Nowadays, and it’s been that way for most of this decade, I’m into less popular music (the current hits) and more into esoteric, quieter forms of music.
Not to say that I exclude listening to louder varieties of music like Rock and Alternative forms. And Jazz can be loud, fast, slow or quiet or any number of different attributes along the spectrum.
But, I like listening to an eclectic mix of genres and styles. The more esoteric the better.
My listening tastes usually fall into the following categories.
- 1. Baroque Piano and Orchestrations.
- 2. Japanese Koto, Shakuhachi, Shamisen.
- 3. New Age, Music for Yoga, and Asian-influenced instrumental music.
- 4. Indian Music, Raga, ethnic music of the Himalayas.
- 5. Light Classical Music – Debussy, Satie, Chopin, romantic and impressionistic music.
- 6. Solo Piano Improvisations – Keith Jarrett, Egberto Gismonti.
- 7. Incidental and Orchestral Music from film and movies.
- 8. Standards – Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Ella Fitzgerald.
- 9. Light Acoustic and/or Folk Music – Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, Cat Stevens, The Moody Blues.
- 10. Light Jazz – Pat Metheny, Bossanova, Dave Brubeck, Ralph Towner, etc.
And this is mostly music that I have in the background, going all day for ambience.