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If I were to base my favorites from this old post of mine, time to add (and update) more choral repertoire after over four years!

#: 365 - Daniel Elder

A: And So It Goes - Billy Joel, arr. Bob Chilcott (performed by King's Singers)

B: Baba Yetu - Christopher Tin (performed by Soweto Gospel Choir)

C: Cikala Le Pong Pong - traditional Pakpaknese, arr. Ken Steven (performed by Parahyangan Catholic University Choir)

D: Daluyong - Ily Matthew Maniano (performed by Philippine Madrigal Singers)
Honorable Mention: Da Coconut Nut - Ryan Cayabyab (performed by Smokey Mountain)

E: Even When He Is Silent - Kim Andre Arnesen (performed by St. Olaf Choir)

F: Flight - Daniel Elder (from The Greatest of These; performed by Matthew Curtis)
Honorable Mention: Fáilte don Éan - Michael McGlynn (performed by Anúna)

G: Gapas - Eudenice Palaruan (from Pundayaw hi Apu; performed by Ateneo College Glee Club)
Honorable Mention: The Ground - Ola Gjeilo (performed by Central Washington University Chamber Choir)

H*: Hinbarra - Michael McGlynn (performed by Anúna)

I: Indodana - traditional isiXhosa, arr. Michael Barrett and Ralf Schmitt (performed by University of Praetoria Camerata)

J: Jubilate Deo - Saunder Choi (performed by Aleron)

K: Kaisa-Isa Niyan - Nilo Alcala II (performed by Philippine Madrigal Singers)

L: Lullaby - Daniel Elder (from Three Nocturnes; performed by Westminster Choir)
Honorable Mention: Leron, Leron Sinta - traditional Tagalog, arr. Saunder Choi (performed by Brigham Young University Singers)

M: Manifesto - David Lang (performed by Cantus)
Honorable Mention: Matibay - Von De Guzman (performed by Ateneo Chamber Singers)

N: Nomad's Carol - Ily Matthew Maniano (performed by Aleron)
Honorable Mention: Nearer, My God, to Thee - Sarah Adams and Lowell Mason, arr. James Stevens (performed by Brigham Young University Vocal Point)

O: O Dakilang Hiwaga - Gianpaolo Eleria (performed by Aleron)
Honorable Mention: Oremus - Urmas Sisask (from Gloria Patri; performed by The Chamber Choir Eesti Projekt)

P: A Parting Gift - music by yours truly (performed by Aleron)
Honorable Mention: Please Stay - Jake Runestad (performed by Capital University Chapel Choir)

Q*: Quem Vidistis Pastores - Francis Poulenc (from Quatre Motets pour le temps Noel, performed by Robert Shaw Festival Singers)

R: The Rose - Ola Gjeilo (performed by the Choir of Royal Holloway)

S: Sleepsong - Rolf Løvland, arr. Desmond Earley (performed by University College Dublin Scholars)
Honorable Mention: Sakura - Naotaro Moriyama, Kaito Okachimachi, arr. yours truly (performed by Boscorale)

T: Tango with God - Ysaye Barnwell (performed by Cantus)

U: Ühte laulu tahaks laulda - Veljo Tormis (from Kaksikpühendus; performed by Lunds Studentsångare)
Honorable Mention: Ubi Caritas - Ola Gjeilo (performed by Central Washington University Chamber Choir)

V: Varjele, Jumala, soasta - Veljo Tormis (performed by Yokohama National University Glee Club)

W: Wonder Tidings - traditional, arr. Stephen Paulus (from Three Nativity Carols; performed by University of Utah Singers)

X: (none)

Y: (none)

Z: (none)
 
I listen to rock in lots of subgenres. From blues rock to folk rock, from hard rock to heavy metal, from symphonic metal to grunge, from alternative rock to glamrock, from psychedelic rock to punk rock.

Favourite artists/bands... Queen, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Ronnie James Dio, Guns N' Roses, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly, Fleetwood Mac, Motörhead, The Rolling Stones, Donovan, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Nightwish, Within Temptation, The Cranberries, Soundgarden, Fairport Convention, Mott The Hoople, The Who, Bruce Spingsteen, Elton John, Free, Paul Rodgers, Bad Company, The Beatles, Blackmore's Night, AC/DC, The Doors, The Yardbirds, The Cure, Focus, Foo Fighters, Janis Joplin, Lou Reed, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, R.E.M., Triggerfinger, The Verve and many, many more.

My favourite musician ever? Brian May, guitarist of Queen. By far. When I think about my favourite Queen songs... Mostly songs written by him. Mostly heavy rock stuff with lots of guitar awesomeness. And I also love his solo work, and collaborations on album with Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, Motörhead and others. And let's not forget live with The Darkness, My Chemical Romance, Def Leppard, Mott The Hoople and Alice Cooper, making already great songs even better.

