So, Coleen picked me to do this, and Colleen is funny and pretty and nice and can also be a little scary when she chooses to be, so I feel like I have to do what she says or she'll get mad. The thing is, this is really embarrassing. Those of you who know my husband know that he is an absolute music fiend and I'm sure you assume that our mutual love of and deep interest in music was one of the things that brought us together. Not so much. While I spent much of the first half of my life in choirs and choruses and various other singing groups and while there are songs I love so much that I question whether life could continue without them, I'm not much into music. I never know any groups, or who's popular, or even who sings a particular song that I really like. So anyway, I'm doing this only because I want to make Colleen love me, but the very first person who says the slightest mocking or disparaging thing will be immediately added to my shit list forever and possibly meet up with my fleet of trained attack pigeons in an alley somewhere. Shut up, I'm sensitive.
And no, I didn't ask Chris for help. But I really, really wanted to.
1. Song that sounds like happy feels:
Louie Armstrong's "Wonderful World." No, this song does not sound especially upbeat or happy, but I am more interested in the words than the tune with all music and this was "our song" at my wedding. Hearing it makes me so happy I cry.
2. Earliest memory:
Watching the Muppets the night my brother was born. So I guess my earliest music memory would be a Muppet song.
3. Last CD you bought:
Honestly cannot remember, it may have been a couple years. When you live with someone who owns over 3000 cds, buying your own is pretty pointless.
4. Reminds you of school:
"We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister. STOP LAUGHING RIGHT NOW! We used to sing it on the swing set. No, I have no idea why.
"Hunger Strike" by Temple of the Dog. This may not really count for high school, since I think I first heard this song at Beach Week after Senior year, but we listed to this song (and the album) all week long. Nonstop. What can I say? Sometimes a really great song meets copious amounts of, well, let's call them sub-legal substances. Hearing always gives me a complete flashback to that week. Not that I would know anything about flashbacks.
Joe Satriani, "Rubina's Blue Sky Happiness." We listened to this song constantly down in the Dungeon. In fact, there is a very high likelihood that it was playing the first time I met my husband.
"Melissa" by The Allman Brothers. This one is just an inside joke that I'm not going to explain.
5. Total music files on your PC:
Total music files on my laptop? None. Total music files I have put on our home PC? One, "The Pork Song" by The Fabulous Grier. Total music files on our home PC courtesy of my husband? 9 jillion, give or take.
6. Song for listening to repeatedly when depressed:
Jeff Buckley's version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Ok, I listen to this song repeatedly even when I'm not depressed, but it is a good play-it-to-death song for any occasion. At the very beginning of the track you can hear a single breath. When I get in the mood where I am listening to this song 20 times in a row, it becomes very important to me to determine whether that single breath is an inhalation or an exhalation. The decision I come to depends on my mood. I tend to think that if it is an inhalation it is more hopeful, and if it is an exhalation it indicates a loss of hope.
7. Song that sounds British, but isn't:
I don't think I even understand this question.
8. Song you love, band you hate:
See, this would require me knowing who actually sings the songs I like. Next question.
9. A favorite song from the past that took ages to track down:
"In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel. SHUT UP! I was young, I had no idea how to go about figuring out who sang the song.
10. Bought the album for one good song:
Whatever Jerry Garcia album has "Ruben and Cherise." Yes, I could google it, but I'm too lazy.
Oh, wait! Cats Under the Stars. I remembered because I am so very smart.
11. Worst Song to Get Stuck in your Head:
My husband's version of "La Bamba." It has no words, you just sing la-la-la-la La Bamba over and over until you go fully mad.
12. Best song to dump a beer on someone's head to, then storm out of the bar?
Um, Happy Birthday? Because how awesomely cruel would that be. A bunch of people are standing around delivering a sad and off-key rendition of Happy Birthday and you dump a beer on the birthday boy's head. In fact, the next time I hear Happy Birthday in a bar, I'm doing it.
13. Who should do this next?