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Friday, December 26, 2008

Recommended: "1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die" by Tom Moon

Perhaps you are of an age that can recall the effort it took to make a "mix tape" from a collection of long playing (LP) record albums. By contrast, with today's technology it is a breeze to put together a collection of favorite songs on an MP3 player, or burn a CD of particular music for a road trip or other special occasion. This ease of access to the world of music makes 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, by musician and music critic Tom Moon, a book to read now.

1,000 Recordings is an A to Z listing of music Mr. Moon identified as ". . . a peak experience, music so vibrant it could lift curious listeners out of the mundane and send them hurtling at warp speed in a new direction . . . ." It includes special indexes sorting the music by genre (Blues, Classical, Folk, etc.) and occasion (such as "Play This for the Kids" and "Lazy Sunday Morning").

This is a fun book, triggering reminders of music that you know and enjoy but may have not listened to in a while, such as Louisiana's Wild Tchoupitoulas, or Claude Debussy's Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun. Additionally, because Mr. Moon includes music that you will already know to be excellent based upon your own listening, checking into his recommendations on unfamiliar recordings promises to be an exciting and rewarding experience.

1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die is recommended reading.

Claude Debussy - Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun