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Posted by Mick on May 2, 2010 – 9:50 pm

Guess what I’m listening to right now.  It’s music, but what music?  Seriously, I want you to stop what you’re doing and think about it… What is Mick listening to right now?

Write down your guess in the following space.

Some of you are looking down here now, and that text box above you is empty.  I want you to think about it, and how it feels.  It exists for one thing, and one thing only.  It exists for you to write your guess in.  If you leave it blank, you have negated it’s very existence.  Furthermore, I actually had to go do research to get it to show up there.  That wasn’t a case of just clicking a button in the fancy text editor and a box popped up, I had to look up the HTML expressions to make that happen.

But if you insist on leaving it blank, that’s alright.  You did make a guess, right?  You at least ought to make guess.  Sure, you don’t have to, you’re in charge, I can’t make you do anything.  But you’re only cheating yourself.

For those of you that guessed, did you guess Renaissance music?  Probably not.  I wouldn’t have guessed it, and I’m the guy who did it.  But wait, how much do want to bet there’s a story here?  There is.  Let’s see if I can trace this back at least an hour.

After dinner, I came in here to write.  I decided to do a quick Facebook check, partly because I love to procrastinate, partly because I like to see what my friends are up to, and partly to see if anything might inspire me.  Arnold Wells oft times will set his Facebook status to a verse from a song he’s listening to.  Tonight was one of those times, his status was, and I quote, “Come down with fire. Lift my spirit higher. Someones screaming my name. Come and make me holy again. I’m the man on the silver mountain! I’m the man on the silver mountain!” Awesome.

At this point, I need some Rainbow.  I pull up the MP3 folder and find Man on the Silver Mountain.  And I jam.  I decide I need some more, similar but not the same.  I pull up Pandora and start a new station, based on Man on the Silver Mountain.

On a side note, the song Woodstock, by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young does NOT belong on that station, Pandora.  Bad Pandora.

I’m listening to the station for a bit, there’s a Rainbow song.  I listen a bit longer, there’s a second Rainbow song.  It’s their biggest hit, Stone Cold, from the Joe Lynn Turner era.  I don’t hate Joe Lynn Turner, but he’s no Dio.  Not by a damn shot.  But then again, who is?  And I couldn’t remember the other frontman, the one between Dio and Joe Lynn Turner, so I looked it up.  Thank you, Interwebs.  I got the info I needed, and then I kept on reading, because I’m a reader.  That’s what I do.  When I get to the “where are they now” paragraph, I wonder if they’ll mention Blackmore’s current project, Blackmore’s Night.  And they do.  Blackmore’s Night is Ritchie Blackmore and his wife, Candace Night.  They met and started dating because they shared an interest in Renaissance music.  When Blackmore left Rainbow for the final time in 1997, he and Candace formed Blackmore’s Night.  They play Renaissance Music.  And it’s Ritchie Blackmore, so they play it incredibly well.  Trust me, hang in until the final third of this song and listen to Blackmore do whatever the Renaissance version of “wail” would be.

It may or may not be your thing, but you can’t deny the awesomeness.  Blackmore’s playing is as good as ever, maybe better, and Night may be the best singer he’s ever worked with.  It’s technically not metal, but damn it, it is metal.

Think about it.  Ritchie Blackmore walked away from a successful career to play the music he really wanted to play.  And he’s successful at it.  They have released 7 studio albums with a new one on the way this year, two live albums, two live DVDs, and they tour regularly.  Lots of Renaissance fairs.  Ritchie Blackmore plays at Ren Fairs… because he wants to.  They also do “Castle Tours”, where they perform in historic settings for an audience also dressed in period garb.  Admit it, you’re just a little jealous right now.  You’re going to go work in an office tomorrow.  Ritchie Blackmore is hanging out at a Ren Fest, drinking mead surrounded by girls in corsets.

So now I’m thinking about Blackmore’s Night, and I just happen to have 8 or 9 albums of it… right-click folder, Play All.  This is why I obsessively collect music.  I never know what I might be in the mood for, and when I’m in the mood for it, I want it.  I need it.  I’ll go a bit crazy looking for it.  It’s so much easier when it’s right here.  I’m listening to a non-stop shuffle of Blackmore’s Night, and I’m loving the hell out of it.  Every once in awhile there’s a surprise, currently it’s a cover of Rainbow’s Street of Dreams, featuring a duet of Candace Night and… Joe Lynn Turner.  And everything comes full circle.

Here’s a bonus for you.  Blackmore’s Night live.  They still tour, doing shows in much smaller, more intimate venues than Blackmore’s previous bands.  I could listen to this song repeatedly for at least an hour.  Maybe several.  It’s good.

Ritchie Blackmore rocks the hell out of that outfit, too.  Speaking of obsession, I have 4 recordings of this song.  One of them is in Greek.

Be good to each other.

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