When I am in my car, I am always listening to audio books. However, I love music and I was honored to be a disc jockey for four years [two at Freed-Hardeman University]. I just can’t listen to the “music” that is popular today. In my humble opinion, it is simply dreadful.
My preferences are quite varied: opera, classic jazz [Jazz DJ at FHU], classical, folk, classic country, classic rock. All old, it seems. YouTube is a great resource.
For music with lyrics, I have two simple criterion: highly skilled sound/musicians and have something of value to say. Since my chief hobby is learning, my music selections follow the same pattern.
Fiona Apple, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Marianne Faithful, Don Henley, Bob Dylan, Eagles, U2 etc. all have a lot to say. They are great songwriters. Their music provokes thought and a deeper understanding of mankind.
Fiona and Johnny Cash would be my favorites. Sadly, Fiona has had only three albums in 14 years. Her music is deep.
I love classic country. Today’s “version” of country is “Pop in a Hat.” Give me Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, Hank, Sr. and Jr., and a host of others. I love Blues, as well. Especially, slide guitar. Actually, I love electric guitar, very much.
And I can’t forget Pink Floyd.