Being able to hear music for the first time ever.

I’ve never understood it.

My whole life I’ve seen hearing people make a fool of themselves singing their favorite song or gyrating on the dance floor. I’ve also seen hearing people moved to tears by a single song. That was the hardest thing for me to wrap my head around.

I was born profoundly deaf and all music sounded like trash through my hearing aids.

That is until a couple days ago when I put on a new pair of hearing aids for the first time in years.

The first thing I heard was my shoe scraping across the carpet; it startled me. I have never heard that before and out of ignorance, I assumed it was too quiet for anyone to hear.

I sat in the doctor’s office frozen as a cacophony of sounds attacked me. The whir of the computer, the hum of the AC, the clacking of the keyboard, and when my best friend walked in I couldn’t believe that he had a slight rasp to his voice. He joked that it was time to cut back on the cigarettes.

That night, a group of close friends jump-started my musical education by playing Mozart, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Elvis, and several other popular legends of music.

Being able to hear the music for the first time ever was unreal.

I realized that my old hearing aids were giving me a distorted version of music. they were not capable of distributing higher frequencies with clarity, instead it was just garbled gibberish.

When Mozart’s Lacrimosa came on, I was blown away by the beauty of it. At one point of the song, it sounded like angels singing and I suddenly realized that this was the first time I was able to appreciate music. Tears rolled down my face and I tried to hide it. But when I looked over I saw that there wasn’t a dry eye in the car.

I finally understood the power of music.


Obviously, I did the only sensible thing and went on a binge of music.

Below are my top 5 favorites from my limited exposure to the world of sound.

1. Mozart’s Lacrimsoa… I know it’s a depressing song but to me it represents the first time I could appreciate and experience music.
2. The soundtrack to Eleven Eleven… I can see how this comes off as narcissistic, it being my own film and all but it’s such a personal work that when I listened to it for the first time I broke down. I felt like I was truly seeing the film for the first time ever. I’m grateful that Cazz was able to capture the tone perfectly. We discussed the film and specific scenes with essay-sized reasoning/deliberations on what should be conveyed. The critical response to the film surprised me and I still didn’t quite get it until seeing the visual images coupled with the soundtrack.
3. Sig Ros’s Staralfur… The first song I had to listen to again, over and over.
4. IL Postino-Luis Bacalov
5. Minnesota’s A Bad Place

Ironically enough, I’m turning my hearing aids off more often than before because most sounds are even more annoying and the only times I have it on is when talking to people or listening to music/birds.

Silence is still my favorite sound. When I turn my aids off my thoughts become more clear and it’s absolutely peaceful.

I hope that one day hearing people get the opportunity to experience utter silence.

What exactly changed between my old hearing aids and my new ones?

My previous hearing aids were only 4 years old but technology has gotten cheaper and better at an exponential rate since then.

Before, I could almost hear the low frequencies at a hearing person’s level, but not as crisp… higher notes on the other hand, I didn’t hear at all.

I never realized how little of a range my hearing aids picked up compared to hearing people until a telecommunications class in college. We were learning about radio equipment and the guest professor told us about how high human ears can hear and also compared to various animals.

He turned around and turned the dial down to the lower pitches. I could still hear nearly all the low frequencies like rest of the class. When he turned the dial in the opposite direction, I blanked out at about 40% and the rest of the class stopped between 90-100%.

It’s an odd feeling learning something so profound about yourself this late in life… But it’s not as odd as the things I can hear now.

It was during Lacrimosa that I realized I was truly hearing pitches I’ve never experienced before. It was like seeing a color I’ve never seen before.

I honestly never thought I would really be able to hear my own soundtracks because I have accepted my deafness, I have always been and still am grateful for all I’ve been blessed with so it was never a big deal to me.

Now… I’m overwhelmed and beyond grateful.

But this is just the beginning. That’s why I’m asking you to give me the name of the most beautiful songs to you.

I’ve posted the question on reddit and will listen to the top 30 upvotes and then post my top 5 from that batch.


UPDATE: Wow… Just wow.

14 thousand comments on reddit and counting.

I’m humbled and grateful for every one of the comments, upvotes and the endless amounts of music suggestions.

Currently the most upvoted comment isn’t a song suggestion but rather a suggestion to listen to the music from the beginnings of its orgins. Here’s the original comment below as submitted by GiraffeKiller- “This is like introducing an Alien to the music of Earth. I wouldn’t know where to start. Once you’re through your kick on Classical, I might start with music from the 50′s and progress through each decade. You can really see the growth of modern music like that.”

I think it’s a wonderful idea, and will be blogging about my journey into the world of music. As many of you have pointed out; music didn’t start in the 50′s, so I’m going to start with the earliest written form of music… I’m going to start with Guillaume de Machaut’s Agnus Dei. (Composed sometime between 1313 and 1365)

I am still posting my top 5 next week… It will be a difficult task considering all the submissions.

This week I am going to re-watch my favorite film of all time, Baraka. This will be my first time being able to hear the soundtrack of the film. I will be posting about that as well.

Also for all of those asking- the hearing aids I purchased are the Phonak Naida S IX UP Premium.

Again, thank you for all the kind words and shares!

Even if you’re not hearing music for the first time ever, I suggest looking through the suggestions and expanding your musical tastes. You never know how many more days you have left to hear…. Trust me on this one, you don’t want to miss out on a great song.

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346 comments on “Being able to hear music for the first time ever.

  1. Travis White on said: you MUST check out “The Ecstasy Of Gold” by Ennio Morricone.
    I don’t know what exzctly it is, but this song just gets me GOING. I feel as if I’m channeling a creative beam of information every time I listen to it full blast. Great to read that you’ve been able to finally open that magical door of hearing!

    • SteveLussier on said:

      Great suggestion!

      If you like Leone, I also suggest the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in the West (there’s a related film & soundtrack Good Bad & Ugly that’s more well-known, but I prefer OUTW) or much better, watch it. Other soundtracks: Planet of the Apes (edgy pioneering blend of avant-garde into film music); The Day the Earth Stood Still (not the remake; lyrical, eerie); Jaws (it has a lot more than the infamous “dudududdudu”); The Fury (1978); Vertigo.

      I second the recs on Reddit for Great Gig in the Sky & the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th.
      Also: Flower Duet (short operatic piece; sublime)
      Barber’s Piano Concerto (same guy who does the rec’d-by-many Adagio)
      2 by Gershwin: Concerto in F and (of course) Rhapsody in Blue
      Billie Holiday (all); John Coltrane esp w McCoy Tyner
      Green Onions by Booker T & the MGs
      Do You Realize by The Flaming Lips

      chill / lounge / arty / melancholy electronica:
      Lujon by Mancini – justifiably regarded by some as finest instrumental ever
      these are obscure but worth hunting up or asking a friend to find:
      Kruder & Dorfmeister – Million Town
      Klaus Schulze – Bayreuth Return (31 min long; nutty mesmerizing synth patterns)
      harold budd & hector zazou – glyph – track 10 – the aperture
      Phillip Glass – Glassworks – Facades (quite short for one of his pieces; soprano sax duet)
      Bill Laswell – Travelling without Moving – Trip 9

      Make the effort to hear some music, especially “less produced” genres like folk & classical, live. It is a completely different experience. For example, I don’t care for bluegrass recordings much, but am enthralled by live performances.

      Finally, after you know your way around Sinatra’s style and some edgy rock like Insane in the Brain (membrane?) and NIN’s Closer, be sure check out Richard Cheese’s hilarious lounge-ifications.


      • SteveLussier on said:

        oops, Sergio Leone is the director of several films with famous Ennio Morricone soundtracks – so I meant to say if you like Morricone!

    • Jessica Cosmos on said:

      you should listen to….

      Bjork, Sade, Amy Winehouse, Calvin Harris, Kate Bush, Cut Copy, Ellie Goulding, Junior Boys, Charlie XCX, Blonde Redhead, Frankmusik

      just some suggestions incase your interested. :)

  2. Miranda on said:

    In between two points by Glitch Mob ft. Swan – turn it loud and close your eyes, it’s haunting.

  3. Travis Black on said:

    Listen to
    “levels” by Avicii

    Best progressive house song of 2011
    I have met no one doesnt like it
    Truly catchy and a great song
    It has a special, magical rythem to it

  4. Elizabeth on said:

    Which hearing aids are you using? My fiancé is profoundly deaf as well and I’d love for him to be able to hear music better. I don’t truly understand how much he hears, but I know he can’t hear the lyrics.

  5. Judging from what you’ve been listening to I’d recommend ‘Ce matin-là’ by Air.

    If you like that then continue with the entire Moon Safari album by them.

  6. Veronica on said:

    Running by no Doubt
    Are you lonesome tonight? by Elvis
    Clair de lune
    Good to sea by Pinback
    King without a crown by Matisyahu
    My name is Trouble by nightmare of you
    Sandstorm by Darude
    West coast by Coconut records

  7. Wouter on said:

    Listen to Clair de lune, by Debussy. Its a classical piece, very simply and calm and silent and oh so beautiful (and very famous).

  8. Steve on said:

    Listen to “To Build A Home” by the cinematic orchestra.

  9. Godfodder on said:

    I truly hope this doesn’t come across as insensitive, but wow I envy your position. To be able to listen to the past century of music (and of course what was written before that) for the first time at a place in my life where I was mature enough to appreciate everything I was hearing for the first time, I would consider that a great gift. To go through the history of rock and roll and discover the evolution with your own ears – wow. If you’re taking recommendations on rock music, I’d strongly suggest Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys.

  10. Beethoven's 9th on said:
    Beethoven’s 9th, a must-listen

  11. Brett on said:

    This is so absolutely beautiful. I’m so happy for you :)

    There is a song that almost always brings tears to my eyes: Before Dawn – Isaac Shepard.

    It’s on the piano. I first heard it in a game called Music Catch. The second I finished it, I could not do anything besides listen to this song over and over. It is simple yet beautiful. It builds and maintains. It’s fantastic, and I think you’ll like it.

    Best wishes!

  12. Henrik on said:

    Touching story. Good read.

    Mogwai – Music For A Forgotten Future . I love that song. So relaxing and beautiful

  13. Samuel on said:

    Reddit sent me !

    Well in my opinion, although its fairly mainstream, Frank Ocean ! He’s a true storyteller, and his songs tell stories of unrequited love, conspiracy theories (“I don’t believe our flag is on the moon” -We All Try) and lust. And it’s quality music compared to other artists in his genre… With the exception of The Weeknd

    Who happens to be my #2, The Weeknd is also a story teller. Nightlife parties, drug induced sex, etc. etc. it’s just lyrically amazing. He’s been compared to Michael Jackson, especially after part 3 of his mixtape, where he covered the iconic Dirty Diana. It’s sounds so much like him it’s insane.

    #3 Queen ! Where do I start ? BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY !
    Basically everyone’s opinion of this angel sent from heaven. One of few, billions or trillions with such raw and beautiful vocals. RIP MR MERCURY…

    Email me for more :-)

  14. Michele on said:

    Listen to “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre. Since you’ve listened to Lacrimosa, I figure you will take a liking to this because it is choral music, but very different. It’s not as popular as pop music, but it leaves me with chills every time I listen to it. And if you like that, listen to any of his other songs! They are all beautiful.

  15. djcookie187187187187 on said:

    This comment was most likely buried on reddit, so here you go:

    listen to film scores during movies. The effect of music during intense scenes is one of the most amazing experiences. Ever. Then, you might have a bit more appreciation for the **lack** of music or sound during movies.

    I personally couldn’t survive without music, I’m so happy (in lack of a more intense word) that you can now hear music.

    Also, take up playing an instrument. You said you create soundtracks, links might be pretty cool.

    • BBaldowski on said:

      I wholeheartedly agree with this comment. Two of the movies I would recommend would be Last of the Mohicans with Daniel Day-Lewis, especially the final scenes when he is chasing the people through the mountains. and The Man from Snowy River.

  16. Daniel on said:

    Read this on the front page of Reddit. Amazing story.

    Since there are only 14 comments here — and 5000+ there — may I suggest Saint-Preux “Concerto Pour Une Voix” to you?

    It’s 20th century classical by a French guy, and likely to be shouted down there for that reason alone. But the arrangement of the entire 17-part symphony, mostly piano- and violin-driven, is absolutely fantastic.

    I also second Brett’s Isaac Shepard comment; I actually discovered Shepard’s music through that game, and it unofficially became the soundtrack of my grandmother’s last days. Heavy stuff, to be sure – but salient nonetheless, and also well-arranged.

  17. SoLost on said:

    Peer Gynt – Suite 1, Op. 46 – In The Hall of the Mountain King

    Requiem, K. 626: dies irae

    Moonlight Sonata, No. 14, in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 27:2

    Le Carnaval des Animaux, for Chamber Ensemble, VII: Aquarium

  18. Melissa on said:
    Ludovico Einaudi’s Oltremare hits me right in the feel. every. single. time.
    eleven eleven…good stuff.

  19. Ennio Morricone Soundtracks, especially “The Mission”

  20. Sterling Watson on said:

    To second Michele, listen to Eric Whitacre, I’d recommend Cloudburst. And I would highly recommend listening to Philip Glass, particularly Einstein on the Beach; its just, gah. You can listen to the whole thing here: which is one of the only places I’ve been able to find it

  21. wufei on said:

    “The Manifold Curiosity” by Kayo Dot. I won’t even try to put my feelings about it into words.

  22. Douglas Adams on said:

    Pink Floyd!!!! Dark Side of the Moon!!!! Put headphones on over your aids. It will astound.


    How about you listen to Queen – Don’t stop me now, seems like your theme song now :)

  24. Manny Espinola on said:

    This reminds me of Hellen Keller’s discovery of language, the first essay ever that made me cry. I recommend everything, but don’t miss Eric Satie and Miles Davis

  25. Patrick on said:

    “Dancing” by Elise. It’s haunting and beautiful. The first time I heard it my entire soul kind of moved (if that makes any sense) and when I saw the first piece of dance choreographed to it I cried…

  26. Pllam on said:

    Seconding (or thirding, fourthing, etc.) recommendations for Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. It’s long, about an hour, but it is epic (in the original, non-slang use of the term) in its proportions. This is one of the “classics” for a reason.

    And it’s topical: written by a deaf composer, who while conducting (several bars behind) at its premiere had to be turned around by one of the soloists at the end of the piece so he could see the rapturous response from the audience.

  27. Michael on said:

    Try out “How it Ends” by DeVotchKa… Hauntingly beautiful..

  28. Sean Donnelly on said:

    I know you said you are only listening to so many people’s replies, but please:

    Stevie Ray Vaughan was a musician that lived from 1953-1990. He spent a lot of his career addicted to drugs and alcohol (like in the video I’m showing you.) He had an incredible way of putting his feelings into every single note he played, an ability that I believe has not yet been matched.

    Here is him after he sobered up

  29. sebastian on said:

    If you want to venture into rap, watch out. there is a lot of crap out there, but some of it is good too.
    Listen to Lupe Fiasco when you get the chance. he is a positive influence on rap and he flows at a good pace.

    As far as rock music, I really like the band Muse. A lot of people don’t like the band anymore because they became “sell- outs” in the states, but i guarantee you, you will appreciate the awesome guitar riffs and serious vocals the band provides. The lead singer belongs in an opera house with his voice, and he has a great interest in classical music too. In fact his last album had a three track symphony that was badass – he even played some chopin on his album too. Chopan has to be my favorite classical pianist.

    If you wanted to venture into Jazz, I would highly suggest watching The Ken Burn’s Jazz Documentary if you can get a hold of it. It will not only give you music to listen to, but it will show you the world of jazz in context and show you the progression that jazz has had in our society. I like to think of jazz as the bridge between classical music and rock.

    Anyway, I hope this reaches you, I would love it if you could shoot me an email or something explaining your thoughts on my said suggestions.

    happy music hunting!

  30. keeping it simple and essential listen to this Bach’s Cello Suites.

  31. Look, everyone’s going to overwhelm you with sentimental pieces – leading you to believe that there’s some elitist echelon of music that you’ve missed out on over the years. I’ll be real with you: few people wake up every day to hear Lacrimosa or the Ninth Symphony. Call these bases. People are taking you around the block. Be grateful for that. I’m not going to coddle, you need some music to get behind and experience first hand. Live music. Yes, you can see Beethoven’s symphonies conducted by X from Y University, or from the Z pops or orchestra. People our age are known to do this. I really hope you have a chance to see a symphony soon! You know what though, there’s a hell of a better chance that you can connect with our generation in a way you never thought possible if you throw the sentementality aside and jump right into what’s now. Ask yourself where you wish you were living and figure out what people are listening to there. Take chances. Overcome adversity. Most music is fleeting and esoteric, like a fall fashion. You can pick it up like an old coat and smell an old relationship, some barbeque sauce, maybe pick out some dead maple leaves. You’ll learn this soon. This is what I’m wearing this fall. I think you’ll realize it was great music for October in a few years too.!/album/Boys+And+Girls/7546781

  32. tessa on said:

    I posted this on your reddit thread, but it is so buried and i am so excited to share this with you. is my favorite composer; really nice cello and guitar stuff, kind of an interesting comparison to fluttery violins. by Grieg has always given me chills. by Baths is maybe my favorite album at the moment. I’m also really into , , and . is my favorite local band. This stuff is pretty all over the place, but I’m crossing my fingers for a job at making playlists for different stores, so please let me know if i can expand on anything!

  33. For some reason the most appropriate piece of music that comes to my mind is ‘First Breath after Coma’ by ‘Explosions in the Sky’.

