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what music do you listen to when doing mineral related things?

Posted by Logan Babcock (2)  
Logan Babcock (2) October 23, 2010 03:36AM
its a weird thread but i have seen many, many weird threads in my time.

to me:
Mars Volta
Crosby Stills Nash and Young
Soviet National Anthems
Talking Heads
Neil Young (go hippies!!!)
Joe Cocker
Foo Fighters
The Band
and a hit or 2 of The Who

now, its your turn!!!

my fav moment was when i was looking at a micromount of wulfenite from the Rowley Mine and i came across a bunch of hairs and Life During Wartime by Talking Heads came on!
The Craig Mercer October 23, 2010 04:15AM
Jeff Buckley
Pink Floyd
Rob Thomas
Matt King October 23, 2010 11:39AM
Rolling Stones
Iron Maiden
Led (Lead) Zeppelin
The Crystals
Rare Earth
Stone Temple Pilots
Velvet Underground

smiling smiley
Robert Rothenberg October 23, 2010 12:13PM
Classical !!!
Branko Rieck October 23, 2010 12:46PM
Iron Maiden
Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell
Judas Priest
Twisted Sister
Matt King October 23, 2010 01:42PM
Forgot the Stone Roses

Steve Stuart October 23, 2010 02:35PM
The last music I had on while "mineraling" (is that a word?) was Bo Diddley's Greatest Hits.

Don Saathoff October 23, 2010 04:46PM
any jazz
any blues
good rock

As Bernstein once said:"There is no bad music, only bad players."!!

Don S.
Tom Klinepeter October 23, 2010 05:03PM
Classic Rock!
Paul Siegel October 23, 2010 05:30PM
I listen to anything when working with my rocks. However, slightly off topic I had an MRI done yesterday and I requested that they play opera in the head phones, it made the procedure easier for me because the soprano sounded like she was in worse pain than I was.
Marcus Voigt October 23, 2010 06:08PM

Depends on the situation...

For "sensible" minerals: only Bob Marley B)-
Uwe Kolitsch October 23, 2010 06:20PM
There was a similar thread before:
Colleen Thomson October 23, 2010 06:20PM
just because we are rock people, doesn't mean it has to be Rock music, right?
I choose Progressive House B) or something a bit more ambient, depending on whether i'm actually breaking rocks or viewing through a microscope!

cheers, Colleen
Joseph Polityka October 23, 2010 07:21PM

In tha past several days, while doing mineral things, I have listened to a variety of tunes and artists. Because I play the guitar I like instrumentals and have listened to...

The Ventures--Slaughter on 10th Avenue
The Shadows--Gonzalez
Duane Eddy--Lonely One, Ghost Riders
Mason Williams--Classical Gas
DeeDee Pick, Guitar Boogie Breakdown


Doo Wop
Rick James
MC Hammer--Der Kommisar, Super Freak and Hammer Time all sound similar.
Andrea Bocelli
Connie Francis
Desmond Decker and the Aces
Dickey Doo and the Don'ts

and more.


Dean Allum October 23, 2010 07:48PM
I have found that smooth jazz helps things run smoother, especially when you are struggling with the camera.
Tops of the list are Dotsero, Acoustic Alchemy
and the Rippingtons, especially the albums
Topaz and
Black Diamond.

Adam Kelly October 23, 2010 08:16PM
Hard Bop Jazz
Jake Harper October 23, 2010 09:27PM
Branko's list mirrors my own!


All knowledge is vain, except where there be work
All work is empty except where there be love
Michael Adamowicz October 23, 2010 09:29PM

Don't listen to music much when i deal with my crystals, but when i do i listen to:

- Delerium, most of the stuff i listen to is Delerium
- Rammstein
- Duran Duran
- Sarah McLachlan
- classic rock

Bob Southern October 23, 2010 10:50PM
Good Day

Any and all Neil Young
Pink Floyd
Loreena McKennitt

"If it can't be grown it's gotta be mined. "
Keith Compton October 23, 2010 11:14PM
But mainly "easy listening" and Ballroom dance music.
Especially like to play my old vinyl records !!!!
Adam Kelly October 24, 2010 12:02AM
Ya Vinyl:D
Scott Sadlocha October 24, 2010 04:51AM
My iPod carries and eclectic mix, everything from Elvis Presley and Patsy Cline to Disturbed, Moby and Jay-Z. But I do have a heck of a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers, and most of all, someone Michal already mentioned, Sarah McLachlan, who happens to be my absolute favorite singer.

I don't listen while out collecting, just while at home working on and looking over minerals.
Steve Federico October 24, 2010 08:01AM
Rammstein,Ensiferum,RushAC/DC,hard like rock's.....Steve
Dean Allum October 24, 2010 04:35PM
So on the Mohs scale for music, where does Heavy Metal go?

Is there an analogy between sedimentary/metamorphic/igneous and classical/jazz/rock?

Why hasn't anyone mentioned country/western?
Adam Kelly October 24, 2010 06:31PM
@ Dean, "we play both kinds of music here, country and western!"
Logan Babcock (2) October 24, 2010 07:24PM
heavy metal would be a 7.3
Joseph Polityka October 25, 2010 01:05AM

Right now I'm listening to Django Reinhart, 1937 guitar and violin jazz. Give a listen.


