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Listen Up: Classic Artist of the Week

Discussion in 'Music Forum' started by cshadows2887, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. cshadows2887 Mar 9, 2016
    (Last edited: Aug 10, 2019)

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    So to try and spur discussion and help everybody explore more music, I thought we could start a new project.

    Every week (likely on Sunday), a new classic artist will be chosen and there will be a post introducing them. That post will include:
    - A brief blurb about them
    - A "recommended listen" album that seems to be a consensus place to start
    - A 3-album "crash course" for people who want to dig a bit deeper
    - A well-regarded compilation, for those who want an overview
    - A few "essential tracks" for people who really just want to test the water

    You can pick any one of those options, or just explore whatever draws your interest most for the artist/band. The whole point is just that everyone engages with/explores that artist's music and discusses it.

    We'll put the discussion of that artist in their own thread, which should get those threads jump started for the new site, so people coming along later will have plenty to guide them. As we move forward, I'll take people's suggestions for artists to cover and work them in eventually.

    I have a lot of hope for this. Happy listening.

    Week #1: Stevie Wonder
    Week #2: Elton John
    Week #3: ABBA
    Week #4: Nina Simone
    Week 5: Merle Haggard
    Week 6: Thin Lizzy
    Week 7: Prince
    Week 8: Gordon Lightfoot
    Week 9: Otis Redding
    Week 10: The Supremes
    Week 11: Bill Evans
    Week 12: Aerosmith
    Week 13: Harry Belafonte
    Week 14: Queen
    Week 15: 'Til Tuesday
    Week 16: The Spinners
    Week 17: The Cure
    Week 18: Pat Benatar
    Week 19: Paul McCartney
    Week 20: Sammy Davis, Jr.
    Week 21: Jorge Ben
    Week 22: Sam Cooke
    Week 23: Steely Dan
    Week 24: Leonard Cohen
    Week 25: The Allman Brothers Band
    Week 26: Heart
  2. sunday is a good day for this, great idea!
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  3. Meerkat

    human junk drawer Prestigious

    I am all about this. You're one of my favorite people to talk about music with, so I'm excited to start having those conversations with some extra people sharing their thoughts!
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  4. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    First post will go up on Sunday, but a few guidelines:

    - Try not to assume that anyone has heard anything before. Let's try to be inclusive and not make people feel left out for what they have or haven't heard.
    - It's easy to go in with preconceptions, but I won't be posting any artists with the assumption that they'll be "guilty pleasures". If that's what they are for you in the end, great. But I plan on going in to each week giving the artist an honest listen, and hope you do, too.
    - Don't worry about posting too much. Give a play by play when you listen. Talk about one song every day. Post cool facts you wiki'd about them or personal stories of how you heard about them from your mom. The more discussion, and the more variety of discussion the better.
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  5. Meerkat

    human junk drawer Prestigious

    Yeah keeping an open mind on all fronts of this (people having not heard stuff, having written a and off after hearing only 3 songs, etc.) is going to be key to this being a lot of fun
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  6. PyramidPostcard

    avocado squirrel rides again Prestigious

    this could be interesting. I don't listen to nearly enough older music
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  7. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    That was part of my impetus for this. It seemed to me like people were fairly open to older music, but just didn't always think to listen to it or have the inspiration to go seek it out. Thought something like this might help.
  8. aranea

    Trusted Prestigious


    off topic but now that i remember, could you and i do this for older movies actually...? i literally don't know ANYONE besides you (and family duh) that has watched anything pre-70s. and you know how i feel about older movies haha

    hmmm. i mean. i know they're not as easily accessible. i'm not sure what's on netflix/amazon prime. now i feel a bit depressed. haha.
  9. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    Maybe eventually yeah. I'd like to focus on this first. But I think a classic movie of the month could be cool. One a week might be hard to keep up with.
  10. Snewt

    Does whatever a spider can. Prestigious

    Lead me into the promised land of milk and honey and great music I'm sure to have missed out on, @cshadows2887
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  11. GettingSodas Resident Soda Expert Prestigious

    Wow I need this. So down.
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  12. AelNire

    @RiotGrlErin Prestigious

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  13. SpyKi

    You must fix your heart Supporter

    I'm in.
  14. Wharf Rat

    I know a little something you won't ever know Prestigious

    @brandon_260 has been something kind of like this on AP
  15. ChaseTx

    Nuke the site from orbit. The only way to be sure Prestigious

    There is already a Film Club on AP started by @brandon_260 and we are planning to move it over once everyone is here. It isn't exclusively old movies, but so far it mostly has been


    EDIT: oops, beat me to it
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  16. Wharf Rat

    I know a little something you won't ever know Prestigious

    also yes, I am def down for this
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  17. TheVandyMan

    Please stop deleting my custom title Prestigious

    I'm definitely into this. Sign me up!
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  18. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I'm so happy that everyone seems positive about this. Cheerleading for classic music is such a huge passion of mine, and everyone is going to bring their own insights to these albums and that makes me so excited.
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  19. TheVandyMan

    Please stop deleting my custom title Prestigious

    Plus, it helps that when I've checked out artists you've advocated for, I've really enjoyed them! Your track record is stellar.
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  20. Looking forward to this.
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  21. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    1. Thank you. Blushing.

    2. What artists does that include?
  22. TheVandyMan

    Please stop deleting my custom title Prestigious

    Definitely Warren Zevon, for one. And Prince, although that was also the result of a bunch of users I respect gushing about him.
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  23. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    This makes me feel like I've accomplished something more than 3 years of teaching has. Haha
  24. TheVandyMan

    Please stop deleting my custom title Prestigious

    You've done good! Also, fingers crossed for a Paul Simon week. Mostly so I can talk endlessly about Graceland, haha.
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  25. cshadows2887

    Hailey, It Happens @haileyithappens Supporter

    I'll take suggestions for sure. Some will probably be ones I was already planning. Some I'll put on a list as future options.