In the 70s, I believe, Leonard Bernstein made an interesting comment. Bernstein was the conductor of the New York Philharmonic for many years and a composer in his own right, including West Side Story. Among many of the avant-gardish and academic composers, he was regarded as a sort of lite composer. By the way, when I say "academic" composers, I mean that as a label that people in classical music will easily understand, and I do not view it as a criticism, and not because I am one. I suppose I could say European-influenced, but some would find that offensive. I could also say that he was a tonal composer in an era when tonality was regarded as old hat and conservative. Tonality has a specific definition that I won't go into here, but google will help explain that to anyone interested, I'm sure. Anyway, he said one thing that has stuck with me for a great many years. He said something like, "whatever music is like now, it is not noble." Adopting one of my personas, I could probably argue against that as a valid generalization, but, since it is a very cool notion, I'll let it stand. In a current thread about the first concert readers attended, I got started on a long, long rant about the demise of rock music. While writing, I happened to hear The Boys Are Back in Town in a TV commercial. That prompted me to ask if there is anymore stirring music these days. By stirring music, I mean songs like: Don't Dream, It's Over The Wind Cries Mary Little Wing Layla I'm a Loser Help! Like a Rolling Stone Kicks (P. Revere and the Raiders) Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby (Standing in the Shadows) Under My Thumb (music, definitely not the words) Where Have All the Flowers Gone? In a Silent Way Wichita Lineman Shades of Grey (Monkees) Samba Pa Ti Foggy Mountain Breakdown I'm trying to think of blues, which surely has some stirring songs, but I'm blanking under the pressure of people challenging me on the above. Notice that I am not putting great songs, slow songs, emotional songs on the list if they are not stirring to me. Notice also that they have great chords. So, two issues. First, I would be interested in hearing about songs you think are stirring. Second, I would be interested in hearing about stirring songs from the last few years. I am a terrible person to make the claim that recent music has little in the way of stirring song, because I listen to so little recent music.