Meet Ray, a 50-year-old from Lake Mary, FL.
“I made this playlist because I was introduced to Vocal Trance music by a friend at work, and I love it! I started making a playlist of songs just for myself, but after it grew to over 100 songs, I thought I'd see if other listeners would want to check out my playlist as well. Turns out that they do!”
What is the soundtrack to your life? A song or album that you feel like describes you or helps express who you are
For me, that would be the album Time, by Electric Light Orchestra. This is a "story" album, and ELO mixes orchestral music with electronic music; they were pioneers in this way. I wore out at least five vinyl copies of this album! When CDs became popular this was the first one I bought. Haven't worn it out yet, but who knows...
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
Wow, this is a tough one. Lyrics can be incredibly poetic. One of my favorite examples of moving lyrics is Simon and Garfunkel's "Kathy's Song"; you can also look at a lot of Bob Dylan's work. However, I think that music today has moved away from truly artistic lyrics and more towards simplistic language that "shows" a picture rather than "paints" a picture. Today I think that music takes precedence over lyrics, but I'd like to see that change so that lyrics and music go together hand in hand as they have in the past.
Favorite artist? Top 5?
My favorite has always been Electric Light Orchestra. After that, in no particular order, Ana Criado (love her voice!), Shiny Toy Guns, Eric Clapton, and Live.
If you had the chance to interview an artist, who would it be? (Dead or alive) and why?
Jeff Lynne of ELO. I'd love to talk to him about how he came up with the concept for the type of music that ELO pioneered, and ask him what he thinks about the direction that music is taking in this brave new world of ours.
I'm not really a concert-goer. The last concert I was at? My wife and I took our son to see Fall Out Boy a couple of years ago. Fun time!