Many years ago, aged about sixteen, I found an old cassette tape (those were the days) and put it on for a listen just to see if I could wipe it and reuse it. What I heard nearly blew my socks off and it changed my life in such a way that much of it has been spent in and around the music biz, with far too much time spent on trying, against all the odds, to become a decent musician.
What I heard was Victoria Los Angeles in the lead role of the opera ‘Dido and Aeneas’ by Henry Purcell. A few days ago it occured to me to see if I could find the same old recording on youtbe and I did find an extract. The whole opera is fabulous but this is the well-known aria that first opened my teenage ears to a world beyond poprockfunkpunkjazz.
Best to make tea, light up and sit back for a while. What a voice, what a bassline, what a melody! (There’s a couple of minutes of scene setting before the ground bass comes in.)