• Listening Preview

    This is a PREVIEW of POSSIBLE critical listening selections for 2017-2018.


    This page exists for parents to preview the compositions we will be using for our critical listening examples in the 2015-2016 academic year. Please visit our focused listening page to view music with your children that they've already seen in their classes. If you would like to discuss an upcoming selection with Mr. Berlin, please do not hesitate to contact him.

    • Music selection criteria can be found here.

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     This year's overarching theme is TBD


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    Selection Music
    1     Barcelona by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe 
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    29    May Musical  
    30    May Musical  

    Additional selections to try to fit in:

    Artists appearing with Carole King at the Gershwin Award event at the White House. Try to work in these artists.
     
    Other Gershwin Prize Winners:
    • Paul Simon (2007)
    • Stevie Wonder (2009)
    • Paul McCartney (2010)
    • Burt Bacharach and Hal David (2012)
    • Carole King (2013)
    • Billy Joel (2014)
    • Willie Nelson (2015)
    • Smokey Robinson (2016)
    W.C. Handy - St. Louis Blues (solo), St. Louis Blues (orchestra)
    Daft Punk - Harder, Daft Fingers, Giorgio Moroder
    Giorgio Moroder - Chase, Live by Kebu
    Kanye West - Stronger (under review)
    -or-
    ELP/Keith Emerson - Fanfare, Hoedown (c/c other versions)
    Aaron Copland (same pieces)
    -or-
    Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland 
    Sly & the Family Stone - Medley, Dance to the Music
    Rockin' Sidney - Don't Mess With My Toot Toot (c/c La Sonora Dinamita - Mi Cucu)
    Clifton Chenier
    David Bowie - Young Americans, Fame
    Queen & Bowie - Under Pressure 
    Hall & Oats - I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) 
    Ace - How Long 
    Simply Red - Holding Back the Years 
    Steve Winwood - Roll With It 
    Lisa Stansfield - All Around the World 
    George Strait - ACL 
    Van Cliburn - footage, interview, what's my line?
    Norah Jones
    Anoushka Shankar
    Ravi Shankar (tie in with Beatles)
    Andrew Gold - Thank You For Being a Friend
    Emmylou Harris
    Neil Diamond
    Johnny Gimble - Faded Love, Ragtime Annie (compare/contrast with earlier rags heard)
    Lyle Lovett - live or tiny desk
    Freddy Fender - Before the Next Teardrop Falls, Wasted Days and Wasted Nights
    Destiny's Child - Say Yes, Halftime Show
    REM - ACL 
    Sia - Chandelier (questionable)
    Coldplay - Viva La Vida, Fix You
    Oasis - Wonderwall 
    Dave Matthews Band - Everyday, Hugs Version, c/c Juan Mann/Sick Puppies
    Tower of Power
    Barry White - You Are the First, My Last, My Everything; others
    West Side Story - Dance at the Gym 
    Tracy Chapman
    Carlos Santana
     
    Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling (also Trolls Movie)
    Katy Perry - Rise (NBC Olympics Video); Roar (questionable for this age) 
     
    Atlanta Rhythm Section - Spooky
    Paul Dukas - The Sorcerer's Apprentice
    Camille Saint-Saëns - La Danse Macabre
    Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee, Piece of My Heart
     
    Workspace
     
    Texas Artists Texas Blues Artists Blues Artists in General IMDB Life of Riley Cast
    (not all are musicians)
    Others

    Stevie Ray Vaughan - Buddy Holly - Janis Joplin - Bob Wills - Beyonce & Destiny's Child - ZZ Top - George Jones - Selena - Lightnin' Hopkins - Scott Joplin - Fabulous Thunderbirds - Jerry Jeff Walker - Mance Lipscomb - Robert Earl Keen - Blind Willie Johnson - Alejandro Escovedo - Doug Sahm - Freddie Fender - Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Black Angels - Miranda Lambert - Okkervil River - Melvin Jackson - Los Lonely Boys - Butch Hancock - Eric Johnson - Dixie Chicks - Bruce Robison - Alger "Texas" Alexander - Explosions in the sky - bubble puppy - Spoon - Ray Price - Little hat jones - 13th Floor Elevators - Charlie Robison - Johnny Gimble  - Ghostland Observatory - Hilary Duff - The Sword - BJ Thomas - Blue October - Shakey Graves - Esteban Jordan (accordion) - Milton Brown - Van Cliburn - Brave Combo - George Strait

