The Beauty of Great Music
Q1] How important is music in your life?
I grew up with a lot of music in the house, mostly and predominantly my Father’s, as it was principally his choices as to what we listened to when he was home, and whilst many a time it became irksome, it was him that irked me and not the music. So l learned to love the likes of Frank Sinatra, Don McLean, John Denver and Neil Diamond. Music was a way of escape from the madness of living at home, so when l was old enough to buy myself a record player, l then really started to appreciate my own listening and develop my own tastes and styles. Musically l am an 80’s kid, and l think whilst we all may enjoy variety and diversity or even push that out to an eclectism we still have a fixed genre that stays with us forever as the music of our youth. The times that meant a lot to us, that changed our thinking, styled our thoughts and in some ways moulded us into who we are today. Is music important to me though? Yes l think it is, l think as said it allows us to switch iff, to escape even for the briefest of times, to cast us back into our yesterdays.
Q2] What is most favourite type of music and what is your least favourite?
Well l have a fondness for many different genres and am pretty at ease with most, although as l have aged l have noticed small changes in my listening. I used to be very Radio 1 orientated and had DJ’s that l followed, but as the ageing process steps on board, l find that l have very little tolerance for loud screechy stuff anymore. My favourite genre is always going to be the House and Rave scene, and my least liked is probably is stupid songs like below.
Q3] Do you own a music collection or do you simply listen to whatever on whatever?
I have never really owned a ‘collection of music per se’. When l was a teenager l maybe owned a dozen records to say my Sister five years my juinor who owned maybe 200 singles. I tend to listen to music on the radio, or on YouTube now, but back before then, l had a Walkman with a few choice tracks which l used when travelling to work in London.
Q4] Are you a singer, a hummer or a whistler?
None really, although l did win a whistling song competition when l was 18. Smoking for as many years as l have now, l no longer have sufficient lung capacity for long whistling, but when younger l was a follower of Roger Whittaker.
PQ5] Show through links your five best songs?
Admittedly this a very hard question to answer and only in so far as the minimal number of answers allowed.
Q6] Have you ever been to an outdoor concert?
Outdoors no, not many at all.
Jean Michel Jarre Paris 1990
Prince Paris 1992
PQ7] Do you ever go out to listen to music live? When was the last time you went to a concert/gig?
1997 was the last time l went to a gig. I was invited by a friend, but was so tired l was asleep throughout the entire thing, l cannot even remember who we went to see.
Q8] Do you sometimes feel like dancing when you hear music? Under what circumstances do you dance?
When younger l used to dance a lot mostly in nightclubs, as l couldn’t see the point to dancing in someone’s home or even a pub. These days l don’t tend to dance a lot, l might have a bit of a jig to something playing on YouTube. Yesterday l was dancing a bit whilst making the Good Vibes list
Q9] When do you listen to music?
Most days l listen to something, but l don’t have it playing all day every day. I mostly listen when researching or preapring something.
Q10] If you answered yes to Questions 6 & 7 – who did you go and see?
Jean Michel Jarre Paris 1990 & Prince Paris 1992
Q11] Is there a song that makes you emotional?
PQ12] Do you feel that you have a special connection with some types of music? Which types?
Very reflective upon the music playing – some the connection is purely memory of times afore sort of listening to other pieces when l can usually transcend into a different layer of thinking. Good thinking pieces are usually like:
From this …
To this …
And from that to this …
To this …
And then some of this …
And then some of this … my listening is always reflective my writing moods. As an example, below is great for writing dark poetry.
Q13] Have you ever tried singing in a karaoke bar? What was the experience like?
Are you completely out of your mind Rory, who creates a question like this anyway? You absolute lunatic! No way!
Q14] Do you listen to music when writing? If so which?
Above and much much more very reflective upon what is being written. But with regards poetry, l try and find pieces that assist me in allowing my mind to open up to a greater level. Like this below .. brilliant for poetry! It’s great for getting the juices exploding.
PQ15] Have you even gone to see a musical? What was it, provide link please.
Last musical l saw was Cats, prior to that l saw maybe one or two but not significantly notable apart from Madame Butterfly and l think l cried at that, in fact just listening to that piece again, and tears are welling up in my eyes, it is simply so very beautiful.
Q16] Do you know the lyrics to all the songs you like?
No, very few in truth. I used to when it was a hobby/passion to remember them for fun. I listen mostly to the music and then and only if l like it, l might subconsciously pick up a few lines.
Q17] When you are listening to music – are you listening just to the music itself or the lyrics too?
First just the beat, then the music, then the content, then the lyrics.
Q18] Do you listen to music when you go cycling/jogging or when you’re working out at the gym? [or any other physical activity]
No, l only listen to music when l am writing now.
Q19] Many operas are in French, Italian or German. If you listen to opera, do you understand the libretto (text) or are you happy to get the gist (main idea)?
Well l am not a huge opera fan in truth, that is not saying l dislike opera l am just not a huge fan, as in l wouldn’t specifically pay to go and see it. But there are some truly magnificant songs … however usually l can read up about the story and that is enough to sate me, but l am too fidgetty to sit in one place for too long now.
I know l know, l have already had this, but this is truly breathtaking!
PQ20] Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?
Q21] Do you enjoy watching music videos? What sort of music videos do you enjoy most?
Do l enjoy watching them? Sometimes, but they mostly serve as back ground, l don’t need to see music to appreciate it. As to which gets played more often? No one specific genre is played more than the other, sometimes it is just too eclectic a day to be specific 🙂
Thanks for reading.