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INTRODUCTION

Hi music lover,
I hope you're into easy listening music, (that which is sometimes called Lounge), because this is what this page is all about.
This page is one that's been placed here in order for me to share my love of easy listening music.
I hope you enjoy the sampling that I have placed here, and some of it going well back in time.
It gets even better as it goes down.
If you do find the sampling enjoyable, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, and even more so if you're a lover of the very same music too. If you find a link down, please let me know that as well, because sometimes things are removed from YouTube given that they're in violation of copyright (not that I would know that), and I can hardly keep checking my links every day of the week.
I hope your computer is connected to some great speakers! If not, I fear that you may well be wasting your time. Depth and bass make all the difference. There's nothing that kills music more than those dreadful little high pitched inbuilt speakers.
However, good speakers or not, (and as you probably already know), the sound quality of things on YouTube is only as good as that which has been loaded onto YouTube, and older recordings are obviously not going to sound as good as modern recordings due to certain limitations. If only these orchestras and musicians were around today, using a modern studio and playing the same pieces in exactly the same way. So, unfortunately, you'll have to accept what's available on YouTube and some pretty dusty recordings, some better than others, but all sounding all the worse if played through those dreadful little high pitched speakers I mentioned.
Not all the video clips that one comes across are appropriate, so I hope I haven't overlooked anything in my attempt to avoid such video clips. 
I have to say though, that some video clips are really beautiful, they sometimes beckoning as must as the music, and thus a few music clips probably being included because of their intriguing factor.

If you're not interested in the added article below, just go straight to THE LINKS




Please bear in mind that the following article (condemnatory of what's passing for music) contains a degree of Christian content, is very confronting, and comes under the banner of personal opinion.

The Article:

You know, this music (that I've placed here) is worlds apart from trance, acid jazz, that mindless lost in their own little world kind of jazz, punk, rock, techno, grunge, metal, (of which there are various types), rap (which isn't music at all, but more often just a rude, angry, nauseating, repetitive rant), and so much else out there that's passing for music these days; and this being why I'm not about to make any apologies.
At the end of the day, any music is only as good as the state of society prevailing at the time and currently, the state of society is very sick.
One only has to look at those MTV music video clips on TV to see where things have gone.
The truth of the matter is, that there’s less good on which music is being built these days, but rather, the lowest denominator, plus that “Just do it,” “It’s my life,” “Who cares?” “Don’t tell me what to do” and “Stop judging me” mentality.
Yes, a self absorbed, super indulgent, decadent, messed up society that's being fed (by permission) a constant diet of very bad influences (occultic for one, courtesy of many pop stars, movies and books), porn, sexual antics, violence, sitcoms-cum-shallow rubbish, error, junk food, drugs and booze. A purposeless generation fueled by Darwinism. Hence why there's less respect for law and authority, less or no interest in morals, principles and standards.
The seduction of humanity, it's been called by some. And who might the seducer be?
And so, a generation badly in need of help and direction.
Yes, actors wanting to shed that nice girl or boy next door image.
Is this why (when speaking of the signs of Christ's return) the bible mentions: That people will be lovers of themselves, boasters, swollen with conceit, abusive, arrogant, disobedient to their parents, haters of good, lovers of money and pleasure, treacherous, brutes, inhuman, reckless, ungrateful and these are only part of the signs!
Hence why rock and its bedfellows are worshipped, rock born of rebellion, and hence the following comments:

"It's not just an exaggeration to say that rebellion is more than just an occasional theme in rock,
it is its very heart and soul."

20th anniversary edition of the Rolling Stone magazine.


And it gets worse:

“Rock has always been the devil’s music, you can’t convince me that it isn’t. I honestly believe everything I’ve said—I believe rock and roll is dangerous…I feel that we’re only heralding something even darker than ourselves.”
David Bowie, Rolling Stone magazine, February 12, 1976, p.83

“My true belief about Rock ‘n’ Roll is this: I believe this kind of music is demonic…"
Little Richard, The Life and Times of Little Richard by Charles White, p. 197.

“Rock ‘n’ roll is pagan and primitive, and very jungle, and that’s how it should be! The moment it stops being those things, it’s dead … the true meaning of rock … is sex, subversion and style.”
Malcolm McLaren, punk rock manager, Rock, August 1983, p. 60.


