Music on Mondays (11-14-16)—You may say I’m a dreamer; am I the only one?

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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As long-time readers know, I have a lot of digital music, split about evenly in two collections, classical music and non-classical music. I listen to an average of 10 hours each and every day. Common questions I get about music include:

  • Who’s your favorite group?
  • What’s your favorite song?
  • What’s your favorite album?

My favorite group by far is The Beatles. One might think, then, that my favorite song and favorite album might also be by The Beatles. I’m not sure, but The Beatles do have several songs and albums in my Top 20.

I listen to my non-classical music in chronological order, and each time I start over, I decided to determine my favorite song and my favorite album. By the time I finish the Sixties, I have given up.

I am in 1975 right now, and I think I did determine what is my favorite year. It’s 1971. I have jumped ahead and looked at the upcoming years, but once we get out of the Seventies, the amount of music in each year starts decreasing significantly.

Here is a list of albums in my 1971 collection:

  1. First Album – ZZ Top
  2. Salisbury – Uriah Heep
  3. Chicago III – Chicago
  4. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
  5. Crazy Horse – Crazy Horse
  6. Love It To Death – Alice Cooper
  7. The Yes Album – Yes
  8. Percy – The Kinks
  9. Aqualung – Jethro Tull
  10. Manna – Bread
  11. Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
  12. The Doobie Brothers – The Doobie Brothers
  13. Survival – Grand Funk
  14. Bloodrock 3 – Bloodrock
  15. Thirds – The James Gang
  16. Songs For Beginners – Graham Nash
  17. Ram – Paul & Linda McCartney
  18. L.A. Woman – The Doors
  19. Indelibly Stamped – Supertramp
  20. Every Good Boy Deserves Favour – The Moody Blues
  21. Fireball – Deep Purple
  22. Master Of Reality – Black Sabbath
  23. Who’s Next – The Who
  24. April Wine – April Wine
  25. Harmony – Three Dog Night
  26. Look At Yourself – Uriah Heep
  27. Imagine – John Lennon
  28. Electric Warrior – T Rex
  29. American Pie – Don McLean
  30. Other Voices – The Doors
  31. Distant Light – The Hollies
  32. Meddle – Pink Floyd
  33. Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be – The Sweet
  34. Sittin’ In – Loggins & Messina
  35. Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin
  36. Nilsson Schmilsson – Nilsson
  37. Fragile – Yes
  38. E Pluribus Funk – Grand Funk
  39. Madman Across The Water – Elton John
  40. Killer – Alice Cooper
  41. Trafalgar – Bee Gees
  42. For Ladies Only – Steppenwolf
  43. Straight Up – Badfinger
  44. The Electric Light Orchestra – The Electric Light Orchestra
  45. Wild Life – Wings

That’s 29 hours, 48 minutes, and 23 seconds of music. Takes me three days to listen to it.

If I did the A/B, A/C, A/D, A/E test, I’m pretty sure Led Zeppelin IV would come out on top for 1971. After that, #2 probably would be between Paranoid – Black Sabbath, Ram – Paul & Linda McCartney, L.A. Woman – Doors, Who’s Next? – The Who, and Killer – Alice Cooper. I can’t decide. See? That’s why I give up.

As far as favorite songs for 1971, do I give it to Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin, Imagine by John Lennon, or Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who? What about How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? by the Bee Gees? Locomotive Breath by Jethro Tull? Without You by Nilsson? Day After Day by Badfinger? I give up, again.

In light of what happened in the presidential election last Tuesday, perhaps a couple of songs and song titles have a message: Imagine, Stairway to Heaven, and Won’t Get Fooled Again. Here they are:

Imagine by John Lennon

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Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

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Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who

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