Zach Ratley March 18, 2012 06:41PM
listening to a lot of jack johnson while i dig vugs
Erik Vercammen March 18, 2012 07:18PM
Now a selection of film music, mostly westerns.
Roberto Bosi March 18, 2012 08:28PM
Wow! This is a really interesting thread! Well, I love many classic compositors: Schumann, Bartòk, Sibelius, Bruckner, Gershwin, Grieg, Beethoven, Brahms...Otherwise, I use to listen bands that reminds me my 18-20 years: Ultravox, Icehouse, Kraftwerk, Propaganda, Rush, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Inti Illimani...But I've no limits: I like also to listen Fritz Lang's "Königsjodler" or the extremely sweet voice of Enya! Moreover, I like medieval music...

Better to be just than good (Kempis)

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/18/2012 08:48PM by Roberto Bosi.
Don Saathoff March 18, 2012 09:22PM
I go with Bernstein's philosophy....."There is no bad music, only bad players". If well performed, I have no favorites!

Harjo Neutkens March 18, 2012 10:48PM
Bach. And when not doing mineral related things, Bach (that is, when I don't have to play it). Obvious.

p.s. I met Bernstein once, long time ago, when I was a student, we had a great conversation. He was a fantastic person, but I have to disagree with him; there is such a thing as bad music!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/18/2012 10:51PM by Harjo Neutkens.
Dan Fountain March 19, 2012 12:14AM
I listen to both kinds of music - Country AND Western! grinning smiley
Paul Brandes March 19, 2012 01:24AM
When doing mineral related things, or anything else in life, I am extremely varied in my musical taste. I listen to everything from heavy metal to 50s to country to classical to 80s to just about everything, whatever mood I'm in at the moment.
Dan R. Lynch March 19, 2012 03:06AM
I use mineral mounting/labeling/cataloging as a time to catch up on podcasts that I listen to. One of the best ways to spend an afternoon if you have a few favorite shows downloaded.
Dona Leicht March 19, 2012 04:53AM
Always the same:

Bob Marley
Frank Sinatra
Timothy Blackwood March 19, 2012 05:35AM
Bruce Hornsby (solo, with The Range or the Noise Makers) and Billy Joel are always enjoyable when working with minerals. By the way, Billy Joel has a fantastic album of piano compositions in a classical style.
Woody Thompson March 20, 2012 11:31PM
Neil Young rules! Also: many great 60's-'70s rock and folk oldies (Beatles, Stones, Byrds, Who, Airplane, Spoonful, Judy Collins, Donovan, early acoustic Heart). And a little eclectic newer stuff like Alison Krauss, Adele, Arcade Fire, etc. And many others too numerous to mention! smiling smiley

Gotta add the Ronettes and other incredible "Girl Groups"! Chuck Berry. The Temptations.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/21/2012 12:56AM by Woody Thompson.
Ralph Bottrill March 21, 2012 12:56AM
Woody, that's pretty much all my tastes too (another aging flower child?)

David Bernstein March 21, 2012 02:31AM
Right, my home. And car is well stocked with live recordings of my favorite groups, Grateful Dead, Yes, Genesis, Camel, Neil Young, CSNY, Kiss, AC/DC, Spooky Tooth, String Cheese Incident, Allman Brothers....I could go on for quite a while.
Ralph Bottrill March 21, 2012 08:55AM
A broad spectrum of musical genres -a true sign of a real music lover!

William C. van Laer March 21, 2012 02:26PM
Patsy Cline
Ennio Morricone
Little Feat
Weather Report
Captain Beefheart
The Bonzo Dog Band
Frank Zappa (especially Nasal Retentive Calliope Music!)

William C. (CHRIS) van Laer: "I'm using the chicken to measure it..."
Rui Nunes March 21, 2012 04:14PM
rolling STONES smileys with beer

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/13/2012 10:06AM by Rui P Nunes.
James Christopher March 21, 2012 04:28PM
The real question is do people who listen to a wide variety of music collect a wide variety of minerals, and those who have specific musical tastes, do you only collect specific minerals or localities?
David Bernstein March 21, 2012 05:53PM
I do like a wide variety of minerals. But if confronted with the choice to collect a Limestone Quarry or a copper mine, I'd choose the latter.

I neglected to mention Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Tom Petty, Widespread Panic and Phish.

And this morning, while cleaning up the mineral room, I was listening to Deep Purple accompanied by an Orchestra.
Rowan Lytle March 21, 2012 07:03PM
the sweet sounds of nature and hammer hitting pegmatite!

-Rowan Lytle

Food, Water, Shelter, Fire, Minerals.
Mark & Linda Mahlum November 13, 2012 02:57AM
Classical and Native American. When listening to the flute I visualize myself as a bird, flying above the beautiful mountains and canyons of the American Southwest looking for mineralized zones never seen before.
nurbo November 13, 2012 06:49AM
David Bernstein Wrote:

> And this morning, while cleaning up the mineral
> room, I was listening to Deep Purple accompanied
> by an Orchestra.

I wish my rock room was big enough to have an orchestra in there with me smiling smiley
Mark & Linda Mahlum November 13, 2012 12:55PM
My rock room is. It's my 5.7 acre property. When I get it covered with rocks, I'll buy the 40 acres behind mine.
Steven Kittleson November 13, 2012 02:54PM

Hackett-era Genesis, of course.


To absent memory...still bright.
David Zimmerman (2) November 13, 2012 09:36PM
Folk and roots there any other kind of music?

Have Fun!

"Look ma, I'm in a friggin geode!"
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