    I love listening to Baroque music, specifically Monteverdi’s Magnificat. I’m far from being religious, but I think that it’s got one of the most beautiful choral arrangements.

  34. Aclurace on said:

    You are in a great position right now, sitting with an open mind waiting for people to come to you with great music. I would make a big thing of this, though it is very easy to fall in love with certain genres. It would be very interesting to read the thoughts of someone with an open mind who has heard how music has evolved through the ages.

  35. Linton Kwesi Johnson, the “Dread Beat an Blood” album. An amazing dub reggae perspective of 1960′s London civil rights movement.

    • SteveLussier on said:


      & if you like, be sure to check out Gil Scott Heron. He’s famous for The Revolution Will not be Televised. I will always love the song Winter in America from ~82. Captures a slice of the early Reagan era.

      Dub. Ska. Mirror in the Bathroom.


  36. Veronica on said:

    Beyond the Blue, by Josh Garrels!
    Sigh No More, by Mumford & Sons
    Through Heavens Eyes, by Hans Zimmer, Prince of Egypt soundtrack
    Can’t Take It In, by Imogen Heap, Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack
    Knighting Peter, by Harry Gregson-Williams, Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack
    Viva la Vida, by Coldplay

    please they are so good! I’m so happy for you :]

  37. Really good. Hope you like it :)

  38. Listen to Sharon Van Etten’s new album titled “Tramp” Specifically the song “I’m Wrong” She’s a folk singer with one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard. The entire album is incredible and its brought me to tears on more than one occasion.

  39. Steve on said:

    Stop listening to whatever you are listening to so get to know the Godfather of Modern Music: Johann Sebastian Bach.

    Wachet Auf, Cantata BWV 140
    Largo from the Keyboard Concerto No. 5
    Ciaccona from the Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin
    And for fun (I swear!), Gigue from the French Suite No. 5 (fast forward to 8:20)
    And since you love Mozart listen to the Andante from his Piano Concerto No. 21

    P.S. Don’t be embarrassed about the Lacrimosa! It’s a sublimely beautiful, not depressing, piece!

  40. Laurence Chalem on said:

    Penderecki’s Threnody
    Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto #2
    Rachmaninov’s Variation on a theme by Paganini
    Mozart’s Piano Concerto #21
    Ravel’s piano concerto for the left hand
    Beethoven’s piano concerto #5 “the Emperor”

    I have many more…let me know

    • Katie on said:

      Excellent suggestions!
      And if you like music that will make you cry –
      It’s from Gorecki’s Symphony for Sorrowful Songs. It’s breathtakingly beautiful! I can’t imagine any music making me feel sadder.

  41. Taylor on said:

    Music by Eric Whitacre is absolutely breathtaking. My favorites include Sleep and Waternight.

  42. kellulon on said:

    Liebestraum by Franz Liszt (link: ) would surely make me cry if I heard it live; it’s definitely one of my favorite classical piano songs of all time. :)

  43. Julia on said:

    Woods by Bon Iver

  44. elise on said:

    the smiths i love them and the cure thats where i got my name ”letter to elise”
    and music is my life i cant live without it and i highly suggest u listen the smiths they are amazing <3

  45. Portishead, you can feel it, as well as hear it. Oh do I envy you. Sometimes I wonder how much of what I love is only because it’s what people have told me to love. Pandora what you like, it will help.

  46. Devin Farnsworth-Smith on said:

    I would really love to know what hearing aids you are using because my grandmother’s hearing has gotten extremely terrible and it would mean the world to her if she could hear again, but she is worried about the costs of new hearing aids. I would be so happy if you could respond and i know my grandmother would be too. Also,
    Claire De Lune by Claude Debussy is one of my most favorite songs ever, I get chills whenever i hear it.And Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland. also blows my mind

  47. George on said:

    Hans Zimmer – Tennesse or Time (watch the movie too :) )

    • Moyles on said:

      Excellent suggestions. Someone previously commented on the power of music within film and I immediately thought of Hans Zimmer – Time. That end scene in Inception is truly great purely because of the music. Love it.

  48. Adrienne on said:

    Hi, cellist here. Here’s a little taste of cello repertoire a little less popular outside of the cello community.

    Bach – Cello Suite No. 5. Get maybe a recording by either Yo-Yo Ma or Pablo Casals. Definitely my favourite of all the suites, and my favourite suite to play.

    Shostakovich – Cello Concerto No. 2. performed by Mstislav Rostropovich, or Natalia Gutman. My favourite cello piece of all time. You can feel the turmoil and suffering Shostie went through in the USSR.

    Miaskovsky – Cello Concerto. Performed by mstislav Rostropovich (it’s the only recording I know of). The opening moved me to tears the first time I listened to it.

    Brahms – Sonata for Cello and Piano in F minor. Yo-yo Ma‘s version is pretty good. This piece is really beautiful.

    Borodin – String Quartet No. 2. This one is pretty popular but I’m surprised it hasn’t been mentioned yet.

    Debussy – Sonata for Cello and Piano in D. Rostropovich has a pretty good recording of this, haven’t really found too many recordings of this.

    Ravel – Sonata for Violin and Cello. I think Lynn Harrell has a pretty good recording of this. But don’t listen to Harrell’s Bach Suites… they’re terrible.

    Other orchestral stuff: (Sorry about not having performers here cos I have a lot of recordings and I dont’ always remember)

    Resphigi – Roman Trilogy. Comes with three symphonies that are all great.

    Brahms – Symphonies. All four symphonies are good.

    Mahler – Symphonies. Get a recording that’s conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas (aka MTT). He’s *the* Mahler conductor of our time.

    Heh, I just realised that most of my suggestions are pretty dark. Hope you will enjoy them (: I have more suggestions, and lots of non-classical suggestions, but I thought these might be worth mentioning first since most of the classical stuff I’ve seen posted seems to be pretty generic. Let me know if you want more! And honestly, if you have the time, don’t just listen to the top 30, since there’s a lot of great music out there.

  49. i like you to hear .. the qoran recitation .. its something else ..

  50. My favorite song: “In A Win, Win Situation” by Emery

    If you haven’t been introduced to screaming yet, “Legacy” by Memphis May Fire

    “Cavanaugh Park” by Something Corporate.

    Enjoy everything.

  51. Michael Bartnett on said:

    Amazing story.

    I’m sure you have enough music recommendations to listen to for the next century, but I still wanted to contribute something.

    Beethoven’s String Trio in C Minor Op. 9 No. 3 II. Adagio con espressione

    Luckily Grooveshark has a good recording of it. The character of the recording is very intimate. You can hear many of the nuances of the three players and the timbre of their instruments. There’s the soft grating of the bows against the strings and occasionally (if the volume is loud enough) the players breathing in time with the music. At the end of quiet melody lines, it almost sounds as if the violin is whispering the end of a phrase, only to be singing fully and filling the sound space seconds later in chorus with the viola and cello.

  52. J.S. Bach’s “Air”
    The Beatles’s “Across the Universe,” “The Long and Winding Road” Anything from Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abby Road.
    Pink Floyd’s “Comfortable Numb,” “Learning to Fly,” “Keep Talking” Anything from The Dark Side of the Moon.

  53. Watch Fantasia, maybe even Fantasia 2000. Classical music and good old Disney animation.

  54. applejade from reddit on said:

    If you’re still looking for Classical recommendations, this is my favorite –

    It’s from the Moderato and Andante Semplice movements of the Russian Dance in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Warning: it starts with a very very loud chord. Don’t start this from the very beginning, use my link which starts at 2 seconds in.

    – J. L.

  55. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone post it yet, but you could listen to Hey Jude – The Beatles, or possibly the entire Abbey Road album. I love seeing all the wonderful classical music being suggested, as it really does spark so much emotion and creativity to the heart and mind. God bless the brilliant minds that could provide you the opportunity to embark on this new journey.

  56. Brian Duke on said:

    There is a song that is ultimately beautiful to me: Adagio for Strings, by Samuel Barber.

  57. Thank you SO much for this post! Wow… I can’t imagine my life without music & you’ve just introduced me to some gems that I hadn’t heard of before!

    I’m going to jump on the bandwagon & add to the recommendations to listen to Eric Whitacre (if I were a Platonist, I’d be completely convinced that he’s been outside the Cave… repeatedly… And not only that, that he’s got a direct link to the Music department of the realm of ideal forms!).
    He’s also worth following on Twitter/FB, as he often posts interesting links to things musical & otherwise.

    Some Whitacre titles I absolutely adore:
    - i thank You God for most this amazing day
    - Waternight
    - October (or the choral version: “Alleluia”)
    - The River Cam
    - Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
    - Cloudburst (look for the one sung by Stephen Layton’s ‘Polyphony’ ensemble)

    I could go on forever! I’m just so excited for you!
    Also, if you like Whitacre, you may appreciate Morten Lauridsen.

    Btw: There’s a line in an Alanis Morissette song, where she sings, “Why are you so petrified of silence?”, followed by a second of “silence”… it’s rather disquietning. I can’t imagine silence being comforting… but I do hope that technology advances far enough for hearing people to experience it as a refuge the way you’ve said you do.

  58. No other song moves me as much as this one does. It sends chills down my spine each and every time I listen to it. I hope it does the same to you now…

    Lisa Gerrard – Sacrifice:

  59. One more thing: you’ve been listening to a lot of stuff on YouTube, I’m guessing. However, there’s much higher quality music than what’s available on YouTube. You were talking about the low pitches and the high pitches and the delicacy of the music–guess what? In an attempt to compress video to save space, all internet video sharing sites compress the heck out of their audio, making it so that the upper and lower ranges of sound are lost, and the delicacy of the sounds are destroyed. (A lot like your old hearing aids, probably, but a lot less of an effect.)

    If you’re looking for a truly amazing audio experience, I’d recommend seeking out some lossless audio tracks, or simply buying CDs. (Lossless audio = things like FLAC and WAV files, while MP3s and AACs are lossy like YouTube.)

  60. RecapModotti on said:

    I’m probably late to this, and will most likely be buried, but I went through a similar experience at a young age. Lost about 60% of my hearing. Getting it back everything sounded chaotic to me and was diagnosed with central auditory processing disorder. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was what captured me. Anyways this is about you, but I’m truly happy for you. Here are a few recommendations of my own. (Discounting the classical suggestions since you seem to be full up on that on)

    Jeff Buckley- Dream Brother

    Pelican- Ataraxia

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Storm

    Andy McKee- Art of Motion

    Baroness- Sea Lungs

    Edith Piaf- Je ne regrette rien

  61. Hussein on said:

    Many people have already given you great recommendation, so I second those and add some that have not been listed.

    Anything by Richard Wagner. Great German Composer.
    Stravinsky. Vivaldi.
    For Elise by Beethhoven.
    Anything by Florence + The Machine.
    Regina Spektor also likes to play with sound.
    In Your Nature by Zola Jesus and Remixed by David Lynch (can be found here
    Janelle Monae, Lupe Fiasco, Mumford & Sons, Among Savages, Pink Floyd…

    There’s many more. Just listen and explore.

  62. Mozart’s Mass in C Minor
    The Emperor Concerto (preferably with Richard Goode)
    Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus and Beethoven wrote an awesome Hallelujah as well
    You Know, You Know on The Inner Mounting Flame album (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
    The Battle of Evermore (Led Zeppelin)

  63. Lorenzo on said:

    Music I will want played to set the mood for pensive thoughts , or just pure enjoyment:

    Song from a secret garden by Secret Garden
    Meditation de Thais by Yo Yo Ma on cello
    The Swan by Camille Saint-Saens by Katia & Marielle Labeque
    Notebook movie theme song
    0 Mio Babbino Caro by Giacomo Puccini Joshua Bell

  64. Erlkönig on said:

    in case you ever get around to this message and all of the recommendations you have been sent. these are some of my favorite songs.

    Samuel Barber




    Whilhelm Strienz

    Erik Satie




    Edith Piaf

    Jorma Hynninen

    Benny Goodman


    The Smashing Pumpkins

    Javier Navarrete

    The Smiths/Morrissey

    The Cure

    The Doors

    Jefferson Airplane

    Echo and the Bunnymen

    Petshop Boys

    Simple Minds

    The Rolling Stones

    E Nomine

    Seth Sharp and the Black Clock

    Diablo Swing Orchestra

    Clint Mansell

    Eddie Vedder

    Abigail Todd




    Nox Arcana


    Kaiti Kink Ensemble

  65. Michael on said:

    Click the link below, put on earphones over your hearing aids.


    Peace x

  66. Beverly Regan on said:

    I suggest you experience music the way I connect it to my experiences. You need to watch movies again with wonderful soundtracks, Like Forrest Gump, Disney’s Aladin and Beauty and the Beast, SpiderMan and all the batman movies, Harry met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, and all the ones you have already enjoyed as well.

  67. Montrose on said:

    You should seriously try some Classic Rock

    Led Zeppelin Dazed and Confused will both send you into a dreamy state and bombard you with a cacophony of sounds. This live version is best:
    Led Zeppelin Dazed and Confused Live

  68. Mowse on said:

    Halcyon (beautiful days) by Mono. Or anything by Mono, for that matter.

  69. Mowse on said:

    Also, Muse, Explosions in the Sky, Hans Zimme and something in a different style than all those: Pretty Lights.

  70. You have to listen to this song

  71. SixKiller on said:

    Get yourself a Spotify Account and go for it! It’s the best $10 a month you will ever spend!

  72. Erockgamer on said:

    A song that makes me cry is Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven. You can hear the pain in the song, it’s just amazing.
    Anything by Queen

    • MusicTradition81 on said:

      I absolutely agree with this, listen to ‘Tears in Heaven’ then read the reason why Clapton wrote it and listen to it again. It really sums up how people can use music to portray emotion in the modern era.

      May I also suggest listening to some musicals.? Not quite in the same musical league as Mozart, Chopin etc but good fun nonetheless.

  73. Austin, this moved me to tears.
    I hope you can find time to listen to these songs which resonate with me:

    Yann Tiersen
    Regina Spektor
    Emily Wells
    Damien Rice
    John Williams
    The Beatles
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Blonde Redhead
    Iron & Wine
    Glen Hansard

  74. Julia on said:

    I am so touched by your story, and I want you to have these songs that I hold dearly to my heart. I have synesthesia and so I experience color with music. In my opinion, these are some of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard in my life. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do:

    “Cyberbird” by Yoko Kanno


    “Diva’s Song” by Mark Mancina


    “Prelude to Cello Suite No. 5″ by Back

    “Nara” by ES Posthumus

    “Kiri” by Monoral

    Perhaps this last one is not so beautiful as it is just fabulously interesting for the ears to drink in:

    “Making of a Cyborg” by Kenji Kawaii

    Sorry that a lot of this stuff is from anime, but the composers are truly top-notch. Enjoy!

  75. Beethoven was totally deaf at the time he wrote his 9th Symphony. He had to rely on his memory of sound to compose his last pieces. He was totally deaf by 1814, and the 9th wasn’t commissioned until 1817. How truly remarkable is the human mind!

    I find that it interesting that you describe music as “It was like seeing a color I’ve never seen before.” Classicial musicians and listeners often talk of the “color” of the music. (I suspect jazz musicians do, too.) To color a piece, is to impart something to the music that goes beyond the notes that the sheet music indicates should be played. It refers to the tone, sound quality, sonority, or timbre of the notes as played. It’s part of interpretating a piece. And it’s what separates someone who plays something note-perfect and “nice sounding” from someone who can take the same piece and move your heart and mind.

    To experience some of this, find youtube recordings of the same piece as played by past masters. I’m partial to the piano, so listening to say Arrau, Richter, and Schiff play Beethoven’s “Andante Favori” will give you an idea of how artists can take the same exact music and give it different “colors”. (All three are easy to find on youtube.) Another artist is Vladamir Horowitz who was legendary for his ability to bring out different “colors” and tones in pieces.

    By the way, regardubg modern pop music, a new study released shows that the dynamic range, pitch, and timbral variety has been decreasing over the last few decades.
    Perhaps with your “new” hearing that lets you experience so much music for the first time, you’ll be able to hear the distinction in sound variety between modern pop music and pop/rock music from the 60s.

    As for recommendations:
    - I love all of Chopin’s piano nocturns
    - Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture is beautiful
    - people have recommended his symphonies. In addition to the well deserved 9th, also listen to the 7th. The second movement of the 7th is mesmerizing.
    - I had a Dead Can Dance phase and particularly liked their The Serpent’s Egg album
    - Winton Marsalis for jazz
    - So much good music out there. Where do you start? Lots of good suggestions outside of the classical genre above. Beetles. Pink Floyd. Peter Gabriel. And on and on…

  76. I wish you all the goosebumps you can muster. Go hear as much live music as you can. I’ve sung the Mozart Requiem, and can tell you that performing Lacrimosa is right up there with your first rate aesthetic experiences. It’s all so subjective…Orchestral music can be wonderful for its complexity -much like a really great wine….Louis Armstrong back in the 1920′s is revelatory. I play trumpet and love Gabrielli’s Antiphonal Music, but I’ve played that stuff in Cathedrals with the incense and Latin mass and all – so it’s more than just the sound. Luciano Pavarotti singing Nessun Dorma can wipe you out if you’re so inclined. I was a Deadhead, so Grateful Dead music is a big deal to me. I like the Beatles, and not because it’s expected. I like the Polyphonic Spree, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Bob Dylan, Bluegrass, Explosions in the Sky, Head of Femur, Bodies of Water, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash…..but mostly, I like whomever I’m out seeing play for me……

  77. Steve on said:

    You MUST get “Dark Side Of The Moon” by Pink Floyd. You must. It’s simply the most epic rock album ever produced.

