Friday, June 1, 2012

Here's to 80's crushes, Lame Concerts, and NOT Being Especially Deep (GBE2 #54 Topic: Self)

Without music, life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Nietzsche

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.

Bob Marley

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau

There have a lot of awesomely deep posts for this week's GBE2 topic of "self".  The bad thing for me, this week anyway, is that I am not in a very deep thinking frame of mind.
I was watching videos on YouTube earlier and I noticed that there is a "music tag" going around.  I thought that doing this tag would be a lighthearted way to cover this topic and show you guys a little more of mySELF.  
1.  Who is your favorite band/singer?
Bands and singers fall into two different categories for me.  My all time favorite singer is Madonna.  My two favorite bands are Weezer and (The) Gossip.
2.  Is there a music artist that you admire makeup and/or fashion-wise?
I could say Madonna again but that would just get us off to a really boring start!  I could say Lady Gaga but that would just be like me saying Madonna again anyway.  So I'm going to say Nicki Minaj and Beth Ditto.  
3.  What was your first concert experience?
I wish I had a really cool or really rocking story for you here.  But sadly, my first concert experience was The Dirty Dancing Tour.  Followed by many other lame concerts that I thought were cool at the time.  I haven't been to a concert in almost twenty years.  The last one that I saw was Boyz II Men and Babyface when I was 19 (I think).
4.  What is your 'guilty pleasure' singer or band?
Britney Spears.  Sad...I know.  But I love danceable music and most of the time she satisfies that for me.
5.  Can you play any instruments?
Yes!  Well...I used to.  I played the flute from fourth grade until my junior year of high school.  I also could play small snippets of music on a keyboard.  I'm not very musically gifted, but's something!
6.  Have you ever sang/danced/performed in front of an audience?
I performed in a plethora of school concerts both in the band and the chorus (I swear they will let any kid in, one wants to hear me sing!)  I competed in two prepared speech contests in high school as well--and won second place in the regional competition.  Okay, so it was second place out of the two whole people who showed up...but I still got a trophy!  Also, my high school boyfriend/first husband and I won first place in our school's lip sync contest.  But as an adult, I have not performed anything for anyone.
7. What is your favorite song or a song with significant meaning?
Seriously?  A whole blog could be written about that!  I have too many songs that have special meanings.  I have whole playlists devoted to different feelings and meanings.  My "official" favorite songs are:  'Into the Groove' by Madonna and 'Buddy Holly' by Weezer.  I consider them to be my favorites because they always bring a smile to my face and make me feel happy.
8.  Is there a genre of music that you don't like?
Yep.  I've said it before and I'll say it again.  I do not like country music.  There are precious few exceptions to this rule for me.  I could probably count the number of country songs I like on my hands and have fingers left over.
9.  Who was your first musician crush?
I can remember this like it was yesterday!  I had bought a New Kids on the Block cassette (cassette!!! Damn, I'm old!!) almost a year prior to this moment.  I didn't really like it and I gave the tape to my sister.  It was summer vacation.  I was 13.  I was in my bedroom watching MTV and the video for "Hangin' Tough' came on.  And there was Donnie Wahlberg looking so hot in his leather jacket and ripped jeans.  It was love at first sight and I just had to get that cassette back from my sister!  We, like so many tweens in the late 80's, became die hard fans.  Good thing she liked Joey or we'd have been fighting!  
Bonus:  My current musician crush (and has been for the last ten it's doubtful I'm de-crushing anytime soon) is Justin Timberlake.
Which leads me to the last question...
10.  Put your music player on shuffle.  What's the first song that pops up?
'Lovestoned (I Think She Knows)' by Justin Timberlake       



  1.  I like this not-especially-deep take on this week's topic. My musical taste runs all over the place--even into the country.  ;O)

  2. I love what you did with this. My musical tastes go all over the board.  I like it all but tend to listen to rock and country(yeah I know you despise it, ha ha) the best.  Great post!!


  3. I used to like Simon and Garfunkle ... still do.  Yeah right, I am ancient

  4. I love Madonna but my favorites are Nina Simon, Whitney Huston and likes. Something about these black women singers and their voice. Among men .. many.. I can go on forever.. I love jazz blues but the nI love all kind of music for it has no language.. just pure love.  

  5. "Into the Groove" defined my early 20's (showing my age here) and is still one of my favorite songs. "Desperately Seeking Susan" was absolutely the film version of both sides of me back then...

  6. You're old? Dang! My first crush was Mickey Dolan's from The Monkeys. I'm sure you could look up this senior citizen on the internet if you don't know who he is. ;)

  7.  I'm not so young that I don't know who the Monkees are!!  I might not be the oldest...but somedays it feels that way :-)

  8.  I LOVE 'Desperately Seeking Susan'!  One of my favorite movies. 

  9.  Yes, I know what you mean.  Something about a soulful voice just pulls at your heart. 

  10.  Not ancient at all!

  11.  Thank you...yes, it's not my favorite but I can understand why people enjoy it.


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