This is part of the weekly Blogging Challenge over at Long and Short Reviews. If you'd like to participate, you can find the prompts here. They also put up a post every Wednesday where you go and link your response -- and see everyone else's. Check out their homepage to find it.
The challenge for this week is "favorite songs or musicians".
Y'all... my musical tastes are all over the place. If there's a consistent pattern to it, it's that I appreciate a well-turned lyric... but I have a huge collection of instrumental stuff that I use when I'm writing, so... yeah.
So rather than trying to isolate actual favorites, let me give you a sampling:
Probably best known for their song Bloodletting (the Vampire Song), this 90s Goth band also has a number of less-well-know songs that I'm also quite fond of. One of the ones that I keep coming back to is simply called Probably Will:
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
I'm not sure I can really adequately describe their work, certainly not in a way that a music critic wouldn't pick apart, but the music is dark, the lyrics are poetic (and dark), and the effect is distinctive; Nick Cave isn't quite Leonard Cohen's evil twin, but he's somewhere off in that general direction. Probably best known for Red Right Hand or People Ain't No Good, but I keep coming back to The Ship Song:
A brighter bit of my collection, Frank Turner is a British artist with an emphasis on optimism and encouragement. Some of his work is very classic Rock and Roll, like If I Ever Stray... but he did a very political album a while back called Be More Kind and lately I find myself coming back to the song Make America Great Again. Give it a listen; it's not what the title makes it sounds like:
Since I'm throwing up cheery bits, let me put in this bit of weird science/steampunk music from Professor Elemental. For samples, you might try Fighting Trousers or Everything Stops For Tea but my personal favorite is All In Together:
Truth is, though, I could keep this up for a very long time. So if you want to see more of of what I listen to, check out the Music tag here on the Blog o' Doom; the selections are all over the place, but I stand by every one of them.