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  • May 17 @ 6:16am
MUSIC

A tough theme for me since my musical tastes are really broad, and I like such a multitude of things.
Looking at my Pandora stations you'd see Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Sun Kil Moon, Tame Impala, The Books, Polvo and the like.
When I was in NYC recently I went to a club to see edgy angular jazz by Rudresh Mahanthappa, one of the best contemporary sax players.
I can almost get weepy at Alison Krause.
Some evenings there's nothing finer than Sarah Vaughan singing with some 50's combo.
I often relive the 80s with Robin Hitchcock and Echo & the Bunnymen.
I love psychedelia, and neo-psychedelia, and the unfortunately named Freak Folk.
I go to the symphony pretty regularly, as well as St. Louis Opera Theater.
I'm exceptionally fond of Bach, Monteverdi, Debussy.
Right now, I'm listening to "It's a Shame About Ray" by the Lemonheads.

A special category for me, though, is music from India, particularly Indian classical music. I first encountered it seriously in college, and eventually came to be close friends with a jazz musician turned Indian classical percussionist. Due to that, I was exposed to Indian music more than most, and developed a real connection with it. I developed into a real Indophile, studying the history and culture of the subcontinent, and I've made a couple of trips to India, attending a few music concerts there. I don't know how to describe the unusual effect this music has on me. I know that I'm as familiar with North Indian ragas and southern Carnatic music as some people might be familiar with Beethoven. The best way to describe the huge world of Indian music for me would be to say that during exceptionally difficult times in my life, pertaining to loss or pain, I've found this sort of music to be one of the few things to truly calm me.

I make no spiritual attachments to this music, aside from respect for it's origins. My responses to it are primarily aesthetic and emotional. I've listened to it for years.

Plus I have a great collection of Ganesh statues.

Comments

ThatGuy says:
This is one of the finest examples of why I've been "following" you since May 1. Music is without a doubt the absolute best thing in the world and anybody limiting their exposure to different genres and origins is only robbing themselves of new experience and beauty. Thanks for all of this.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:21am -
ThatGuy says:
Oh, and the photo kicks ass too.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:21am -
keifel says:
never thought about indian classic music in this light.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:23am -
The Hammer says:
Thanks for the thougts. I'm a wesern classical music guru. I am particularly fond of the French
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:25am -
Chalkdog says:
@Thatguy, thanks for that. (and extra thanks for all the Dinosaur Jr.)
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:27am -
Chalkdog says:
@Thehammer, Messiaen? Fauré? Ravel? singers, Natalie Dessay, Philippe Jaroussky?
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:33am -
Senator Johnson says:
Eclectic musical tastes make for a well-rounded person. I like your style. Glad to see Polvo on the list, and speaking of Neko Case...I'm going to see her tonight!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:37am -
Chalkdog says:
@SenatorJohnson, hope you'll report back on that concert. I love her.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:39am -
The Straub says:
This will probably be the most low-key music tribute of the bunch today and I love it.

Also, thumbs for Andrew Bird and The Books
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:46am -
jbarr says:
you caught impressive and eclectic tastes. and great photo skills. i also give thumbs up to andrew bird. great live.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:49am -
jrs2j says:
I totally agree with ThatGuy ..both comments. You are a classy sir Chalkdog.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:49am -
GrapeS says:
i want one an awesome idol like that.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:50am -
Mackle says:
Awesome.. that's a helluva writeup! I agree with ThatGuy - this is just *more* evidence of why everyone here should be paying attention to your offerings!

