A Guy Called Bloke posted a series of 21 questions on his blog today about music, our likes, what it means to us, and its impact on us.
Here are my responses to the questions.
Q1] How important is music in your life?
It’s very important to me. Songs often bring back wonderful memories. Listening to music is therapeutic for me.
Q2] What is your most favorite type of music and what is your least favorite?
My favorite is classic rock. My least favorite is country & western.
Q3] Do you own a music collection or do you simply listen to whatever on whatever?
I have about 2500 songs in my iTunes collection, although I’ve given away most of my vinyl albums and CDs.
Q4] Are you a singer, a hummer, or a whistler?
None of the above.
PQ5] Show through links your five best songs?
I have far too many “best” songs to limit it to just five.
Q6] Have you ever been to an outdoor concert?
PQ7] Do you ever go out to listen to music live? When was the last time you went to a concert/gig?
How about next weekend when I’ll be going to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass at Golden Gate Park, as I do every year?
Q8] Do you sometimes feel like dancing when you hear music? Under what circumstances do you dance?
I am moved to making what to most observers appears to be spastic gyrations with my body. Whether or not those movements can be considered “dancing” is highly questionable.
Q9] When do you listen to music?
In the car, at home on the the xfinity/Comcast Music Choice channel, and in my iTunes collection on my iPhone.
Q10] If you answered yes to Questions 6 & 7 – who did you go and see?
So many. Moody Blues, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, Don Henley, Peter Frampton, Elton John, CSNY, Jefferson Starship, Pat Benetar, America, Paul Simon, and many, many others. (I’m an old-timer and I’ve been going to live concerts since I was a pre-teen.)
Q11] Is there a song that makes you emotional?
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel. I tear up every time I hear it.
PQ12] Do you feel that you have a special connection with some types of music? Which types?
Q13] Have you ever tried singing in a karaoke bar? What was the experience like?
Yes. It was a disaster.
Q14] Do you listen to music when writing? If so which?
Yes, as background music. I listen to classic rock…what else is there?
PQ15] Have you ever gone to see a musical? What was it, provide link please.
Yes, tons. I subscribe to the local “Broadway” theater productions. Some favorites include Les Miz, Rent, Hamilton, Mamma Mia, and a whole host of others.
Q16] Do you know the lyrics to all the songs you like?
Some yes, many no, at least not all of the lyrics.
Q17] When you are listening to music – are you listening just to the music itself or the lyrics too?
Depends. If it’s background music, like when I’m blogging, mostly the music. But if I’m paying attention to the song, both the lyrics and the music.
Q18] Do you listen to music when you go cycling/jogging or when you’re working out at the gym? [or any other physical activity]
Physical activity? What’s that? I do sometimes sing when I’m walking the dog…if nobody is without earshot.
Q19] Many operas are in French, Italian or German. If you listen to opera, do you understand the libretto (text) or are you happy to get the gist (main idea)?
I don’t listen to opera.
PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?
Q21] Do you enjoy watching music videos? What sort of music videos do you enjoy most?
Not anymore, but I used to watch MTV and VH1 back in the day.