“What record are you listening to?” – – Our Readers Respond

by Dave Carew

We recently ran a post entitled “What record are you listening to now?” We did this, in part, to solicit record recommendations from our readers. We were hoping to help generate a buzz about great artists or records that may have been overlooked, or to rekindle interest in music fading from memory. We made it clear that a recommended-record of any age and genre would be welcome, not just the hot record of the moment. We were hoping our readers would come through with great recommendations and—predictably—you did. Here are some of the highlights:


“I’ve been listening to Gerry Rafferty’s Night Owl album, as well as others (City to City, Snakes and Ladders, North and South). [Rafferty was] an underrated genius who turned his back on the music establishment, but had the goods to make music on his terms. Great pop hooks, meaningful lyrics, and layers of depth make for music to get lost in, especially with a pair of headphones.”


“My go-to record right now is Patti Griffin’s Impossible Dream. I am swept away by the imagery and the achingly-beautiful way she delivers every line. The slightly out-of-tune acoustic piano makes me feel like I’m in the room with her, as opposed to listening to some digitized, audio blueprint that is more machine than human. She is da bomb!”



“I’ve rediscovered an amazing composer who (in my humble opinion) has made a magnificent contribution to music—an artist who is apparently unknown to many of today’s listeners. His name is Ludwig Beethoven, a musician of genius, whom I recommend to any and all who wish to hear beautiful and powerful music. While I reaize that Beethoven’s stuff is not comparable in quality to rap, reggae, and rock ‘n’ roll, it does have its moments.”



I also like Nike Drake. [Editor’s Note: We had recommended Nick Drake’s ‘Bryter Layter’ in our post.]  I’ve been listening to Mary Chapin Carpenter a lot lately . . . amazing songwriter!”

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew


One Response to ““What record are you listening to?” – – Our Readers Respond”

  1. D.W. Says:

    I’m really into smooth jazz and the best cut from Dave Koz is “And then I knew” on his Greatest Hits album. Simply amazing orchestration and melody

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