a quick request

I’m loading my iPod with an exam playlist made up entirely of songs sans vocals.

I was shocked to see that the only thing in my library that fit this bill is Bela Fleck (this excluding any orchestra/classical music).

I need some good music without the distraction of lyrics. Suggestions?? Please?


10 thoughts on “a quick request

  1. George Winston
    some Enya songs
    some Loreena McKennit songs

    hmmm, itunes at home so I can’t remember any more off the top of my head, sorry!

  2. Here’s what’s in my “study” playlist, since I can’t write to music that has words:
    Frank Zappa – Francesco Zappa
    Frank Zappa – Guitar (Discs 1 and 2)
    Mozart’s Sympony 39
    Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos
    The soundtrack to The Human stain (by Rachel Portman)
    Warm and Cool – Tom Verlaine
    Vince Guaraldi – A Boy Named Charlie Brown, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Charlie Brown’s Holiday Hits (laugh if you must, it works for me.)

  3. This is almost unfair – my “sans vocals” playlist, which represents just the ones I actually loaded onto the iPod, is 12 hours long.

    George Winston: Linus and Lucy: The Music of Vince Guaraldi
    Kaki King – anything
    Charles Solbrig – Passion for Guitar
    Shadowfax – The Dreams of Children
    Amost anything on the Solitudes label, though I recommend such favorites as Natual Concentration, Nurturing Rain or Stream of Dreams (birdie sounds in various selections always a plus)
    Piano solos by John Tesh, Gary Jess, or Craig Linder
    Piano solos by David Lanz
    A variety of classical pieces, including the Brandenburg Concerto mentioned above
    Soundtrack from Sense and Sensibility (the Emma Thompson version)

    In the interest of furthering your scholarly success, I would be happy to provide you with a collection of my favorites…..


  4. My old printer has just printed an only marginally legible playlist, and the new printer is still sitting there in the box, leering at me. (It’s so damn fancy that I’m afraid to try to set it up.) So I’ll paste in the playlist here; check your mailbox (or check w/ the secretaries) tomorrow:
    Bangla Dhun Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan
    Sketches Daniel Lanois
    Meditation Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin
    Skylark Sonny Rollins
    Life Animus Amour
    Maple Run Rick Duke
    Ciaccona Arianna Savall, Bjorn Kjellemyr, Guido Morini, Marco Ambrosini, Pedro Estevan & Rolf Lislevand Nuove Musiche
    Jayna’s show Jayna
    Acknowledgement John Coltrane
    Tears In Heaven Joshua Redman
    Someone To Watch Over Me Sonny Rollins

  5. & BP is making you a CD even as we speak. You’ll be relieved to know that he did not include the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battle at the beginning of “Take the ‘A’ Train.” At least, I think he didn’t . . . but ya never know, with BP . . .

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