I have very eclectic musical tastes. I listen to everything from classical to hard rock. The only two genres of music I do not care too much for is some jazz and some types of rap. Most of the music I listen to has a very steady yet hard beat and a harsh back bone of some sort of stringed instrument. Some days it is guitars and some it is cello. A few weeks ago, a friend suggested a site called Pandora, and since then I have been hooked. So far I have six different radio stations, one just a simple eclectic scramble of music, while the others are more selective.
Today I had quite a suprise. I was listening to my mix of musics and a familiar tune came up but it sounded odd. I rushed to the computer, to see what was up. The song was “Enter Sandman” but it was not played by Metalica, instead it was a string version of the song…. on cello! Appocalyptia is the band that was playing. I looked up some other music on YouTube and dang I am hooked.
I love Metalica songs, the long guitar rifs to the music, the short direct lyrics, the rough raw tone of the music. It all comes down to a primal needy feeling I get. It is good writing music for when your characters are in some dire straights.
Everyone knows that rock has its roots in various types of music, but I had never thought that it would be in folk music. “Nothing Else Matters” takes on an entirely new dimension when played on cello. The Metalica version is a love balad, but when played by a symphonic rock band, you can clearly hear the roots of the music.