Well, I’m going to resort to the suggested list of topics today (although out of order)… because I’m still at work, and will be deep in work for quite a while, so no great pics of things I’m working on.  So, music… As others have said, music is a wonderful way to get to know someone.  Here then are the most recent artists I’ve listened to in iTunes, that start with the letter “A”:

Aaron Neville, Acoustic Alchemy, Al Jarreau, Amy Grant, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin

And those that start with V, W, X, Y, or Z:

Various Artists (hee, hee), Vince Guaraldi Trio, Wicked Cast, Wynonna, Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Zac Efron

Wow, this is wild.  Here are the albums that start with “A”:

American Bandstand Library of Rock N’ Roll (Mr. Various Artists Himself), All For You: A Dedication to the Nat King Cole Trio (Krall), All the Best (McCartney), All This Time (Sting), Anne (of Green Gables soundtrack), Anthology (Diana Ross), Awake (Groban)

And those from V, W, X, Y, and Z:

Variations on a Sacred Theme II (Azevedo), Very Best of (The Spinners), Very Best of (Patti Austin), Waiting for My Rocket to Come (Mraz), We Are in Love (Connick, Jr.), Weekend in LA (Benson), Welcome to the St. James’ Club (Rippingtons), What’s Inside (Eliot), When You Know (Reeves), Wicked (Original Broadway Cast), The Wild Places (Fogelberg), Windows and Walls (Fogelberg), Yentl (Streisand), Yesterday Once More (Carpenters), You’ve Got Mail (Original Movie Soundtrack), Your Secret Love (Vandross)

I suppose this is a really random way to expose my musical tastes… and I must tell you that my iTunes collection only represents about 1/4 of all of the CDs and old vinyl I own, and only generally represents the music I listen to on the weekdays.  I have a lot of classical, religious, broadway, soundtracks, more jazz, more rock, more soft rock, some country, a little punk, and lots of old disco.  Anything but that rap or grunge stuff, really.  But, my tastes are showing my age too.  I’m a musical child of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.  I’m a music nut.  My sixth grade graduation present was a pair of headphones, and I was ecstatic when my dad brought home an old stereo system with the turntable attached to the top of the receiver that he found in an apartment he was cleaning out.  I used to put three or four records on my turntable and listen to them in succession… they would drop on top of each other, and I would be in my room with my headphones on listening until late in the night, long after I should have been asleep.  The first album I ever bought was by Neil Sedaka and it cost me some pretty dear babysitting money… that was closely followed by Earth, Wind & Fire’s Greatest Hits (when I say album, I mean those big spinning pieces of vinyl folks).  I never, ever, in my wildest dreams thought that I would be able to buy a shiny disc with whole double albums on them, let alone carry my music around in a little package smaller than my calculator (or abacus if you really want to know how old I am AND just how inspired I think this iPod thing is).  So, in honor of this very telling post about myself, here is a pic taken just a few days ago, while I was carrying on my tradition of listening long into the night…while working in my home office.



I think this shows just too much about how tired I was… oh well.  And, here’s a pic of the fence-building crew, and said fence, mentioned in  my last post:



That’s all for today!