Over the past few months, I’ve been in my car quite a bit traveling back and forth to baseball games and other places, and while I’m driving, choose to listen to my iTunes to help pass the trip. I’ve discovered that I can put my driving mind in autopilot and really tune in to the music.
Here are a few artists I’ve focused on and highly recommend to you.
1. Luciano Pavarotti: The Best
This collection presents a wide variety of musical styles, with most of the attention given to operatic arias. But, there is a good sampling of popular songs. This video is “Nessun Dorma” (None Shall Sleep) from the opera Turandot by Puccini.
2. Back to the Woods – Chuck Leavell
This collection serves as a tribute to the pioneers of blues piano. It’s good…really good. Careful, though…you’ll be driving 90 if you get into it too much.
3. City Hymns: Fragments of Grace – City Church
Karl Digerness, of San Franciso-based City Church, released this album in 2011. It’s a worshipful, theologically sound collection of old hymns and new songs that is best described as folk. He uses a wide range of instruments – from pedal steel to electronic loops – to color the texts. These songs are thoughtful and inspiring.