Lovely Recordings

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 27, 2017
The process of exploring music is, for me, inextricably related to the passage of time. Like many, I cant help but relate what was occurring in various stages of my life to the music I was listening to at the time. So, I decided to do my bit here from that viewpoint. Some records here are very high profile, chestnuts even, some not so much. Most importantly, all trigger indelible memories.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 17, 2017
I’ve been reading (and looking forward to) Lovely Recordings since the column first appeared. All of you have introduced me to fabulous things that I likely would have never heard otherwise. I am in debt to you, and I hope I might pay back at least a little with the list below. All of this music is available on Tidal.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 21, 2017
Lovely Recordings on AudioStream is the music-and-audio reading I most look forward to each week. Quite a number of contributors have enriched my collection through their excellent recommendations, and I am delighted and obliged to return the favor in this, my second guest column for Michael.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 01, 2016
Okay, I get that this list is possibly stretching the limits of what constitutes 'exceptional' from both a musical and sonic point-of-view, but taste being what it is, this is more-or-less representative of a small corner of mine.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 16, 2016
I really enjoy AudioStream, particularly the Lovely Recordings feature. Here are a few I’d like to share:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 11, 2017
Shout out to this website for leading me to a number of my favorite albums. Here are some that hopefully haven’t been mentioned here before (all available on Tidal).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 04, 2016
I'm not much for words but, I do have a few suggestions...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 05, 2017
Long time reader, infrequent commenter. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 17, 2016
My music collection is probably best described as eclectic. It all started in my late teens and then particularly in my early twenties when I stopped smoking and picked up a CD habit instead. Perhaps worse on the pocket, but at least I had something to show for it afterwards. And better on the lungs.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 16, 2017
I grew up in a family of classical musicians, so I was surrounded by it from my earliest memories, whether listening to it or playing it. As I grew up, I made my own explorations into other genres and lucky enough to stumble upon some great stuff over the pre-internet years.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 01, 2017
Last year, in one of those midlife plot twists, I was forced to give up running. I turned to music, live and recorded, to replace that sense of a truer, endorphin-tinged world that running had given me. In the past year I’ve been obsessively seeing live shows as well as fussing with my home loudspeaker placement. I have inhabited that chasm dividing live performance from recordings. Here’s some music I fell in love with live over the past year, and how I fell for it all over again on record in a different way.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 28, 2016
This is difficult. I'm a rambler, so writing something brief and focused, well, it's not a strength. I could list tens (hundreds?) of records that had an impact on me...this would be boring for you. I like stories. This is one thing I love about music - our appreciation deepens with context - at least for me it does.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 26, 2016
Was 2016 a good year for music? I dunno...I think so. While I did attempt to stay plugged in, it's just too much. Not sure if it was a good year for music in general. For me, the musical output far out-shined most other developments of the past 12 months.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 29, 2017
The enjoyment of music is such a personal thing, but we love to share that joy with friends. And in reading many of the Lovely Recordings entries one thing that seems to be missing is demo material for my friends. My own personal listening is greatly varied; but many of the buddies I have are not into jazz or Classical, so a lot of the wonderful suggestions in other entries are lovely but if I’m trying to expand the HiRes empire they’re not helpful weapons in conquering my friends. [Note: Of course each could be used as a whole album or individual tracks if pressed for time.]
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 29, 2016
The selections below have given me years of transcendent enjoyment. For me, music is ultimately a spiritual experience. But sharing music is actually the best part. In fact, most of the works listed here were shared with me by my dear friend (and incredible musician) Dominique Leone. So, thanks Dominique, and you're welcome AudioStream readers ;)

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