    Stevie Ray Vaughan - Lightnin' Hopkins - T-Bone Walker - Johnny Winter - Jimmie Vaughan - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Johhny Copeland - Big Mama Thornton - The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Gary Clark Jr. - ZZ Top - Alger "Texas" Alexander (1900-1954 - Omar and the Howlers - Angela Strehli - Marcia Ball - Bessie Tucker - Lavelle White - Diunna Greenleaf - Clifton Chenier - Janis Joplin BB King - Muddy Waters - Robert Johnson - Howlin' Wolf - Buddy Guy - SRV - John Lee Hooker - Son House - Lead Belly - Bessie Smith - Blind Lemon Jefferson - Willie Dixon - Joe Bonamassa - Ray Charles - Koko Taylor - Etta James - Ma Rainey - Memphis Minnie - Bo Diddley B.B. King - Carlos Santana - Eric Clapton - Bono - Ronnie Wood - Bonnie Raitt - Bobby Bland - Derek Trucks - Billy Boy Arnold - George Benson - Joe Bihari - Joe Bonamassa - Doyle Bramhall - Solomon Burke - Jo Cartledge - Wayne Cartledge - Annie Clay - Robert Cray - Delcia Davis - Dr. John - Sue King Evans - Charles Evers - John Fair - Lessie Mae Fair - Tina France - Demarcus Gillespie - Jessie Mae Golden - Peter Green - Buddy Guy - Allan Hammons - Sara Betty Lou Henson - John Cadillac Holden - Mick Hucknall - Mick Jagger - Johnny Lang - John Lennon - Stewart Levine - Robert Lockwood - David Matthews - John Mayall - John Mayer - Ford Nelson - Aaron Neville - Calvin Owens - Bernard Pretty Purdie - Carver Randle - Keith Richards - Paul Rodgers - Leon Russell - Charles Sawyer - Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Slash - Ringo Starr - Bill Szymczyk - Mick Taylor - Susan Tedeschi - Rufus Thomas - James Toney - LaVerne Toney - Walter Trout - Clemmie Truevellian - Cato Walker III - Polly Walker - T-Bone Walker - Joe Walsh - Bukka White - Johnny Winter - Ernest Withers - Bill Wyman
    • Johnny Mathis
    • Rat Pack
    • Girl Groups
    • Stevie Wonder
    • Tennessee Ernie Ford
    • Bill and Gloria Gaither
    • Bebe and Cece Winans
    • Bryan Adams
    • Bruce Springstein
    • Righteous Brothers
    • Spencer Davis Group

    Bands by Decade

    2010s

    • 30 Seconds to Mars
    • Bon Iver
    • Daft Punk
    • Florence + the Machine
    • Muse
    • Paramore
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers

    2000s

    • Black Eyed Peas
    • Blink 182
    • Coldplay
    • Fall Out Boy
    • Killers
    • Mexican Institute of Sound
    • My Chemical Romance
    • Nortec Collective
    • Outkast

    1990s

    • Blink 182
    • Brave Combo
    • Café Tacuba
    • Green Day
    • Nirvana
    • No Doubt
    • Oasis
    • Radiohead
    • Sixpence None the Richer
    • Spice Girls
    • Texas Tornados

    1980s

    • Aerosmith
    • Alabama
    • Art of Noise
    • B-52s
    • Beastie Boys (seen 2 years ago)
    • Cars
    • Chicago
    • Foreigner
    • Journey
    • Los Lobos
    • Oakrdge Boys
    • Police
    • Queen
    • REM
    • Run-D.M.C.
    • U2
    • ZZ Top

