Music has ancient human roots. Our ancestors sang and danced as a part of their mating rituals, to celebrate their community, to prepare for and commemorate important events, and likely for other reasons. It makes us experience a variety of emotions and triggers a range of thoughts and behaviours.
I love all kinds of music, but my ethnocultural and demographic history has set particular preferences. I’m a pushover for Mozart, Bach and Brahms (Beethoven is too schmaltzy for me). I have a soft spot for Rogers and Hammerstein musical numbers. In the end, though, my musical home base is rock and roll and blues.
The first link is to an irresistibly joyful tune entitled “Sheena’s Back in Town” by the late Nick Curran and his wonderfully named band “The Lowlifes.” The song marries rockabilly and blues, and Nick sounded a lot like Little Richard in places. His guitar work made me cry. The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kqqI3IB3D0
Another tune guaranteed to warm you up (apologies to readers in warmer climes than my own) is “Keep Up Blues” by the Rolling Stones. This gem somehow didn’t make it onto the “Some Girls” album, which I regard as a sad mistake. If you can sit still through this tune, you may need an antidepressant. The link is http://www.last.fm/music/The+Rolling+Stones/_/Keep+Up+Blues
I hope you enjoy what I regard as real music!