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Old Mar 19th, 2007, 12:58 AM   #1
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What Music Inspires You?

What music really inspires you and gives you a positive emotional rush?

My own top candidate is The Mary Ellen Carter by Canada's own Stan Rogers.

On the surface, it's a song about a group of sailors who band together to salvage a sunken ship. There's a deeper message here, though, about triumph over adversity and over the greedy jerks and a**h*les of the world - I find it very energizing every time I listen.

Although Stan Rogers' own version isn't on iTunes, several other singers have covered it. I'd recommend Liam Clancy's version - either solo or with Tommy Makem - they are both there.
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Old Mar 19th, 2007, 01:45 AM   #3
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Any instrumental-only music... that's well done.
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Anyone who is not moved by LeAnn Rhimes accapella version of Amazing Grace hasn't yet heard it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iT88jBAoVIM
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I find a lot of Christian music inspirational.

Although Moby is religious as well, he plays in the secular market and I really like his instrumental "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters". I'm listening to that right now.
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Old Mar 19th, 2007, 02:12 AM   #6
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I find a lot of Christian music inspirational.

Although Moby is religious as well, he plays in the secular market and I really like his instrumental "God Moving Over the Face of the Waters". I'm listening to that right now.
You should visit the band of VNV Nation.
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You should visit the band of VNV Nation.
I'll give them a listen.

I also like Underworld's stuff, particularly Rez.
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Christian music in general always lifts me up, especially Switchfoot, I usually wake up to their music.

Japanese songs One by Rouma Tanaka is an awesome song (Music video here and also an older one Asa ga mata kuru (Morning will come again) (Music video here).

I'll add more to this list later.
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Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah"
altho' KD Lang's version is pretty good too

especially since the words don't really have to do with religion, but something even more "basic"

Jim White's "Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus" which was also an excellent documentary - a definite "must see"
raw look at life in the "deep south"

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Oh, man.... tough call. I share Gerbil's admiration of Stan Rogers. I think Northwest Passage tops The Mary Ellen Carter, personally, but it is sooo hard to choose. Bluenose is a classic... Struggle against loss was always central to Stan's music, hard-won victories against odds of man and nature. (BTW, the Canadian iTMS has zero Stan tunes sung by himself, but there is one hit on a search, Adam Miller doing Tiny Fish For Japan which, I gotta say, really creeped me out...)

Bob Marley is in the top ten, of course, particularly No Woman, No Cry and Get Up, Stand Up, among others.

Curtis Mayfield's People, Get Ready always moves me....

Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms...

Genesis] Land of Confusion... (wish they had the Genesis version of the video in the iTMS instead of that crappy cover by some no-name metal band.... the Spitting Image puppet of Reagan always makes me laugh...)

John Fogerty's Fortunate Son - that's one angry man...

One you guys have probably not heard of: Mana: Justicia, Tierra y Libertad ("Justice, Land and Liberty" - check out the UNESCO page on this tune, which Maná performs along with Carlos Santana)

Another Latin American tune: Molotov's Frijoleros

Peter Gabriel's [i]Solsbury Hill[i] (mislabled as Salisbury Hill on iTMS!), the duet with Kate Bush Don't Give Up and the so, so heartbreaking Biko...

One of my favourite Cuban singers, Polo Montañez did a fabulous love-salsa, Un Montón de Estrellas ("A Mountain of Stars")... (oddly, Polo's debut album, "Guajiro Natural" isn't on iTunes, but his posthumous 2nd album is. And "Un Montón de Estrellas" is only available as a cover by another Cuban band, and it is nowhere near as good )

Since we're on Cuba... Silvio Rodriguez' Playa Girón about the battle at the Bay of Pigs, when Cuba kicked Kennedy's a** is fabulous.

Tracy Chapman's At This Point In My Life...

...jeez... I better stop, or I'll have my entire music library listed.... :p

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