This Week’s Music-CD-Mishmash Archive #1 Featuring Big Beat & European Folk

Before we start, let me mention that I’m a news junky to the point of near panic attacks after morning and evening doses. It’s like a drug, and I need a break/support group. So, I’m turning to music for needed therapy because there’s no chance I’ll stop traumatizing myself with the political horrors of the day.

Sad to say music’s a lost love of mine over the last 8+ years. While many authors have their play lists, my brain falls too deeply into the music to listen and write. I periodically listen to the same old same old, and I’m now way out of fashion with newer artists. Very strange this happened. Back in the late 90s, I worried I’d be arrested for the amount of music I downloaded. Between me an the hubby, there are thousands of CDs in our downstairs family room. And we threw away hundreds of tapes a few years ago that we never replaced.

My project here is to listen to all the CDs we own and decide if they’re worth uploading to a server my son’s building for us. While this will be more of a trip down memory lane, I expect it will lead to new purchases that you readers suggest as well. Am doing this by artists, but only got a few to start. Hopefully these posts will be longer going forward. So here we go…

Started with The Crystal Method, Vegas (1996-1998). While doing a quick scan, this album jumped out because it was one of my favorites to listen to during many many drives between Colorado Springs and Denver. According to Wikipedia, “they were pioneers of the big beat genre.” So I had to look up big beat. Boy, I’m feeling way out of it. Anyway, “Big beat is an electronic music genre that usually uses heavy breakbeats and synthesizer-generated loops and patterns – common to acid house/techno.” All I know is they make it hard to sit still in my chair. I LOVE electronic music and am thinking I might be able to listen to this type of music while editing. It’s worth a try. I’ve also got Tweekend (1999-2002) and would buy more of their albums. Still loving ’em. Both are keepers.

Moving on to Annbjorg Lien, who I still LOVE LOVE LOVE! Probably should mention I’m a huge fan of European folk music, so you’ll read a lot about it here. She’s a Norwegian violinist extraordinaire, and one of those artists who creates songs you have to listen to over and over again. Considering the violin to be one of man’s greatest inventions, I could listen to it played until the end of time. Anyway, “Lien often combines traditional Norwegian music with jazz and rock music.” I remember discovering her Baba Yaga album in the folk section at the Virgin Records store back around 2000 while managing some hairy software development projects including Y2K crap. Funny how certain memories flash back while music plays. Anyway, I’ve also got Felefeber and Prisme, and see she’s got a few newer albums that need my attention.

So I don’t have to say it over and over again, all quotes are taken from Wikipedia.

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