Musical musings

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

All of us have our guilty pleasures, and I'm no exception. Mine is music, and some of you readers might be surprised at some of my favorites.

At the top of my list is the greatest band in the history of sound -- AC/DC. No one else even comes close to the Thunder From Down Under. I've had the good fortune to see them in concert twice, and although they are nearing the end of their 40-year run, I hope I get the chance to see them again.

Another favorite is Kid Rock, and I got to see him in concert last week at the Walmart AMP in Rogers. If you haven't been to the AMP, you owe it to yourself to check it out. It's an amazing outdoor venue, and Kid Rock put on one of the best shows I've ever seen.

I was especially glad to see Kid Rock live because I missed out on the chance to see him perform a few years ago in North Little Rock. His opening act was Jamey Johnson, whom I consider one of the most underrated singers and songwriters of our time. I was really excited to see them both in one show, but several inches of snow kept me away. I got to see Johnson at Riverfest last year in Little Rock, and he was every bit as entertaining as I expected.

Now, the surprising part. I'm a middle-aged newspaper editor, I live in Berryville, Ark., and I love rap and hip-hop, especially what the kids these days call "old-school." Give me some Tupac, some Snoop, some Biggie, and I'm happy. Of course, we can't leave out Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. Yes, the lyrics can be quite profane, but if you listen with an open mind they can also be quite poetic, as well.

Maybe most surprising of all is another favorite of mine -- Norah Jones. No, she doesn't quite seem to fit in with AC/DC, Kid Rock and Tupac, but my musical tastes change with my mood. Sometimes, I'm in the mood to turn up "Back in Black" as loud as it will go and get some blood pumping; other times, I like to chill out and listen to Norah sing "Those Sweet Words."

I love music because it captures every possible human emotion. No matter how you're feeling, there's a song out there that perfectly expresses it.

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Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com.