    And then get the “White Album” by The Beatles…

  78. Kristina on said:

    from reddit- we want updates!

  79. Jedediah Allen on said:

    I haven’t seen a single post concerning the music in which I work and live for, early music: generally music written from the 1100 – 1700: I’ll give you some examples to get you started. One word of caution, these works are typically long and should be listened to in their entirety, so I suggest doing this when you and have the time to devote your attention to these pieces. This is in no way comprehensive to any style in each time period and country so, I implore you to see where this music can take you. It is, for me, my entire life and I feel privileged to be share it with you.

    Guillaume de Machaut (1300 –1377): Agnus Dei from Massse de Nostre Dame

    Guillaume Dufay (1397 – 1474): Nuper rosarum flores

    Gregorio Allegri (1582 – 1652): Miserere mei Deus

    Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643): Vespro della beata Virgine 1610

    Heinrich Schütz (1585 – 1672): SWV 279 – Musikalische Exequien

    I hope this helps you in your journey! Welcome to the world of sound and music! What an exciting time to be alive! :)

  80. I don’t want to get all hippy on you, but one of my favorite songs.
    Medeski Martin & Wood “Last Chance to Dance Trance (Perhaps)” Such an amazing 7 minute journey.
    Loved your story, Thank You for sharing!!

  81. Henry on said:

    Glad for you :)

    Indulge yourself with these (various style) musical masterpieces:

    Listen to the Four Seasons by Vivaldi.. Particularly ‘Winter’

    Pink Floyd – ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’ (all parts)

    Ame – Rej

    Anything by Air (‘Alone in Kyoto’ would be a good place to start)

  82. amelia on said:

    this is the most beautiful song i’ve ever listened to. it’s the first song i listened to the morning after i woke up from a failed suicide attempt. makes me cry every fucking time. God Bless Our Dead Marines – A Silver Mt. Zion (

  83. The Daily Guru on said:

    Your story is absolutely moving, and as a music fan and writer, I want to help. Yesterday (LITERALLY), I released my first book, and it chronicles what I see as the 365 most important albums of the past century, covering all genres and eras. At just over 950 pages, it is pretty extensive…

    Go ahead and email me at, and I will arrange to get you a free copy to help you on what is sure to be an amazing journey!

  84. The entire Jeff Buckley album, “Grace” …top 3 on that are Lilac Wine, Lover you shoulda come over, and Last Goodbye.. These songs will change your life:)

    • Holly Bass on said:

      I second that! Last Goodbye is amazing. Also, Buckley does a wonderful cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

      • You must listen to Hallulujah. Most versions are wonderful and each one seems to have its own individual qualities. Try versions by Leondard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, KD Lang, Imogen Heap and Rufus Wainwright. They are all equally incredible.

  85. Beethoven’s 7th is such a powerful piece. It just sweeps you along with majesty and whimsical sadness, it reminds me of autumn as the leaves are falling.

  86. Jimbol on said:

    If I had to pick a single song for you to listen to it would be “Clair de Lune” by Debussy.

    Theres so much out there. I find new music every day and could share any with you. Its a journey though, try Pandora and get exposed to some new stuff!!

  87. It may be trite, but try to listen to Pavarotti singing “Nessun Dorma” – it gives me chills every time. Smetana’s “Moldau” is a gorgeous, rich piece of orchestral music. Mozart’s overtures are all worth listening to, but especially the overtures to Marriage of Figaro and the Magic Flute.

    But on a different note (hah!), you’ve got to listen to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Bing Crosby — but especially Sinatra. When he swings, there’s no one better.

  88. anno1919 on said:

    Mahler’s 5th Symphony
    Shostakovich Piano Quintet (If you can get the recording by the Borodin Quartet)
    Copland’s Appalachian Spring
    Korngold’s Violin concerto (the Heifetz recording)
    Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending
    Dvorak Cello Concerto
    almost anything by Mozart
    any keyboard music by Bach (especially the Fugues)
    Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet
    the Prelude to Wagner’s opera, Tristan and Isolde
    Ockeghem’s Missa Prolationum (performed by the Hilliard Ensemble)
    Strauss: 4 Last songs (sung by Jesse Norman)
    John Adams: The Dharma At Big Sur (played by Tracy Silverman and the BBC Symphony Orchestra)
    Mozart: Clarinet Quintet (especially the 2nd movement)

  89. Stephanie on said:

    Wow! You’re going to have enough suggestions to last you a lifetime. As a fellow young person, I say don’t ever be ashamed to love or be moved by classical music! A lot of people have recommended Debussy’s Claire de Lune. I’d counter and say that his “Reverie” is more beautiful. But I don’t know if that’s just because it isn’t as overplayed. Die Moldau is a fun piece. It follows the course of a river, from where it starts as a single stream all the way to the sea. And it’s not terribly long. There are so many great classical pieces out there that I’ll leave my classical suggestions at that.
    The full soundtrack to Lord of the Rings is amazing. Not the knockoff versions that just play a few of the main themes. If you want to watch it with the movies that’s up to you. The music is one of my very favorites.
    The Prince of Egypt soundtrack is fun. Someone else had mentioned that. Deliver Us is my favorite on that.
    And don’t forget good old John Williams and Ralph Vaughan Williams. :) Vaughan Williams 6th movement to Dona Nobis Pacem is breathtaking. And Jaws is completely different without John Williams’ famous score.
    Big Band music is great fun! Glenn Miller is a great intro to that too.
    Happy Listening !

    A music appreciation college course might be a good sampling of different styles of music without being overwhelmed.

  90. Darryl on said:

    I would suggest you listen to the song One Caress by Depeche Mode. It always moves me. So glad you can hear the joy of music now.

  91. I grew up near a real (not electronic) free standing pipe organ. Because of it I was introduced to a CD with two French organists Requiems: Faure and Durufle. They’re simply beautiful. The words to a requiem are usually mostly the same. It’s liturgy music, after all. But seeing what two people can do with the same instrument and the same set of language astonds me. This is the album:

    I also suggest some free jazz. Charles Mingus is one of my favorites and Hiromi, a Japanese jazz pianist, always blows me away.

    Good luck on your musical journey! Maybe someday we hearing will be able to experience this silent peace you speak of.

  92. Be sure to listen to The Who. Songwriter Pete Townshend is our current era’s Beethoven. A good place to start is their album “Who’s Next”, and then check out “Quadrophenia”. They are going on tour this fall and winter, so if you like their music, go see them live! You can see the tour schedule on their website,

  93. Julianna Kohler on said:

    You must absolutely listen to the second movement of Ravel’s piano concerto in G. It’s one of the most moving pieces ever. My boyfriend votes for Clair de Lune. I live both, but the Ravel is glorious!

  94. Anything live and original. Some sucks and some doesn’t, but it’s a great activity.

  95. Jane Hawthorne on said:

    I second Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

    Also: Alan Hovhaness, City of Light, Finale. It’s a piece that I don’t just listen to, it’s a piece that I experience. Music at its finest, finds resonance within us.

    Best wishes,

  96. Hary Cary on said:

    I would suggest wholeheartedly the entire Nickelback and Dave Matthew’s catalogue. Follow up with some Winger, Warrant and perhaps a little Bobby McFerrin. You also can’t go wrong with Nicki Minaj and Paula Abdul. enjoy!

  97. bobby foley on said:

    but if you like classic, Isao Tomita from japan.
    here is a youtube queue of his stuff… Neptune is my fav

  98. bobby foley on said:

    OOOOH I know what!!! This album is Sound Wonderland, especially these tracks.
    The Blade Runner Soundtrack by Vangelis

  99. Daniel on said:

    I always loved the soundtrack “Rhythm of the Pride Lands” from the Lion King growing up. This song in particular, “One by One” by Lebo M. is particularly moving.

    Also, you should watch both Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 at some point. Being able to see how the music inspired the animation for the films is breathtaking.

    - Daniel

  100. G. Friday on said:

    I’m so happy reading this, and all of the responses as well! (It was D.C.’s 9:30 club that sent the link from twitter)

    As a fan of the “post-punk” era of music, I’ll suggest the Young Marble Giants (Colossal Youth is their famed debut LP). They’re sonically very straightforward, without high frequencies that might distort the sound in your hearing aids. They move ideas and sounds of 70s rock and punk into the 80s, bracingly but also gently.

  101. Carol on said:

    My “first” was billy joel’s “river of dreams” .

    I went home and put on the hallelujah chorus by Handel and fell on the floor crying. I really understood why the King of England rose to his feet.

    I then turned on Susan boyle’s “I dreamed a dream”.

    You are undergoing an awakening like the movie about Oliver Sachs. It’s the story of growth on so many levels and not just the increased ability to hear.

    If you would like to read about my Journey it is on my blog Click on auditory processing for my story about regaining hearing or vision for sight. My about me is a little dated. you will have to wade through some turgid clippings on neuroscience but I had to help figure out what was going on so I was clipping away.

  102. Carol on said:

    You are undergoing an awakening.
    I have been on a similar journey.
    My “first” was billy joel’s “river of dreams” .

    I went home and put on the hallelujah chorus by Handel and fell on the floor crying. I really understood why the King of England rose to his feet.

    I then turned on Susan boyle’s “I dreamed a dream”.

    You are undergoing an awakening like the movie about Oliver Sachs. It’s the story of growth on so many levels and not just the increased ability to hear.

    If you would like to read about my Journey it is on my blog Click on auditory processing for my story about regaining hearing or vision for sight. My about me is a little dated. you will have to wade through some turgid clippings on neuroscience but I had to help figure out what was going on so I was clipping away.

  103. I don’t know exactly why… but this song has always held a big place in my heart… maybe it’s the genius combination of ocean waves with piano… I highly recommend that you listen to this at least once…

    Rabbit in the Moon … Flooori.D.A.~ Lunasol’s Sub – Aqua Mix

  104. Speaking as a composer, let me just suggest that you might not ever “grow out” of the classical-music “phase.” :)

    This is a moving story. Music has been such a big part of my life, all my life, I can’t imagine being without it. And you get to discover it all, new, and really appreciate it.

  105. What a lovely story! Whenever I feel sad and want to refresh myself I always listen to WALK ON by U2. This song gives me hopes:

  106. Shareena Schuurman on said:


    Saw this message on Twitter and I can give you these beautiful songs…
    Olafur Arnalds – 3055
    Antony and the Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone


  107. Mindy on said:

    To discover the beauty of music for the first time…it’s going to be a helluva ride. Enjoy every second of it!

    I’m restricting myself to two recommendations:

    “The Cold Song”, Arthur Purcell’s aria from his 17th century baroque opera King Arthur, sung by Klaus Nomi. The sound quality on Youtube is junk, but this is a decent capture of a live performance from 1981 on French TV.

    “Bad Wine and Lemon Cake” by Tom Dickins, performed by Amanda Palmer and the Jane Austen Argument. The melody is hauntingly simple, the lyrics are heartbreaking and funny, and the performance is mesmerizing.

  108. What an amazing response. It just goes to show how music speaks to people so personally. I work in the disability sector working to provide access for deaf and hearing impaired people, and coincidentally, I’m also a music major and amateur composer. I found your story so moving. I also like that you still often switch off and revel in silence. There’s so much extraneous noise around us at all times, and I’m very jealous of your access to complete silence!

    Anyway, here are some of my favourites:


    Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622, Movement II – Adagio:
    Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor, Movement 1:
    Schubert’s Impromptu in Ab Major, Op. 90 No. 4:
    Chopin’s Etude in E Major, Op. 10 No. 3:
    Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Movement IV (Ode to Joy):

    Film Scores:

    Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard, Now We Are Free (from Gladiator):
    James Horner, For the Love of a Princess (from Braveheart):
    Bear McCreary, Wander My Friends (from Battlestar Galactica):

    A couple of others:

    Mumford & Sons, Timshel:
    The Decemberists, The Crane Wife 3:
    The Decemberists, Eli, The Barrowboy:

    And can’t leave you without plugging one of my own piano compositions, which I hope you like!

  109. Sean Nova on said:

    Hey, just wanted to let you know how happy I am for you.

  110. How apt to be moved to tears by a piece of music named Lacrimosa. :)

  111. Surfdaytona on said:

    Trans-siberian Orchestra–A Last Illusion & Requiem, Bond–Kashmir, Escala–Pallido (Artist–Song) and the most important sound you should now expirence is the sound of the ocean Mother Natures Opera.

  112. VelvetJ on said:

    Little Wing by Stevie Ray Vaughn

  113. Amber on said:

    Wow. This must be amazing… and overwhelming, I imagine. I’ll just leave a few.

    Moving Mountains – Armslength (song) (came out in 2009)
    Circa Survive – Juturna (album) (came out in 2005)
    Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon (album) (I know this has been suggested before, but you should definitely listen to it when you reach that point in time! :D)

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  115. Maceo Parker doing Geogia on My Mind is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. I have listened to this song well over 1000 times over 15 years and it still gives me the chills…

  116. cherokeenation on said:

    Please be so kind as to tell which hearing aid you have. my son is deaf and this could change his life. Please!!!

  117. Awesome story Austin. My father is deaf and I’ve been looking for a good hearing aid for him. I haven’t found anything that works. What hearing aid did you get and where?



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  119. Miranda @ The Bright Side of Reality on said:

    My 5 year old son has moderate to severe hearing loss with one ear being worse than the other. His current hearing aids seem to be working fine for what is needed on a daily basis but for future reference since I’ll have to purchase new ones in the next year or two may I ask what brand of hearing aids allow you to hear everything so clearly?

  120. Mike D on said:

    Listen to SECRET STORY by Pat Metheny. It will bring tears to your eyes listening to it; it’s that beautiful.

  121. Maureen on said:

    Mr. Chapman,

    If it hasn’t been suggested already, you might try some Beethoven. My favorite is his 7th. So glad for you and silence is my favorite sound as well.

  122. Sarah on said:

    Yes on the Classical. Yes on the Rock and Roll (try the German band, Can). Don’t forget the Jazz/Blues. Try some Robert Johnson and work your way up to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Billie Holliday, etc. Have fun and enjoy your explorations!

  123. Candice @ NotesFromABroad on said:

    I read this this morning and wept for happiness for you ..

    Anything by Sibelius ! ‘Valse Triste’ is good to start with .. ‘Symphony No.2′ , Mendelssohn ‘Scottish Fantasy’,’ Symphony No. 6′, Anything by Bizet (‘Carmen Fantasy’) , of course you have already heard Holst ‘The Planets’ ?
    Happy listening :)

  124. Mandy on said:

    Smashing Pumpkins- thirty three and Tonight Tonight
    Eric Satie- Gymnopedie
    Halcyon- On and On
    Walking in the Air
    Judy Garland- Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas


  125. Mandy on said:

    oh and Joe Satriani- Flying in a Blue Dream

  126. Calico on said:

    Thank you for the post – - – -
    I can identify with you as I too am deaf. I have learned to live with it but others have not. They shy away from me as if I have an infectious disease – - I just can’t hear. If it is possible and if you get this response, I would like to know the brand name and series of the aids. Perhaps they can help me as they have helped you. Looking forward to your response. Thank you in advance

  127. Calico on said:

    I forgot to say in my previous post, please respond to my email address as I do not monitor this post. Thank you

  128. Baraka is your favorite film and you’ve been watching it *silent?*

    Holy cow. I’m color blind and it’s *my* favorite film.

    Prepare to be blown away. I wish I could be there to share it with you.

  129. Jane Hall on said:

    Joe Bonamassa, in particular the song Mountain Time. You can check it out on youtube but I have an extra cd i would be happy to send you if you want. Just email me if so.
    I also enjoy listening to the sounds of waves crashing on the surf and there are recordings of that available.

  130. Raphael on said:

    I can’t imagine that it hasn’t been suggested yet, but the album “In A Silent Way” by Miles Davis is something special. I also read how your favorite sound is still silence. Also, his works, “Sketches of Spain”, “Bitches Brew”, and “Kind of Blue” are all Jazz milestones. Enjoy!!!

  131. Danielle on said:

    Björk’s lifespan of work. Sam Cooke. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Led Zeppelin. Queen. M.I.A. John Murphy’s work on 28 Days Later, & Prince just to start you off.

  132. G Gordon on said:

    So many in “pop” or rock music you need to hear.
    But please don’t miss The Move (with Doctor Roy Wood honorary Phd in music.)

  133. Randy Schoenfeldt on said:

    Although a rock-n-roller at heart, I will always believe that Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” is the greatest song ever recorded… I am likely the 1,000th person to suggest you give it a listen.

    It will be great to hear your assessment after a few months of your favorites.

    What a fantastic story… enjoy the music & silence.

  134. Michele on said:

    Hi, Congratulations and what a moving journey you have had! I have the pleasure and blessing of having normal hearing. I attended a Coldplay concert last night and experienced the best a normal hearing world has to offer. It is an amazing thing to be moved by music. My daughter has profound hearing loss in one ear. She essentially is deaf on one side. I try to imagine what it would be like in her world with hearing loss, let alone not being able to hear “in stereo”…many times these are things I take for granted in a listening world every day. My daughter has mastered the art of coping with her disadvantage. Looking at her on the outside you would never even know otherwise she has hearing loss. She does not wear a hearing aid, and I have been told by her doctors that she would not be able to be fitted with anything that could help her situation. A cochlear implant would not integrate well, sounding too computerized with her normal hearing side. Would you mind telling me which hearing devices you use? I have hope that she will one day be able to hear much like the majority of what most people know as their reality and world.

