Q&A Tuesday: who do you listen to?

Today’s Q&A Tuesday comes from my dear friend Allison of Mrs. Fussypants’ Guide to Life.  She’s also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blissfully Domestic, which means she’s my boss when I wear my Digital Bliss Editor hat.  Most impressively, she’s a mom to five (five!) boys.  She is powered by grace and coffee. She needs a housekeeper and a nap. Neither of which is likely.

Allison asks:

What are your three favorite bands or musicians?

Tsh’s thoughts:
This is hard for me to answer, since I listen to a wide variety of music for different moods and at different times (see my playlist at Last.fm to see what I mean).  But if we’re going for all-around favorites, mine would have to be U2, Coldplay, and Sufjan Stevens.  I could listen to any of them all day long and not grow tired.

Now it’s your turn.  Who do you love?

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. After I’m all finished with the “toddler tunes” and the many “Wheels on the Bus” renditions, I enjoy a variety of music. My iPod is loaded with upbeat “running” songs like “Life is a Highway” and a bunch of Pat Green songs.
    I’m a big fan of Casting Crowns, David Crowder Band and Brit Nicole. I enjoy most types of music!

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  2. I would have to agree with you there on Coldplay. I listen to them quite often and, like you said, I can never get tired of hearing their music. Another favorite is Sigur Rós, which is an Icelandic band with very chill music. My third choice would probably be Michael Bublé, just because his voice is so smooth.

    I could listen to these three all day… 🙂

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  3. Any of the chicky caterwaulers…Norah Jones, Rosie Thomas. Jazz too!

    Angie (from over at http://www.HalfAssedKitchen.com)

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  4. Hmmmm….as far as hip hop goes I love Lupe Fiasco and Outkast, old school I love Al Green, Smokey Robinson, and Etta James. I also love Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill.

    I also can’t help but love Amy Winehouse although she disturbs me.

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    • Your response made me laugh! I like Amy Winehouse, too, even though she “disturbs” me, as you put it! The rawness and power in her music appeals to me, even at the same time that her obvious self-destruction is frightening. I feel bad for her, and I don’t buy her music. Love Lauryn Hill, though. Since you like Lauryn and Erykah, have you listened to Billy Miles? You’d probably like her.

      • I love Amy Winehouse’s “Just Friends” …never get sick of it. I just try to ignore the press on her. Sanity is not really a prereq. for talent 😉

  5. The Real Group. I never get tired of them.

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  6. hmm. this is so tough to pick just 3! I am going to have to say Sufjan Stevens, Great Lake Swimmers, and Iron & Wine

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  7. I love Jonny Lang, Natasha Bedingfield, and Reeve Carney & the Revolving Band. I’m so looking forward to checking out everyone else’s faves…I always love a good artist recommendation. 🙂

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  8. I don’t have a huge amount of time to figure out exactly who I’m listening to…something I’d like to change as my kids get older.

    For now, I like Norah Jones, Leona Lewis, Glen Hansard (of The Frames) and Marketa Irglova (ya know the song, Falling Slowly by from Once).

  9. It’s hard to pick, but lately I’ve been listening to…

    1) Jon Foreman :: Lead singer of Switchfoot, who just put out some solo EPs. Some of his songs are very Sufjan Stevens-y.
    2) Sandra McCracken :: Those of you who like acoustic folksy girl singers, you should check her out on iTunes. I’ve been a fan for several years. Go to Noisetrade.com and you can get some of her music for free!
    3) Red Mountain Church :: They take old hymns and write new music. It’s beautiful. All of their CDs are now on iTunes!

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  10. John Mayer, Jack Johnson & Gwen Stefani

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  11. My all time, hands down, could leave my husband for, musician is STING! I’ve been in love with him .. .ummm.. his music since I was in grade 6.

    There are others too… love Third Day and Toby Mac too!

    Good question.. love to read everyone’s responses. 🙂

  12. I’m kinda out of the loop on new artists! U2 is my #1 favorite. I also like Counting Crows, Jack Johnson, James Taylor, Chris Tomlin, and Watermark.

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  13. My top 3: Jack Johnson, 10,000 Maniacs, and Heidi Berry.

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  14. Regina Spektor is my absolute favorite. Next, probably Jack Johnson and as for worship music, no one compares with Phil Whickham!

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  15. There are SO many, but I’ll narrow it down to Third Day, BB King, and Delirious.

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  16. Wow, just three?!? I love Lincoln Brewster, Martina McBride but most of all… Jim Brickman. That man has amazing tallent.
    Happy day.

  17. Wow, everyone has such diverse musical tastes! Music is often what gets me through the hard times, and what inspires me in the good times. My favs, Patty Griffin, Ray LaMontagne, and now Brandi Carlile. Singer-songwriter folky types.

  18. I’m not cool; I do not have varied or diverse musical tastes. I likes what I likes, and I listens to it alls the time. 😉 I have a collection of about 40 songs, all by Johnny Cash and all of them Christian, and that’s pretty much all I ever listen to. In fact, since I don’t have an MP3 player in the car, there I only listen to one CD: Johnny Cash’s My Mother’s Hymn Book. If I’m really feeling it, I might listen to other songs by Johnny Cash, or even other classic country artists. (Shock! Awe!) I did not grow up listening to country, though — it was a taste I acquired as an adult — so occasionally I’ll revert to my first musical love, oldies and classic rock and roll.

