Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Five: talkin' 'bout music

Mary Beth at Revgals writes:
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?
We had an assortment of music that was for us—children’s songs and such, I specifically remember Peter and the Wolf, and someone’s Child’s Guide to the Orchestra—and then a varied collection of other music. I specifically remember The Singing Nun; Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass; Pete Seeger; Tom Lehrer (LOVED him!); and at Christmas some albums with songs from Italy and Sweden, and some other collections that had nontraditional music (as well as traditional). My parents also listened to classical music, and I can remember asking my father to play it when I was going to bed so that it would serenade me to sleep.

2) Going ahead to teenage years, is there a song that says "high school" to you?
My taste in music was heavily folk, but I slipped in a little “Yes,” to my collection. Steve Miller Band, Michael Murphy, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot and Dan Fogelberg were my favorites. I also developed a taste for Celtic music, listening to Steeleye Span, Twisted Sister, Boys of the Lough, and others. In college (more memorable, musically), it was discomania, so there are lots of rhythmic tunes I can remember dancing to!

3) What is your favorite music for a lift on a down day?
Celtic music! I love Alasdair Fraser, but for a twist on Celtic I also enjoy The Secret Garden.

4) Who is your favorite performer of all time?
I’ve seen Gordon Lightfoot the most in concert, which says something, and I also loved seeing The Secret Garden. I had the distinct pleasure of traveling with Alasdair Fraser on a dancing tour of Scottish Castles, and he is amazing to watch. I don’t think I can narrow this down to one choice.

5) What is your favorite style of music for worship?
I’m a traditional girl—give me those old chestnuts from the hymnal any day!

Bonus if you include a video of any of the above!
I couldn’t find any good video with adequate recordings of Alasdair Fraser, but there is a recording of his here:


Nancy said...

Tom Lehrer! Oh, YES! I sang "Poisoning Pigeons" so much when my kids were little that THEY grew up to sing it.

Nancy, off to dance the masochism tango . . . .

Jane said...

wonderful music - and thanks for reminding us about Tom Lehrer

mompriest said...

Interesting...I never really listened to any of the music you did....good play!

Mary Beth said...

How could I have left out Yes and Dan Fogelberg! they are high school BEACH songs for me. :)


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