  135. I am so moved by your story. My whole life music has played such a large part that I ended up working in the music industry. My first job was working for Whitney Houston. Today is her birthday and while it is bitter sweet, and regardless of how people feel about her life choices, there is no denying her talent. This is best demonstrated in her huge #1 hit “I will always love you”. The purity, power, soul, and love is like no other. Please take a listen and I hope you are as moved as so many people have been.

    Gorecki Symphony No. 3 “Sorrowful Songs” – Lento e Largo
    The single most beautiful piece of music I have ever heard, and I listen to absolutely everything.
    It is the only piece of music ever performed at Auschwitz, and the words are, as the video notes, taken from an incription carved in a Gestapo jail cell by a 17 year old catholic girl.

    Also beautiful:
    Amina Alaoui – Amours ou trop tard me suis pris
    It is a moroccan/spanish woman singing a midieval french hymn.
    Tumhein dillagi bhool — Sir Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
    Nusrat Fate Ali Khan has some interesting stuff all over Youtube that is really intersting. It is Pakastani classical music, and although he is deceased, is widely revered. I stumbled across it by accident on the recommendation of a co-worker.

    Heh, I offer these as a german-descended methodist-cum-atheist from Wyoming. They are all religious in nature, but interesting music nonetheless, and all unusual gems that most have not heard of.

    If I could only hear one piece of music ever, it would be the first one. Most of the music I listen to is way more upbeat, but if you like the recommendations, respond to this and I will be happy to recommend more.


  138. Jazz from Paolo Conte, my favs: Sparring Partner and Sotto la Stella del Jazz.
    My fav song to wake up: Good Morning Song by Mandisa

  139. Mike Chen on said:

    Don’t forget to appreciate some of the amazing sound work in films as well. Rewatch the Star Wars films and you will find out why fanboys love the hum of a lightsaber.

    And I’m sure you’re going through a huge discovery period but for modern music with a fantastic sense of melancholy and beauty, please listen to Atmosphere by Joy Division and How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths.

  140. andrew on said:

    not only about what to listen to, but where you listen to it.

    if you have the luxury of being in a city with a great concert hall, one with great acoustics, I would suggest you go and see, hear, and feel the power of a symphony orchestra. it will be a world of a difference than just hearing it from computer speakers or headphones!

  141. Ogrebeast64 on said:

    This is one that is so beautiful to me that it always brings me to tears. Arvel captured the spirit of the dolphin with his music. Watching the video was all the evidence I needed.

  142. pfeels on said:

    2.Samba Pa Ti
    Electric guitar and both by Santana …
    3. Starry Starry night Don Mclean
    Anything from Son House

  143. I’m a fan of classical and new age music myself. These are a few of my faves. I hope you enjoy them.

    * Cavalleria Rusticana –
    * Pavarotti doing “Nessun Dorma” –
    * Kiri te Kanawa performing Puccini’s “Vissi d’arte” (Tosca) –
    * Ray Lynch’s “The Oh of Pleasure” – (the volume on this recording is a little low but the best quality I could find on YouTube)
    * Connie Dover singing “Ubi Caritas” (she sounds like an angel) –
    * Simply Red singing “Holding Back the Years” – (this one’s so beautiful it hurts my heart)

  144. the swede on said:

    What a story! I love music and can´t think of the possibility not to hear it.
    My favorites? Hmm. E S Posthumus:Nara, Monica Zetterlund:att angöra en brygga, Benny Anderssons orkester: sorgmarsch, Mozart;Reqviem, and many many more…..

  145. Larisa on said:

    My daughter is deaf and she now wears cochlear implants. Sometimes she is bothered by music… How can I explain ‘music’ to her?

  146. Andrew on said:

    Wonderful story!

    There’s no more beautiful instrument than the human voice…

    All the best!

  147. Pamela on said:

    Hi there,
    This is my favorite song of all times:
    “Sual’aria, Che soave zeffiretto,” from Le Nozze di Figaro. Listen to the version sung by Anna Moffo as Susanna and Elizabeth Schwarzkopf as the Countess.
    It sounds like butterflies dancing!

  148. Peg Dyer Brock on said:

    I am so happy I was ‘compelled’ to open your story on Yahoo news stories this morning (‘compelled’ to me means Divine Direction from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ).
    My first grandson was born 25 years ago and at 22 days old, he had seizures that rendered him with only ONE sense from the brain to his body —- HEARING …. no sight, no grabbing a finger, reaching out to hug, sitting, standing, just one now 5’8″ tall-if-he-could-stand-up or be stood up big blob of hearing … a wonderful amazing BLOB of profuse love when he hears his mom/dad/me/brothers/sister….anyone! come into the hospital room my incredible son and his wife have built onto their home so that Chase could be monitored by a room full of medical equipment so that he can continue to HEAR and smile such a joyous smile when he HEARS …. he laughs out loud of his own accord sometimes and I say to him, “Chase, is God telling you jokes again ????” the truly amazing gift from God in Chase’s case is that he does not know what he is NOT, and that is what salves our souls. You knew (sort of) what you were missing and lived life amazingly complete without it, so it is God-given icing on your cake of life …we Praise God that you now have this amazing human sense to enjoy ! !
    And after reading the article, and after long-ago playing clarinet and sax in high school band and singing alto in choirs, have it high on my list to listen to Lacrimosa and Agnus Dei this evening (when it is QUIET, which I too appreciate) ……and to do what the BEST COMMENT said …listen to music from a historical viewpoint, oldest to newest, an excellent challenge with highly expected joy
    Sorry, but I’m a Placido vs. Pavaroti fan, having met him and actually wrote the words to lyrics and DIRECTED him to READ for a Las Brisas (Acapulco) 30th anniversary radio ad in a New York professional studio …. I find his voice resonance much more pleasant, not shrill EVER, and touching to my heart
    May God continue to bless you as you LISTEN to life, which abounds around you !

  149. Angela on said:

    What kind of hearing aid did you get? I was born with perfect hearing. But two brain tumors have left me completely deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other. I got my latest hearing aid about a year and a half ago. Even though it was better than my last one, nothing sounds the same as it did when I could hear normally. I don’t really enjoy music now. At least with older tunes my memory can kinda make up for what my ears don’t hear. But the new stuff… to me its just noise. Angela

  150. Carrie Hartshorn on said:

    Josh Groban’s You raise me up

    This song has always given me goosebumps, it is so beautiful!

  151. I used to be able to hear music fairly well, but due to declining hearing over the years, I now have a 90 percent decibel loss in both ears (profound). I have only one 13-year old hearing aid (the second one fell apart years ago) that barely picks up anything, including conversation, which makes for a very isolated life. I am older and have arthritis and learning and using sign language is almost impossible. I do qualify for a cochlear implant physically, but have no family or anyone to “back me up” during the process (this is a requirement) and so do not qualify in that way and have been refused the implant because I am alone. Medicare (I am a senior) does not cover hearing aids, nor do most insurance plans unless you buy a “rider” and even then, only a small portion of the huge cost of the aids is covered. Apparently hearing aids are considered to be an optional cosmetic item. And I have found that most aids break down after a few years and if they are rebuilt, they never work correctly again. I wondered what kind of hearing aid you got that made it possible for a person with profound deafness to hear music and how in the world did you afford it, with most of them running thousands of dollars for one aid? I miss music so much and now just have to rely on memories of various songs. I would really appreciate the brand name and model of your hearing aid if you have time to contact me. I am generally told that nothing is made that is strong enough for my hearing loss, and the prices are too high for my budget, anyway. Thank you so much.

  152. JAlamzir on said:

    I recommend “Blinded by Light,” the battle theme from the game Final Fantasy XIII, composed by Masashi Hamauzu. Considering the game sold six million copies in 2010, it is reasonable to conclude many people were moved and inspired by this piece of music, and it’s one of my personal favorite tracks.

  153. Miguel Angel Espinosa de los Monteros on said:

    Ravel. Gaspard de la Nuit. Le Gibet. performed by Martha Argerich.
    One of the most beautiful pieces of music of all times…

  154. Raina on said:

    LIsten to O Mio Babbino Caro, the Flower Duet from Lakme, Meditation from Thais, Duet from Pearl Fishers.

  155. Marcus on said:

    Some suggestions. I like rock/metal from the 80s on. Guns N Roses, Scorpions, Motley Crue, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Posion, Tesla, Queen, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice N Chains, Aerosmith, Rush, Dokken, Bon Jovi, Slaughter, Dio, Queensryche, 80s Hair Metal bands, Metallica (Warning this song caught me off guard as scary as Hell and sad the first time I heard it is called “One” based on a book called Johnny Got His Gun I hardly listen to it anymore, but And Justice for All album has other good songs), Smashing Pumpkins, Redhot Chili Peppers, RATT, KISS, Alice Cooper, Pantera, Whitesnake, Kix, White Lion, Lita Ford, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, D’Molls, Faster Pussycat, Babylon A.D., Cinderella, Foo Fighters (Dave Ghrol lead singer former drummer of Nirvana) Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden,

    Also try Journey, Genisis, Phil Collins (lead singer of Genisis), Huey Lewis and the News, Chicago, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Bryan Adams, Dire Straits, Erasure, B 52′s, Tears for Fears, Depeche Mode, Hall and Oates, Don Henley, Duran Duran, Haddaway, Jim Croce, Richard Marx, Roxette, Paul Simon, The Eagles (Don Henly lead singer), Simon and Garfunkle, Freestyle (Don’t Stop the Rock 80s Rap) Mr. Mister, Jon Parr, Lost Boys Soundtrack, INXS, Jimmy Hendrix, Scarface Soundtrack, Ian Van Dahl Castles In the Sky, James Bond Songs, Sytem of A Down, Saigon Kick, Lousi Armstrong (What a Wonderful World)

    90s New Radicals, Gin Blossoms, Goo Goo Dolls, Smash Mouth, Deep Blue Something, 4 Non Blondes, OMC, Chumbawamba, Semisonic, Meat Loaf, Sister Hazel, Del Amici, Ugly Kid Joe,

    Country Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, etc.

    • Marcus on said:

      If you want two tear jerker songs to listen to try Heaven 9-11 by DJ Sammy ( a little girl talks to her dad who was killed) and I Believe by Blessed Union of Souls.

  156. Karen R. S. on said:

    Amazing history!
    I guess every music suggestion you receive is like having all this strangers introducing themselves to yourself, cause that´s what music taste is about… it is so personal and it varies so many times through life´s contexts. I would love to know what you think about “Elephant gun – Beirut”, thank you!

  157. Marcus on said:

    Glad your hearing aids work really great :)

  158. Scott Gunter on said:

    I rarely get emotional about stories I read online but this one literally brought me to tears. I cannot imagine the complete joy you must have felt. Thank you for reminding not just myself but others that we take so much for granted and for making me stop for a few moments to take stock in what I should truly be grateful for everyday. Sorry, I know that sounded preachy but this really struck a chord with me (pardon the pun). What a fantastic idea to listen to music from its roots to its modern incarnation. Good luck to you sir and enjoy the music!

  159. sherfro on said:

    I have a question.

    But it can wait a minute.

    Offering suggestions about what to listen to next is difficult. There are so many flavors of music and all of it is appetizing.

    There’s nothing tastier than a perfectly grilled steak and glass of wine. Except, maybe, pepperoni pizza and a cold glass of beer. But, then again, the icy home-made vanilla ice cream my dad used to make just might be the most delicious food ever… aside from that one brand of chocolate chip mint that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

    Music is like that. Not only are there various genres of music to consume, but each artist adds their own personal genius to the batter. Who can choose between mom’s sweet and sour chicken dish and the Colonels extra crispy? Mozart is the best and so is Beethoven, and Billy Joel, and that one band that sings “Graffiti The World.”

    All that said, if you enjoy “the sound of silence,” then you might rather like one of my favorite duo’s… Simon and Garfunkel who sing a song with a title by the same oxymoron. Seriously.

    Which brings me to my question. For most of us (I’m assuming) who have always been able to hear, there is almost never really any silence, even when there is no noise. My mind is always filled with my voice as I think, saying the words in my head as I think them. Even doing math in my head, I might visualize the written numbers, but also “say” the number word I’m thinking of. When walking through the park on a warm, spring day you might think, as I would, that the flowers were lovely and that the weather was sunny and perfect. What goes on in your head as you think, “It’s such a pretty day!” Do you see the words as opposed to hearing them, or just think it without really putting words to it? Or, something else all together?

    Please forgive my curiosity, but as somebody who can’t really comprehend silence, I can’t help asking.

    I’m thrilled for you at being able to hear and enjoy music now. I can only imagine what it must have been like to experience it for the first time. We take so much for granted.

  160. Helen on said:

    Beethoven piano sonata, number 29, opus 106, the “Hammerklavier”: the third movement.

    J. S. Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion: the opening chorus. If you like that, and have a lot of time, listen to the rest of the St. Matthew Passion.

  161. Bill Hasseberg on said:

    Your story is wonderful and moving. I have a profound hearing loss and am very interested in the name of the manufacturer of your aids as well as the series..I am thrilled for you…Bill

  162. Teodora on said:

    have you tried listening to other countries’ folklore? i think traditional ethnic music is amazing. with a heavy personal bias, i recommend bulgarian folk.
    it would be very interesting to know if have done this, what your thoughts on various types of folklore music are.

  163. “Nevermore” from Queen, just a little bit more than one minute long but it’s the most beautiful song on their catalog.

    And if you like “Nevermore” listen to “Dancing Angel” from The Venetian Band.

  164. Sherri on said:

    Live music is more moving. I recommend Yo Yo Ma. Best concert I ever went to.

  165. Karen Milliorn on said:

    I am so thrilled for the adventure on which you are embarking! Even now, at the age of 63, I still sometimes hear familiar music that I’m sure my parents played when I was small, the name of which is a total mystery to me, but which feels like an old friend. Be sure to look up my good friends, Rachmaninov’s “Symphomic Dances”, Brahms’ ” German Requiem”, & the Moody Blues’ “Voices in the Sky”. There is a wonderful compendium of religious music from a BBC program that was titled something like, “2000 Years” , which goes back to the earliest church music & comes forward to the modern—it’s quite a voyage! I also highly recommend some joyous Irish music, particularly from the Belfast Harp Orchestra & Gaelic Storm, for starters, but you’ll soon find it addicting & difficult to sit still through.

  166. Richard Charnin on said:

    On YouTube:

    Ella Fitzgerald, “Stardust” by Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, the Beatles, Matt Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Billy Joel

  167. Luissimmo on said:

    Sarah McLachlan “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy” . A thing of sheer beauty, from start to finish. Talk about angels…

  168. mozart’s requiem mass.

  169. Kristina on said:

    it may not be much but some songs that jump to mind that I would be stunned if I was hearing sound for the first time, properly would be
    the funeral by band of horses
    also us by Regina Spektor, her voice is beatiful
    I’d also recommend listening to Bon iver’s first album “for Emma forever ago” but you MUST find good quality audio and use headphones or large speakers. listening to it on my MacBook I used to think “oh yeah this is decent sounding stuff nice and quiet” but when I bought the vinyl record and played it on my big speakers, I was blown away. So many sounds and harmonies and layers and it’s truly truly beautiful.

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  171. Matthew Veck-Gilodi on said:

    I’d listen to Jeff Buckley’s album ‘Grace’ in full, it’s a thing of distinct beauty.

    • Rita Miranda on said:

      Everything by Jeff is amazing. “Live at Siné” is a beautiful live album with some of the most moving songs I have ever heard. “Calling you” is hauntingly beautiful.

      You have to listen to the Beatles, John Mayer’s “Continuum” and his latest “Born and Raised” are really solid and beautiful albuns (if you like his voice and sound listen to his earlier work). Jamie Cullum and Mayer Hawthorne are really cool cats. Bon Iver, Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons, Midlake make really moving and contemporary folk. Owen Pallett and Andrew Bird do wonders with a loop machine and a violin (Andrew also plays the guitar and has a really distint whistle). Ryan Adams, Elliott Smith, Damien Rice and Conor Oberst write amazing lyrics. Feist, Norah Jones, Fiona Apple, Nina Simone are my favorite ladies. And the list goes on and on…

  172. Jimmy Smith, Nina Simone, LCD Soundsystem, The Grateful Dead, Otis Redding… and so many more. Enjoy the discovery!

  173. Radiohead’s Kid A –
    One of the best albums of it’s time. Even if you don’t quite “get it” at first, it is definitely worth revisiting.

  174. Poupak on said:

    Since you love movies, I would recommend watching all Wes Anderson movies for the combinations of music over images that he masters perfectly. Lacrimosa is such an amazing place to start! Also, one of my favorite operas is Rigoletto and the last scene of that opera. Enjoy. This is wonderful!

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  176. Joel G on said:

    Listen to any song by Hillsong United.

  177. I’m so very happy for you and so very excited for you. I can also enjoy the suggestions you are given, which is awesome! I would recommend you listen to some relaxing music after you’ve heard too much. Something like Bossa Nova. Remember there’s a world of music out there. Listen to some Esperanza Spalding and go to my tumblr page for some more suggestions. But please you really really have to see John Mayer’s DVD “Where The Light Is. Live in Los Angeles” Then listen to his album “Room for Squares”. Also Norah Jones… and Amel Lerruex. Oh also Hillsong United. I could be here all day… :)

  178. Ashley on said:

    Thanks for sharing your story. I love it.
    Louis Armstrong and Andrew Bird are my favorites!

  179. Curtis Edwards on said:

    Your story is inspiring man! It must be so surreal and wonderful to have all music available to you instantly with no bias rather than building up tastes over time through friends, parents etc.

