Music Week Q&A

It’s the end of a week of Music Tags… Thank You to The Blog Tag for the inspiration 🙂

As we come to the end we answer a few personal questions regarding Music (including one which should never be asked of anyone, like ever)…


Questions

  1. Name your top 3 favorite artists/ bands: Madonna; Justin Timberlake; Janet Jackson
  1. What is the last song you listened to? I Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
  1. What was the first concert you went to? LOL! Dr Alban – One of the best times of my life!!!
  1. If you could spend a day with your favorite singer who would it be? Wow, coz didn’t feature in question 1… Jim Morrison (and we share a birthday) 🙂
  1. Are there any songs that you can’t stand hearing? Right now, I just can’t for majority of Pop on the Radio – There is one Selena Gomez song that is wrecking me…
  1. If you could have a soundtrack to your life what would it be? The Soundtrack of the movie Human Traffic
  1. Can you sing? Yep, out of practice though… So Nope…
  1. Your favorite cheesy song? I’m Going Bananas – Madonna (Dick Tracy Soundtrack) – used to work in a fast-paced hectic environment, this became the anthem…
  1. What songs do you listen to when you are feeling down? More “depressing” woeful songs – selections of Tracy Chapman, The Doors, The Cranberry
  1. First L.P/C.D/Mp3 you bought? Lol – 1st CD I bought, with my best friend (we went 50/50 because they didn’t have the cassette) was the first Toni Braxton album (Huge Boomerang Fan)
  1. Do you like musicals if so which is your favorite? If I had to choose one it would probably be Cats or Rent
  1. Favorite musical instrument? Conductor’s Baton… The most powerful…
  1. If you could see anyone in concert who would it be? Madonna
  1. If you wrote a song what would it be called? I have, the first one is called “You Have Me”

 Quick Fire

Rock/Pop

Sing in the shower/on Stage

Musical/Concert

Guitar/Drums

Ear phones/speaker

Music while you work/quiet

Direction /Justin Bieberv

(I cannot! I am sorry, if the above was a selection which would determine hours of torture by listening to it or the revelation of a secret, I better not have any good secrets to keep, because I won’t…)

Sing/Dance

Instrumental/Lyrics

Prince/Micheal Jackson


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A Week of Music with Guitar Face

Well isn’t it just so funny – I am a member of a group called The Blog Tag (check them out on Facebook), this weeks blogging prompts have been aligned to the theme Music, today’s DS106 Daily Create is all about making a Guitar Face, and so my universe has aligned – as has this post, which is now on it’s second draft because I’ve only just now made the connection myself 🙂 – and it’s the perfect Daily Create to go with today’s Final Blog Tag weekly review:

So the aim was to take a guitar face photo, but I cannot just leave it at that apparently… Why would i wanna do that… So the question I pose to you now is, Do you know the movie? It’s wanna my favourites, I really need to watch these movies again…

BTTF Photo

In review of the week’s Blog Tag Posts and activity, a week of posts related to prompts around the theme Music, let’s first look at the posts which were the product of said prompts and tasks:

MUSIC WEEK IN REVIEW


So MoMusicShow-1nday‘s prompt was to write about my favourite song/music and why I love it so much – I am a Pop Music Fan, a bit of a pop purist (and I have a strong belief that actually there while the music of Pop is considered to a large degree to be shallow and not worthy of even being considered as art.

The artists I like do approach their craft with seriously, have worked their craft and skills and most definitely consider every move they make, because they are by definition feeding into satisfying the most people aesthetically) and so I selected to not to focus on the genre in particular, but rather to focus on a specific moment and memory which involved me and my favourite genre (and one of my favourite musicians) which demonstrates the place MUSIC has in my life…

Read it Here…


Tuesday was a crazy day for me, and the prompt on this day requiredMusicShow-8 that we share our current playlist.

This is just a fun task, one you should try with your friends, or your colleagues, or your gym buddies, or your social media contacts! The fact of the matter is that music is so diverse and you can learn so much about people by the music they listen to…

I fancy myself quite a diverse connosieur of music with diverse taste in music, as music is definitely attached to the mood in play during the listening…

My Playlists tend to be quite a mixture, but when I listen, the accessing of emotion is fun for me, so I have no issue with the genre jumping that oft does occur…

See My Playlist here…


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On Wednesday I was given the opportunity to express myself on this blog with a poem – My first on this forum.

I love the creative energy that poems provide, I guess you could attest it to the reading I did as a child, which included the likes of Roald Dahl and Dr Seuss BUT the power of lyrics in the musical writing process have always been instrumental in my understanding of expression – I’m one of those people who learns the words of all the songs of the artists I like…

I really write poetry on the fly, it is most probably (and ironically) my most free flowing form of writing – I access it, I document it, I relase it and step away

The specifics of this prompt I felt had already been covered in my Monday post, but I still definitely engaged with the theme, and the poem became about the relationship we assign to exist between Music and our emotions…

Read the poem now:


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Well I can’t play – this was most probably the most difficult post for me, it’s not for a lack of want though…

I also happened to be ill on Thursday, so I almost didn’t write a post, but I was also committed to delivering a complete weeks contribution to The Blog Tag initiative – So, Yay for me! Flu didn’t get me down.

