Meaningful music(ians) (Weekend Assignment #273)

Meaningful music(ians) (Weekend Assignment #273)

Weekend Assignment #273: The death of Michael Jackson has provoked a huge reaction, much of it from people who grew up listening to his music. Is there a particular musician whose work has particular meaning for you? Extra Credit: What is your personal reaction, if any, to the death of Michael Jackson? I already did the extra credit – that was yesterday’s post. It should not surprise you if you’ve been reading here for awhile, […]

The day the icons died (June 25, 2009)

The day the icons died (June 25, 2009)

We’ve all heard that old saying about deaths coming in threes, but rarely do two of the three happen on the same day. One of the world’s best-known sidekicks (and sweepstakes spokesmen), Ed McMahon, passed away at the beginning of last week. On Thursday, former poster girl Farrah Fawcett died of cancer after weeks of deathbed vigil by her long-time partner, Ryan O’Neal. And only a few hours after word got out about Farrah, the […]

Flashback: 1979 (Weekend Assignment #267)

Flashback: 1979 (Weekend Assignment #267)

In honor of her 30th wedding anniversary – which is TODAY! Happy Anniversary, Karen and John! – Karen has invited us to take a trip back in time: Weekend Assignment #267: On Tuesday, John and I will have been married to 30 years. If you’re old enough to remember the late 1970s, please tell us what you were up to way back then. If not, pretend I asked about the late 1980s. If you’re too […]

Quick, change the station! Ten songs I can’t stand

Quick, change the station! Ten songs I can’t stand

“Hate” is a strong word, but that’s what this week’s Ten on Tuesday asked for – “10 Songs You Hate.” It was hard to narrow it down, to be honest. Tall Paul did some online searches for “worst songs,” and they reminded us both about a lot of songs that we couldn’t stand. Since I’m in my mid-forties, I’ve been listening to pop music for long enough to have heard a lot of crap – […]

Thursday Book Talk: “ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes – Year 1”

Thursday Book Talk: “ShapeShifter: The Demo Tapes – Year 1”

ShapeShifter : The Demo Tapes — Year 1 Susan Helene Gottfried Lulu.com, Paperback (ISBN 0557023440 / 9780557023448) Fiction, 132 pages Book description (from back cover): A band’s demo tape is intended to introduce listeners to their music. Likewise, this collection of short pieces allows readers into the fictional world of Trevor Wolff and his band, ShapeShifter. Originally published online between April 2006 and March 2007, The Demo Tapes — Year 1 brings together the moments […]

Ten on Tuesday: I am Music, or these are the songs of my life

This week’s Ten on Tuesday prompt, “10 Songs That Describe You (and/)or Your Life,” was especially fun for someone like me, who has always wanted a personal soundtrack. Coming up with songs was pretty easy, to be honest; cutting that list down to just ten was the challenge. Should I include some of my all-time favorites and try to make them fit the theme, just because I wouldn’t want to leave them out, or seek […]

Booking Through Thursday on Monday: Behind the music (and lyrics)

Booking Through Thursday: Sing! Sing a Song… But, enough about books … Other things have words, too, right? Like … songs! If you’re anything like me, there are songs that you love because of their lyrics; writers you admire because their songs have depth, meaning, or just a sheer playfulness that has nothing to do with the tunes. So, today’s question? What songs … either specific songs, or songs in general by a specific group or […]

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Holiday Songs, plus 5 more

My husband and I got into a little debate over this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Favorite Holiday Songs.“ HIM: “You know they mean Christmas songs. Who even knows ten songs for Hanukkah?” ME: “Well, there are the popular, secular songs that some people don’t really consider to be about Christmas – they’re about Santa Claus, or winter…and then there are the traditional church songs and carols about Jesus’ birth. They’re two very different […]

Ten on Tuesday: I’m with the band

This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Bands/Artists that Remind You of High School,” is one where it’s hard for me to stop at ten – so I didn’t. I spent most of my adolescence glued to the radio, and there’s a lot of music associated with my high-school years (which, for the record, were 1978 to 1982). I still listen to the music of some of the performers on this list, but they made […]

What’s that sound on my radio?

If you’ve seen any of my iPod Random Ten posts, you know that my musical preferences are a bit hard to classify, and I like it that way – which is one reason I tend to find radio so frustrating. I’m old enough to remember when radio stations weren’t locked into as specific formats as they are now. Granted, the “Top 40” stations frequently did play the same songs every few hours, but there were […]

Ten on Tuesday: Favorite Movie Songs

Ten on Tuesday: Favorite Movie Songs

I’m all about the soundtrack. I’ve often wished my daily life had one. Maybe I can get some ideas for it from this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Favorite Movie Songs.” For the purposes of this assignment, I’m sticking with songs that were written specifically for, or were heard for the first time in, a particular movie. A lot of recent movies have made use of existing music for their soundtracks, which is fine […]

Weekend Assignment #226: A musical interlude of sorts, or “Jukebox Brain”

This week, Karen asks the musical question: Weekend Assignment #226: Is there a song that you’re particularly enjoying at the moment, that’s on heavy rotation on your iPod, the CD player in your car, or just in your head? If so, what is it? If not, what was the last song you were really into? Extra Credit: What song, if any, has been playing in your head today, and you really wish it would stop […]