    In terms of music most of the classical recommendations I could give are already taken. I will say check out Rite Of Spring by Stravinsky though, such a sublime epic piece of music. In terms of more contemporary albums my two favourite albums of all time are:

    Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of the Moon
    Miles Davis – A Kind Of Blue

    Both are mesmerising pieces of grandeur and deserve to be heard at least once by everybody. I’m not going to give any more album suggestions because I will be here all day!

    But on a different note I would advise you to check out some films which I feel have some absolutely beautiful music in them. These are:

    Spirited Away
    Taxi Driver
    Lord Of The Rings ( you may have seen this before but the music in it just makes the film in my opinion )
    And anything by John Williams particularly if it was written for a Steven Spielberg film. Like i said with LOTR I imagine you may have seen some of these films but the music in them is iconic. I cannot picture these films without hearing their beautiful music.

    I wish you all the best on your own personal journey through music!

  180. Kimberly Erskine on said:

    Hi Austin,

    I heard about this story through the Huffington Post this morning and have been in complete awe ever since. Music plays such an important role in my life and I couldn’t imagine where I would be without it.

    Oddly enough, I also share a hearing impairment much like yourself. I was born with profound hearing loss in both ears. It has dropped over the years and I am now about 80% deaf. I wear hearing aids, too that help amplify sounds a lot but I don’t always get great clarity. I rely very heavily on lip reading. I have never learned sign language. I am almost completely deaf when it comes to high frequency sounds.

    I have always been fortunate enough to hear music, but maybe not in the same ways as others. Sometimes I feel like I can only hear certain sounds through one ear even though it plays in both ears. There’s probably different sounds I don’t hear at all as well. I am enrolled in my last semester of college right now. A few years ago I was required to take a music appreciation course. I had a dispute with a professor on my analysis of what I heard in a piece of classical music because it was so different from how it was “supposed” to sound to those that can hear. When I explained my hearing impairment though everything ended up being okay.

    I definitely have a multitude of music suggestions for you. The first music I remember hearing is the stuff my parents listened to — Blondie, Pat Benetar, and Cyndi Lauper. Some of their best songs are “Call Me” (Blondie), “The Tide is High” (Blondie), “Heart of Glass” (Blondie), “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” (Pat Benetar), “Love is a Battlefield” (Pat Benetar), “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (Cyndi Lauper), and “Time After Time” (Cyndi Lauper).

    My favorite musicians now are Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, and Avril Lavigne. Some of my favorite songs by them are literally everything ever made by Good Charlotte (although their song “Hold On” will always hold a special place in my heart, I consider that to be a song that really changed my life), “Welcome to my Life”-Simple Plan, and pretty much everything ever made by Avril.

    I also listen to a lot of “new” music. I feel like this year is a great year for music with a lot of great music coming out from my favorite musicians. Some suggestions are “Oh, Love” by Green Day, “Settle Down” by No Doubt, and “Always Summer” by Yellowcard.

    I find that I connect with and appreciate songs more if the lyrics are strong and based around emotions/ideas/concepts that I have experienced or can relate to. Most of my favorite bands/songs are those that have strong lyrics. I find them to be the most beautiful. Since you are looking for the most beautiful songs, here are a few more suggestions that i believe would fall into that category: John Lennon’s “Imagine”, Something Corporate’s “Konstantine”, Death Cab for Cutie’s “Some Day You Will Be Loved”, The Goo Goo Doll’s “Iris”, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’s “Your Guardian Angel”.

    I think you may appreciate acoustic songs as well. I love the simplicity of them. They are so raw and full of emotion. Sometimes all of the instruments and noise in a song can be distracting to me. Acoustic songs feature just one basic guitar and the musician’s singing for the most part and can be truly beautiful. Some of my favorite acoustic songs are BBMak’s “Back Here” and Evan and Jaron’s “Crazy for this Girl”.

    Have you ever been to a music concert before? I have been to several. I really enjoy the experience. Lately I have found that I don’t always hear the music the way it’s supposed to be at the shows though unless it’s acoustic. Sometimes they feel like they are just a little too loud and it sounds a bit distorted not like how it is on the cds that I buy, but I still enjoy the experience and never regret going. You should go sometime and share your experience and how it sounds to you. I’d be very interesting in hearing about that.

    I find it so interesting to read about how you are an established filmmaker. Is it difficult for you to make films because of your hearing? I enjoy films/movies, but I don’t see them a whole lot because of my hearing. I rely on captioning/subtitles and most theaters do not show movies with captions. :-/. I am studying English and Writing Arts in college and dream of being a successful writer. I think that my hearing (or lack thereof) may be why I’m into writing. I “hear” with my eyes mainly, so I read a lot even when watching tv because of the captioning I rely on. All of that reading must have helped me acquire my writing skills. I couldn’t really imagine doing anything else.

    I’m sorry this is so lengthy. That’s the writer in me I guess lol. Thank you for sharing your story. I look forward to hearing more about your journey/exploration into the great world of music. You are truly an inspiration, Austin. Never give up on your dreams. I look forward to seeing your films and how you choose to incorporate music into them (if at all) in the future. :).

  181. Laszlo Gyermek on said:

    Dear Austin,
    I am the grandfather of your friend Kyle. Yours is one of the happiest and most moving of personal stories. Music is one of our greatest gifts of which you were deprived for long. Even longer is the list of those compassionate and decent persons who took time and responded to your quest for searching for the greatest (nicest ) and most valuable compositions ever written. Based on my over eight decades of diligent listening to Classical Music I have to direct you to one work of the most significant composer of all times: J.S Bach, whose Allegro of the harpsicord/ piano concerto BWV 1055 in A is my most favorite, being the most vibrant, energetic, joyful and uplifing four minutes music, when played either by Glenn Gould, David Fray or Bruno Rigutto… But allow me to mention some others of a long list : like Chopin’s Waltzes, Mendelssohn’s Songs without words; the Vivace Molto of Haydn’s Sonana #53 and the 3rd Movement of Beethowen’s First Piano Concerto which are all sparkling examples of compositional brilliance and beauty as well. Of the lesser known (or played) small musical masterpieces I have leave you with two more: Elgar’s Chanson de Nuit, Op 15/1 and the Wesendonck songs by Wagner ( preferably interpreted by Lauritz Melchior, whose recordings unfortunately too old and ” raspy” by now….)
    Best of luck and pleasure to a continuing and expanding music appreciation with your ” new hearing” !

  182. Mark B on said:

    classics! a quintessential track for each of my favorite bands.

    AC/DC : Hells Bells
    Aerosmith : Dream On
    Bachman-Turner Overdrive : Takin’ Care of Business
    Beatles : Back in the U.S.S.R.
    Cream : Strange Brew
    David Bowie : Rebel Rebel
    Deep Purple : Hush
    Dire Straits : Money for Nothing
    Donovan : Season of the Witch
    Eric Clapton : Cocaine
    Guns ‘n’ Roses : Sweet Child O’ Mine
    Iron Maiden : Run to the Hills
    Judas Priest : Living After Midnight
    Kansas : Carry On Wayward Son
    KISS : God Gave Rock & Roll to You II
    Led Zeppelin : Ramble On
    Lynyrd Skynyrd : Sweet Home Alabama
    Meat Loaf : Paradise by the Dashboard Light
    Metallica : Enter Sandman
    Motley Crue : Kickstart My Heart
    Nirvana : Heart-Shaped Box
    Ozzy Osbourne : No More Tears
    Pink Floyd : Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)
    Queen : Fat Bottomed Girls
    Rolling Stones : Gimme Shelter
    Rush : Tom Sawyer
    Siouxsie and the Banshees – Dear Prudence
    Sisters of Mercy : Lucretia My Reflection
    Steppenwolf : Born to Be Wild
    Styx : Come Sail Away
    Three Dog Night : Mama Told Me Not to Come
    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers : Last Dance with Mary Jane
    U2 : Pride (In the Name of Love)
    The Who : Baba O’Riley

  183. markus on said:

    Hi Austin
    I am so happy for you. Music as you have just found out is an incredibly powerful experience. I am sure you will enjoy the journey before you, there is a whole universe to discover which will keep you engaged for a lifetime and will probably blow your mind in the process. I have been in music all my life and it never amazes me to see what impact a piece can have on the listener. It can make you love or cry, inspired or calm, whole armies have gone to war to the sound of drums and tens of thousands of people can become one when all off a sudden there is a connection not just between artist and listener but between the audience themselves.

    I won’t make any music recommendations, you have a rock solid plan and it doesn’t look like you need much help but why not pick up a cheap guitar or piano and play around a little yourself? If you appreciate pitch and texture you will be amazed how easy it is to get going and produce music yourself by just learning a few chords.

    One last comment if I may. I love your point on silence, and your observation that most people could benefit from actively experiencing it from time to time. John Cage made a point about that when he wrote 4′ 33 which, as strange as it sounds, is an engaging piece when performed live. The audience listens to a score played by a pianist that consists of nothing but silence and it is one of the rare moments when you become acutely aware of the fact that a rest is as important as a note, and that silence, in musical terms, is as important as sound itself.

    Good luck with your journey! Please keep us updated.

  184. If emotion is what you want, try “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac and in the other direction, and the Allegri “Miserere”. Tears every time.

  185. Moyles on said:

    A lot of people are suggesting many classical pieces which is great because I love classical music. You’ve asked for beautiful music and I could suggest to you everything from Sigur Ros or The Host Of Seraphim by Dead Can Dance or How To Disappear Completely by Radiohead. There is an infinite amount of music out there and countless genres, there is simply too much to listen to and appreciate fully. I like to think that I have a large range of musical taste so here are some artists and songs you should listen to because music is appreciated at its most depending on what mood you are in at the time:

    Animal Collective – My Girls – It’s upbeat, weird, loads of keyboard sounds and ideal at a party.
    Amy Winehouse – Back to Black – She died recently but she was known as the best modern day jazz musician.
    The Black Keys – Howlin’ for You – A good, catchy rock song. You’ll love this band.
    City and Colour – Day Old Hate – Acoustic artist, fantastic voice, beautiful music.
    Eminem – The Way I Am – One of the most successful rap artists ever, he has a serious side and a funny side to his music. This one is one of his most serious. Great lyrics.
    Eminem – My Name Is – This is an example of his funny side.
    Faithless – Insomnia – One of the best ever dance songs.
    LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends – I would consider this band to be one of the best bands ever, but that’s just my opinion. They only have 3 albums but they are all different. This song is a personal favourite of mine and it’s a 7 minute piano masterpiece. Also listen to ‘Home’ ‘Someone Great’ ‘Get Innocuous’ and ‘Dance Yrself Clean.’
    Linkin Park – Crawling – In the genre of nu-metal, this band became very popular in 2000. It’s heavy (compared to Mozart that is) and the lead singer likes a scream. But it’s good stuff.
    The Mars Volta – Asilos Magdalena – A Latin American band, this song is sung in Spanish. Beautiful song.
    The Mars Volta – Drunkships of Lanterns – In English this time.
    Michael Jackson – Thriller – The King of Pop.
    Portishead – Sour Times – Way ahead of their time, they started in the early 90s and have become very popular. Fantastic band.
    Prodigy – Spitfire – One of the most successful dance acts. They’re heavy, but brilliant. This will get you in the mood for dancing and acting like a drunken fool.
    Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – Superb song, absolutely genius. Everyone in the world knows this song so get listening!
    Radiohead – Climbing Up The Walls – My favourite band and of my favourite songs. This song is terrifying.
    Radiohead – The National Anthem – Best thing about Radiohead is they are so diverse in sound. This song has a mixture of jazz and rock. It is chaotic.
    Radiohead – Exit Music – Inspired by Romeo and Juliet.
    Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the Name – A controversial and political 90s band, their lyrics concentrate on civil rights and corruption within America.
    Rob Dougan – Clubbed to Death – A 7 minute instrumental.
    Sigur Ros – Saeglopur – I see you have already experimented with Sigur Ros and I advice you listen to them a lot as they’re incredible.
    UNKLE – The Answer – I highly doubt anyone has mentioned this band yet. They’re brilliant and each album is different to the last.
    Wild Beasts – She Purred, While I Grred – Listen to the lyrics carefully and they’ll probably make you laugh, but this is a seriously good band.
    The xx – Crystalised – Very chilled out band, this is one of their popular songs. New album coming out soon.
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll – The remix by A-trak is better and is an ideal song for parties.

    Try and get through those songs and artists I’ve suggested. Most are contemporary and are still playing live. Make sure you go to a music festival or just to as many gigs as you can possibly afford. Live music is one of the best things to experience. One last thing, purchase Spotify. It is £5-10 per month and you will have access to over 15 million songs. It’s worth it. Enjoy.

  186. Peter Doherty- For Lovers
    The Libertines- Can’t Stand me now and Music when the lights go out
    David Bowie-5 years
    The Clash-Stay free and White man in hammersmith palais
    Alex Turner-Stuck on the puzzle
    Bob Marley-No woman no cry (live)

  187. Giuseppe on said:

    you should start with only one album.

    The dark side of the Moon (1973) – Pink Floyd

    the rest will be natural

  188. rockinlibrarian on said:

    So glad you’ve found this beauty. There’s SO MUCH, of course…

    But I want to put my vote in for one 3-minute pop song that I feel is complete perfection, happiness wrapped up in one little song– the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” — nothing expresses the feeling of awakening from hibernation into a bright new living SO TOTALLY, in every note. Listen to the way it BUILDS from beginning to end. I always feel a little happier when I hear it, no matter how sad I am.

    Of course, as others have said, you need to listen to Abbey Road in its entirely, anyway. Not only is there the one-little-song perfection of “Here Comes the Sun,” but the medley at the end is possibly the most amazing invigorating piece of “rock” music ever. I still can’t listen to this album without getting lost in its Awesomeness.

  189. allison murphy on said:

    My recomendation is Redemption Song by Bob Marley. It’s wonderful. Or any song by Built to Spill. All my love…

  190. A lot of these suggestions are great, and this blog is really truly interesting. however, I hope you read this comment because I know you’ll be moved by “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin. It’s incredible, my favorite song. I could suggest more, but I feel like that sums up a variety of emotion through song.

  191. Catherine on said:

    I’m deeply touched by your story, your strenght, your wisdom and the fact that your fav sound is silence!!!!thanks for sharing your story!

    Take care!

  192. If you love classical, then you should check swing and big band music. 1. Sing, Sing, Sing – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra (1937)
    1. Sing sing sing- Benny Goodman and his Orchestra (1937)
    2. Take The A Train – Duke Ellington (1941)
    3. In The Mood – Glenn Miller Band (1939)
    4. Begin The Beguine – Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1938)
    5. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be) – Billie Holiday (1944)
    6. White Christmas – Bing Crosby (1942)
    7. Stardust – Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (1940)
    8. I’ll Never Smile Again – Tommy Dorsey Orchestra w/Frank Sinatra & the Pied Pipers (v) (1940)
    9. Mack The Knife – Louis Armstrong (1955)
    10. Chattanooga Choo-Choo – Glenn Miller Band, w/Tex Benecke & The Modernaires (v) (1941)
    11. String of Pearls – Glenn Miller Band (1942)
    12. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon – The Andrews Sisters (1937)
    13. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – The Andrews Sisters (1941)
    14. At The Woodchoppers Ball – Woody Herman Orchestra (1939, Decca)
    15. Jumpin’ At The Woodside – Count Basie Orchestra (1938)
    16. T’Ain’t Whatcha Do – Jimmie Lunceford Band (1939)
    17. One O’Clock Jump – Count Basie Orchestra (1937)
    18. Flying Home – Lionel Hampton Band (1942)
    19. Blues In The Night – Woody Herman w/his Orchestra (v) (1941)
    20. Tenderly – Randy Brooks & His Orchestra (1946)
    21. Sentimental Journey – Les Brown Band w/Doris Day (v) (1945)
    22. Sometimes I’m Happy – Lester Young (I) (1943)
    23. Don’t Be That Way – Benny Goodman Orchestra (1938)
    24. Stardust – Charlie Spivak Orchestra (1943-aircheck)
    25. The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me – Sidney Bechet & His Hot Six (1951)
    26. Satin Doll – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (1953)
    27. Solitude – Billie Holiday (1940)
    28. Why Don’t You Do Right? – Benny Goodman Band w/Peggy Lee (v) (1942)
    29. The Man I Love – Benny Goodman Quartet (I) (1937)
    30. Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland (1939)

  193. Danny MusikalSin on said:

    Such an amazing story, I wish you all the best in discovering new sounds!

    I would love to pass on some recommendations, but also do not wish to overwhelm with a long list, so here are just some suggestions which spring to mind for each decade:

    Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ album – Widely regarded as one of the greatest albums ever.

    Duran Duran – Huge British pop act who still continue to tour and release albums.
    Adam & The Ants – Catchy British new-romantic/punk.
    Gary Numan – Influential electronic musician who still tours and releases new material.
    Mother Love Bone – Early grunge.
    Killing Joke – Post-punk/rock/etc- this band can actually play any genre! Still active.
    Def Leppard – Stadium rock, also stll active.

    REM’s ‘Automatic For The People’ album – Influential alt-rock.
    Pearl Jam’s ‘Ten’ – Grunge, their debut and best album.
    No Doubt – Ska-punk/pop.
    The Prodigy’s ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’ – Dance/techno.
    Therapy?’s ‘Troublegum’ album – Punk/metal hypbrid from Ireland.

    Delerium – Electronic/pop/world music hybrid
    Lacuna Coil – Goth/metal act from Italy.
    Tesseract – British metal act.
    The Tea Party – Canadian rock band.

