What music has had the most profound impact on your life? What do you put on when you're having a hard day, tough break-up, etc.?
The Beach Boys: Yeah, the early sun/surf/girls pop is fun, but I get a lot more from their later material, where singer/songwriter/resident genius Brian Wilson is becoming more and more mentally ill and isolating himself from the world. When he finally conquered his mental problems, and finished his 'SMiLE' album after almost forty years, it was nothing less than a triumph, a celebration of the power of music.
The Band: Generically named, but for me, they represent everything that is right about music. They were real musicians, not rock stars, and their songs seem to speak to the listener on a very personal level. Their live album/concert film, The Last Waltz, their final concert with a variety of special guests, is so sad and happy at the same time that it's hard to watch without getting emotional.
Bob Dylan: Great sonwriter, his songs can be interpreted so many ways that they are always connectible. No other singer has perfectly expressed loneliness, confusion, anger, and general mixed feelings as perfectly as Mr. Robert Zimmerman.
Van Morrison: Maybe the greatest singer I have ever heard, never sings a song the same way twice. 'Caravan' is the greatest celebration of music ever.
Wilco: Goes to show that great music is being produced to this day.
What do you think? What music gets you on an emotional level?