Could Any Musician Hold Our Attention for Days on End?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Here in New York, WQXR, the sister station of our co-producer WNYC is launching something they're calling Bach 360°.

It's a proper Bach-a-thon — a ten-day Bach marathon festival that explores what Johann Sebastian's music means to modern listeners. It will feature more than 200 hours of Bach over the span of 10 days. That's 20 hours of Bach a day for more than a week.

Jeff Spurgeon, morning host of WQXR, explains how the prolific musician's work will be distributed across the days and weeks. We'll also hear your suggestions for the music you'd like to hear for hours and hours on end.


Jeff Spurgeon

Produced by:

Vince Fairchild and Mythili Rao

Comments [15]

Lew from Salem, OR

I wouldn't pick just the artist, but the scope of the artist's work.
Early Bob Dylan (up to the Wilbury's era). So many of his songs have been reinterpreted and embellished by many, many artists. Of course, even he reinterprets himself (listen to the Rolling Thunder Review cuts); he never seems to sing his songs the same way twice.

Mar. 22 2013 01:41 PM
Jo Brody from Portland, OR

Leonard Cohen was already mentioned and he's my FIRST choice but my longtime love of Van Morrison's music is a close second. Original, soulful, poetic. Love him.

Mar. 22 2013 01:39 PM
JP from via The Jersey Shore

If I could and I do, I'd listen to Pearl Jam's box set of live shows when they closed down The Spectrum in Philly during a four day stretch back in Oct. 2009. The energy in that building during the fast & slow paced songs was etheral and knowing that the world series was going on across the street and that it was Haloween on that last day unforgettable!

Mar. 22 2013 09:47 AM
Meema Judy

While there are so many that I could choose, Leonard Cohen came to mind first.

Mar. 22 2013 12:11 AM
listener from pdx

I can't believe such a shallow topic made it onto an NPR "news" show in the first place! This is what the Takeaway has come to, people commenting on their favorite music? I think it's time my local affiliate Takes Away such a silly program and replaces it with something worth giving up time to listen to.

Mar. 21 2013 06:15 PM
Joshua from Seattle

I could listen to every Coldplay album over and over again. You can experience the joy, evolution, and inspiration in their music! It is almost ethereal.

Mar. 21 2013 05:01 PM
Alfons from NYC

50, 60, 70, 80 ... And still recording... No arguments here, the romantic, smooth Johnny Mathis ... Still performing live-- no lip syncing -- even at mid seventies ... Johnny marathon...!!!

Mar. 21 2013 04:05 PM
BillG in NYC

Duke Ellington. Start at around 1927.

Mar. 21 2013 03:54 PM
Nata Traub from Piermont, NY

The incomparable DUKE ELLINGTON!

Mar. 21 2013 03:52 PM

Paul Simon's "Graceland" album was during his solo career (so, no Garfunkel, for the record). That album is on my desert-island list.

Mar. 21 2013 03:49 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

And let's not forget P.D Q. Bach... I can almost listen to a whole side before I fade...

I've got a really great Sade story, if anybody wants to hear it.

I can listen to Louis Jordan for a day... or Miles Davis, oh and do you know the music of his wife Betty Davis...She is pretty great... Got a good story about Miles and his barbecues as well

Mar. 21 2013 02:27 PM
Carly Rush from Portland, OR

I could listent to any music created by Leslie Feist and Gonzales. They are an amazing music composing duo and equally as captivating on their own. there is an aray of different styles and tones that could keep me interested for years!

Mar. 21 2013 02:02 PM
Dan Parietti from NEw YOrk City

I am amazed that three of America's more versatile composer/musician personalities have not been mentioned for extended listening: Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington. Their repertory includes The American musical theater, opera, sacred music, orchestral compositions, the blues and jazz, if not more forms.

Mar. 21 2013 10:23 AM
Sarah from Summerville, SC

The Decemberists, or more specifically anything that Colin Meloy feels like singing.

Mar. 21 2013 10:01 AM

I could listen to Jackson Brown or Fleetwood Mac all day.

Mar. 21 2013 09:51 AM

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