N is for New Age Music

0566B9C7-EBE2-4B93-AEBC-1EFFB020856CThe genre of music I listen to most these days is classic rock. But it wasn’t that long ago, maybe 15-20 years ago, that my music genre of choice was new age.

New age music is a combination of mostly instrumental pieces creating sounds of a soothing, romantic, mood-elevating, and sometimes sensual nature. It’s broadly defined as relaxing, even “meditative,” music. Unlike relaxing forms of classical music, new age music makes greater use of electronic sounds and non-Western instrumentation. I used to describe new age music as a fusion of classical, jazz, and rock.

The large percentage of musical sounds described as new age is instrumental and electronic, although vocal arrangements, while less common, are part of the genre.  Enya, for example, won a Grammy for her new age music. She has an ethereal, almost other-worldly, sound and sings in a variety of languages, including Latin and her native Irish and Celtic.

Some of my favorite new age musicians include Yanni (or as my kids used to call him, “Yawni”), the aforementioned Enya, David Lanz, Susan Ciani, and Kitarō.

And here are a few of my favorite new age songs.

Previous A to Z Challenge 2019 posts:

Missed Opportunity

0cdd80f3-2c76-421d-aa10-121ba7172140I have no musical talent whatsoever. I can’t play an instrument (other than a kazoo). I don’t even know how to read music. But I do appreciate music.

On the other hand, I like to think I have a way with words. I fancy myself to be a writer. Okay, maybe not a writer, but a blogger who writes using words.

But getting back to music, when I was a lot younger, like back in high school back in the Sixties, I loved instrumentals, musical records without lyrics. If these instrumental songs resonated with me, I would sit down, pen in hand, and compose lyrics to the songs, sometimes related to the song’s title, and sometimes totally unrelated.

Once I finished writing my lyrics, I would put the record (one of those 45s with the big hole in the center) on my record player, set up my cheap reel-to-reel tape recorder, and record myself singing the lyrics I wrote while the instrumental song was playing.

I admit that my singing voice left a lot to be desired, but when I played back the recordings with me singing lyrics I wrote, for my friends, they were always pretty impressed. Or maybe they were just being kind to the dorky kid who would sit down and write lyrics to instrumental songs recorded by other artists.

Unfortunately, it never occurred to my pragmatic self at the time that there was a career to be had by being a lyrics writer, or a lyricist. All I would have had to do would be to hook up with someone who could write the music, and oh what a team we could have been. I could have been Bernie Taupin to Elton John. Oscar Hammerstein to Richard Rodgers. W.S. Gilbert to Arthur Sullivan. Tim Rice to Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Oh well. Live and learn, right?

Written for my one-word challenge, instrumental.

FOWC with Fandango — Instrumental

FOWCWelcome to January 12, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “instrumental.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.