    Also, there is one specific track I will suggest; a modern twist on classical music, here is ‘On The Rooftop With Quasimodo’ by Apocalyptica –

    Oh and if you wish to inject some humour too, listen to Weird Al Yankovic!

    Good luck!

  194. Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis

  195. don richardson on said:

    what kind of hearing aids are you using to help you with your hearing problem???

  196. Since you’re starting with Classical, here are some of my favorites from the “classical” eras (Baroque to present):

    BACH: Suite No. 1 in G Major: Prelude; Passion Schlusschoral; Sleepers Awake; Organ Concerto in G Major
    HANDEL: Messiah (start with the Overture, but, really, any parts)

    MOZART: Concerto for Two Pianos (K365); Symphony #25 in G Minor (K183) and others – the Amadeus soundtrack is a really lovely collection of Mozart pieces.
    HUMMEL: Trumpet Concerto in E flat
    BEETHOVEN: Moonlight Sonata

    CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor; Prelude in C sharp minor op 45; Scherzo in C sharp minor op 39; Nocturne in E flat Major op 55 no. 2; Etude in F Major op. 10 no 8; Etude in A flat major op 10 number 10; Etude in G sharop minor op 25 no 6; Piano Concerto # 1 in E Minor, Op 11; Piano Concerto # 2 in F Minor, Op 21; Nocturne No. 1 in B flat Minor Op 9, Nocturne No. 2 in E Flat Major Op 9; Fantasy Impromptu; Nocturne in C sharp minor; pretty much anything else.
    LISZT: I think someone already mentioned Liebestraum #3, but it needs to be mentioned again!! and Hungarian Rhapsody
    BORODIN: Polevetsian Dances
    ELGAR: Enigma
    RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Piano Concerto #1; Piano Concerto #2; Piano Concerto #4;
    RAVEL: Rhapsodie Espagnole
    DOHNANYI: Postludium Op13, #10
    GRIEG: Piano Concerto; Holberg Suite

    SIBELIUS: Ten Pieces, Op. 24: IX. Romance
    GRANADOS: Spanish Dance Op 37, No 5 (on a classical guitar!)

    GERSHWIN: Porgy & Bess Symphonic Suite for Orchestra; An American in Paris; Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra; Rhapsody in Blue; Second Rhapsody for Orchestra with Piano
    BERNSTEIN: West Side Story Symphonic Dances; Fancy Free; Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront; Fancy Free; Overture to Candide
    COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man; Rodeo; The Story of Grovers Corners; Appalachian Spring; El Salon Mexico; Billy the Kid
    PROKOFIEV: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra Op 125; Love for Three Oranges; Kije’s Wedding
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony #1 in F Minor, Op 10; Violin Concerto No 2, Op 63
    NYMAN: La Lecon de piano (part of the score from a movie)

    There are probably others, but that’s a start. I can’t imagine the chance to listen to everything for the first time – I hope you’re enjoying it!

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  198. Ashlynne Morocco on said:

    This brought tears to my eyes, a lump in my throat and a bit of gratitude for my life. My family has always been professional musicians and I was brought up on every type of music there is out there. I was blessed with a father who could sing (and still does professionally at 79 years of age), my mother was a professional singer until her death in 2003 and my son is a Broadway singer/star. I’ve taken for granted the ability to listen to music, but have always said, if I had to lose any of my five senses, the very last one to lose would be my hearing. Thank you for reminding me how to be grateful. I would suggest YouTube for the good and the bad. You could spend the rest of your life on there and not hear everything they have to offer. Here is one to start: This is my son singing a song by Celine Dion at a benefit for “Broadway Cares.” The reason I post my son is because he’s my son, but most importantly, he almost went deaf as a baby because of chronic ear infections. Music has blessed my life, may it bless yours as you continue to grow your likes in the world of the best gift we have ever received from Universe/God/The One (in whomever you believe). My favorite classical piece is by Vivaldi – Seasons.

  199. Kaleih on said:

    This story moves me.. most beautiful music I know is post-rock (other than Sigur Ros)
    I’d suggest
    -Riceboy Sleeps (part of Sigur Rose
    -Godspeed you black emporer
    -explosions in the sky

    a new one i am discovering is “solar bears”

  200. Rachel on said:

    Here are the sounds and music that we humans have sent to space to represent us should our machines ever encounter intelligent aliens.

  201. Mat Kearney – Where We Gonna Go From Here ;)

  202. Listen to Plainsong, by The Cure. You’ll love it.

  203. I definitely recommend what I’m listening to right now: “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”, versioned by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. One of my personal favorites.

    Music is the all-time gift for mankind. Enjoy.

  204. the_Sue on said:

    This is a beautiful story!
    Theres so much wonderful and beautiful classical music out there to experience.
    I’m a big fan of Beethoven, who of course, became deaf but still managed to write some of the most beautiful music the world has ever known. He cut the legs off of his pianos, lay on the floor with them and wrote by feeling the feeling the vibrations of the different strings coming through the floorboards. My favorite of his is Moonlight Sonata- (its played a little stiff and fast at the beginning but it was the best I could find on youtube); Fur Elise-; Pathetique Part I-, Part II-, and Part III-
    Mozart- Requiem- (a little long and depressing but beautiful), Symphony #40-
    Pachelbel’s Canon in D-
    Schubert’s Ave Maria with Luciano Pavarotti (one of the most talented opera singers ever and one of my personal favorites)-
    And another Pavarotti number just cuz I like him:
    Chopin- Fantasie Impromptu-; he also has many wonderful Nocturnes, here’s one I particularly enjoy-
    As far as modern music goes, theres a wonderful and incredibly talented band called Dream Theater. They are a progressive band, which basically means their music covers a wide array of genres but they don’t really primarily focus on any one. A few good ones are Octovarium:; Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (the 2nd cd of the album of the same name, the 1st cd is also great); The Count of Tuscany-; The album A Change of Seasons-; Metropolis Pt. 2- Scenes from a Memory (entire album)-
    RUSH is one of the coolest bands to ever exist, this is their opus, 2112 (the whole album)-; Moving Pictures (entire album)-; Permanent Waves (entire album)-
    There’s a lot of other bands that are great though, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin have both put out some amazing music, Opeth, Boston, Heart, Queen, Yes, Tori Amos, Kansas, Jimi Hendrix, Meatloaf, Parlament Funkadelic, Jethro Tull, Avenged Sevenfold, Nevermore, Eric Clapton (Cream), Children of Bodom…of course this is mostly classic rock and metal. Great blues musicians to check out: B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughn. Jazz- Miles Davis. Country- Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Randy Travis, Journey, Willie Nelson. Folk- John Denver, Jim Croce, CSNY, Simon and Garfunkel. As far as great singers go: Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Annie Lennox, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles (and alot of R and B from their era was fantastic), Dean Martin, k.d. lang, Laryn Hill (the Fugees), Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye. Okay, thats all I can think of for now. I hope you find my suggestions helpful!

  205. the_Sue on said:

    ha ha ha…Journey somehow ended up in the country section…that was a mistake on my part. They’re more classic rock.

  206. Don’t just focus on classical, yes they are beautiful and perhaps even the best but we have made some great things in this century too, off the top of my head I would suggest Jeff Buckley’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and of course the original too though Buckley’s is my favorite. Also Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt”. Watch the music video of that, some consider it the best music video of all time. These are just some of my personal favorites, you should look up some lists of the best contemporary songs and just go through them to find your own favorites. Lastly don’t forget the dumb pop songs that are catchy as all get out but gone in a week, they are not as beautiful or important as great music but they are an integral part of music as a whole and it’s role as an expression of our culture.

  207. Elisha on said:

    One of my favorites is Claire De Lune and The Girl With The Flaxen Hair by Debussy and Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and Fur De Elise. Here are some of the artist/band that I love and my favorite songs of them:
    The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun, Hey Jude, Let It Be
    Bon Iver – Skinny Love, Woods, Can’t Make You Love Me, Roslyn
    Coldplay – Yellow, Fix You, The Scientist, Gravity, Paradise, Viva La Vida
    Ed Sheeran – Give Me Love, A Team, Kiss Me
    Feist – 1234, Mushaboom
    Florence & The Machine – Never Let Me Go, Dogs Day Are Over, Cosmic Love, Heavy In Your Arms
    The Fray – You Found Me, How To Save A Life, Over My Head, Look After You
    Kings Of Leon – Use Somebody, Sex On Fire, Closer
    Lana del Rey – Born To Die, Videogames, Blue Jeans,
    Louis Armstrong/Edith Piaf – La Vie En Rose
    Lykke Li – Possibility, Dance Dance Dance, Get Some, Youth Knows No Pain
    MGMT – Kids, Electric Feel
    Mumford and Sons – The Cave, White Blank Page, Winter Winds, I Gave You All, After The Storm
    Muse – Hysteria, Time Is Running Out
    Regina Spektor – Us, Samson
    Sia – Breathe Me, My Love
    Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars, Planets Bend Between Us, Run, Set The Fire To The Third Bar
    The Cinematic Orchestra – To Build A Home, Arrival of The Birds and Transformation ( I love this so much)
    Air – Alone In Tokyo
    Massive Attack – Paradise Circus
    Mogwai – Take Me Somewhere Nice
    Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
    Gregory and The Hawk – Boats & Birds
    And last but not the least, Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition, one of my favorite songs ever.
    I hope that you don’t find my music taste horrible, I’m only 14 years old. :)

  208. Veryan on said:

    Apologies if this has already been suggested (didn’t have time to read everyone’s comments!) but Arvo Part’s ‘Speigel um Speigel’ is one of my all-time facourite peiecs of music. Calm, serene and stunning.

  209. I recommend the three books from The Years of Pilgrimage (Années de pèlerinage) by Franz Liszt. In my opinion, these works are amongst the most profound musical accomplishment.

  210. Spanish Sahara – Foals
    Under the Bridge – red hot chili peppers
    fix you – coldplay
    your hand in mine – explosions in the sky
    anything by sigur ros

  211. Snr Marquee Burton on said:

    Antonio Forcione – All summer long

  212. listen to pink floyd’s comfortably numb, hendrix’s rendition of the star spangled banner, and stairway to heaven by led zepplin. i know the odds of you actually reading this are slim, but if you do, trust me. no complete understanding of beautiful music is without a healthy dose of electric guitar

  213. Hi, I work for Phonak in Switzerland. As a matter of fact I was very much involved in bringing the Naida hearing aids to the market. I have never commented on any blog relating to our products before but this time simply couldn’t. Your story touched our hearts to a degree that is hard explain. It is the best reward anyone can wish for. Thanks for sharing your musical journey.

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  215. Jason Ring on said:


    I’m writing on behalf of my grandmother who suffers from Meniere’s Disease. Her hearing loss is progressively getting worst. Her standard of living is slowly decreasing. She has tried numerous hearing aids but has not had any luck with any of them. She can pick up sound but can’t distinguish what the sound is (voices, background noise, etc). I read your story last week and gave her a copy of it along with the name of the hearing aid. She’s been to so many different doctors, and they all say and recommend different things. Your story gave her some renewed hope. She asked if I would please contact you and find out the name of the doctor that fitted you for the hearing aids as well as the name and location of his or her practice. She thinks that if this doctor can help your hearing, she might have a chance as well. At just 74, she’s not ready to give up on life yet. I pray that you see this and will respond. Your story has been an inspiration to many.


  216. Julia F on said:

    Since you are a movie fan and filmmaker, one of the greatest movie-music combos is the opening to Woody Allen’s Manhattan.

    Gordon Willis’s cinematography with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. You’ve probably seen the movie before, but now you MUST see it again.

    It makes me teary and excited and homesick and covered in goosebumps.

  217. James GreyWolf on said:

    The_Sue has already mentioned it, but I can’t stress enough that you really should listen to Pachelbel’s Canon in D. It is a 5 minute piece that, if you really listen to it, can give you the images of the entire life of a single person (many interpretative dancers have used the piece for just such a story.
    Handle’s Water Music. It is often edited down and paired with his Fireworks music. Try to get the complete water. If you listen with your mind, you can see each of the bodies of water that his music creates (from a small stream to a raging river).
    I have to also strongly suggest that you pick up some Segovia. He was the single greatest guitarist to ever play the instrument. Before he picked one up and began to play, the guitar was simply a rhythm instrument for dancers. His solo versions of some fairly serious classical music is… astonishing.
    You should also listen to Stanley Jordon, the second greatest guitarist of all time. His interpretive jazz is outstanding.
    Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World. Beautiful Music. Louis has a very raspy voice, but it still works with the words and the music he creates.
    Billie Holiday – just about anything… but I would stress God Bless the Child. Billie had a most distinctive voice. It was not perfect in pitch, but it had a wonderful soulful sound. And with God Bless the Child you can feel how much the emotions of the song are part of her.
    Movies with great musical sound tracks, I would suggest The Big Chill. Has wonderful ’60′s rock woven into it. This is going a completely different direction, but I would also suggest you watch Hitchcock’s Psycho. The audio effects that Hitch used really brings out the tension of the film.
    I could go on with suggestions, but there is way too much. And you have to find your own path in the world of music. Listen to everything, then decide what is best for you.
    Ok… two little add-ons — someone has already suggested him, but anything by Bob Marley. Reggae music has a wonderful rhythm to it and Bob sings some of the greatest stories of human nature. The other one is an African group called Ladysmith Black Mambazo. They do some wonderful a cappella pieces where their voices create the music to back the main singer. And I can’t stop. A cappella reminds me of Bobby McFerrin. That man has one of the greatest range of music in his vocal cords.
    ENOUGH. I have to stop. Have a good life and listen to everything you can… not just music. Listen to a thunder storm. Birds. Traffic. Everything.

    • James GreyWolf on said:

      Reading through the other letters, I was reminded of a movie with a very powerful sound track involved in it. Philadelphia is a movie about a gay man suing the law office he was fired from for discrimination as he is dieing from AIDS (based on a true story). There is a scene in the movie in which Andrew Becket (Tom Hanks) is describing an area — “Andrea Chenier”, by Umberto Giordano, sung by Maria Callas — to his lawyer, John Miller (Denzel Washington). As you hear the music you can see and feel the emotion in Becket both about the music and about his own life, discrimination, and mortality. The emotions you hear in his voice, alone, have a music to them. It is also a very good movie.

      • Tobias on said:

        “La Mamma Morta” sung by Maria Callas is an excellent suggestion! It’s a masterpiece! And so much emotion. So beautiful!

  218. “The Sound of Silence”, by Simon & Garfunkel.

  219. Congratulations, Austin, I’m so happy for you! If you dug the Lacrimosa, be sure to listen to Dies Irae, also from Mozart’s Requiem- those angels turn into demons and will fly around your ears in a flaming fit of furor! I would also suggest Sull’aria from The Marriage of Figaro, also Mozart. The overture to that one is delightful too.

    Jazz: Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus, Kind of Blue & also Bitches Brew by Miles Davis, anything & everything by Dizzy Gillespie- but most especially Groovin’ High, A Night In Tunisia, Salt Peanuts, and Manteca, anything & everything by John Coltrane, but album-wise, A Love Supreme is a good starting point, & Body and Soul by Coleman Hawkins. That’s just scratching the surface, you’ll go on a Charlie Parker kick too, I’m sure!

    Someone suggested The Beach Boy’s Pet Sounds, and I agree- It’s amazing from start to finish- but don’t miss Good Vibrations! Beatles, Beatles, Beatles. Every track you can find.

    • James GreyWolf on said:

      The live recording of Alabama, by John Coltrane, on the Smithsonian Collection of Classical Jazz is, as far as I am concerned, the greatest example of the music in Coltrane’s soul. You can feel his spirit reaching out to the girls killed by the KKK bombing of the church in Birmingham in 1963. Mentioning that makes me think of Austin’s wish to hear the history of music. That in mind, you really should pick up the Smithsonian Collection. It gives you a wonderful overview of the development of jazz starting from rag time music by Scot Joplin and Eubie Blake and progressing to the 1960′s (I believe the Smithsonian have made other collections to record the progression of jazz since the ’60′s, but the first collection is a great place to start).

  220. – Rodriguez – Sugar Man – John Butler Trio – Ocean ( truly uplifting ) – Dessa – Anabel

    Trust me i have loads more…and Dessa by far is my favorite… both a gorgeous human and musician.
    Feel free to email any time about more music. :D

  221. lina luna on said:

    Hi, a wonderful story to be honest. I love music especially rock and roll and the greatest bands of all times but you know music is so deep and big that yo just can´t focus in one gener you have to listen all kind of it, know artists for example the beauty of blues and jazz, the sentiment of the soul, the noise from the electric guitars and batteries, the catchy pop sound…..
    I recommend Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Queen, Otis Redding……

    Music is ALL
    Greetings :)

  222. Milton Arreola on said:

    I would recommend …. The smiths, Bob Marley, Nujabes, and Peter Bjorn & John.. just to get you started. Great story man. May you experience many wonderful artists as the rest of us have. :)

  223. Grahame on said:

    Hi, Austin. I found your story on Yahoo, and promptly shared it on my Facebook page. I’ve been playing music in one form or another since I learned how to play violin in 4th grade, so needless to say it’s a major part of my life. I’ve found that music tends to help me categorize different periods of time in my life, whether it’s a number of years or a single moment. The sensory connections can be extremely powerful. For example, I first heard the song “I Should Know” by Dirty Vegas when I was on deployment with my National Guard unit in Italy. Now when I hear that song, for just a brief moment…the blink of an eye…I’m standing in the middle of my barracks, and I can smell the air and feel the humidity in that room. I can recall the taste of the peach tea I was drinking at the moment I first heard it.

