Music

Clave de sol

I was going to do Musing Mondays, but this meme Jenners wrote about piqued my interest a little bit more today.

  1. What’s the most annoying song in the world?
    Probably the “It’s a Small World” song that you hear on the theme park ride. Man I have annoyed my parents with that tune.
  2. What’s the saddest song in the world?
    This is a little obscure, but I think it’s a piece by Aram Khachaturian that appears in [amazon_link id=”B00005ASUM” target=”_blank” ]2001: A Space Odyssey[/amazon_link]. It’s the Adagio from Gayane. The violins are inexpressibly sad.
  3. What’s the sexiest song in the world?
    Perhaps “Europa” by Carlos Santana. I think a lot of babies have been made to that song. Weirdly enough, I think “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent is a close second, but not because of the lyrics, which are decidedly un-sexy.
  4. Name a new to you band or music artist you can’t get enough of.
    Jack White. No contest. I saw him in [amazon_link id=”B002RVZV9K” target=”_blank” ]It Might Get Loud[/amazon_link], mainly because I’m a huge fan of Led Zeppelin and U2 and Jimmy Page and the Edge were in that flick. Well, it made me a Jack White fan, too. I love this video of him making a guitar out of odds and ends. A still from this scene is currently my desktop.
  5. Have you met any famous musicians?
    I had to think about this. Not really, but sort of. I went to high school with Tony Kanal, and I have a vague memory that he interviewed me for an article in the school paper (he was the editor of our school paper), but does it count if he wasn’t famous yet? He was two years ahead of me at Anaheim High school. If you don’t know who he is—he plays bass for No Doubt.
  6. What song best describes your life?
    I cannot pick one. I will say “Marble Halls,” which is an old song most recently (as far as I know) recorded by Enya. To me, it’s about a dreamer who loves someone very much.
  7. How important is your partner’s taste in music to you?
    It’s pretty important. We don’t have to like all the same stuff, but it’s important that we have some interests in common. I have to be able to talk about music with my partner. I have actually dated guys because we liked the same music. It’s not enough to sustain a relationship on, but it’s a start.
  8. Do you sing in the shower?
    Not really, but I do sing in the car.
  9. What was the last live music show you attended? Did you buy a tee-shirt?
    If operas count, then it was the Atlanta Opera Company’s production of Madama Butterfly, which my husband sang in. You knew he is a tenor, right? He was in the chorus and also sang a line as Butterfly’s drunken uncle. If you are asking about a rock concert (or other form of popular music), it was actually quite a long time ago, and it was the Wallflowers and Counting Crows. That had to be something like 1996 or 1997 though. I think I bought a shirt. I don’t have it anymore if I did.
  10. What’s the sweetest song in the world?
    OK, I am either stealing Jenners’s response of “Tupelo Honey” by Van Morrison or else “Lips Like Sugar” by Echo and the Bunnymen.
  11. Can you play a musical instrument?
    Actually, yes. I have picked up several instruments and made noise with them that resembles music. I could probably still play flute and guitar, though I’m out of practice. In the past, I’ve picked up French horn, violin, and clarinet. Piccolo, but that’s just a small flute. I was in band and guitar classes in high school. I also played classical guitar some in college. I have a guitar, but I haven’t played it in a long time.
  12. Are you in a band or are you a performing solo music artist?  If yes, what kind of music do you play?
    Nope. At least not anymore. I have been. I haven’t ever been in a rock band, though, which is a regret.
  13. Have you ever dated a musician?
    Yes, actually, every guy I have dated has been a musician. I know, I know. See number 14. But! There is a pretty cool bonus: songs about me may have been written.
  14. Are you a groupie?
    No, I’m a Band Aid! And if you get that, you’re probably my kind of person. In all seriousness, every guy I have ever dated or had a serious crush on in high school and college has been a musician. And they’re the worst! Ugh. I wish they weren’t so damned attractive.

Bonus: If you listen to the radio, what station and type of music are you tuned to the most?
Probably a rock station, though I haven’t listened to the radio for music in a long time. I usually use Spotify or Pandora. I create stations or playlists based on whatever I feel like listening to.

photo credit: wakalani

2 thoughts on “Music

  1. Oh I'm so glad you did this!! You do learn an awful lot about people from this meme.

    First of all, now I'm thinking of the violin songs from Schindler's List as perhaps the saddest song. Violins can do sorrow like no other instrument I think.

    And for sexy, now I'm thinking The Healer by Santana with Johnny Lee Hooker. Not sexy lyrically but there is just something about it. Nugent was a shock as your answer.

    Your husband is a tenor? How cool! Did not know that. See, you learn about people from this.

    And you are seriously into musician huh? And a song may or may not have been written about you? Wow! Super cool.

    And I totally knew who Tony Kanal was. That counts.

    So fun. Thanks for doing this. I very much enjoyed reading your answers.

    1. I despise Ted Nugent, but I can't deny that song has a sort of sexy groove. I totally agree with you about violins. They are the saddest of all instruments.

      My husband doesn't sing professionally right now, but obviously has. He is a great singer.

      Actually, I know of at least two songs written about me by two different men (one was my husband). Quite possibly there have been more (I think two by the other fella).

      No one would believe it, but Tony Kanal was really preppy in high school. His hair and clothes are so funky now!

      Yeah, I guess I am seriously into musicians, and it's no good. I don't recommend it. Well, on the one hand, I do, but it comes with all kinds of other issues.

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