    (Just in case you’re feeling sorry for me and thinking that I listen to such a narrow selection because I just don’t know what’s out there or am afraid to try new things, you should know that my husband is just about the most eclectic and passionate music lover in existence, and virtually no obscure garage band ever puts out a CD that he does not acquire, regardless of genre. I hear it all, and much of it is good. I just REALLY like Johnny Cash!)

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  19. 1) The Beatles
    2) Ani DiFranco
    3) Can’t think of a third..

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  20. Thanks everyone, I just added a ton of new music stations to my Pandora Radio account. New music will make cleaning the house more fun this morning!

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  21. My current favorites are:
    1) Jack Johnson
    2) John Mayer
    3) Jason Mraz

    Although, I do love a little bit of everything!

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  22. This is quite a hard question! I have to do it by categories because I listen to all types of music…

    Hip Hop I would choose Kayne West, The Roots and Outcast
    Country I tend to listen to the classics: Patsy Kline and Johnny Cash
    R&B I’m a big Amy Winehouse fan….I know, but I love her music, and most recently Jennifer Hudson, John Legend and Ne-Yo
    Pop I am the biggest Janet Jackson fan you will even meet! I now love Rihanna, the group Paramore, and Chris Brown
    Rock, I love love love Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters and Nirvana….not really into new rock

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  23. At the moment I’m listening to Alice Smith, Rachael Yamagata and Adele. Other favorites include Patty Griffin, Ray LaMontagne and Amy Winehouse.

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  24. Just 3?
    Antony & The Johnsons – current obsession.
    Alanis Morrissette – her new CD is fantastic
    Eva Cassidy’s vocals
    Heart – vintage rocker chicks – love it
    Jason Mraz – just discovered
    Devendra Banhart – freak
    Jim Morrison
    Jane Siberry
    Red Hot Chilli Peppers

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  25. 1. Opeth
    2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
    3. Arch Enemy

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  26. So may to choose from, but only one No 1

    1) Luther Vandross (especially singing Christmas songs)
    2) Jill Scott
    3) John Legend

    and Amy Winehouse. she has problems, but the last album is amazing.
    I could list loads, I love music 🙂

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  27. My 3 favs right now:
    1. phish
    2.kimya dawson
    3.animal liberation orchestra

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  28. My working mix right now has Matt and Kim, some mashup guy named Mighty Mike, and I Am The World Trade Center.

    My main Pandora station has Vampire Weekend, The Mountain Goats, and *my new favorite*, Radical Face.

  29. I feel old, I don’t recognize so many of these names!

    I’m going to go with:
    1. Dave Matthews
    2. Eva Cassidy
    3. Ben Harper

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  30. I love Josh Groban and Charlotte Church (although I don’t listen to either that much right now) and when they sing together I’m in Heaven.
    I also like the oldies-Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby
    Keith Green is also good.

  31. 1. The Innocence Mission (every single album is good)
    2. U2
    3. The Sundays
    4. Sondre Lerche

    All wonderful!!

  32. jars of clay
    loreena mckennitt
    david crowder
    shawn mcdonald

  33. Fleetwood Mac
    Patty Loveless

  34. My top artist of all time would be Larry Norman. The father of Christian rock. I can’t really narrow down any others…

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  35. Three of my current favorites are:

    The Pines
    Explosions in the Sky

  36. Sara Groves, Shane Barnard, and…um…

    let me think here…

    does Christmas music cound? I know that’s more of a genre, but I could listen to it all year round!

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  37. I like too much to pick just 3. I have to say that the kids stuff by They Might Be Giants (particularly, “Here Come the 123’s” doesn’t make my ears bleed and is a family favorite, along with the Curious George Soundtrack by Jack Johnson. I’ve got my boy into Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida”, but he hasn’t gotten hooked on more than just that one song. When on my own, I love Feist, Stevie Wonder and Eric Serra soundtracks (“The Big Blue” “The Fifth Element”)…the Moulin Rouge soundtrack is also a fave.

  38. My top favorites are:
    1. Alanis Morisette
    2. The Cranberries
    3. Evanescence

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  39. I love U2 and Coldplay too!

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  40. I share space and music with my kiddos (no personal listening devices employed unless we’re on a treadmill or raking leaves in February). Our 3 favorites: (1) Bach (2) Andrea Bocelli and (3) the soundtrack from Fiddler on the Roof (my 6 and 8 year olds almost have most of it memorized by now).

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  41. L7
    The Pixies
    Dave Brubeck
    Corinne Bailey Rae
    Glen Hansard (Once soundtrack)
    Cat Power
    Beastie Boys

  42. Great bands, all on my top 10! Sufjan is one of my top 3, along with Bon Iver and The Shins, oh and Nick Drake and Ray Lamontague.

    Do you have the Sufjan Christmas CD? I’m counting the days until I can pull it out for the Holidays.

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