okay, it's probably my favorite song ever. A wonderful blend of raw rock power and subtlety. I do miss seeing Neil Peart hitting all those wind chimes around his drum kit, however; they've been replaced by MIDI equipment.
- "The Meeting", Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (actually, just Anderson and Wakeman). Our first dance song.
- "The Lord's Prayer", The King's Singers. I haven't heard the Beach Boys' rendition of which this is a cover, but the Singers give me goosebumps with their incredible chord progressions.
- "Thela Hun Ginjeet", King Crimson. Incredible guitar work by Robert Fripp and Adrian Belew. The title is an anagram for "Heat in the Jungle."
- "Hungarian Rhapsody #2", Franz Liszt. The best piece by arguably the greatest pianist ever. If you ever watched Looney Tunes, you've heard it.
- "Aerial Boundaries", Michael Hedges. I had to pinch myself to see if I was still within my own being as I watched and heard him play his "savage myth guitar." He died in December 1997, way too soon.
- "Jack of Speed", Steely Dan. Just edges out "Babylon Sisters" and "Aja" as my favorite Dan tune. Where DOES Donald Fagen get those lyrics?
- "Supper's Ready", Genesis. I prefer Phil Collins' version of this 23-minute epic from Seconds Out to Peter Gabriel's original from Foxtrot.
- "Nature of the Beast", The Rippingtons. When I first heard it, I kept playing this song with its African-influenced rhythm over and over again. The drum and bass work are both exquisite.
- "In Paradisum", Maurice Durufle. I want this conclusion to his Requiem played at my funeral.