Trying something new here. I like a lot of music, many genres and time frames, and I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorites and perhaps give some information about the pieces I choose. The RIAA might sue my ass off and I might go over the bandwidth quota with my hosting provider but here goes.

My first choice is Come Talk To Me by Peter Gabriel from his Secret World Live album and DVD. Recorded in 1994 over two nights in Modena, Italy, this is my all time favorite concert DVD.

Backed by Manu Katché (drums), Shankar (violin), Paula Cole (vocals) and longtime collaborators Tony Levin (bass) and David Rhodes (guitar), Gabriel combines innovative set design, brilliant choreography and world music to present almost 2 hours of magic.

Come Talk To Me leads off the concert and involves 2 stages, a phone booth and a very long cord. Timing is everything and the video gives a vivid representation of what the crowd experienced.

Peter Gabriel is still best known as the leader of Genesis, a band he formed and subsequently left in 1975. While the remaining members, led by Phil Collins, moved to the middle of the road, Gabriel continued to test the limits of music and performance art. In 1980 he formed WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) which melds modern and traditional music from across the world. Secret World was a showcase of this rich stew.

Yesterday, Rhino Records released “For The Lady”, a benefit album dedicated to freeing Aung San Suu Kyi – a Nobel Prize winner imprisoned in Burma. Gabriel joins U2, Natalie Merchant, Pearl Jam, Coldplay, Ani DiFranco, R.E.M., Avril Lavigne, Talib Kweli, Ben Harper, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Damien Rice, Travis, Indigo Girls and Matchbox Twenty to bring the plight of Kyi and the Burmese people to the world’s attention.

Peter Gabriel continues to push the envelope. A fitting choice as the first selection in EyeNo’s Jukebox.

Note: right click on the song link to save to disk. Be kind to my bandwidth.