I was looking for a particular kind of music. The head being fuzzy and the legs a little shaky, instead of wandering around the shelves, it seemed more self-caring to let the fingers do the walking. So opening up the ever useful Vinyl Connection database, I engaged the ‘find’ function and typed in ‘music’. Surely my needs would be met by the brain inside the computer, currently more functional than the organic one.
Magic Christian Music by Badfinger. I could use some Flu-go-away magic, but happily pass on the other bit.
Music From Big Pink. Great though The Band are, the only thing big and pink is my nose.
Music Has The Right To Children. That’s what Boards of Canada claim, and who are we to argue Loretta?
Don’t Stop The Music urge the Brecker Brothers. But I haven’t even started yet!
Another Music in a Different Kitchen. The Buzzcocks are inside a house, and that’s a good start. But a bit to energetic for my needs.
Music For Prepared Piano. The only thing I want prepared is a cup of lemon and honey tea. Sorry Mr Cage.
Inma Juju Dance Music, The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Tuiryasangitanando. Too crook to dance, Coloured Stone. Far from ecstatic, Ms Coltrane.
Music Forever and Beyond. A five disc set spanning Chick Corea’s career. Trouble is, when you’re unwell, there is only the snivelling ‘now’. Forever seems a bit much really.
According to The Creation, Our Music is Red – With Purple Flashes. So are my eyeballs.
Piano Music III. Ah, now we’re talking. Debussy. Gentle, dreamy, delicate. Make a mental note of this one.
As the CD changer in the family room holds several discs, if I push on, I can line up a couple of hours worth of reclining.
Discreet Music is an early Eno ambient exploration, a 1975 album that leads towards Music For Airports (1978). Both are suitable for convalescence but I’m not that ill. Something with a bit of melodic interest would probably not send the mercury too high, so we’ll just skip over Eno’s several other music applications (for Films, for Installations).
Field Music are an interesting 21st century band. Musically inventive, but neither driving nor especially rock ’n’ roll. Clever structures and unusual melodies. Worth an attentive listen, if I can manage it. Their first album (2005) is added to the list.
There being a dearth of sun in these parts, Groβschnitt’s Solar Music Live is reasonably attractive. A sprawling spacerock/krautrock work, this is a favourite of many prog fans: dramatic and at times bombastic. Perhaps not today.
Handel’s Water Music is a lovely suite, but I can’t be bothered choosing which version to play.
Oh, now here is something. A mesmerising collaboration between Brian Eno and trumpeter Jon Hassell, Fourth World Vol.1 – Possible Musics is an album I love and one where the listener can either lie back and let it wash over them or tune in for the enticing and exotic textures. I love this one to bits and never get bored, partly because Hassell’s treated horn almost never sounds like a trumpet.
Actually, that might just do for now. Wonder how the program would work if I put the player on random?
A Couch List
Debussy - Piano Works III 
Field Music - Tones of Town 
Eno / Hassell - Fourth World Vol.1 - Possible Musics 
Now, where’s the remote? Where’s the blanket?