    1970s

    • ABBA (seen 3 years ago)
    • Asleep at the Wheel
    • BeauSoleil
    • BeeGees
    • Blood Sweat & Tears
    • Chic
    • Commodores
    • Doobie Brothers
    • Eagles
    • Earth Wind and Fire
    • Emmerson, Lake, & Palmer
    • Kansas
    • KC & the Sunshine Band
    • KISS
    • Led Zeppelin
    • Los Tigres del Norte
    • Parliament-Funkadelic
    • Pink Floyd
    • Rush
    • Sister Sledge
    • Styx
    • Villiage People
    • Wrecking Crew

    1960s

    • Beach Boys (shown 3 years ago)
    • Beatles (shown 3 years ago)
    • Byrds
    • Cream
    • Credence Clearwater Revival
    • Doors
    • Four Tops
    • Funk Brothers
    • Jefferson Airplane
    • Monkees
    • Rolling Stones
    • The Who

    1950s

    • Bill Haley & His Comets
    • Chordettes
    • Coasters
    • Kingston Trio
    • Little Anthony & the Imperials
    • Platters

    Family Bands

    Bee Gees 1950-2003 - Osmonds 1958-date - Carpenters 1969-1983 - Jackson 5 1964-1990 - Andrews Sisters 1925-1951 - Corrs 1990-2006 - Los Tigres Del Norte 1968-date - Clark Sisters 1966-date - Gladys Knight & The Pips 1953-1989 - Kelly Family 1974-2008 - Isley Brothers 1954-date - Gipsy Kings 1978-date - Hanson 1992-date - Pointer Sisters 1969-date - Kings of Leon 1999-date - Staple Singers 1948-1994 - Cowsills 1965-1972 - Moffats 1990-2001 - Ronettes 1959-1966 - Shangri-Las 196-1968 - Sly and the Family Stone 1967-1983

    Film Soundtracks

    Titanic - The Bodyguard - Tron: Legacy - The Graduate - American Graffitti, Schindler's List - Pirates of the Caribbean - Saturday Night Fever - The Dark Knight - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly - Blue Hawaii - Guardians of the Galaxy - Dirty Harry - Where the Wild Things Are - Hanna - West Side Story - Mary Poppins - Braveheart - Forrest Gump - Romeo & Juliet 1996 - Country Strong - Great Gatsby - Last of the Mohicans - Dances with Wolves - Flashdance - Star Wars - Inception - Trouble Man - Blue Brothers - About a Boy - Grease - Conan the Barbarian - Requiem for a Dream - How to Train Your Drago - The Mission - Gladiator - A Hard Day's Night - Empire Strikes Back - Space Jam - Blade Runner - Amelie - Lord of the Rings - O Brother, Sound of Music - Parade - City of Angels - Waiting to Exhale - Armageddon - The Big Chill - The Piano - Batman 1989 

    Pop Soundtracks
    Rolling Stone Top 25 Sountrack Albums

    Video Game Soundtracks

     

    Blue-Eyed Soul

    Adele, Christina Aguilera, Anastacia, The Animals, Rick Astley, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Atomic Rooster, Average White Band, Jon B., Len Barry, Bee Gees, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, Blue Zone, Michael Bolton, David Bowie, The Box Tops, Boy George, Paul Carrack, Alex Chilton, Gabriella Cilmi, Chris Clark, Wayne Cochran, Joe Cocker, The Commitments, Culture Club, Bill Deal, Dion, The Doobie Brothers, Duffy, Chris Farlowe, The Flaming Ember, John Fred, Go West, Hall & Oates, Roy Head, Taylor Hicks, Elton John, Tom Jones, Kokomo, Lonnie Mack, Teena Marie, Maroon 5, Michael McDonald, George Michael, Jason Mraz, John Németh, Robert Palmer, The Rascals, Conner Reeves, The Righteous Brothers, Johnny Rivers, Todd Rundgren, Mitch Ryder, Boz Scaggs, Simply Red, Sam Smith, The Soul Survivors, The Spencer Davis Group, Dusty Springfield, Rod Stewart, Joss Stone, Robin Thicke, Three Dog Night, Justin Timberlake, Van Morrison, Tony Joe White, Amy Winehouse, Wild Cherry, Steve Winwood, Paul Young