Favourite vocalists? Top 5:
1. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
2. Ronnie James Dio (Rainbow, Black Sabbath)
3. Tarja Turunen (Nightwish)
4. Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
5. Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam)

The last song I listened to? Something I would recommend to anyone who is even remotely interested in rock and/or metal:

 
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A genre I have found myself venturing into a lot recently is early alternative. It really amazes me how much influence artists like Lou Reed have had over the years, and I personally believe reed to be the most underrated musician of all time. I have friends who are not really fans of alternative who say that these songs are very acceptable, and I'd agree with that assessment tbh. some good examples are Pale Blue Eyes by the Velvet Underground, Perfect Day - Lou Reed, Life On Mars - David Bowie (dodgy whether that's alternative though), Oh Sweet Nuthin' - The Velvet Undeground and Lust for Life -Iggy Pop are all incredibly enjoyable to listen to in my opinion. If you're the type of person who prefers to listen to albums rather than individual songs, I'd recommend Loaded - The Velvet Underground and Transformer - Lou Reed as very good and very accessible early alternative albums. Transformer probably features all the best known alternative of the time, such as Satellite of Love and Take a Walk on the Wild Side.
 
A genre I have found myself venturing into a lot recently is early alternative. It really amazes me how much influence artists like Lou Reed have had over the years, and I personally believe reed to be the most underrated musician of all time. I have friends who are not really fans of alternative who say that these songs are very acceptable, and I'd agree with that assessment tbh. some good examples are Pale Blue Eyes by the Velvet Underground, Perfect Day - Lou Reed, Life On Mars - David Bowie (dodgy whether that's alternative though), Oh Sweet Nuthin' - The Velvet Undeground and Lust for Life -Iggy Pop are all incredibly enjoyable to listen to in my opinion. If you're the type of person who prefers to listen to albums rather than individual songs, I'd recommend Loaded - The Velvet Underground and Transformer - Lou Reed as very good and very accessible early alternative albums. Transformer probably features all the best known alternative of the time, such as Satellite of Love and Take a Walk on the Wild Side.
Ah, very nice to see another Bowie fan here! Life On Mars is one of my favourite songs. And I also love the other songs/albums you mentioned.

Aladdin Sane is one of my favourite albums ever. But yeah, I love all Bowie albums, aside from the commercialist Let's Dance era.
 
Question for all people posting here... What's your favourite song? Why is it special to you?

To me, Bohemian Rhapsody, by Queen.

As a child, I used to hate music. I only heard crappy pop songs and hated it. Dance, rap and hiphop. Fine if people like it, but not my thing. But anyways, I thought music wasn't for me. Until I found Bohemian Rhapsody by pure coincidence on YouTube when I was twelve or thirteen (26 now). I was blown away. This song made this former music hater a music addict.

I quickly became a Queen fan, especially loving their hard rock stuff. Not so much into the poppy '80's songs. And through Queen, I got into David Bowie, Motörhead, Mott The Hoople, Black Sabbath, Guns N' Roses, Soundgarden, Metallica, Rainbow, Foo Fighters and many others. Queen was a perfect bridge from classic rock to heavy metal to me.

Now, I love rock in lots of subgenres, from the sixties to our current time. But Queen will always be my favourite band, and Bohemian Rhapsody will always be my favourite song. It shaped my taste in music, and got me into music in the first place.

 

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Got hold of the 1973 UK Cassette release of Pin-Ups by David Bowie today. The yellow label one. In full working order and great condition too. There's some scuffs on the case itself but hey, still amazing for a fiver. From what I've heard it's pretty rare internationally, but over here it's nothing big.
 

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Gone and preordered Gorillaz's Song Machine album, it's shaping up to be one of their best so far ngl. The Pink Phantom and Desolè have been my favourites so far, but everything hits in some way.
 

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One of the best recent finds I’ve made in my quest to attain peak weeb is a band called Necry Talkie (ネクライトーキー). They’re on Spotify, so make sure to give their albums ‘ONE!’ and ‘ZOO!!’ a listen.
 

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My preorder of Song Machine arrived today, very late but that's ok. I ordered the deluxe CD and those tapes you could get on the side.

For some reason, they sent the vinyl with all this too, which I didn't ask for. Guess I'll frame it and have it on my wall LMFAO

Valley of the Pagans is every bit as good as I thought it'd be. God this is definitely one of Gorillaz's best yet.
 
So I decided to post a 30 min setlist of covers for once bars and restaurants get back to a little bit of normalcy. hope u guys enjoy watching a pokemoner try to play music lmao. but srsly if u do like it, i m gonna start working more on a youtube where ill give lessons or show progress working on stuff. i also give theory lessons / playing lessons on skype for $15/hour (through venmo).

 

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