I’ve been seeing this meme floating around (most recently at Kelly’s blog) and thought it had a fun collection of questions so I thought I’d mix things up and talk about music rather than books today. (By the way, two of my answers are complete lies! See if you can guess which ones!)
1. What’s the most annoying song in the world? Usually whatever song I can’t get out of my head at the moment. For the longest time this summer, it was the Smurf’s song (La la la la la la la!). Great. now that I’ve typed this, it is back in my head!!! DAMN YOU SMURFS!!!
2. What’s the saddest song in the world? I totally know the answer to this because I discussed it with my brother this summer. Not only is it beyond sad, but it is totally creepy as well. I remembered it clearly from my childhood because it scarred me for years and years. My brother completely blocked it out and swore it couldn’t possibly exist and be what I said it was. Then we listened to it and he said “No wonder I blocked it out. That is one seriously f-ed up song.” I’ve always called it the Dead Baby Song, but its real title is The Shortest Story and it appeared on Harry Chapin’s excellent album, Greatest Stories Live. Here are the lyrics in their entirety:
I am born today, the sun burns its promise in my eyes; Mama strikes me and I draw a breath and cry. Above me a cloud softly tumbles through the sky; I am glad to be alive. It is my seventh day, I taste the hunger and I cry; my brother and sister cling to Mama's side. She squeezes her breast, but it has nothing to provide; someone weeps, I fall asleep. It is twenty days today, Mama does not hold me anymore; I open my mouth but I am too weak to cry. Above me a bird slowly crawls across the sky; why is there nothing now to do but die?
3. What’s the sexiest song in the world? Hmmmm…this is a hard one as what each person considers “sexy” is such a personal thing. It is a tie between Kandi by One Eskimo and Wild Horses by Prefab Sprout (and it isn’t that other Wild Horses song). I know you’ve probably think I’m a lunatic but these songs just really do it for me.
4. Name a new, to you, band or music artist that you can’t get enough of. I kept hearing how great Adele was but had never heard anything by her. Then I was getting my haircut and “Rolling in the Deep” came on and I knew instantly it was her and I got why everyone is gaga over her. What a voice!
5. Have you met any famous musicians? Unfortunately, no. Sigh.
6. What song best describes your life? If I was using just the title, Jackson Brown’s Running On Empty. If I’m going with lyrics, maybe This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) by the Talking Heads.
7. How important is your partner’s taste in music to you? If it was massively important, Mr. Jenners and I would not be married as he has horrific taste in music. He picks the music he listens to by how hot he thinks the singers are!! I know!!! When I met him, he was a Britney Spears fan. Ugh! Now that he’s matured (a little), his default favorite band is probably Def Leppard. Although I don’t totally hold this character flaw against him, it would be nice to be able to agree on what to play on the radio on long car trips.
8. Do you sing in the shower? Not too much anymore … I’m always so rushed now. But when I do, I always sing Helen Reddy’s Peaceful. Not sure why it is my default shower song but it just always sounds good with shower acoustics.
9. What was the last live music show you attended? Did you buy a T-shirt? Oh man, I have to think waaaaaayyy back. I haven’t been to a live show in ages. Probably James Taylor performing live outside at the Mann Music Center. I didn’t buy a t-shirt.
10. What’s the sweetest song in the world? Now that I’ve got James Taylor on my mind, I’m going to go with something by him. How about How Sweet It Is (has “sweet” in the title!) or Whenever I See Your Smiling Face. Oh oh oh … or how about Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey!? Or wait, I also love Stevie Wonder’s Ribbon in the Sky. Or his lovely Overjoyed? Damn, this is hard to limit my answer to just one song.
11. Can you play a musical instrument? I took piano lessons for what felt like an interminable amount of time when I was young. I begged and begged to be able to quit for years, and my parents always told me I’d regret it if I quit. But eventually I wore them down and quit. And now …. I totally regret it. For my birthday (even though I got my puppy!!), Mr. Jenners got the one thing I’d been asking for, an electronic keyboard. I’ve been revisiting my old piano books and exploring playing again. I’m pleased to say I can still play, though it can be painful to listen to my many many mistakes.
12. Are you in a band or are you a performing solo music artist? If yes, what kind of music do you play? Since the early 1980s, I’ve been the lead guitarist for a little band known as U2. I play under my pseudonym of The Edge. Here is my disguise I wear on stage. 13. Have you ever dated a musician? Well, not a successful or professional musician but I did date someone in college who dabbled in music (and still does).
14. Are you a groupie? Yes … I follow John Mayer around between the hours of 9:30 and 2:00 so I’m home to meet BB’s bus.
Bonus: If you listen to the radio, what station and type of music are you tuned to the most? Well, since we don’t believe in “terrestrial” radio anymore, we’re a Sirius/XM household. Lately, we’ve all gotten hooked on the Kids Place Live channel. Originally, we listened to it for BB, but now I’m totally digging the music, especially the genius that is Randy Kaplan. I’ve heard so many good songs on that station that I genuinely love. Plus, it introduced BB to the genius that is “Weird Al” Yankovic. BB is totally into his Star Wars song, The Saga Begins, which I now have completely mixed up with Don McLean’s original song to the point of no return.
If you have a kid and are searching for music that won’t make you want to kill yourself, I’d highly recommend this station, particularly the following songs:
- The Ladybug Without Spots by Randy Kaplan (or any of his songs, particularly No Nothing, Little Bee, Loquat Rooftop, Shampoo Me)
- When One Became Two by The Verve Pipe (yes … that Verve Pipe!)
- any of the songs by Caspar Babypants (who used to sing for the Presidents of the United States of America!)
- Kitty Fight by Joe McDermott
- Hula Hoop to the Loop by Keller Williams
- Barbra Streisand by Duck Sauce
Well, I could go on and on. The station rocks! Either I’m getting older … or I’m getting really really young because I’m just digging this stuff. (Even Mr. Jenners likes it!)