Music is also a big part of my life. I have several hundred CDs in my collection. There are so many in fact that I don't even have an exact count. My musical tastes range from Pop, Rock, Top 40, R&B, Country, Gospel, Bluegrass, and Classical, to Film and Theater Soundtracks and Scores. Below you will some of my most cherished CDs.

UP! - Shania Twain

Shania's long awaited new release contains 19 songs. There are two different versions of this CD and each CD actually contains TWO discs. The country/pop version contains a disc of country versions of each song and a disc of pop versions of each song. The pop/world version of the CD contains the disc of pop versions of each song and a disc that contains a "world music" version of each song. Some of my favorite tracks include the upbeat title track, the fun and playful first single, "I'm Gonna Get You Good," the romantic "Forever and For Always," and the hauntingly poignant "It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing," a song that explores the complexities of dealing with a lost love.

The Grass is Blue - Dolly Parton

I am a major fan of Dolly. Until I purchased this CD, I was never really a big fan of bluegrass music and didn't really know too much about it. This collection, released in 1999, is Dolly's first venture into bluegrass. Some tracks that standout here include an interpretation of Billy Joel's "Travelin' Prayer," the humorous track "I'm Gonna Sleep with One Eye Open," "Train, Train," and "Silver Dagger."

Available: CD

Little Sparrow - Dolly Parton

Dolly's 2001 follow-up to The Grass is Blue continues to explore the traditions of bluegrass music. Standout tracks here include an interpretation of the song "Shine," by Collective Soul, Steve Young's "Seven Bridges Road," and a rendition of the Cole Porter classic, "I Get a Kick Out of You." Dolly also delves into matters of the heart and spirit with "My Blue Tears," and "Mountain Angel."

Available: CD

Halos and Horns - Dolly Parton

Dolly's latest release is yet another foray into bluegrass. On this outing she does an amazing reinterpretation of Led Zepplin's "Stairway to Heaven." Original compositions include two songs written as a response to the September 11th tragedy: "Hello God" and "Raven Dove." Also check out "These Old Bones," a song in which Dolly sings as herself and as a backwoods woman who was persecuted and labeled "strange" by her neighbors. "I'm Gone," a whimsical look at a bickering couple, and "Dagger Through the Heart" round out my favorite tracks.

Available: CD

Slow Dancing with the Moon - Dolly Parton White Limozeen - Dolly Parton
This 1993 release is among the best of Dolly's CDs from the 1990s. Highlights on this disc include, "Romeo," a song written by Mary Chapin Carpenter, with vocals by Carpenter, Kathy Mattea, Tanya Tucker, Dolly, and Billy Ray Cyrus. The song is a playful take on how girlfriends talk about men during an evening out. Other favorite tracks include "More Where That Came From," an up-tempo romp that will have you up and dancing within the first second. The title track is a tender, romantic track that expresses the pleasure of being with the one you love as only Dolly can.

Available: CD

Dolly ended the 1980s with this CD, released in 1989. Highlights here are the title cut, "Time for Me to Fly, " and the first single, "Why'd You Come in Here Lookin' Like That." The later two tracks I mentioned usually have me either singing along or dancing.

Available: CD

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Motion Picture Soundtrack

Music from the first film in the trilogy. Highlights here include "The Council of Elrond," "Lothlorien," and the haunting and spiritual "May It Be" by Enya.

Available: CD

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Motion Picture Soundtrack

The sountrack from the second part of the story features "Treebeard," "Breath of Life," and concludes with the emotional "Gollum's Song." Listening to this soundtrack always transports me back into the world of the film.

Available: CD

Chicago: Miramax Motion Picture Soundtrack

Songs and instrumentals from the hit Miramax motion picture. My favorites here include "All That Jazz," "When You're Good to Mama," performed by the AMAZING Queen Latifah, and "Cell Block Tango."

Available: CD

Grease: The Motion Picture Soundtrack

I adore and have literally memorized every track on this CD. I actually still own the vinyl version, and when it became available on CD of course I HAD to have it! The entire soundtrack is fantastic; I do have favorite tracks though: "Hopelessly Devoted to You," You're the One That I Want, and "We Go Together."

Available: CD

Saturday Night Fever: The Motion Picture Soundtrack

The movie is classic and so are the songs on the soundtrack. I don't own this one on vinyl, but my CD gets a lot of play time. All of the songs get me singing along including "Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever," "How Deep is Your Love," and "If I Can't Have You."

Available: CD

The Talented Mr. Ripley: Music from the Motion Picture Score

I pop this CD into the player when I need to wind down and relax. The music here is mellow and smooth, with the exception of a few up-tempo and dark cuts. Don't miss "My Funny Valentine," with Matt Damon on vocals, and the sad "Lullaby for Cain," with vocals by Sinead O'Connor.

Available: CD

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