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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Ask Arlee: 30 questions about music


       Here's a fun thing that I found at Mitch Mitchell's I'm Just Sharing...,  You may even want to do this one at your own blog since it's an entertaining good time.  Mitch says that for him "it started with this guy Lamarr Wilson who mentioned that he saw a Tumblr post of someone (he mentions the guy but didn’t link to it) who had 30 questions on music and that he wanted to answer some of them for his video post. He tackled 10 of them, doing a bit of performing for each of them as well.  There's also a video of a lady named Tomeka Haywood who did a video response to Lamarr’s video."

        In my list I've included links to the songs.  Click on the song title if you want to hear the song.  Of course it would probably take a couple hours to listen to them all, but you didn't have anything else to do did you?  If you do your own list, be sure to let me know so I can come to check it out.

        Music Asks:   

1: A song you like with a color in the title  "Green Eyed Lady" by Sugarloaf


2: A song you like with a number in the title "99 1/2 (Won't Do)"  CCR version is my favorite.


3: A song that reminds you of summertime  "Summer in the City"  Lovin' Spoonful


4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about  There's no one in my life history that I want to forget about, but there are people who have left me with negative feelings.  A song that I might relate to this is "Hold Me Now" by the Thompson Twins


5: A song that needs to be played LOUD  Anything by Led Zeppelin.   I'll go with "Dancing Days"


6: A song that makes you want to dance  You'll probably never find me doing it, but I love those big choreographed productions of Michael Jackson's "Thriller".   There must be hundreds of these flash mob videos on YouTube.  I've linked to one that was done by a dance academy in New Orleans.


7: A song to drive to   "Radar Love" by Golden Earring


8: A song about drugs or alcohol  "Pills Blues"  The Rockets (the group that later became Neil Young's back-up group Crazy Horse). 


9: A song that makes you happy  "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys


10: A song that makes you sad  "When I Fall in Love" The version I've linked to is the wistful rendition done by Nat King Cole.  It's a beautiful romantic song, but it makes me kind of sad.  The expectations we have about love are often idealized and don't turn out like we dreamed about in another time.


11: A song that you never get tired of   I'm a big fan of Neil Young's music.  I've yet to tire of hearing "Cinnamon Girl".  


12: A song from your preteen years    "The Wayward Wind" by Gogi Grant.  


13: One of your favorite 80’s songs   Parachute Club - "Sexual Intelligence" (1985)


14: A song that you would love played at your wedding  "A Rover Reformed/A Fine Companion"  Traditional  English fiddle tunes.  Actually this was played as the processional entrance of the bride and wedding party at my second marriage.  It was played by two of my friends on guitar accompanying me on the fiddle.  The clip is not us playing, but it sounds very much how we sounded.  Yes, I played at my own wedding.


15: A song that is a cover by another artist  Before I understood who Bob Dylan was I started hearing his songs covered by other artists.  I especially liked Johnny Cash's version of "It Ain't Me Babe".   Be sure to see the announcement at the end of this post about The Battle of the Bands!


16: One of your favorite classical songs  "Je Crois Entendre Encore" by Georges Bizet from his opera "The Pearl Fishers".   In the clip I've linked to the song is beautifully performed by Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.  This gives me chills every time I hear it.


17: A song that you would sing a duet with on karaoke   Not sure this would happen again, but actually I did sing "Rocky Top" with my sisters at a party once.  Sometimes strange things happen.  The clip I've included is by the bluegrass group The Osborne Brothers who had a hit with the song back in the 60's.


18: A song from the year that you were born (1951) "Tennessee Waltz"  Patti Page.  I was born in Ohio, but after settling in East Tennessee during my high school years I've always considered that state my home.  I still do even though I currently live in Los Angeles.

19: A song that makes you think about life  "In My Life" by The Beatles.


20: A song that has many meanings to you  "Como Te Extraño Mi Amor"  I guess I'd have to look up the lyrics to recall exactly what they mean, but the song itself represents a period of transition, a span of changing outlook, and a recording I enjoy hearing.


21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title   "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" by Crosby, Still, and Nash. 


22: A song that moves you forward  "You'll Never Walk Alone" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, performed in this clip by the 60's group Gerry and the Pacemakers.


23: A song that you think everybody should listen to  "What About the Bond?"  by Bruce Cockburn should especially be listened to by anyone contemplating marriage or divorce.


24: A song by a band you wish were still together    The New York Rock and Roll Ensemble was an eclectic band that had infinite possibilities.  They combined mostly rock and classical but had the potential for creating so much more.  They were musicians of high caliber.   Here's a clip of them performing "Gravedigger".  


25: A song by an artist no longer living   Jim Morrison of the Doors performing Kurt Weill's "Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar)"


26: A song that makes you want to fall in love  "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green.  Wow!  How cool could a song be?   


27: A song that breaks your heart   "Cry Me a River" Julie London (or anyone except Joe Cocker who makes me cry for other reasons).


28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love   Greg X Volz singing Aerosmith's "Dream On"


29: A song that you remember from your childhood  "The Face from Outer Space"  Jeff Barry  --I used to love silly novelty songs.  I still remember seeing this performed on some TV variety show.


30: A song that reminds you of yourself  "On The Road Again"  Willie Nelson.  Yeah, I can relate to this song for sure.
  
And now it's your turn if you'd like to play along...

        Be sure to visit this coming Friday as I participate in the Battle of the Bands.  For more information and additional links see my Battle of the Bands post.

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24 comments:

  1. That looks like fun. Not sure when and where I'd cram it in. (I am doing the Battle of the Bands this week.)
    As for song that has to be played loud, lately it's Omnium Gathering's New Dynamid. (Bonus points for anyone who knows the band!)

