Original Music Matters

News about Asheville's music scene

"Asheville's music scene is putting North Carolina on the map in a big way" | Posted Dec. 21, 2017 by writer Caitlin White on Uproxx.com: More>

Asheville's local live music calendar | Posted on ExploreAsheville.com: More>

Asheville's rising music scene | Posted on RenaissanceAsheville.com: More>

Mountain Xpress music calendar | Asheville's excellent music and event calendar, posted at Mountainx.com: More>


Asheville's musicians, bands and venues | Posted at AshevilleOnstage.com: More>

  A handful of greats when original rock, rocked | Compiled by DowntownAsheville.com:

Summertime | By Janis Joplin | Comments: "That voice has always and will always transcend generations and will always be original." - Zack Kelley; "If I could go back in time and chose one artist to have a conversation with, it would be her." - Beverly Davis´╗┐; "Janis is like a microcosm of the 60s; her life parallels the spirit of the decade." - Daisy Flower Child | Over 23 million views at YouTube.com: More>

A Little Help from My Friends | By Joe Cocker at Woodstock | Comments: "He sang his soul out and left it on that stage, what rock has always been about." - Ciclopea2; "THIS is what Woodstock was and still is all about!" - James Giberson | Over 17 million views at YouTube.com: More>

Don't Let Me Down | By The Beatles singing on the roof of Apple Records | Comments: "It's so nice to see them all so happy and vibrant while playing and singing." - Ka1t023 AUS4; "60s music will never be old for me. It's more practical." - Arijit Malakar; "The single greatest live performance of a song." - Tactics1173 | Almost 110 million views on YouTube.com: More>

Hallelujah | By Leonard Cohen singing in London — and he sang this one in Asheville, too, at the civic center | Comments: "It f-ing amazes me even at this age he smashes this song and owns it. INCREDIBLE." - Chris Evans; "He was still as good as he was in the early 70s when I listened to him...if not better. EXCELLENT SONG! R.I.P. Leonard Cohen." - Linda Knight; "Leonard your search is over. Thank you for making us aware of the search." - J.D. Beck | Over 103 million views on YouTube.com: More>

The Sound of Silence | By Simon and Garfunkel, original version in 1964 | Words posted by James Bond:

Hello, darkness, my old friend
I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
'Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turn my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
It split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
10,000 people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never shared
No one dared disturb the sound of silence

Fools said, I you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words and I might teach you
Take my arms and I might reach you
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
It echoed the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said the words of the prophets
are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls whispered
the sound of silence.

Over 167 million views on YouTube.com: More>

Nights in White Satin | By the Moody Blues | Comments: "No one makes music like this anymore. Truly stunning." - Eddard Swineherd; "This is what music is all about." - Danan Mckie; "Brings back lots of incredible memories from long long ago." - David Kleier | Over 4 million views on YouTube.com: More>

Layla | By Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden in 1999 | Comments: "Eric Clapton and the Fender Stratocaster: what an epic pairing, especially with this amazing intro." - Chris Maplethorpe; "God, the start of this still gives me chills. Absolutely brilliant!" - Chorrell Pique; "I can't imagine my life without this music. It has given me so much joy!" - Cynthia Herrington´╗┐ | Over 107 million views on YouTube.com: More>

Streets of Philadelphia | By Bruce Springsteen | Comments: "Care for the world. Save the world with love." - Freeto laugh; "A song from heart 'n soul." - ClausRland; "When you listen to such a great song, you just want one thing: embrace. Hug the whole world and think that all people are brothers." - Alexander Panov | Over 65 million views on YouTube.com: More>



Hometown Glory | By Adele | 94 million views on Vevo.com: More>

Fix You | By Coldplay | 65 million views on Vevo.com: More>

On Top of the World | By Imagine Dragons | 192 million views on Vevo.com: More>

In Case You Didn't Know | By Brett Young | 165 million views on Vevo.com: More>

Amor, Amor, Amor | By Jennifer Lopez | 53 million views on Vevo.com: More>

Hey Hey Hey | By Katy Perry | 40 million views on Vevo.com: More>

Let's Go Crazy | By Prince | 16 million views on Vevo.com: More>

Just Beat It | By Michael Jackson | 307 million views on Vevo.com: More>



Gimme Shelter | By The Rolling Stones, live in Shanghai, 2006 | RollingStones.com: More>

Shower the People | By James Taylor, live at The Beacon Theater | 777 million views on Vevo.com: More>

 Imagine | By John Lennon, official video | 29 million views on YouTube.com: More>

Another Brick in the Wall | By Pink Floyd | 286 million views on YouTube.com: More>

Losing My Religion | By R.E.M., official video | 446 million views on YouTube.com: More>

The Messiah Will Come Again | By Roy Buchanan, live in 1976 | "No one made a guitar cry like Roy." - Bluesborn | 1.6 million views on YouTube.com: More>


Asheville, North Carolina's street performance scene | News and info about Asheville Buskers Collective at Avlbuskers.com: More>


 The 50 Greatest Protest Songs | "Frustrated by the system? Not got the result you wanted? Brow-beaten by The Man? Music is the answer. Radio X picks fifty of the greatest songs about struggle." | Visit Radiox.co.uk: More>


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