Music Central Hall Of Fame

 

I got Viva Voce’s debut album, Hooray For Now, in 1998.  Ten years later, I still enjoy it thoroughly.  Though their subsequent three albums have never done for me what their debut has, there’s still something magical about their sound that makes them worthy of the honor of being in Music Central’s Hall Of Fame. 

I have established this Music Central Hall Of Fame to recognize some of my favorite musicians of all time.  To be eligible, I must have at least two albums from the artist.  Then, these must be artists whose music I listen to year after year.  Because they have made music I never get tired of, I want to give them special recognition in J Lee’s Music Central HALL OF FAME!!!

Miss Angie only made two albums and then vanished for ten years, but I never stopped listening to her music. Now she’s back! Her personality shines through every song, and many of her songs have intimate vertically-focused lyrics. 

Bon Voyage is a side project of Starflyer 59, where Jason Martin has his wife Julie Martin, pictured above, do the vocals.  The first album is ten years old and I still get goosebumps every time I hear it.  The second album can soothe my soul like no other album.  The third album has a very different sound but, like the first two, is sheer perfection.

Aleixa was an awesome Christian industrial band.  Like Miss Angie, they only made two albums then disappeared, but their fans sorely miss them.  Their debut CD, Honey Lake, was my #1 album of 1997 and I’m still mesmerized by it more than ten years later.  They are clearly worthy of making Music Central’s Hall Of Fame. 

Broomtree made three albums and every one of them made my top three in my annual music awards.  Vibrant music, great lyrics...how I wish they would have stayed together.  But even though they’ve moved on to new horizons, their albums continue to give me much pleasure.

Cocteau Twins made eight original full-length albums, ten EPs, plus released recordings on compilations, BBC sessions, etc.  I’ve never heard a Cocteau Twins song I didn’t like.  Quite the opposite--they never failed to make absolutely flawless music.  Many other bands I like display a heritage in their music from the Cocteau Twins.  No one makes more beautiful music than this group.

Andy Hunter is an electronic dance music DJ who makes fabulous music that gets me on my feet dancing.  What makes his perfect dance music even better is that the lyrics are vertically focused.  I have all five of his original albums/EPs plus a remix album and 12”.

Vanessa Mae is one hot violinist.  She can play up a storm, bringing more energy to the violin than anyone else I’ve ever heard (although the string quartet Bond comes a close second).  I created my first web page back in the 1990s to highlight this musician.  I hope to post an updated version of it here soon.

Where was Bond when I was a teenager?  I played cello back then, and just might have kept on playing if I knew a string quartet could make music this energetic. 

This group made two original albums and a remix album under the name Paradoxx, and have also done a side project of a different style of music under the name Templar.  Both original Paradoxx albums were in my top 10 in my annual music awards, and both find their way to my CD player frequently.

Morella’s Forest is one of my favorite groups to listen to in the summer, with their peaceful, carefree sound.  I have all four of their albums and all have given me hours of pleasurable listening.

Sarah Masen’s music is different from anyone else’s in this list, being that it’s mostly acoustic.  I have three of her albums and listen to them every year in autumn.  Her peaceful sounds accompany a peaceful season.

Shonen Knife is the only group who I bought 8 albums from in a single year!  There’s no one like Shonen Knife, with their quirky lyrics and tons of fun, fun, fun pop punk!

I have all four of the original studio Michelle Tumes albums, and every one of them is beautiful.  She makes smooth, dreamy pop sometimes reminiscent of Enya.  Read more about why she’s in my Hall Of Fame.

Music Central is a sub-website of J Lee Harshbarger’s personal website.  To visit other sub-websites, click the links below.

SOCIETY CENTRAL


My religious and political beliefs, and my commentary
 on society and politics.../Society_Central/Society_Central_Index.html
J LEE THE 
MEDIA CRITIC
An index to my writings about movies, books, and the media in general, such as news coverage and media bias../J_Lee_The_Media_Critic/J_Lee_The_Media_Critic_Index.html

J LEE THE TRAVELER
Photo albums from some of my travels outside of Michigan.  Eventually I hope to include travelogues too.http://www.jleeharshbarger.me/J_Lee_The_Traveler/Welcome.html

                   
                     Various photos
                           I’ve taken
                     not connected
                            to any of
                            my web-
                            site pages.http://gallery.mac.com/catservants

PONDERING GOD & CHURCH
What does it mean to follow God?  What should the church be like?../Pondering_God_And_Church/Statement_Of_My_Religious_Beliefs.html
CHURCHES I’VE REGULARLY ATTENDED

A list of all the churches I’ve attended, plus full stories about some of them. ../Churches_Ive_Regularly_Attended/Churches,_Part_1.html

