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Tangerine Dream

Hello Dear Reader

Tangerine Dream. Some of you may know who I am talking about, many of you may think its a drink or fruit of some sorts. Tangerine Dream are (maybe were) an instrumental band formed back in 1967 by Edgar Froese.  Tangerine Dream’s music ranges from new age electronic to atmospheric space age, along with the odd dance number.

I first heard them back in 1977 when I happened to catch Cherokee Lane, the live version. It was sixteen minutes of pure joy, just opened my mind to amazing sounds. I quickly found the album, proper one not CD, and enjoyed a new style of music. Soon after  I started to explore other electronic music, since I enjoyed film soundtracks and classic music, it made sense for me. I have always thought that soundtracks were a forgotten part of the film. That has changed a great deal over the years almost to the point where a soundtrack can drown a movie.

Music without words is not uncommon of course, classical music has enjoyed varied success for hundreds of years. When films first started, music played a huge part in their showing. As soon as the talkies came into being, music took a back seat as people wanted to hear their favourite stars. Singing in the Rain, the movie, clearly showed how the soundtrack ebbed during the rise of actors voices. However, soundtracks now are as impressive as a classical piece. Bands such as Tangerine Dream, found their way into film scores with success, Thief and Catch me if You Can to name two.

I found Tangerine Dream to allow me to explore, just letting my mind drift places. Their music also developed as their line-up changed and so did the level of computer electronics. Add to this group the likes of Kraftwork, Jean-Michel Jarre and Mike Oldfield to name but a few, instrumental music had a big following. Each one found something a little different, that kept them apart, yet helped build an impressive range of albums.

There are sometimes when pure music is just what I need. When writing for example, that background can create my own landscape even world so that my imagination reaches out. You might have to listen a couple of times before it works for you, as some of the music sounds odd but try it. There are web pages dedicated to these bands, easy to find so I have no need to cover the various line ups over the past 30 odd years. It does make interesting reading as well as listening.

What has made me talk about one of my favourite groups? Well I asked a radio DJ if they would play Cherokee Lane and he did in full, because he too enjoyed their work. It might be a track from the late 70’s but it’s still something I can sit back and enjoy.

Tagline: ‘Edgar Froese, Christoph Franke, Peter Baumann – Tangerine Dream Encore Live’

http://www.tangerinedream.org

 

What’s in a Song?

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What is your favourite song? The answer is as complex as it is simple, as diverse as it is singular. Why ask the question in the first place?

I have a reason, most blogs have some reason, be it to rant, inform or just plain blog.

My reason is that I have recently been listening to some old songs and each one could be considered a favourite. From the recent movie (sort of) Guardians of the Galaxy, there was an album released of songs used. The ‘Awesome Mix 1’ has a number of fine songs, some clearly I would call favourite, some are just good. But what takes a song from being just good into that favourite list. Everyone will have a list. Try picking your own top five, it will change the minute you get to the sixth.

I recently listened to a couple of the Kaiser Chiefs songs, wanting to discover more about their lead singer. I found a couple of their songs very enjoyable and easily added as favourites to another awesome mix. And here is my point. Is your favourite the one you have yet to hear or the song that no matter what, you will put on and just need to listen to? Some songs take a while to come back to you. The Carpenters produced some memorable songs back in the 70s. If you listen to Mary Carpenter, her voice has such a sweet sound, very easy to enjoy. The songs themselves for me also has good lyrics and make me want to sing. (The name of one song).

If I think of songs, well ‘Swing Low, Sweet Charity’ comes to mind but as my rugby theme. Writing, like now, there might be a range from Tangerine Dream and their electronic masterpieces to Jools Holland and his jazz mix. Recently I heard the first single by an artist named Daisy in the Dark, called Waltzing. It was an instance hit for me. It will be another favourite and get played a few time.

This brings me to what I feel many people now do and that is make their own awesome mixes. I can’t thing of one song that I would be the top. Of course, someone else has already been doing this for a few years on the radio, a deserted island and some discs. It’s a very difficult choice given you may never be found again. Pick wisely, I suspect is the motto of this wonderful show.

So what makes a favourite song for me? Memorable tune, good lyrics and a pleasing voice (if needed). As for my awesome mix? I am still working on them!

Tagline; I may have started a riot, well a minor discussion at least’