I found your list, and the fact that you have gone to so much trouble to compile it over the years, quite fascinating. I therefore wondered if some of our members might like to share their own personal favourites so I have started a new thread on the Other Music board, HERE.
Wow! You think like I do, but with even more detail and precision. I too have my lists of favourite songs and artists, and some are the same as yours, especially Hayley and Bob Dylan. But I would say my lists have a rather less American bias than yours. For example, my favouitre artists include Pink Floyd, the Incredible String Band and Yes, as well as Led Zeppelin and Dylan. But I am certainly not into jazz. but like most other types of music. That being said, there are some jazz pieces I like. Music is music. Like you, I learn song lyrics incredibly quickly. iike you I have a deep interest in music. I can play songs in my head after very few listenings. But if you want a real challenge, give Yes a try. I defy anyone to get their head arounf Close to the Edge in less than a dozen listenings. That is the genius of that particular album. But you really do need to get Hayley's Japansese songs album. It is awesome. Your list will change when you hear it for sure. It is now my fourth favourite album of all time! Before the Japanese album, Listen to the Wind was my favourite Hayley song. Since I have had that album, there are at least half a dozen songs on it that I prefer to LTTW. My focvourite now is probablt Yuki No Hana, (which Hayley says is also her favourite) although I voted for "I Believe" in the poll. I heard Hayley sing live tonight. She sang only one song from the Japanese album, "I have a thousand winds". The interesting thing is that she said that she had translated the lyrics of this famous Mary Frye poem from the Japanese, then found she could not improve on the original English version, so that is what she sings.
The Group "Yes", Led Zeppelin, as well as a lot of Pink Floyd are also on my list. I also have numerous songs from Canadian, European, and British Singers as well, on that List.
This might surprise you, but the song "Sukiyaki" By Kyu Sakamoto, I have ranked as the 36 th Greatest Song of all time. It is totally sung in the Jappanese Language. The amazing thing about that song is that nowhere in the song, is the Word "Sukiyaki" ever used; nor is it about that. (Disc Jokey's in the US at that time were trying to make it a hit in the US, and ended giving the song that name; because they felt Americans could more easily identify with it.) It was actually a suicide Note from a Japenese General. Years Later, in 1963, Kyu Sakamoto came across that, and decided to put it to music. Even though there is no English, it actually went to Number 1 in the US Back in 1963; by kicking "It's My Party" By Leslie Gore out of the Number-1 slot on the Billboard Charts. And yes, I can pronounce every single word of that song in perfect Japanese - and I also know the English Translation.
So I am absolutely certain that I will love Hayley's CD of Japanese Songs - Especially when those songs are coupled with Hayley's absolutely Spell-Binding and Beautiful Voice!!!!
One correction. I had said that I saw Hayley in July of 2007. I just found My Ticket. It was actually on March 25, 2007 at Jackson Hall in Nashville, TN. For some reason, I was thinking it had been about a year ago. Actually it was over a year Ago. Amazing how fast Time Flies!
Yes, I remember Sukiyaki. It was a hit in the UK too! I can still remember the tune, and the vowel sounds of some of the words, though I doubt I could write them down, and if I tried the mods would probably object, since we are not allowed to post lyrics in foreign langauges (any more, I have got away with it in the past though!)