Will I ever learn to play an instrument? I hope so…  It’s something I have always wanted to do, and I admire people who can play instruments – for me, all that creative energy I have alwayd dabbled with is now being poured into this blogging thing – I hope those of you taking the time to read my blog are enjoying it 🙂

Read my Thursday Post here…


And Finally on Friday we answer a Q&A provided by The Blog Tag team which you can read right here

So Thank You for joining me this week on this journey of Me and Music!

 

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If I could play…

In my head I am the greatest musician – I’ve composed the most beautiful pieces and written the most inspirational and meaningful songs… In my head that is…

I have dabbled with piano, self taught without any technique, and without the necessary co-ord’s to actually do anything further with it…

(and let’s not forget the ADHD, we must never forget the ADHD)…

I once bought a guitar, it still looks good in it’s box… And the Harmonica I purchased was very silver and very shiny… I wonder where that got to?

As a father, I am going to make sure that my kids have a full life with well rounded opportunities, advantages and discipline that I never had access to for no other reason than circumstance, part of this includes a musical mastery. The ability to master an instrument is about so much more than just playing a ditty, the learning itself is wholly developmental and skilled, and contributes to an approach which extends well beyond the picking up of the instrument.

For me, at this stage of life, I’ll just use Garage Band on my iPad… I play good Garage Band 🙂

 

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Be Inspired

Bob QuoteWhatever Music you listen to,

May it forever inspire you!

 

If your music makes you wanna flip your hair

And bang your head against the air

Be Inspired

 

If it recalls your Wedding Day,

swaying together upon the floor

You in dress and he in suit…

(Or both in suits… Or both in dress…)

Who gives a hoot!

Be inspired

 

If it guides you upon a chosen plane,

psychedelic with plastic rain

The answers you seek before you unfolding as

Eyes aflutter, speech a stutter,

Be inspired

 

If it quietens and soothes your longing soul

And draws you close and makes you whole

If it works only to ease the pain and hold you sane

Be inspired

 

Whether it’s all about the melody?

The beat, the heat, the symphony

If it’s all just about the cacophony

Who cares, it’s yours, if it clears your bored, just

Be inspired

 

If you cannot hear with your ears of that which I speak

You can find it within, feel your heartbeat

It’s the words on a page, it’s in the smell of the sage

Can you feel it? Right! Now…

Be inspired


As required by prompt, I did write the otherday about how music had got me through some tough stuff, Here’s that post: http://soztheo.me/2016/05/30/madonna-music-madness/

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A day is a Playlist…

Music makes the people come together

Music makes the bourgeoisie and the Rebel

Sometimes, as much as we would love to, the time is just not available to meet all our commitments – sadly this is one of those days (but it’s not a total loss) – so in the best interests of time, I am going to pledge a memory entry to each one of the songs listed below. I don’t even really have time to make playlists anymore, I hardly put my earphones in these days, and I avoid current music on the radio out of frustration. But this is the last playlist I made…

My rule for playlists is simple… One song for each artist, variety is the spice of life – and generally if I hear it (while on shuffle), and it connects at that moment, irrespective if there is a progressional consistency, if the connect happens it goes on the list in that order, and played again (or it gets skipped and doesn’t make the cut)…

I usually do this while I work…

I listen to this playlist now and I wonder what mood I was in on this day, take a hear, maybe you can tell me… Alls I know is that on this day, there was a story into which these songs nestled themselves and contributed to the progression:

  1. Duran Duran – Come Undone
  2. N.E.R.D – Hypnotize You
  3. Tracy Chapman – Give Me One Reason
  4. Empire of the Sun – We are the People
  5. Prince – When Doves Cry
  6. Madonna – Nothing Really Matters
  7. Katy B – Crying for No Reason
  8. The Ting Ting’s – Shut Up & Let Me Go
  9. Janet Jackson – BURNITUP!
  10. The Doors – The End
  11. Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
  12. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
  13. Muse – Time Is Running Out
  14. Shakespeare’s Sister – Stay
  15. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Face to Face
  16. Juliette Lewis – Hardly Wait
  17. Eminem – Superman
  18. Tailor – Step Back
  19. The Fugees – Ready or Not
  20. Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat
  21. Fetish – Constant
  22. Daft Punk – Lose Yourself to Dance
  23. Linkin Park – The Catalyst
  24. The Cranberries – Empty
  25. Sade – Cherish the Day
  26. Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
  27. Michael Jackson – In The Closet
  28. PJ Harvey – Down by the River
  29. Justin Timberlake – My Love

And there you have it – reviewing it now, not a single song on the list comes as a surprise, many of these are favourites which would make any list on any given day, all of which have got a story and association I can elaborate on in the future…

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