So, if one were to request an entry point into your preferred Indian music, where should they start?
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:51am -
Chalkdog says:
@Mackle, there's a sitar player named Shujaat Husain Khan who does lighter, "folkier" melodies, and brings his own deep rich voice into it. The music is traditional, but totally accessible, and not quite as intense as ragas. He put out an album called "Hawa, Hawa" which is not as tough to find as one might think (iTunes). It's the thing I recommend to people as an entry point. If they like that, there's any number of directions to go.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:57am -
Hungarian Moustache says:
Thank you for the insight... I too have very diverse and eclectic taste in music... thought to be honest I have never truly explored Indian classical. Intrigued.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:02am -
Hungarian Moustache does have a few albums on vinyl. Very relaxing.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:02am -
MoustacheofDeath says:
Nice writeup, great pic. I've been getting into Naina Lagai Ke by Asha Bhosle (who must be 70+ by now, an Indian legend) and Shujaat Khan over the last month or so. Can recommend highly. Available on iTunes and on wax cylinder.

While we are on the subject of India, all the great Moustaches of May should make a trip there and/or Pakistan - the facial hair will blow your socks off but you'll also be treated like royalty for your virile whiskers! Much respected over there.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:12am -
MoustacheofDeath says:
So, Chalkdog, give me some more directions after Mr Khan!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:17am -
mooka says:
thanks for the glimpse inside your musical world chalkdog
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:20am -
Chalkdog says:
@moustacheofdeath, ah yes, Asha Bhosle. Her and Lata are such icons of Indian film music. I think I like Lata better than Asha, but it's a tough call there, since I'm thinking of their younger selves. Very glad to hear that you like Shujaat Khan!

And yeah, I saw hundreds of moustaches when i was in Rajasthan and South India, too.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:22am -
chadmcclarnon says:
When I was in college, Anoushka Shankar came and played a concert that was free to students. Watching her play and sing those amazing melodies was mesmerizing.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:28am -
Keith says:
Thanks for the write-up and photo. Great to hear about one of your passions!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 8:25am -
Mr. Mystery says:
Another great job on your photography!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 10:50am -
Kippercat says:
Your eclectic musical tastes are so inspiring- it's a rare person who can hear the human spirit in so many musical forms-- and be so talented in the visual medium as well.
What a guy!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 11:20am -
Kippercat says:
Also, this picture really captures the healing power of music- genius
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 11:27am -
MickeyCosmos says:
Great photo! And great musical variety. I'm glad to see that your list doesn't include Ke$ha and whoever else pollutes the airways these days.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 11:35am -
Eric says:
I blame George Harrison for the fact that my mp3 player has a few hours of Ravi Shankar on it.

Indian classical music is incredibly enjoyable on a hot summer's night. For some reason, it just makes the heat a little more tolerable.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 11:55am -
Dannz says:
I love what you wrote. Music is really a good companion.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 1:19pm -
Shatrick says:
@Chalkdog, have you ever heard an album called Bourbon and Rosewater by Jerry Douglas, Edgar Meyer, and V.M. Bhatt? It is one of my favorite acoustic albums of all time and presents an interesting fusion of bluegrass, blues, classical, and Indian instrumentals.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 2:20pm -
Chalkdog says:
@Shatrick, I'm not familiar with that album but I am familiar with V.M. Bhatt. I'll have to check it out, sounds interesting. Thanks!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 6:32pm -
Dschonn says:
Most of what I know about Indian music I learned from the Beatles. I might look into your suggestions.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:04pm -
Easy Rider says:
YOu. sir, have become one of the reasons I log on each and every morning! I can't wait each day for your daily upload!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:41pm -
Blastro says:
Nice trunk.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:45pm -
Blastro says:
Thanks for the heads up on Indian music, btw. Always good input from you!
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:46pm -
Hodges says:
I will be honest and tell you I don't know much about this music, but as always you manage an ultra classy picture and capture the essence you are looking for.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 7:48pm -
TheDespot says:
you must be an intuitive soul: you were one of the only ones who could tell i wasn't loving that shawarma. it was awful.
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 9:38pm -
sMOUSTACHErman says:
I love chicken pad thai...
Posted: May 17th, 2011 - 10:13pm -
Another Rachel says:
I love this, and I love when someone else understands that unexplainable feeling that certain music can give you. In some ways, it's frustrating to not be able to describe it, but in other ways, that's what makes it so beautiful.
Posted: May 18th, 2011 - 7:47am -
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