Thursday, May 21, 2009

My One Minute Mix Tape

Look, we're all very busy. Who has the time these days to listen to a whole album ? In fact, listening to the same three minute track all the way through is SO last century.

Fortunately, Radio Free Stan has come to the rescue of impatient music lovers everywhere and I have collected my favourite individual moments from all music ever.

Each of these moments lasts a maximum of two seconds and so even if you put a whole second of silence between them, you can still listen to all twenty in only one minute.

(1) The opening chord of Barber's Adagio for Strings

(2) "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac - the first guitar chord on the bit that's used for the Grand Prix coverage on the BBC

(3) "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac" - where the voices come in together after the instrumental on the word "chain"

(4) The clarinet bit from the start of "Rhapsody in Blue"

(5) The cadence at the end of "Dark Side of the Moon" on the word "Moon"

(6) The "Lord, I can't change" bit before the guitar solo in "Free Bird"

(7) Radiohead "Exit Music (for a Film)" - after rising and opening out, it hits the peak of panic on the words "Now ... we are one"

(8) Bach Cello Suite #1 - take your pick - any two second sample from it is gorgeous.

(9) The opening of "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes

(10) The start of the chorus of "Meet Me on the Corner" by Lindisfarne

(11) Where the gears shift and "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand makes a sudden move in a totally different musical direction.

(12) Opening chords of "Stairway to Heaven"

(13) The female voices on the words "Voca, voca me" from the Maledictis section of Mozart's Requiem.

(14) Intro of "Pretty Vacant" by the Sex Pistols

(15) The top note from the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart's Magic Flute.

(16) The closing notes of "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong.

(17) Start of the chorus of "Honky Tonk Woman" by The Rolling Stones

(18) Opening of "Play Dead" by Björk

(19) Intro of "Blue Monday" by New Order

(20) Dido's Lament by Purcell, on the words "When I am Laid in Earth"

I could think of about three hundred more - even if I restricted myself to the "B's" think of all the goosebump moments from the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Beethoven.

Decisions, decisions ...

1 comment:

Fifi said...

Sorry to hear that Stanetta has been very poorly. I hope that she is sorted out now.
Your choice of music is fantastic. Especially the Queen of the Night's aria, it's what I play, full volume, when really frustrated!
What about a bit of Chopin?