Music is one of those things that has always been in my life. I grew up with an uncle I adored who had awesome taste in music. And I grew up in the 80s. Need I say more? Between his influence with the rock bands of the 70s, the cheesy pop of the 80s (yes, I had Duran Duran posters on my walls!), and the nostalgic resurgence of the 60s (they were next to my Beatles posters), it was an awesome time to grow up.
Then I went to college.
Yep, in college my music education kind of changed. I lived on the same floor as the computer lab, which meant that no other radio signals would get through. I had to survive off of the tapes that I already had and the headphones that kept the music from annoying my very sensitive roommate. I got stuck in a musical time warp, so to speak. Then there were the rest of the college years. By the time I moved out of that hallway to the other side of campus, I was touring weekly with a show choir. We love showtunes, don’t we? So it became all I listened to. For years. Am listening to now, actually. I found once I left school and had time to listen to public radio that, well, music sucked. It was either insulting or degrading or simplistic lyrics, or I couldn’t understand the lyrics at all. About ten years ago I started listening to Christian music again, because I can at least sing along. So that’s the bulk of my iPod now–music from my teen years, contemporary Christian, and Showtunes. There are some odd hits that make their way in, but all in all, an eclectic mix, no?
This Weeks Questions:
1. What is your all-time favorite song? All time favorite song? As in ALL TIME favorite? I think it depends on the day of the week you ask me. Lately it’s been Jesus Freak by DC Talk. But there’s a strong case to be made for Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton, Blackbird or Norwegian Wood by the Beatles, Under the Scotsman’s Kilt by the Irish Rovers, and oh a half dozen others.
2. Who is your favorite singer/band?
Singer and band are two very different things! They just are. Sorry. Singer? Probably Elton John. His Peachtree Road album is nothing short of brilliant. Billy Joel (of twenty years ago), Tom Waits, Meat Loaf, Dusty Springfield, and Michael Tait are in the mix. Best band? Love The Season, Audio Adrenaline, Newsboys, Casting Crowns, Dixie Chicks, Group 1 Crew, all good. But probably go with Goo Goo Dolls.
3. What song reminds you of your childhood?
We Didn’t Start the Fire by Billy Joel makes me think about high school, along with any song by the 80s teen pop groups–NKOTB, Boys to Men, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, et. al.
4. What songs put you in a good mood?
Under the Scotsman’s Kilt by the Irish Rovers. Forever Changed by The Season in a bittersweet way (it’s an anthem for those that perished in the April 16 shooting at Virginia Tech, and how we’re all Hokie’s in the wake of the disaster). Ohio (Come Back to Texas) by Bowling for Soup. Just about anything by the Barenaked Ladies. (Can you tell I prefer songs with really strong lyrics???)
5. What is your music to rock out to in your car?
Goodbye Earl by the Dixie Chicks, Bat out of Hell by Meatloaf. Do You Hear the Mountains Tremble by Matt Redman. Jesus Freak by DC Talk.
6. What is the most embarrassing album or song you own?
First album ever given to me was the 45 of Hey E.T.! Heavens me.