In fact, it was the rock invasion that destroyed the easy listening market, and that saw both those singers and orchestras dying away.
The following two quotes from Frank Sinatra show how he felt about such music:

"Rock 'n' roll smells phony and false. It is sung, played and written, for the most part, by cretinous goons. And, by means of its almost imbecilic reiteration, and sly, lewd and in plain fact, dirty lyrics...it manages to be the martial music of every side-burned delinquent on the face of the earth."
Quoted in Taboo Tunes: A History of Banned Bands & Censored Songs

"The most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has been my misfortune to hear."
Simon Frith, Sound Effects: Youth, Leisure and the Politics of Rock, ch, 5 (1979)

One horrible thing with rock music and its heavy beat (made worse by powerful bass speakers) is that it's incredibly intruding regarding neighbours, much like a dripping tap.
And those people who go past pedestrians in their cars with the same loud, thumping music, should remember this: That how the person in the street hears that music is very different to how the car driver hears it. In otherwords, all the people in the street hear is an annoying boomy sound and a kind of muffled waffling which sounds rather pathetic. So much for showing off.
And here's a quote from British rock guitarist Keith Richards (same source):

"Music for the neck downwards."

Who's not familiar with the often said, "Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll."

“Everyone takes it for granted that rock and roll is synonymous with sex.” 
Chris Stein, lead guitarist for Blondie, People, May 21, 1979


The phrase rock 'n' roll was actually coined by a disc jokey to describe the act of sexual intercourse in the back of a car.
Forgive me, but I'm reminded of those words found in the Christian Bible that say: "Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness."
I'm also remined of the following ominous quote:

"Give me control over he who shapes the music of a nation, and I care not who makes the laws."
Napoleon


So why do some people feel good listening to pleasant easy listening music, and some people feel good listening to rock music?
Well, those who listen to pleasant easy listening music feel good because it’s generally uplifting and ennobling; it drawing them into a more kindly, happy, wholesome, relaxed state and more could be added to this.
Those who listen to rock music feel good simply because it pleases them. Not because it has any redeeming features. Beyond that it’s empty, and rather than uplifting, it excites base (negative) emotions.
Give a child an ice-cream and it pleases, but does little good. Give a child an apple and it benefits. And that child will enjoy that apple, though probably not so if raised on nothing but sweets.
Rock music appeals to that dark side in us where anger, frustration and rebellion can lurk.
It was also David Bowie who said that rock "lets in the baser elements."
Anyway, here's a funny but not too far from the truth quote:

“When buying a used car, punch the buttons on the radio. If all the stations are rock and roll, there’s
a good chance the transmission is shot.”

Larry Lujack


In order to survive, many orchestras eventually adopted that same rocky beat much to their detriment in terms of beauty, pleasantness and innocence. However, in time those orchestras mostly disappeared.
Scientists have shown that babies are born favoring the songs and voices they heard in their mother’s womb. Such being cause for serious thought. 
So, these samples (music links) that I've supplied won't screech vocally, howl electronically, thump mindlessly, clash auditorily, produce a hypnotic state, have one moving as if they've suddenly been afflicted with uncontrollable, painful spasms, nor rattle any pets. :-)
And these samples, therefore, are my attempt to draw people back to the cleaner, more beautiful, harmonious, melodic, pleasant, pretty, relaxing, cheery, and more wholesome, and yet dreamy, romantic, cruisy, sophisticated rhythmic expressions that once were heard but are now facing extinction.
It really saddens me that young people today either have no interest in such music or can't stand it. It seemingly too tame, for one, given what they've been into. They much like someone who's been used to lots of pepper and salt, though neither being good for anyone.
Though the drum-kit is of questionable origin (given that it was originally designed for the likes of rock 'n' roll), and thus despite conerns I have as a Christian, I do enjoy its presence, but only when it's played in a restrained and more appropriate way. I believe that music is spoilt when drumming becomes too intrusive, or of a certain nature, and that it's completely out of place when it comes to the religious — Christian worship — for here there are certain demarcation lines, and for good reasons. Play being one thing and worship being another. The earthly being one thing and the heavenly being another. One appealing to the physical, which is okay in a general sense given that we're physical creatures (the Song of Solomon coming to mind), but not okay when it comes to such a sacred and Holy exercise.
And this all being why God also set one day apart as Holy at creation (the seventh day, Gen 2:1-4; Ex 20:8-11); it a Sabbath, soley for spiritual purposes, not a day for work or play, but a day where all eyes and thoughts are meant to be soley on Him, and so it should be with Christian music, because Christian music is soley all about that Christ in Christian.
In other words, worship music should be in keeping with the dignity of a Holy, righteous God — reverent, suitably restrained, in keeping with, of a lofty nature. Ancient Israel was a religious nation, and yet a very clear distinction was made between the music of the temple-cum-Sabbath worship and the music of everyday life which entailed work and play.
I’m appalled by the kind of music (and even things in general) that the king and queen of Britain have had to sit through when they’ve attended the Royal Variety shows. Such hardly in keeping with either their tastes or elevated position.
Some would argue that Christians shouldn’t listen to any music with a drum-kit in it given that it's been said (true or false) that all of its rhythms are  associated with pagan practices and gods; and, by the way, it being an instrument [contraption] unknown to the Bible writers given that it was invented in the 1900s. Personally, I'm still thinking the former point through given that some things can be stretched too far. And you know, just about any musical instrument can be used in a rocky, jazzy, funky way.
For those of you who are interested in further details regarding what is and isn't acceptable when it comes to such  worship, you're welcome to visit my page "The Two Dividers" which is in my Christian section.

