Some songs pull us out of our complacency and make us listen again. A song we listen to more than once is either a masterful musical and lyrical tapestry... or at least quirky enough to make us go "did I really just hear that?!"
The music I want to hear is honest, excellent art. I find treasures currently in all genres... from the simple, eternally relevant bluegrass yearnings of Union Station to time signature-changing jazz of Bob James and David Sanborn to hip hop street wisdom (yep, even that!) of Timberlake (and he's got a great voice, too:) R&B and me will never part ways... Gladys Knight could sing the telephone book and I'd find fresh love for the genre. Andre Bocelli demonstrates that I don't have to understand the language of the lyrics to be moved. Country? Vince Gill's voice and guitar playing still stand the test of time. The harmony of Little Big Town and the texture of their vocal blend make my ears happy. me. And John has his favorites, too- from tons of classical music (he was a symphony percussionist at one time) to great grooves, fluent musicianship and smart songwriting in all kinds of genres.
OK so John and I want to do this. Make honest and excellent music - and nothing else. Please feel free to kick our butts if you hear us straying from the mission!