    I guess I just wanted to say “Welcome!” to the world of music, and give some of my own recommendations.

    I’m a huge fan of Chopin…I think his music, especially his solo piano work, is breathtaking in its beauty, but also contains hints of gentle sadness. My favourite of his is Opus 28, No. 15, also called “The Raindrop Prelude.”

    Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” and “A Ghost is Born” go back and forth as my favourite Wilco albums. There’s some really inspired stuff there.

    I’d also recommend anything by the Beatles, but specifically “Abbey Road.” My band is preparing to play a show where we perform that entire album from beginning to end, and in learning all of the parts, I’m realizing that this IS their masterpiece.

    In terms of general music, I think it’s great that you’re going back to the beginning. I hear it’s a great place to start. :) What will be especially interesting (and something I may just do myself), is going back and listening to early American folk music, like stuff from the South…Appalachian folk songs, black field hollers, etc, and follow those roots to see how they influenced early jazz, and then big band and later jazz, and then blues, country, folk, and early rock, and then trace those lines all the way to the music people are making today.

    Again, welcome to music! I’m glad to hear you include birds in the list of reasons you put your hearing aids in. :) They’re some of the loveliest music.

  224. Hi, Austin. There are many people that have been suggested you to hearing classic music (Mozart, Beethoven, etc. I want to suggest you to hear the british rock band QUEEN, the best rock band in the world. I’m sure you’ll like this band. Queen plays any music rythm. A Night At The Opera, Queen II, A Day At The Races… every Queen album has a song for every moment of our lives.
    Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Pablo ( A Queen fan).

  225. Arroyodorado on said:

    Hi Austin,

    Miles Davis, “Kind of Blue”
    John Mayer, “Continuum”
    Keith Jarrett, “Standards, Vol. 1″
    Pink Floyd, “Dark Side of the Moon”
    James Taylor, “October Road”
    Kate Bush, “Hounds of Love”
    And there is so much more! Enjoy every second.

    Best wishes,

  226. Rasmus on said:

    Dear Austin,
    I read about Your story in a German news magazine today. I found many good suggestions on this site, but there is some question which I’d really like to know:

    Have you tried some non-western music yet? Or something REALLY old?

    For example, music like classical Raga Music from India or 15th century oral music sounds very strange and exotic for ears that have listened mainly to western music their whole life. For some of us those kind of music is unenjoyable.

    So maybe you check out something like Ravi Shankar playing the sitar or some Missa by the English 14th/15th century composer John Dunstaple. For me when I first heard that music, it was somehow like learning to listen again.

    Greetings from Germany,


  227. Rikey Hjalta on said:

    Music moves me in ways I can’t explain.
    When you asked for suggestions, these are the songs that came to mind. These songs, or rather, the voices of the singers actually move me to tears.

    Pokarekare Ana sung by Hayley Westenra:

    Let The Flames Begin (Outro) by Paramore:
    (Her voice is absolutely amazing and one time I was showing it to my mother, and I burst into tears.)

    Waiting For The Night by Depeche Mode:

    Castle of Glass by Linkin Park:

    Oachelbel’s Canon in D (gives me goosebumps every time):

    Moonlight Sonata (my all time favorite):

    The Noose by A Perfect Circle:

    Of course there are more, but these were the first that came to mind.
    I hope you enjoy them.

  228. Richie Kaye on said:

    A beautiful story! If you email me a post office box address, I’d be very pleased to send you some of my music with my compliments.

    Richie Kaye

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  231. Rebeca on said:

    Wow I’m so excited !! It’s just awesome!!!! :D
    Please listen to jack johnson!

    And if you like classical music listen to Ludovico Einaudi

    Those are my favorites!!

  232. Hi Austin
    I’m so happy for you too. You’ve listened to a lot of great music already and you are probably already overwhelmed but I couldn’t help but jump in. I might be too late to chime in here, but bearing in mind the word ‘Beautiful’, these are the first to jump to mind:

    Sigur Ros – Sæglópur, Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása, Glósóli,

    Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye

    Radiohead – Reckoner, How To Disappear Completely, Let Down, Where I End And You Begin, Pyramid Song

    I would also add that some of these come from albums that really impact you as a whole piece so I also want to add a few full albums in the same group of artists that I think are really worth listening to as a whole:

    Sigur Ros – Ágætis Byrjun, Takk
    Radiohead – Kid A, Amnesiac
    (also watch Radiohead King of Limbs Live from the Basement)
    Jeff Buckley – Grace

    I would also reiterate what someone else already mentioned – the Lord of the Rings movies because the music is so beautiful.

    Best wishes and happy listening!

  233. Bryce Courtenay’s book (my favorite of all time) about South Africa’s apartheid “The Power of One” was made into a movie of the same name in 1992. The movie is very good, but the soundtrack is AMAZING! It is mostly composed of songs in a Zulu dialect (no idea which one as there are many) but it evokes so many emotions.
    My two favorites are:
    The Rainmaker and Senzenina

  234. What an amazing experience, thanks for sharing with the world, you need to check out

  235. jon j levin on said:

    Dear Austin,
    I just read about your ability to hear music and obviously better hearing in general. You are a true inspiration and having a daughter and friend of your’s Ashlyn with some challenges provides us incredible inspiration for us all. I am so excited for you and just more ways to share your talents in film and life. Kenton also just heard today for the first time and was happy to hear.
    Best Wishes,
    The Levin’s

  236. Loukia Havadjia on said:

    i would like to know more about your hearing aids. my cousin has a hearing problem and i would appreciate some more info. please contact me. Thank you.

  237. Loukia on said:

    Hi Austin,
    Congratulation for joining the world of voices and noises :) i would like to know more about your hearing aids. my cousin has a hearing problem and i would appreciate some more info(doctors, brand, where you bought them form etc.) please contact me. Thank you.

  238. Brenda on said:

    Wonderful story! My husband just got hearing aids for the first time this week, so we’re on a somewhat similar journey together discovering all the sounds he’s been missing, and learning the ins and outs of life with hearing aids. I’m a classically trained pianist, so I know a bit about music. :) My recommendation, oddly enough, would not be for a particular song or composer, but rather a movie: Mr. Holland’s Opus. In a relatively short time, you will hear music from several decades, each song within its visual context of clothing, hair styles, cars, etc. And since the story’s central character is a music teacher, who’s son is deaf, there are many interesting music and hearing related themes running throughout the film. A sort of “in a nutshell” version of music over the past 60-ish years. Sincerest best wishes with your new-found insights into the world. I’m sure you’ll find many, many ways to enjoy all the new sounds!

  239. Everyone is suggesting a lot of instrumental stuff, which I agree with — and BTW, if you DON’T listen to Mozart’s overture to “The Marriage of Figaro,” Beethoven’s 7th symphony, and Brahms’ 4th, you are totally missing out. And Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony — that thing sounds like a 4 year old on Christmas morning feels. Unalloyed JOY in musical form.

    How about Bach? Has anyone mentioned his organ work, “Toccata and Fugue in D minor?” That’s a TOTAL classic and will literally blow you off your feet. And on the other end of things, there’s his unbelievably simple and beautiful Prelude to his first Cello Suite; if you go to YouTube and just search on “Bach Prelude,” you’ll turn up tons of versions since it’s also really, really well-loved.

    But also check out vocal music — good opera. There’s lots of amazing Baroque opera, and a lot of the stuff from the standard opera lit that’s fabulous as well. There’s an aria called “Una voce poco fa” by Rossini that will amaze you. Be sure to listen to Beverly Sills singing it. It’s like she’s embroidering at lightspeed with her voice. And “Piangero la sorte mia,” sung by Inger Dam Jensen.

    And hell, anything at all with Steve Perry! That guy could SING. Pat Benatar, Queen. ELO. All of that overblown stadium rock that turns it all up to 11.

    Welcome to the musical buffet — eat ALL YOU WANT and never feel stuffed!

  240. Another fascinating sound is Bulgarian women’s choir music — they do incredible things with their voices that you just don’t find elsewhere in Western music. Especially if you had trouble with high sounds, you will REALLY find it interesting.

  241. Luis Alipaz on said:

    Try listening to Fauré’s Requiem. Specially the Pie Jesu and Sanctus. The version conducted by Paavo Jarvi is my favorite.

  242. Marla Crews on said:

    I am deaf, too, and when I got new hearing aids (Oticon Agil Pro) last year, all of the music that I had been listening to sounded totally different. I could no longer recognize my favorite songs, because I could hear things I had never heard before. I can hear some birds now, and I’ve never heard them, even with my old hearing aids. I’m actually reading the suggestions that I see posted here, and plan to listen to it myself.

    I identify with you on the music without words thing. It confused my daughter why I would listen to music without lyrics, or music with lyrics in another language. I explained to her that it was less confusing and less work to listen to the music, because I’m not trying to figure out the words, and if it’s in another language, I won’t try to do it at all.

    I would like to suggest Nine Inch Nails “The Downward Spiral” album, Soundgarden “Superknown” album, Anthrax “Sound of White Noise” album, Angtoria, and Sarah Jezabel Deva, which is all hard rock and heavy metal, but I’m re-listening to it with my hearing aids. I like the more energetic stuff, especially when I’m driving or need a spirit lift. I also suggest for piano, Elijah Bossenbroek. I like his music.

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  244. Andrew on said:

    If you liked Mozart’s Lacrymosa then you should listen to the whole Requiem Mass. An even more beautiful Requiem (in my opinion) is Verdi’s ( low quality but looks like the whole thing.) If you don’t have 90 minutes to spare, then the “Dies Irae” section is absolutely striking ( and here’s the “Ingemisco” as performed by the great Placido Domingo:

    Both Mozart’s and Verdi’s Requiems are commonly performed live by opera companies, symphonies, etc. If you can, go see a live performance. Get a front row seat, too. A recording is but a shadow compared to a live performance.

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  246. Mariana on said:

    Hey, I use a hearing aid too, so I know what you mean when you say a lo of sounds are annoying. I’d love to talk to you if possible.


  247. Whoops, sorry — one more — Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins. It’s pretty much a conversation between the violins, with themes ping-ponging back and forth between them, and so very beautiful … There’s a version that you can occasionally find on YouTube with Isaac Stern and Shlomo Mintz that’s the best, I think. It’s beautiful, but it’s also like a puzzle, where you hear a theme, just a couple of notes, then you’ll hear the same couple of notes moved up or down a notch, or juxtaposed against something else, popping up here and there like dandelions in a lawn.

    It can be fascinating to listen to the voices of the first and second violin individually also. If you can do that somehow, that would be wonderful. Listen to the two violins individually, and then listen to the entire thing as they and the orchestra play together and you can see how the two lines fit together perfectly seamlessly.

  248. Charles H Wolfenbloode on said:

    I’m sure these have been mentioned above but I’m not going to wade through 250+ posts plus the 14K on Reddit to find out!

    Handel: Fireworks music, Water music, Zadok thr Priest, his Op. 4 Organ Concertos, etc
    Bach: Brandenburg Concertos, his Trio Sonatas for the Organ, Prelude and Fugue BWV 541, etc
    Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings
    Aleksandr Borodin: POLOVETSIAN DANCE
    Allegri: Miserere
    Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Lark Ascending, his Pastoral symphony
    William Walton: Crown Imperial
    Elgar: Nimrod, his Pomp and Circumstance marches

    Nick Drake: Pink Moon album (
    Jamie Woon: Night Air, Shoulda
    James Blake: Wilhelm Scream
    Groove Armada: esp. their Black Light album
    Patrick Wolf
    Portico Quartet

    These you probably wouldn’t have heard/haven’t been mentioned:
    Ariang (traditional Korean song):
    Maaya Sakamoto
    Guqin music (e.g.

    There’s more as well but I think you’ve got enough to listen to already!

  249. I’d love the opportunity to experience the new soundtrack to your life with you! Is there a way you could use a Spotify playlist to share your favorites as you discover them?

    In this modern era of digital manipulation and photography you are an example for all of us- to not just experience the beauty of a picture or song, “Like” it, and move on. To pause and contemplate. We hearing and seeing people must not take the digital ease of consumption for granted. There is value in quiet and darkness as well as sound and light. It’s an encouragement to the essence of humanity that we heed your call to find peace in both worlds.

    Proud to be a witness to the miracle you are experiencing! Thank you for sharing.

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  251. Smara from Greece on said:

    I am so happy for you and I have a Greek’s composer music to suggest. Listen to Manos Hadjidakis’ music. Here is a link to youtube,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&biw=1241&bih=593&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=w1&gl=GR

    Enjoy the music, my friend

  252. douglas montgomery on said:

    You are getting advice from people who have had a lifetime to conceptualise music as a succession of developments (mostly), and many are recommending music that might be difficult to process and understand without knowledge of its context in terms of artistic progression. So I think, rather than throw you in at the deep end by recommending stuff like ‘Nine Inch Nails’, ‘SlipKnot’, or ‘Aphex Twin’, it’d be a more sensitive suggestion to begin at the beginning (roughly) and listen to a (kind of) potted history of music by starting with Classical and maybe to do it with some reference to chronology?

    Here’s a selection of my favourites, very much taking into consideration the fact that you are will be hearing music from the beginning and for the first time – in every conceivable sense:

    9th Symphony – Beethoven
    Madame Butterfly – Puccini
    So What – Miles Davis
    I’m a Fool to Want You – Frank Sinatra
    Girl Of My Best Friend – Elvis Presley
    Why Do Fools Fall in Love – Frankie Lymon
    Every Day – Buddy Holly
    I Get the Sweetest Feeling – Jackie wilson

    God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
    Eight Days a Week – Beatles
    Long and Winding Road – Beatles
    Penny Lane – Beatles
    It might as Well Rain until September – Carole King
    I Want You Back – Jackson Five
    Remember Me – Diana Ross

    Back Stabbers – The O’Jays
    Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
    Your Song – Elton John
    Queen Bitch – David Bowie
    Marc Bolan – Jeepster
    Redemption Song – Bob Marley

    Thats Entertainment – The Jam
    Killing Moon – Echo and The Bunnymen
    Rip It Up – Orange Juice
    Love Song – The Cure
    Red Shoes – Elvis Costello
    Pretty in Pink – Psychedelic Furs

    Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
    Unfinished Sympathy – Massive Attack
    Angel – Massive Attack
    Son of Sam – Elliott Smith

    …. then, progress to listen to some new stuff ;-)

  253. eds belgium on said:

    kisses from belgium xx

  254. Two Step on said:

    I know you’ve got a lot of suggestions, but, if you have time, please listen to the final part of Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs. It is one of the most beautiful and effortlessly moving reflections on life and death I have ever heard.

  255. Instead of suggesting specific music, I’ll suggest that you go listen to a live symphony orchestra. It’s ENTIRELY different than listening to recordings. I listened to Antonin Dvorak’s 9th Symphony “From the New World” live. May have been the best 40 minutes of my life.

    Also, you’re going to love seeing Baraka with sound! Baraka is such an amazing movie, and the sound just tops it all.

  256. listen to the following
    Yes – Close to the Edge…majestic progressive rock
    The Beatles – Revolver…their best album
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    Albert King – Angel of Mercy…a blues masterpiece
    Jeff Beck – Blow by Blow, greatest guitarist alive & his jazz rock masterpiece

  257. ALBUMS
    For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver
    Gossamer – Passion Pit
    Up From Below – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
    Sound of Silver – LCD Soundsystem
    Loveless – My Bloody Valentine
    Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division
    Plans – Death Cab For Cutie
    XX – The XX
    Coexist – The XX

  258. Joyce C. on said:

    Congratulations on your new hearing abilities!!! Wonderful!!!!!
    I wish to share with you a few of my favorite, and very beautiful songs! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

    This one in particular I have to say is probably one of the most beautiful songs ever!!!!
    It always moves me very deeply.
    Your Feeling Shoulders ~ Ray Lynch new age music from the Deep Breakfast album:

    Ray Lynch – The Oh Of Pleasure

    Ray Lynch – Falling In The Garden

    Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

    Dredg- Matroshka (The Ornament)

    Snow Patrol – Just Say Yes

  259. Linda Comeau on said:

    Bonsoir Austin ,
    j’ai un membre de mes cercles,
    qui ma dit que vous aimeriez peut être
    * ZETSADE * sur internet et vous aller avoir que
    du Sade à écouter sur ce poste de radio.
    Pour Moi ses une de mes meilleur** Sade .
    Bonne écoute

  260. Michael Horton on said:

    If you really want to put your new hearing aids through a comprehensive test, listen to one of my favorite artists: Kate Bush. She can definitely give your aids a workout! Also, try “Carmina Burana” and Holst’s Planets compilation. Enjoy!

  261. MaryBeth Creamer on said:

    Hope you are enjoy this strange new world. The following are all instrumental. Please try

    Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The pieces showcase various instruments individually and then together. Good for learning how to decipher other music. Also Sant Saens’ Carnival of the Animals.

    You might enjoy classical cello. Bach’s Cello Suites by Pablo Casals

    Would like you to try some acoustic or classical guitar and Spanish guitar

    1) Peter Frampton’s Fingerprints (Float and Ida y Vuelta)
    2) Young & Rollins or Ottmar Liebert. And Rodrigo y Gabriella
    3) The Pink Panther (piano) Henry Mancini
    4) The Entertainer (piano) or the Maple Leaf Rag
    5) Surf Rock
    The Ventures…Wipe-out, Hawaii 5 O,
    Dick Dale … Miserlou
    The Aqua Velvets … Guitar Noir

    Will look forward to seeing how far you make it through the many recommendations.