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  2. You have some serious love for some great music Lee, I loved the questions as well, good choice with Alabama Song too, it's such a tune!

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  3. I love this! I'm gonna save it for another day as I have the Hodgepodge on my blog today, but I'd like to try it. We're big music lovers here too.

    Rocky Top : ) What part of Tennessee are you connected to? I know you've mentioned it before...my hubs is from just outside of Knoxville and we've belted out Rocky Top a time or two, mostly from the stands in Neyland Stadium!

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  4. You picked some phenomenal songs! This looks like fun. Thanks for sharing, Lee.

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  5. Interesting song choices. The song I have to play until my ribs vibrate is Suite Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Young...specifically when the song goes: Doo doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo, etc. Hmm?
    Guess one has to hear it to make sense.

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  6. Wow, Lee, and I thought I was a music lover with eclectic taste. I knew most of them, but not all. And fyi, Sugartime sings Wayward Wind in our current program. It's very popular.

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  7. as i read each of the responses... my reaction to know or not know the song... the second should i know and third how it related to you, from what i know about you... very nice.

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  8. I'm not usually one who can name titles, or groups, but I found your list intriguing and came up with a few answers.

    A voice I love - Josh Groban anything!
    A song with a persons name - Walk Away Renee - I know - cheating.
    A Horse With No Name - one I'm not even sure is the title, but it conjures up memories and a person I'd love to forget!

    I like this, it's make a great interview!


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  9. I think I've got to know you a little bit better. I'll let you know when I use some of these questions and see you for Battle of the Bands.

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  10. Alex -- The BOTB is gaining momentum.
    Not at all familiar with your "loud" song.

    Yeamie -- It was many years before I realized where "The Alabama Song" came from. It is a cool tune.

    Joyce -- I came from East Tennessee just outside of Knoxville. Maryville to be exact. Maybe I know your husband?

    Cathrina -- I had fun doing this, but it took awhile to put it together.

    Em-- The "Suite" is a great song.

    Karen -- I loved "Wayward Wind" when I was a kid and so did my parents. They took my sister and I to see Gogi Grant in Vegas in about 1960 or so.

    Jeremy - That's the way it was supposed to work.

    Yolanda -- I like the three picks you gave. "Renee" is a great song that I still like to hear. I still recall when "Horse With No Name" came out and I thought it was by Neil Young.

    Sheena-kay -- Please do let me know if you do any of the "Music Asks" so I'll be sure not to miss them.

    Lee

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  11. My mon used to sign Wayward Wind. I love that song. I've always loved Good Vibrations and I remember my parents playing that record a lot!Course they also played Help Me Rhonda and Little GTO--my brothers and I would all sing that one at the top of lungs and the boys would provide the slapping gears and engine noise, lololol!

    I just don't have room in my schedule for more blogfests, altho this one sounds fun.

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

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  12. Lee-

    Interesting questions and answers.

    The only problem with efforts like this is that if you ask me on a different day you are bound to get a different set of answers.

    Hopefully you will not mind my posting my own take on these, although it will probably be next week....

    ...so the answers will not be the same as today!

    Larry

    Larry

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  13. I was 11 or 12 when Baker's Street came out, so that would likely be my pick for preteen song.

    I canNOT sing, but I do enjoy singing Karaoke. My husband and I will sing "More Than Words" together. (It was our wedding song.)

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  14. Sia -- This wasn't a blogfest. Mitch did his list back in April and I've just been saving up to do it on mine.

    Larry -- Of course I'd welcome your take on these. After all I copied this from someone who picked it up from someone else who found it somewhere else. I'm the same way about changing my answers. I could do this every year and probably come up with different answers each time.

    L.Diane -- I was on the road when "Baker Street" was on the airwaves. It became kind of my theme song at the time.

    Lee

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  15. That is a fairly eclectic bunch of songs, Lee. I enjoyed this very much. I hope you had as much fun putting it together:)

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  16. Wow, that was a lot of fun to read, and I'm glad you finally got around to it. I knew more than half the songs you mentioned, which is pretty cool, but a few I looked at and said "That's a song?" lol Thriller; we have that one in common, and I love that one of the previous commenters threw in "A Horse With No Name; I've seen America live 4 or 5 times.

    Way to go; great stuff!

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  17. I like your choices. I think I'll have to do this one myself.

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  18. Robin -- I had a great time with this as I always do when I'm putting together compilations of music favorites.

    Mitch -- Thank's for inspiring this post and setting the example for me. I never got to see America perform but I was always a fan.

    Sound -- Let me know when you do it so I'm sure to come see your list.

    Lee

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  19. I love your answers. Half of these songs I'd not even heard of. It's always nice to be surprised with new (to me) music. I'm looking forward to that BotB.

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  20. This is a killer post. So many familiar songs. In keeping with this post, my song of choice would be, are you ready for this? "Killer Joe." No need to applaud so loud. Blessings.

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  21. To be honest, I haven't heard of a bunch of these songs. But the ones I do recognize are classics. I can't wait for the next Halloween party so we can see Lee bust out his best Michael Jackson Thriller dance!

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  22. Beer -- Everything old is new again! My music is stuff that's typically been around for a long time.

    Dr Johnnie-- Not familiar with "Killer Joe" but I know you have good taste.

    Buck - I won't be dancing solo. Maybe I'll join in if everyone is doing it.

    Lee

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  23. Just got done going through DiscConnected's list. I enjoyed yours as well, and will be trying my hand later today.

    One thing I would mention is, in place of some of the more repetitive questions, I'd have liked to have seen "A song you want played at your funeral". I might add that one to mine.

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  24. CW - That's a good addition though I don't know how much I'd want to dwell on that right now.

    Lee

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