It’s been ages since anyone gave me an award, so I was surprised when Joey presented me with this one. I’m not sure what that says about me or him, but hey – I’ll take it!. Without further ado, I’ll answer the questions that came with the award. If you’d like to know how Joey answered them, click on his name above.
1. What does music mean to you?
Um… everything? Seriously, I can’t imagine a world without music and there are very few genres I dislike. I’m willing to give most anything a chance. I’ll admit lyrics take a back seat, but even so… there are times the words are what really stand out for me. And it’s not just listening. Over the years I’ve sung in choirs (both school and church) and played instruments (piano, handbells and attempted the guitar and mandolin). I play air guitar. I drum on the steering wheel when driving. When alone, I sing along heartily to songs with vocals. I sing or hum in the shower. I hum under my breath while shopping in stores. Needless to say, I always have an earworm. Music relaxes me, provides escape, inspires me, helps me praise and worship God, makes me nostalgic, makes me laugh, makes me cry, and occasionally angers or irritates me. As I said – I can’t imagine a world without music.
2. What’s your first music-related memory?
I’m sure I’ve been listening to music since I was in utero. My dad owned and managed a radio station when I was little, so music was always important in our household. His station was a “middle of the road” format, so that mostly meant Big Band, Swing, Crooners, and Jazz along with some other stuff I’m not sure how to categorize. That aside, my earliest distinct memories are the nursery songs my mother would sing to me, especially at bath time. I also sang them to my children when they were small. In fact, there’s one I still sing to my dog, Alice. (if you’re familiar with children’s bath time songs, you’ll know which one!)
3. What was the first album you purchased yourself?
Our memory can play tricks on us. I would have sworn the first album I bought was Green, Green Grass of Home by Tom Jones. But – when I pulled out my LP and looked at it, stamped on the back of the album cover, plain as day, are the words “Promo Copy, Not For Sale”! Hmmmm. Maybe I swiped it from my dad’s radio station (or he let me have it). I guess logically my first purchase would have been a 45 and I have such a stack of those in the cabinet that I have no idea which might have been the first.
4. What’s the latest music you purchased?
This is easier to answer. All I have to do is look at the “recently added” section on my phone since I rarely buy music any other way than downloading it there. You might be surprised to know the most recent addition is Get Ugly by Jason Derulo.
5. What’s the last song you listened to? (be honest)
Well of course it was Get Ugly – I listened to it when looking for the answer to the last question! The last random song would be whatever was playing on the Jazz station in my car earlier today (I’m composing this post on Sunday). The last song I can actually account for was Slumber by Needtobreathe, which played on my iPod while I was working on a jigsaw puzzle yesterday.
I’m meant to pass this along to five other bloggers, but instead I’m going to just offer it up to any of you who would like to receive it. Just grab the award banner and answer the five questions in a post of your own. Easy peasy!