  262. I think you can try to listening music in different languages. I very recommend you the current Basque music (f.ex. Berri Txarrak, Zea Mays, Kerobia), but also more traditional ones (like Hirtu Truku, Alboka, Oskorri…).
    I’m glad you managed to recover your hearing!
    Ondo izan eta musikak bizi zaitzala!

  263. Taste this!

  264. marmisma on said:

    Hi Austin! My recomendation is an English group of progressive rock called Porcupine Tree. They make a music very elegance and emotive.
    I recomend you that begins with a song called “Lazarus” and if it likes you can continue with their Cd “Deadwing”
    I hope enyoy with this music.

    (Excuse me for my english, I don´t usually speak it)

  265. I think you should take up playing an instrument! I recommend the piano, since it can be played solo, and doesn’t require a pre-built sense of pitch the way a hammerless string instrument does. You can go at your own pace, working first on picking out melody, and then acquainting yourself with the principles of harmony and countermelody, without requiring another person to play the other part! The Suzuki Method books (or the method itself, if you don’t mind paying for a teacher) are a great introduction to the building blocks of Western music. They’re heavy on Baroque and Classical pieces, too.

    If you’re willing to shell out for a Suzuki method teacher, I would be very interested to read about your progress. The Suzuki method is about learning songs by ear before you read the music from the page. Many hearing people, especially children, find this approach much easier than learning to read music first – but I wonder if you would?

  266. You will love the absolutely perfection of Mozart, the power of Beethoven, the genious of Bach the fantastic emotions with all the romantics and post-romantics, the modernist composers, the incredibly beautiful melodies of tchaikovsky’s pieces, the beauty of the medieval and renaissance music…and you will absolutely love the opera (try to begin with Don Giovanni…you will love it!!). Some incredibly magic singers: Alfredo Kraus, Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Montserrat Caballe, Renata Tebaldi, Cecilia Bartoli, Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Jussi Björling…

  267. Buy a version of the Requiem of Mozart in the version of Karl Bohm and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon) and you will blown your mind. This is the absolutely the best recording of absolutely the best piece aver written in all history. In the popular music, the cd “lagrimas negras” it’s a fantastic and magical one.

  268. Obviously, there’s lots of great music. No reason to listen to my faves, other than you asked, and for some reason, I felt it was important enough to respond:

    Beautiful music: Vivaldi, “The Four Seasons”; Hem, “Half Acre”; Elbow, “Mirrorball”; Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs, “For the Summer”; Todd Rundgren, “Can We Still Be Friends?”; Guns N Roses, “Patience”; Jeff Buckley, “Last Goodbye”

    Cool and/or funky music: Fitz & the Tantrums, “Don’t Gotta Work It Out”; Ace Frehley, “New York Groove”; Amy Winehouse, “Me & Mr. Jones”; The Black Keys, “Gold on the Ceiling”; Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Red Eyes and Tears”; The Clash, “Train in Vain”; David & David, “Welcome to the Boomtown”

    Straight up rock: Cracker, “Low”; Foo Fighters, “Times Like These” and “These Days” (really, you can’t go wrong with Foo Fighters); Nirvana, “You Know You’re Right”; Gravity Kills, “Guilty”; Jane’s Addiction, “True Nature” (same thing I said about Foo Fighters applies here); Karen O, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross, “Immigrant Song” (and the original by Led Zeppelin is also awesome, this version is just more techno, as opposed to heavy metal); KMFDM, “Juke Joint Jezebel”; Led Zeppelin, “In the Evening”; Mad Season, “I Don’t Know Anything”; Nine Inch Nails, “Heresy”


    Ludovico Einaudi. ;) Enjoy, your history is amazing. I’m so happy for you.

  270. Good write-up. I certainly love this site. Keep writing!

  271. Robert Zevnik on said:

    Very inspiring. Wish you all the best in this new experiences.
    Maybe you will enjoy hearing Moby – Whispering Wind

  272. Thomas L. on said:

    Til Ungdommen sung by Herborg Kråkevik is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. Enjoy!!

  273. Hello Austin:

    Try some of these random picks from my iTunes library. Not everything is classic or rock&roll. ;)
    Plaid, Autechre, Barbara Morgenstern, Scuba, Matthew Herbert, Metronomy.
    Rediscovering an entire world. You are lucky :) Thanks for sharing

  274. Try that: Zëss by Magma:

  275. Gabriel FAURE – Pavane, Op. 50

    “Gabriel Urbain Fauré (pronounced: [ɡabʁiɛl yʁbɛ̃ fɔʁe]; 12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers.” (Wikipedia)


  276. Stumbled over this looking for something else and was so very moved.
    A million songs are listed and I would love to make my suggestions. lol
    Sarah McLaughlin – Arms of An Angel and two by Gabriel Yared: Unfeeling Kiss and I Grieve.
    At least one of the last are on the City of Angels Soundtrack.
    These songs move me. I hope they share that experience with you as well.

  277. Try this:

    and read some Rumi.. and thanks for sharing your incredible story.

  278. Marco Aurelio dos Santos Ewald on said:

    HEITOR VILLA LOBOS – O Trenzinho do Caipira.

    • Marco Aurelio dos Santos Ewald on said:

      HEITOR VILLA LOBOS – O Trenzinho do Caipira.

      Composição de Heitor Villa Lobos e parte integrante da peça Bachianas Brasileiras nº 2. A obra se caracteriza por imitar o movimento de uma locomotiva com os instrumentos da orquestra.
      Regente: Sir Eugene Goosens
      Orquestra Sinfônica de Londres

      “O Trenzinho do Caipira” is the composition of Heitor Villa Lobos and an integral part of the piece Bachianas Brasileiras No 2. The work is characterized by imitating the movement of a locomotive with the instruments of the orchestra.

  279. Isabela on said:


  280. Italo Lopez on said:

    I really happy I’m for you! My favorite songs are these, some are brazilian music.

    Elis Regina – Águas de Março (the bext artist and music ever!)
    Tom Jobim – Wave (the bext artist and music ever!) +
    Sergio Mendes – Maracatudo (brazilian music)
    Vanessa da Mata – Ai, Ai, Ai (brazilian music)
    Carmen Miranda – O Que É Que A Baiana Tem? (brazilian music)
    Rita Lee – Erva Venenosa (Poison Ivy) (brazilian music)
    Banda Uó – Búzios do Coração (brazilian music)
    Grace Jones – Slave To The Rhythm
    Lady Gaga – Fooled Me Again , Honest Eyes
    La Roux – Quicksand

  281. Hey m8!

    I’m glad that you’re hearing better now!
    I would suggest that u check out these (mostly progressive trance) songs:

    Rob Dougan – Clubbed to Death

    Armin Van Buuren – Mirage

    Above & Beyond & Gareth Emery pres. OceanLab “On A Good Day (Metropolis)

    Mat Zo & Arty – Rebound

    Mat Zo & Arty – Mozart

    Andy Moor & Ashley Wallbridge feat Meighan Nealon – Faces

    Dogzilla – Without You (there are some rly cool remixes also)

    Dj Sleeper – Counting cavemen (collection of interesting remixes and cool video’s) (part 1-4) (part 5-6) (part 7)

    Best regards, Domen from Slovenia

  282. Toda musica es buena,pero hay una cosa que tienes que escuchar. Y es la madre naturaleza (el ruido del viento,tormenta,un trueno,la ballenas,las olas del mar ect.). Es una que los que oimos a veces se nos olvida escuchar.
    Saludos y cuidate.

  283. mobile dj melbourne on said:

    A colleague referred me to this site. Thnx for the information.

  284. You know, everyone including me has suggested what the listen to — I’m going to suggest something else now.

    I’m going to suggest that you buy a small student violin and have at it. I’m not kidding. Or a smallish viola since that’s lower and in my opinion more pleasant to hear but still high enough to be interesting to you.

    Go get a student viola and find a teacher.

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  286. My suggestions. No lyrics, so you can best appreciate the music itself.
    Gershwin – Stairway to Paradise
    Maurice Ravel – Bolero
    Carl Orff – Carmina Burana
    Chopin – Etude No 13 in A flat major Op 25 No 1.
    Beethoven – Piano Sonata 13 in E flat major Op 27 No 1.
    Wagner – Mild und leise, Isolde’s aria from Tristan und Isolde
    Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
    Freur – Doot Doot
    Anugama & Sebastian – African Journey
    Angelo Badalamenti (scores for most of the David Lynch films) – Twin Peaks soundtrack
    Hyun Jung Shim (score from “Old Boy”) – “Cries and Whispers”
    John Coltrane – Cousin Mary

  287. I am so happy for you! May I suggest “The Planets”, by Gustav Holst. Then check out the soundtrack to Star Wars. A true homage to Holst.

  288. Peter Roschmann on said:

    Hopefully you’re still checking these posts out because I have something to share with you that I think you’ll enjoy. First of all let me thank you for sharing your story!! I actually came across it on the CNN app for my iPad as I ate breakfast. What a great way to start the day!!! Anyway, it just so happens that Lacrimosa is one of my favorite pieces by Mozart. In fact it is featured in my favorite movie of all time: Amadeus. As a filmmaker you probably have seen this movie, if not, that would the first thing I’d like to share with you. Second is a scenario I suggest you fulfill: go some place where you can witness a beautiful sunset (or sun rise) and just as the sun makes its final nod as it slips past the horizon, play Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Talk about angels singing!!! This piece gives you such a profound sense of humanity and perspective, at least it does for me. I apologize if this has all been suggested before, I haven’t read all the posts. Thanks agian for the story. Keep on discovering!!! I look forward to seeing some of your work!!! -Peter

  289. First of all I want to say great blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind
    prior to writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any recommendations or tips? Cheers!

  290. Dear sir, i cannot suggest any music at this time, but would truly appreciate if you could tell me the new type of hearing aids you were given that allowed you to hear this. My grandaughter is profoundly deaf in both ears and we have not found any hearing aids that would help her. She is 5 years old and refusing to sign, because we all hear. So please let me know. Congratulations on your success with music.

  291. “Cinematic Orchestra’s Arrival of the Birds” It’s a absolutely beautiful and emotional piece of music.

  292. So wonderful that you have been given the opportunity to really appreciate music for the first time in oyur life, I am not a musician, but it is such a big part of my life that I felt that I ought to share some titles with you, though they may have been recommended by others as well. They are Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.9, in my view one of the greatest works of symphonic art being classic in reference but totally modern in exposition, Leo Delibes’s Flower Duet from his opera Lakme, I do not generally care for opera, but the beauty of this piece is astounding, Erik Satie’s Gymnopaedie No.1, the melancholy is breathtaking, Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, which has been used in movies and other film pieces, more melancholy, but the depth of feeling is almost overwhelming, and last a moden piece, Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, nowhere near the others in terms of compositional originality, but their equal in conveying emotion.

    I hope that your new found gift leads to greater life’s work, music adds so much to our appreciation for our world.

  293. Robert on said:

    ONE DIRECTION! lol Just Kidding ;) Your story really touched me and it must be so amazing for you right now because growing up you never understood music and why people are addicted to it and now you can appreciate it for the first time

  294. hello austin c
    congreetz that you enter the universe of music. i´ve reed on yahoo about your destiny. it´s a great story but i envy u a little bit that u got silence if u turn your hearing aids off, couse i got a tinitus. he´s any time there but with loud music i trick him ;) here´s my music suggestion 4 u:

    so on, high 5 for a great live :)

  295. Charissa on said:

    I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make
    this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you?
    Plz respond as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to know where u got this from. many thanks

  296. charles d. on said:

    I have tried 3 diffrent hearing aids none of then gives much help.What make of hearing aids does Asttin have


  297. Georgia on said:

    If you are touched so deeply by Mozart’s Lacrimosa, you might also enjoy listening to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, especially the fourth movement! Why we must love, find compassion, embrace our humanity – all perfectly distilled into this miraculous work of art. Sending you many good wishes for your musical adventuring!

  298. Maraike on said:

    If you really want to start with the very first music, you should listen to native tribe’s music ;)

  299. clavairoly on said:

    ‘power of the gospel’ ben harper
    great to read you!

  300. emanuela on said:

    I do not understand you are looking for or for Austin music that can be heard again? maybe I have something that might work, composers are a 15 year old boy and his dad are the 72 names of God, a drafts on pc, not final mastering, some a 20/30 tracks ca, if you want to try contact me, we will be happy to would serve something and give him all the best

  301. If you loved Baraka before, seeing it with the soundtrack will absolutely blow you away!
    I’d also recommend the sequel, Samsara, out on DVD/Blu-Ray in January.
    You’re in for a treat.

  302. Pete Laberge on said:

    Well, I would have a hard time pointing to a specific piece of music, in the panoply that encompasses us. But I have found a YouTube site with some 50+ pieces of music you might enjoy. They are all re-mixed songs, that is, an original song, was given new lyrics, and then a wonderful music video was made of the result. All of the songs are educational, and all are about History. Do not allow you to think they are boring. They are not. Not only does the singer (a teacher from Hawaii) have an awesome voice, but the videos are very well made by her genius Creative Partner (a fellow teacher, but he is not her husband). I might also add that the lady who sings, is a consummate actress, who has an amazing wardrobe, which she wears to extra-ordinary effect…. Her looks vary from somewhat plain, to exquisitely gorgeous.

    I really do not think you would be wasting any time going to take a look. Here is how to find what you want:
    Go to
    In the search box, at the top, type: History Teachers French Revolution.
    Look for a pink and black shield logo that will pop up, saying: “Music for History Lovers”.
    This is where you want to go.
    This video (which has over 1 million views) will lead you to the other 50 some videos. The lady in them, acts all of the roles in the videos. In some places she appears as 3 women, but there is only her!
    This U R L will also bring you to the proper Youtube channel:

    If you go see the videos and listen to the music, I would not mind your telling me your thoughts. I cannot imagine what it would be like to be deaf, and view that with horror. The same with blindness, although I have had a few blind friends in life, and they certainly have been worthwhile. Mind you, my vision is not the best, for that matter, neither is my hearing. But I am very glad that you can now hear music.

    If you are curious and want more information about the singer, she posts some very interesting links on the home page of her Youtube site. And should you want any more “leads” or information, do not hesitate to contact me.

    Thank you. Take care! Sincerely, PML Ontario Canada

  303. Great story! Here are some songs I think you should listen to:
    First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes
    Time to Pretend- MGMT
    No One Like You- Best Coast
    Our Deal- Best Coast
    Call it What You Want- Foster the People
    What You Know- Two Door Cinema Club
    Anything Can Happen- Ellie Goulding
    Good Riddance (Time of your Life)- Green Day
    Give Me Love- Ed Sheeran
    Flash Delirium- MGMT
    Anything by Adele, Amy Winehouse, The Beach Boys, Blink 182, or The Beach Boys.

  304. Your story brought tears to my eyes, specially because I have always loved Mozarts Lacrymosa…
    If you want to go back in time, I recommend Cristobal de Morales, spanish compositor of the 16th century.
    Here’s one of his most beautiful pieces.

  305. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir on said:

    I was so touched to read this, If music be the food of l ove, play on

  306. María José on said:

    Hi Austin, I need contact whit you, I’m going to start a film project I’d like use your story as an example, this is possible?. I have to finish this project in January.
    if you can contact my email or send me your facebook address by mail I would be very grateful. thanks

    Apologize for my English, i´m spanish, from Madrid :)

  307. Indie music man on said:

    Tamer animals , by Other Lives as well as Dust bowl III

  308. Jeanseb roux on said:

    wow. that is a very unique experience! I coudn’t live without music. nice for you!
    and Mozart’s requiem is the most intense and beautiful musical masterpiece of all time.
    cheers to your new self!

  309. Kristina Brown on said:

    Your experience is so inspirational and has me helped to understand my husband’s lack of interest and frustration with music. He was born deaf and currently only has one middle-range 6 yr old hearing aid. We are currently looking into purchasing a new set because the technology is constantly changing. In his 30 years of life, hearing aids have gotten better and better. I cannot wait for him to experience the joy you have for music. THANK YOU for sharing this!

  310. Nick Dunlop on said:

    My top suggestion would be the prog rock band Yes. Other things I hope you get to hear are Animals as Leaders, Scale the Summit, Textures, and I’m sure everyone else’s suggestions will be awesome. I’m so happy for you! Happy listening! :)

  311. Jennifer on said:

    I remember when I first realized that I hadn’t been hearing birdsong. I was trying out my first hearing aid in 1967, at the age of 22. That was an awesome moment for me, and I teared up. As a child, I’d pile 33 1/3 classical records on spindle and be asleep before they all played. My favorites are almost any classical orchestration, “Greensleeves,” “Hey Jude,” by the Beatles, and most songs of the Righteous Brothers and the Everly Brothers. I had Phonak Nadias once and I loved them! Those and the Phonak Savia Art will always be my backup aids! I am thrilled by your experience and thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing it with the cyberworld.
    Now, everyone, let’s get ALL hearing health issues, including hearing aids, covered by all health insurance, starting with Medicare!! Hearing Loss Association of America, Inc., needs EVERYONE’s voice to get this done! Come on, people, get in there with us! If all of the over 37 million people in the U.S.A. who are hard of hearing, or deaf and can be helped by technology to hear, let their US congressmen & women know what they want and need, everyone might be able to experience tears of joy like us.

  312. I didn’t read all the comments so I don’t know if this is already posted but I would recommend Miles Davis sketches of Spain, John Coltrane giant steps, bill Evans trio live at the village vanguard, any Ella Fitzgerald, frank Sinatra in the wee small hours, and tedeschi trucks band revolator.

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