"....... for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust" Psalm 103:14

The A - Z of An Eclectic Music Collection: D......


..... is for David Gilmour, Diana Krall, the David Crowder Band & Delibes
In my humble opinion, David Gilmour was the brilliance behind Pink Floyd, although he wasn't one of the original members, but his signature vocals on my two favourite albums "Dark Side of the Moon" and "Wish You Were Here" are highly recognisable (to me anyway). This guy's guitar skills, as well as his vocals, are what I loved most about those albums and about him now as a solo artist.

When I was a teenager I would play my Pink Floyd albums until it drove my parents nuts. I thought David Gilmour, with his long 70s hair and his brooding eyes, was super hot. I thought Pink Floyd's esoteric lyrics were soooo cool. I had no clue really, but their songs still take me back to my youth, and yet again, I can sing along.

About 10 years ago I heard Gilmour's album "Live in Gdansk", and although he was, by then, in his early 60s, he had lost nothing of his exceptional talent. (However, if you prefer the Pink Floyd original, have a listen here.)


I discovered a love of jazz in my 40s, and a friend gave me a Diana Krall CD about 15 years ago, but I really didn't take to her until I saw her live at an outdoor summer concert in King's Park (Western Australia) about 7 years ago. Her smooth, smoky voice is unique, and she graces my jazz playlist with many songs from a variety of her albums that I've acquired over the past few years.

When I took ballroom dancing lessons a few years ago, I learned to love this kind of music even more. Diana's "The Look of Love" lends itself to an awesome, slow Cha Cha or Rumba.


I heard the David Crowder Band's version of the classic hymn "Rock of Ages" - from the soundtrack of the movie "Amazing Grace" - at the funeral of a sweet lady, the mother of my youngest son's first girlfriend. She had battled breast cancer for a number of years and finally went to be with her Lord. That song, as well as "It Is Well With My Soul" by Jeremy and Adie Camp (also from the soundtrack), was played at the graveside. There were many tears for this lovely lady and her grieving family, and for a while after that I couldn't listen to the song. Even now, as I listen and remember the circumstances in which I first heard it, and the way this lovely mum always welcomed my son into their home, it can very easily bring tears.



So, Delibes? Well this is part of my opera story, which started about 15 years ago when I decided to dabble a little, just to see. Then when we were in New York for our family holiday, we decided to include an operatic experience by seeing "Madame Butterfly" at the New York Metropolitan Opera. It was an amazing experience, even our teenage boys enjoyed it (at least I think they did, they'd never confess of course). 

Since then I've added more opera to my music collection, and the "Flower Duet" from the opera "Lakmé" by Léo Delibes, is my pick to round out this post. You'll probably recognise it from the many ads to which it has been added as a rousing soundtrack, including an award-winning one by British Airways in the 1980s.

 

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  1. I love the David Crowder Band - especially "Oh How He Loves Us" If I listen to too many in a row they get a bit the same but one or two at a time are just so lovely.

    Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    D for Don’t Give Up

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    1. I don't have many in my collection Leanne, but the ones I do have are there for a good reason, mixed into my "awesome God" playlist xx

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