My dear buddy and brother-from-another-mother, Stephen T. McCarthy, the real, live host of STMcC Presents Battle of the Bands nominated me for the Music & Words Award. #MW
I keep telling Stephen he's a nice guy and I think I may have almost convinced him. Thank you, STMcC! Remember, I'm your huckleberry.
Here are the rules:
Once accepted, the award process has five steps:
- Link back to the person who nominated you
- Answer the questions with words AND music
- Pass the award on to 5 bloggers who inspire you with their posts about music
- Tag your post with #MWA, for Music & Words Award so that we can all find you down the line
- Quote these 5 steps and the award icon in your post. You can display the icon on your sidebar as well.
Q and A
Q1: What does music mean to you?
Music is one of God's "good gifts" and when I listen to it, I totally feel it and immerse myself in the lyrics and melody. Few legal means provide such a wonderful escape. The songs don't really matter much categorically: they can be simple or complex. You can use music to celebrate, as a backdrop to the blues, to mourn, or to ponder a loved one. Sounds sappy, doesn't it? This question requires a book to answer. Insert your own reason here: ____.
I fear no sappy. Good or bad, music evokes feelings. Here's one of my favorite musical moments:
Q2: What is your first music-related memory?
My Dad loved the song, "Love Makes the World Go 'Round" and I'm almost sure the version he listened to was Dean Martin...but I can't find a video of ole' Deanerooni singing his tune, so how about the Everly Brothers?
When my Dad felt sappy, he'd ask me to sing this over...and over...and over...I was probably in first grade.
Q3: What was the first album you’ve purchased yourself?
It was definitely a Beatles album and after they broke up...hmmm...I can't remember... I remember seeing "A Hard Day's Night" and thinking, "why don't I have any Beatles' albums?"
Q4: What was the latest music you purchased? (No online streaming or free downloads, I’m talking about cash here!)
I've been purchasing singles online, quite possibly the most expensive way to amass a music collection but definitely a better way to collect exactly what you want. Guilt accompanies this task; no "B" sides or clunkers for me. It's like just eating the frosting on the cake.
But music calms a lot of things and it's cheaper than psychiatry and goes nicely with mood manipulation. We all have days where we need a bit of that, right?
Other than the purchase question, I guess the tie in to real life is that "lately, I'm been prayin', prayin' hard," so this fits in!
Q5: Which song did you listen to last? (No cheating, come out with the dirty pleasures!)
This doesn't fit into any category, but it was CeeLo Green's "Bright Lights Bigger City." I'm in the planning time of year and what seemed overwhelming suddenly starts to gel. l love that feeling. Though the visual images of the video don't really tie in to Cherdo world, I like the beat and the general message. In the words of CL:
"And it may just be more of the same, But sometimes you wanna go where everyone knows your name...So I guess I'll have to wait and see...But I'm just gonna let something brand new happen to me..."
MY NOMINATIONS FOR THE MUSIC AND WORDS AWARD ARE:
Birgit at BB Creations
Michael D'Agostino at A Life Examined
Pam at Go Retro!
Michael D'Gesu at ... MICHAEL DI GESU ... ... ... In Time ... ...
Chrys Fey at Write with Fey