Monday, May 14, 2012

Merry Month of May Music Meme

This comes from Family History Across the Seas

The Merry Month of May Music Meme: a meme for your amusement.
Since the whole point of this is to have fun, retrieve memories and generally chill out (very 60s!), feel free to amend/add/subtract. I’m not even going to ask you to do the usual checklist of have done, want to do, don’t want to do. If you feel the urge, go ahead, you know how it works. And, geneabloggers, yes there is still family history value in this: give your descendants a laugh, let them get to know you with your hair down. Don’t forget, anyone can join in – it will make it much more fun.
I’ll be posting my responses later today and I’m even going to try to be spontaneous – first song/music that comes into my head. If you decide to join in please let me know via the links below (it’s supposed to be fun, so I’m not going to learn about linky-doo-dahs).
  1. Song(s)/Music from your childhood:  Rock Around the Clock, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Written on the Wind
  2. Song(s)/ Musos from your teenage years:  Louie, Louie; Garden Party; Stairway to Heaven
  3. First live concert you attended:  Kingston Trio
  4. Songs your parents sang along to:  My mother did not sing much; she could whistle like Bing Crosby, and would whistle his songs.
  5. Song(s)/Music your grandparents sang/played:  They died before I was born, most of them.  My grandma didn't sing.
  6. Did your family have sing-a-longs at home or a neighbours: No.
  7. Did you have a musical instrument at home:  No.
  8. What instruments do you play (if any):  None, but I'm learning recorder.
  9. What instruments do you wish you could play: Piano, guitar, recorder.
  10. Do you/did you play in a band or orchestra:  No
  11. Do you/did you sing in a choir:  Yes, I sang in the church youth choir.
  12. Music you fell in love to/with or were married to:  "The Wedding Song" sung by Paul Stookey.
  13. Romantic music memories: Live jazz at a local club my husband and I went to when we were courting.
  14. Favourite music genre(s): Classical, jazz, mountain music, old country (nothing after about 1950), very little rock, show tunes.
  15. Favourite classical music:  My favorite classical composers are all 20th century Americans -- Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Leonard Bernstein.  I also like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, many others.
  16. Favourite opera/light opera:  Not much for opera.
  17. Favourite musical:  South Pacific
  18. Favourite pop:  Not much for pop.
  19. Favourite world/ethnic: Spanish, Chinese and Japanese.
  20. Favourite jazz:  Dave Brubeck
  21. Favourite country or folk:  Country before 1950, like the songs written or collected by A. P. Carter.  Folk:  lots of it!
  22. Favourite movie/show musical:  How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Music Man.
  23. Favourite sound tracks:  O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  24. What music do you like to dance to:  I don't dance!
  25. What dances did you do as a teenager:  The Twist, the Slop
  26. Do you use music for caller ID on your mobile: Just have not got around to it.
  27. What songs do you use for caller ID:  Haven't got around to it.
  28. What songs do your children like or listen to:  They listen to stuff I don't understand at all!
  29. Favourite live music concerts as an adult:  The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra.
  30. Silly music memories from your family:  Songs my grandfather made up, which were mostly puns.
  31. Silliest song you can think of:  I've Got Tears in my Ears from Lying on my Back in Bed Crying Over You.  (Really!)  Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road is a good one, too!
  32. Pet hate in music/singing:  People who play their radios/stereos too loud!
  33. A song that captures family history for you:  Back Home Again in Indiana.
  34. If you could only play 5 albums (assume no iPods or mp3) for the rest of your life, what would they be:  Dvorak's New World symphony; Beethoven's Pastorale symphony; the sound track to The Music Man; Instrumental Music from the Southern Appalachians, a heritage recording done by the Library of Congress; and an album I have of Andres Segovia.
  35. Favourite artists (go ahead and list as many as you like):  The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra; the Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-Fields; the New York Philharmonic . . . you get the picture


Jill Ball said...

Good to have a response from the US. There are a number of similarities with the responses from downunder - and by reading another meme response more memories have come flooding back to me.

Thanks, Karen

Jim S said...

I see from Geneabloggers it is your anniversary of when this blog started. Happy Blogiversary.

Regards, Jim
Genealogy Blog at Hidden Genealogy Nuggets

Bill West said...

Happy Blogiversary, Karen!