CHURCHES I’VE VISITED

Stories about churches I’ve visited../Churches_Ive_Visited/Churches,_Part_2.html



J Lee Harshbarger’s
Personal Website
Welcome Page../Bananaleaf_Central/J_Lees_Website_Index.html
BANANALEAF CENTRAL
The index for all the places you can find me on the web-- my blog, the social networking communities I belong to, and other various places I exist in cyberspace.../Bananaleaf_Central/Bananaleaf_Central.html
MUSIC CENTRAL
My Annual Music Awards, my music Hall Of Fame, and other writings about music and musicians I like are found here. (This picture links the welcome page.)Welcome.html

More Places To Find Me On The Web

I haven’t written about music at these places, but here are some more web communities where you can find me.



A place for travelers to review hotels, restaurants, and sightseeing attractions.  I plan to add my own reviews as I have time.



Currently where I’m most active, since many members of my extended family, my friends from church, and some old college classmates are all         on here.


A community for alumni of Anderson University.  Includes reminiscing of college days and current discussions.



Yahoo

There’s not much to see here; this is just where I’ve posted my profile at Yahoo.com.

 
  1. Bullet Dance, particularly melodic vocal trance and other electronic styles, such as Eurobeat, dubstep, techno, and synthpop

  2. Bullet Floating, fuzzed-out guitar alternative rock and shoegazer

  3. Bullet Pop punk

  4. Bullet Chill

  5. Bullet Industrial

  6. Bullet Gothic & darkwave

  7. Bullet World Beat, particularly with Middle Eastern and Indian sounds

  8. Bullet Rap

  9. Bullet Indie pop / Dream pop

  10. Bullet Reggaeton (not reggae)

  11. Bullet Modern rock if it’s interesting (too much of it is boring)

  12. BulletClassical, particularly baroque

  13. Bullet Classical crossover

  14. Bullet Experimental

  15. Bullet Psychedelia

  16. Bullet Funk / r&b

  17. Bullet Zydeco

  18. Bullet ...and more

  1. Bullet Bon Voyage

  2. Bullet Paradoxx

  3. Bullet Aleixa

  4. Bullet Broomtree

  5. Bullet Morella’s Forest

  6. Bullet Miss Angie

  7. Bullet Andy Hunter

  8. Bullet Michelle Tumes

  9. Bullet Viva Voce

  10. Bullet Cocteau Twins

  11. Bullet Regenerator

  12. Bullet Sarah Masen

  13. Bullet Shonen Knife

  1. Bullet Audile

  2. Bullet Bananarama

  3. Bullet Beckah Shae

  4. Bullet Capital Kings

  5. Bullet David Thulin

  6. Bullet DJ Jireh

  7. Bullet Andy Hunter

  8. Bullet Rengerator

  9. Bullet Miss Angie

  10. Bullet Joanna Beasley

  1. Bullet Rick Juler Systems, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1989 & 1991: Live DJing at various locations, including dance clubs, a roller skating rink, a waterpark, and special events.

  2. Bullet United Skates Of America, Springfield, Ohio, 1979 & 1989.

  3. Bullet Various college and school dances

  1. Bullet 2013

  2. Bullet 2012

  3. Bullet 2011

  4. Bullet 2010

  5. Bullet 2009

  6. Bullet 2008

  7. Bullet 2007

  8. Bullet 2006

  9. Bullet 2005

  10. Bullet 2004

  11. Bullet 2003

  12. Bullet 2002

  13. Bullet 2001

  14. Bullet 2000

  15. Bullet 1999

  16. Bullet 1998

  1. Bullet Greatest Rock & Modern Rock

  2. Bullet Greatest Pop & Pop Dance

  3. Bullet Greatest “Other” Styles


My Official Blog


J Lee’s Soapbox is my “official” blog, where I post my latest thoughts on various topics. This includes my current thoughts on music.


My Music Blog

I started a blog on Blogger to be specifically about music.  I haven’t been active on it yet (only a few entries), but maybe someday...


Web  Communities

At the web communities below, I have written about music.  If you are a part of any of these communities, please let me know.



Twitter

My Twitter ID is “songsequencer.” I only tweet about music, mostly what I’m listening to at the moment.



My Amazon.com Home Page

I have written reviews for over 100 CDs and books at Amazon. You can find these plus my Listmania lists and Wish Lists at this page.


MySpace.com

I don’t writ
e any blog material on this site, but I have added some musicians and music-oriented Groups to my list of Friends.


A place for customer reviews of all kinds of products.  I have some reviews of stereo equipment here.


This has been my major blogging community since October 2004.  Most of my online-only friends are here. 

 
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This page was first posted in 2008 and last modified on March 30, 2014