While I was listening to music for my last post, I realized how much I lean towards music that uses live instrumentation. Of course most self proclaimed music snobs would say that, but I’m certainly not opposed to synthesizers or electric music. But I narrowed it down when writing the last blog post. It’s not just acoustic music gets me hype, it’s the horns and percussion. A great horn section and a the right percussion will can bring out any song. I think this goes back to my marching band days. There is nothing like the energy you get from motivating a crowd and vibeing with fellow musicians. When arranged properly live instrumentation is powerful and dynamic.
A while back, the great music exchange crew and I made a “Live” playlist challenge. The task was to make a playlist with 10, just 10, of your favorite live recordings. I’ll admit that some of the crew had a few songs that I would’ve had on their playlist, so I didn’t add them to my list. I think I still managed to put together a decent list, even with the limitations of Spotify. So here are my picks.