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02-26-2009 02:24 AM

Topic tags/keywords: humor music songs ambience radio itunes computer question

I have a computer with itunes and a radio in the shop both with powered speakers. on the computer I have a ton of songs in every genre (not rap). After listening to everything from AC/DC to classical I’ve found that for my tastes, bluegrass and fiddle or mandolin folk, and old time music seem to match what I’m doing when I’m working with wood. Classical or soft rock sometimes works. Rock for example just doesn’t seem to fit and even though I like it and listen to it outside the shop. I’m compelled to change it to something else in the shop.

Do you listen to music in your shop? If so, what?

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#1 posted 02-26-2009 02:30 AM

WOODy Guthrie? sorry :-)

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#2 posted 02-26-2009 02:30 AM

Golden oldies or country

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#3 posted 02-26-2009 02:37 AM

Good One Charlie. Thought having met him, I’ll throw in Arlo Guthrie as well. Though, listening to Alice’s Restaurant while trying to cut wood, is a bit of a hit and miss at times.

Everything, including SOME rap is ok. If I don’t like what I’m listening to, then it’ll be over soon enough.

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#4 posted 02-26-2009 03:27 AM

I listen to classical music, love the old masters like Mozart,...................

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#5 posted 02-26-2009 03:30 AM

Gotta say im a sucker for both the Woody and Arlo guthrie tunes but I find myself laughing too much at Alices Restaurant to concentrate on what i,m doin. Try some Cowboy junkies for the fine work or a bit of the Pogues or The Reverend Horton Heat if you,re doin some heavy ripping and when it all goes wrong how about a bit of Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen. I gotta agree with you Daniel on the Bluegrass/ folk thing, it just fits somehow if you,re useing hand tools. I WOULD RATHER STICK A GIMLET IN MY EYE THAN LISTEN TO [email protected]#$&%G RAP IN THE SHOP!!! sorry thats just my opinion, each to his own!

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#6 posted 02-26-2009 03:44 AM

Traditional country- George Jones, Merle Haggard. etc..- conservative talk.

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#7 posted 02-26-2009 03:53 AM

C & W. When I remember to turn on the CD’s The metal walls kill the antenna. I guess I need an outside one.

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#8 posted 02-26-2009 04:09 AM


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#9 posted 02-26-2009 04:12 AM

For me its what they are now calling “classic rock”. How can they call it that? Does that mean i am also a classic? Its the stuff I grew up with and will have played at my funeral. I will also occasionally listen to country when the mood strikes, thats usually when I am using hand tools, planing, scraping etc.

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#10 posted 02-26-2009 04:14 AM

Let’s see…currently my stereo in the shop is loaded with Led Zeppelin, Little Feat, Jethro Tull, and ZZ Top. When I get tired of those, I’ll put in something else.

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#11 posted 02-26-2009 04:39 AM

Old time rock and roll! 1956 thru 1964

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#12 posted 02-26-2009 04:45 AM

I also find myself listening to things I would not normally in the shop
classic rock is ok
wide spread panic is great
elton john and louie armstrong
The sound tracks to Cirque de sole sp? are great

Dave ramsey is the best
The dust has killed my cd player and I get really bad reseption in my parents basement so I’ve been listening to the only fm station I get clear in the day mix something and if i hear “put a ring on it” or I hate this part right here again I’m gonna have to buy a new one

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#13 posted 02-26-2009 05:07 AM

I agree with Roman…nothing like classical or opera… Stimulates the mind!

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#14 posted 02-26-2009 05:34 AM

Stevie Ray Von and “The Motorcycle Song” from Arlo Guthrie during the planning process, but I like to listen to the music of my tools in the building stage.

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#15 posted 02-26-2009 07:33 AM

wonderful subject. try the band “New Grass Revival”, or any david grisman, or bela fleck if you like a virtuoso on bango. I like the early allman brothers albums such as Fillmore East, Eat a Peach, Idlewild South, or just a good allman complilation. I like early Yes albums especially Close to the Edge, Relayer and Tales From Topographic Ocean. Any Beatles, CSNY, neal young, some 40s big band stuff, some 50s jazz especially saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist João Gilberto together. a wonderful cd is Nova Bossa: Red Hot on Verve, verve is the producer. It is a collection of smooth latin jazz, beautiful. just type in the above and buy it used on amazon for $3.25. jean-luc ponty – the struggle of the turtle to the sea, is beautiful. andrea bocelli and itzhak pearlman as a change. dan fogelberg, michael murphey, leon russell if you can find him. miles davis and just about anyone who played with him. chris botti, and probably my favorite – pat metheny. that’s quite a bit of music for a guy who has never posted a project! can you trust a guy like that….

old Yes music such as

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