Sunday Morning Opera


Screen Shot 2015-08-15 at 1.13.34 PMOpera freaks are tolerant people.  In order to like opera, you will find that a true opera fanatic likes different forms of music.   Aside from opera and classical music, I have a thing about reggae.  I love it.  I love Jamaican music.  I like surf rock, the blues, and a good blues guitar.  My bucket list includes not Bayreuth, but traveling the deep South, along the Mississippi, going into sleezy blues bars and listening to just incredible blues.  Of course I like the Beatles.  That is a part of my childhood.  I started thinking about the top songs on my iPod.  I think it would shock you.  What I truly loath is going through  my music and discovering that the latest upgrade of iTunes has deleted most of my music library. I’m getting where I really hate this.  But – this is not a rant and fave about my current anger aimed at Apple.

What is your very favorite music experience? Do you really want me to admit what mine is? I wish I could watch it, live, but must rely on uploads – The Last Night of the Proms. That’s when they do my very favorite piece of music. And Did Those Feet in Ancient Times….

(In no particular order)

  • Caravan – Duke Ellington
  • You Belong to the City – Glenn Frey
  • Roll It on the River – CCR
  • Conga – Gloria Estefan
  • Toi et  Moi – Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Mari – Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Canzonetta Semplice – Dmitri Hvorostovsky (also my ring tone)
  • Hawaii 5-o Theme
  • New York City Rhythm – Barry Manilow
  • As Time Goes By – Dooley Wilson
  • Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – Beatles
  • Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Sherrill Milnes
  • Tombstone End Titles – Soundtrack
  • Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley
  • Caro Mio Ben – Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Sloop John B – Beach Boys
  • Volcano – Jimmy Buffett
  • Mull of Kintyre – Sir Paul
  • Kokomo – Beach Boys
  • Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  • Twin Peaks Theme
  • Montego Bay – Freddie Notes & The Rudies
  • Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
  • Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
  • Champagne Aria – Sherrill Milnes
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffett
  • Mack the Knife – Bobby Darren
  • Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkle
  • Good Lovin’ – The Rascals
  • Viva Las Vegas – Elvis
  • Burning Love – Elvis
  • Don Juan’s Serenade – Dmitri Hvorostovsky
  • Rivers of Babylon – The Melodians
  • Hot Fun in the Summertime – Sly & the Family Stone
  • Oye Como Va – Santana
  • Live and Let Die – Sir Paul (okay it’s my very favorite song)
  • Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
  • Under the Boardwalk – The Drifters
  • Bad Moon Rising – CCR
  • A Horse With No Name – America
  • Maria – Sherrill Milnes
  • Orinoco Flow  – Enya
  • The Calypsonian – Taj Mahal
  • Rainy Night in Georgia – Brook Benton
  • In the Summertime – Mongo Jerry
  • O Patria Mia – Leontyne Price
  • Summertime – Leontyne Price
  • Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
  • All You Need Is Love – Beatles
  • Begin the Beguine – Frank Sinatra
  • Hey Jude – Beatles
  • Stir It Up – Bob Marley
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • On Broadway – the Drifters
  • Brick House – the Commadores
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Gladys Knight
  • Respect – Aretha
  • It’s Now or Never – Elvis
  • American Pie – Don McLean
  • Ruby Tuesday – Stones
  • The Thrill Is Gone – BB King
  • And a heck of a lot of opera

Lets be honest.  It’s just another way to highlight some of my favorite Dmitri Hvorostovsky songs.  It also does prove to me that I have a serious problem when it comes to opera.  Alright already yet, I have a baritone problem.  You might want to note that I left off a few of my patriotic favorites:  God Save the Queen, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory, and And Did These Feet in Ancient Times.

My very favorite piece of music?