Graeme K Talboys
Music has always been important to me. I've always had an extensive collection of albums, have a number of friends in the music business, and went to numerous concerts and festivals. Had I not had two left ears and stubby arthritic fingers, I might have persisted with my bass playing although I suspect that as with my artwork, I would have been nothing more than a reasonable amateur.
As well as the personal pleasure and the associations the music has with good times in my past, it is also important to my writing. It helps with mood and pace and each book I write tends to accumulate a 'soundtrack'. It is no surprise that I listen to a lot of soundtrack music. The only time I don't listen is when I'm editing. For that I need silence, which is why it tends to get done in the small hours when the rest of the world is asleep.
Here are some of my favourite artists which will tell you something about me and, perhaps, something about my writing.
Aardvark ~ Jon Anderson ~ Andromeda ~ Armageddon ~ Eduard Artemiev ~ Atomic Rooster
Klaus Badelt ~ Harvey Bainbridge ~ Syd
Barrett ~ The Beatles ~ Ludwig van Beethoven ~ Bjork ~ Black Sabbath ~
Robert Calvert ~ Caravan ~ Leonard Cohen ~ Colosseum ~ Andy Colquhoun ~ Ry Cooder ~ Cream
Alan Davey ~ Sandy Denny ~ The Deviants ~ Djinn ~ Donovan ~ Nick Drake ~ Julie Driscoll ~ Ian Dury ~ Antonin Dvorak
The Edgar Broughton Band ~ Evanescence
Fairport Convention ~ Family ~ Mick Farren ~ Free
Peter Gabriel ~ David Gilmour ~ Edvard Grieg ~ The Groundhogs
Peter Hammill ~ Roy Harper ~ Hawkwind ~ Jimi Hendrix ~ High Tide ~ Gustav Holst
The Incredible String Band
Late Road Lunatics ~ Led Zeppelin ~ The Lloyd Langton Group
Gustav Mahler ~ May Blitz ~ John Mayall ~ Loreena McKennitt ~ Michael Moorcock & The Deep Fix ~ Joni Mitchell ~ Motörhead
The Nice ~ Nightwish ~ Gary Numan
Omenopus ~ Omnia ~ Ozric Tentacles
The Pink Fairies ~ Pink Floyd ~ Porcupine Tree
Sergei Rachmaninov ~ Rammstein ~ The Rolling Stones
Buffy Sainte-Marie ~ Camille Saint-Saens
~ The Sensational Alex Harvey Band ~ Dmitri Shostakovich
Tangerine Dream ~ Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ~ Ten Years After ~ Traffic
Van Der Graaf Generator ~ Stevie Ray Vaughan