"The historical roots of the drum rhythms of rock music is actually voodoo! This is verified by many...rock artists and voodoo worshippers."
Restoring True Worship by Ruth Webb


All why there's no such thing as Christian rock.
Unfitting lyrics can be another spoiler, and today's lyrics are so blatantly and immaturely riddled with the sexual, are also anti this or that, whiny, depressing, crude and so much more.
All why I personally prefer orchestral music, and why one also picks the tracks and treatment that one likes, and that one's happy with.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to those tastes we cultivate, and of which we're a reflection. And remembering that progression is measured by refinement. Thus one could say:

"Every musical creation conveys either chivalry or injury, nobility or degeneracy."

And one could say this too:

"As with anything, music should always be to our betterment and not our detriment"

"With flowers we SEE the beauty, with music we FEEL the beauty."


These three quotes mine.
Like everything in life, you pluck what's good and leave behind what's not, and without getting fanatical given that there's little without fault.
Some people may discard a piece of music because of unfitting lyrics. However, if that piece of music is beautiful, of good bearing, has merit and worth, surely it stands on its own, and shouldn’t necessarily be guilty by association. Shame that someone put unfitting lyrics to it. So, look for a good orchestral version.
Some might discard a piece of music because it was written by the Beatles, for example. However, some of the early Beatles music, (once the lyrics are removed say), makes for lovely orchestral expressions given how melodic it is.
Do we discard a lovely piece of classical music, or a  moving, uplifting poem, simply because the creators of both happened to have a long term mistress, some rather unpleasant personality traits, or because something beautiful that they composed was dedicated to their mistress or lover. My, where would we draw the line? 
"But they composed that music," (or poem), "while they were under the influence of drugs," some might say. Well, maybe they did, but talent is talent (possibly enhanced by such in some cases, for all I know) and was it still a worthy, lovely result? Do we refrain from purchasing a beautiful vase because someone created it while under the influence of alcohol, medical drugs, or a bout of depression? Do we refrain from purchasing a beautiful vase from an op-shop just because it once stood in the corridor of a brothel?
But doesn't association count for something, or in some cases? It can do. So here's two examples:
1)  A rock guitar (a symbol of, and an instrument of, rebellion, with its cornuto shape) in a church would hardly be appropriate. Such acting like a pig in a synagogue. And of course the drum-kit too, because it's very secular in nature (more physically orientated), akin to those other six days of creation just like we shouldn't use a lawnmower on that day that God set apart and made Holy; a day that was never meant for work or play. Either it's a Holy day or it isn't.
2)  Where certain music is associated with something very wrong or evil, like porn or the occult.
Yes, both the Beatles and the Beach Boys cop flack, but pause a minute and listen to these two early recordings, (done in the sixties), by the Hollyridge Strings.
Firstly, the Beatles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WLtqaYbYq0

Now the Beach Boys:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vex7Pywstg

Yes, good things can come out of bad things. A few more tracks from The Hollyridge Strings can be found amongst the links I've included.
At the end of the day, we're earthly creatures whose lives are made up of many things relationships, events, etc —  so our compositions will naturally reflect that. And that's fine if they're fitting or made fitting.
Should we discard a CD of fitting music just because its case has an unseemly picture on it? No, one simply removes the offending picture. Should people discard the Bible because its writers lives weren't always squeaky clean? David, for example, who committed adultery and murdered. No, because no human is perfect, untainted, and truth is truth? So let's not get carried away, otherwise we might well be throwing out encyclopedias, dictionaries, automobile manuals, etc. However, one still needs to be discerning all the same, and progression measured by refinement.

Okay, enough of that, now here's the really cool stuff:







“Music is the universal language of mankind.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow