10 and Zen #2

  1. Lights and Music- Cut Copy (In Ghost Colours, 2008)
  2. Withering Tree- Traffic (Traffic, 1968)
  3. Mozart Symphony 33 in Bb, Finale- Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (Complete Mozart Symphonies, 1996)
  4. Synchronicity I- The Police (Synchronicity, 1983)
  5. Street Spirit (Fade Out)- Radiohead (97-06-28, Glastonbury Festival)
  6. Rocky Raccoon- The Beatles (The White Album, 1968)
  7. Run Thru- My Morning Jacket (12-08-18, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia)
  8. Stone Free- Jimi Hendrix (The Last Experience, 1969)
  9. Steady As She Goes- Jack White (12-07-05, Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL)
  10. Loser- Grateful Dead (77-05-08, Cornell University)

Now that's a great set of 10 random songs for a Saturday morning! Completely random, completely schizophrenic, yet all completely awesome. There were some fantastic live songs in this group, notably songs from what is considered the best show in the history of two respective bands: the 1997 Glastonbury set by Radiohead and the 1977 Cornell show by the Grateful Dead. 

I was also treated to a few live scorchers from Jimi Hendrix, My Morning Jacket, and Jack White. This is quite the trio of arena rock magnificence.

Although the set is heavy on guitar rock, the set did start off with Cut Copy who are one of favourite bands when I want to boogie down a little bit. Cut Copy represent that happy intersection between rock music, geek chic, and dance music. 

There were a few bands of on the list that sound just as fresh today as they did when they were in their prime: the Beatles, the Police, and Traffic. Their music does not age at all, and will probably remain in the musical lexicon for generations to come. I doubt we will be able to say the same about 90% of the music of artists that are considered in their prime today.

And finally, no musical collection is complete without some classical music. Classical music cannot compete with the mainstream due to the lack of cool factor associated with the musicians, and hence why classical music is never marketed along side artists who appeal to the younger generation more, but the quality of the compositions cannot be denied. And in classical music there is truly only one king who rules all, and that is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Here is Mozart's Symphony #33, as interpreted by the Vienna Philharmonic: