Friday, June 26, 2009

Music of Our Lives (Friday Five)

A very ! fun Friday Five from Mary Beth at Rev Gals!

The sad news of Michael Jackson's untimely death has me thinking about music and its effects on us - individually, as cultures, as generations. Let's think about the soundtracks of our lives...

1) What sort of music did you listen to as a child - this would likely have been determined or influenced by your parents? Or perhaps your family wasn't musical...was the news the background? the radio? Singing around the piano?


Perry Como, Lawrence Welk . . . my plan was to become a beautiful singer named Peggy with short curly hair and full skirts on the Lawrence Welk show.

2) Going ahead to teenage years, is there a song that says "high school" (or whatever it might've been called where you lived") to you?

Junior high: Yesterday, Satisfaction, California Girls, California Dreamin'.

High School: Revolution, Fire and Rain, It's Too Late, Both Sides Now, the entire Crosby, Stills and Nash Album, anything by Laura Nyro.

College: Layla, Maggie.

Law School: Hotel California.

3) What is your favorite music for a lift on a down day? (hint: go to www.pandora.com and type in a performer/composer...see what you come up with!)

Vivaldi.

4) Who is your favorite performer of all time?

The Beatles, the Stones, James Taylor, Joni Michell, Paul McCartney.

5) What is your favorite style of music for worship?

Traditional choral music, preferably as arranged (and sung, if I could get there) by the choirs of places like Kings' College or St. Paul's Cathedral.

11 comments:

Shalom said...

Well played. I remember watching Lawrence Welk on Sunday nights - I, too, had the full-skirt dream (curly hair already provided by genetics, for better or worse).

Sally said...

Great play. I love Vivadi.

Sue said...

I have California Dreamin' on a mix CD in my car. I love it!

Jane said...

Great play - love the chorla arrangements too

mompriest said...

Hotel California will always remind me of a summer between years in college when I took a pottery class - there I'd be learning how to spin pots on a wheel to the rhythm and harmony of Hotel California....to this day I can still feel the room, the clay, the wheel....

Presbyterian Gal said...

We grew up on the same songs.

Kathryn said...

Come over and we'll go on a choral music pilgrimage...

Mary Beth said...

Awesome play. I love the Eagles and Vivaldi

Carol said...

You and I can listen to music together and share i-pods any time. Other than the choral music; that doesn't really do it for me.

Stratoz said...

Joni came up in a discussion the other night, three of us loved her, one had heard of her but couldn't name a song, and one had never heard of her.

Jim said...

I'm wondering how your obvious connection with a more modern generation than myself yet exposed you to Perry Como and Lawrence Welk. My own highschool years were launched with a 7th Grd introduction to Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" that ushered in R&R, Welk and Como and Clooney and Patti Page, Lucky Strike Hit parade all well within my memory...