Believe it or not, this is what Christianity has done with each of the cultures that it has encountered throughout the ages. It allowed each culture to find its own unique way to express the fundamental Christian truth of Jesus Christ crucified and risen. What we know today as Christian Tradition is an amalgam of different cultural expressions throughout the ages. In a way, this is also what I have found (and love) in the OSR — a willingness to accept a huge variety of influences and interests that affect and enhance our beloved hobby. Its not just a shared culture, but an expansion of it.
To that end, I'd like to offer a short list of music that throughout the years have inspired my role playing — especially my early years. I don't necessarily own (or ever owned) all of these, but they do represent music that immediately comes to my mind when I think of RPGs. Thus, I give you my "musical" Appendix N:
- Wagner — Ride of the Valkyries
- Beethoven — Fifth Symphony, movements 3 & 4
- Jethro Tull — Songs from the Wood (album), Broadsword, Cold Wind to Valhalla, Thick as a Brick (album)
- Pink Floyd — Wish You Were Here (album)
- Kansas — Point of No Return (album)
- Yello — Stella (album)
- Clash — Combat Rock (album)
- Queen — The Prophet's Song, Flash Gordon (album), The Works (album), A Kind of Magic (album)
- Thomas Dolby — Blinded by Science (album), The Flat Earth (album)
- Megadeath — Peace Sells...But Who's Buying (album)
- Art of Noise — (Who's Afraid of) the Art of Noise? (album)
- Alan Parsons Project
- Patrick O'Hearn
- Gregorian Chant
- Byzatine Chant
Now THAT is eclectic!
Isn't that first Thomas Dolby album The Golden Age of Wireless?
Actually both. According to my memory, I first encountered Dolby via the 12" EP release with singles from The Golden Age of Wireless titled Blinded by Science. Since it had several songs on it I labeled it as "album."
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