Miss Andi over at Music & Words created the award and dedicated it to “bloggers who spread the word about awesome music.”
Thank you, Mary and Michele! It’s an honor to receive this.
Here are the five things I need to do for this award:
- Link back to the person who nominated you
- Answer the questions with words AND music
- Pass the award on to 5 bloggers who inspire you with their posts about music
- Tag your post with #MWA, for Music&Words Award so that we can all find you down the line
- Quote these 5 steps and the award icon in your post. You can display the icon on your sidebar as well.
Number 1 is done, so let’s move on to the questions…
Q1. What does music mean to you?
The O’Jays probably say it best: I love music.
The lyrics are here.
I felt like an outsider through most of high school, and always felt best when I was in my room listening to music. I was really into it, going so far as to study the liner notes and any of the printed material that came with the records (it was all vinyl back then), practically memorizing it. I knew who was playing what on each song, who the engineer was, the producer, even the music publishing companies. When I’d go to a dance, I’d go to hear the band and what they were playing. I took a girl to a dance once and didn’t dance, just stood there transfixed by the musicians on the stage. I played guitar and would try as often as I could to match the sounds coming out of the speakers. I got into all kinds of different music. Not just the rock and folk of the day, but jazz, blues, even some country. By the time I got out of high school I was a dyed-in-the-wool blues guy: I played harmonica and guitar and knew most of the music by Muddy Waters and Little Walter. Mary saw that side of me and loved it. She gave me a guitar for my 21st birthday. I still have it, although it needs some work (one of the tuning machines came loose and fell off), and of course I haven’t been able to play since the stroke. I compensate for it by writing about music and doing my best to learn as much as I can about the bands and artists.
Q2. What is your first music-related memory?
I got my love of music from my family, I’m sure. My aunt Marie was a coloratura soprano who sang opera and was involved with the Illinois Opera Guild for many years. Her sister was my grandmother, Walkie, who evidently had a great ear for music; Mom said she and Hicks would go to a show, and she’d be able to play the music, in her own key, by the time they got home. Dad sang in barbershop quartets (he was a bass), and my aunts all tell me he taught them how to sing the Ajax Cleanser song…
What I remember the most was sitting in the living room, listening to Introducing… The Beatles one day, and Dad coming in and listening with me. In those days, parents generally thought The Beatles were noise, but he sat there, and after one of the songs he said, “you know, they’re really good!” When my record was over, he said “want to listen to one of mine?” And we sat there and listened to the records he liked, music by singers like Pat Boone, June Christy, Jack Jones, and of course Andy Williams.
Dad loved Dixieland jazz, too, and had a couple of albums by The Dukes of Dixieland that I would listen to.
The point is, I don’t remember my first music-related memory, but I remember that afternoon with Dad. Maybe that’s why.
Q3. What was the first album you’ve purchased yourself?
That’s another tough one. My guess would be Introducing… The Beatles. Years later, I learned that the British version was called Please Please Me.
Q4. What was the latest music you purchased? (No online streaming or free downloads, I’m talking about cash here!)
That’s easy: Acoustic Alchemy’s Live in London. This isn’t the version on that record, but here’s “Homecoming,” the first track on it.
Q5. Which song did you listen to last? (No cheating, come out with the dirty pleasures!)
Besides the songs I’ve listed here? Probably this one from O. C. Smith, which Cheryl Wright, who blogs at Plucking of my Heartstrings, included in her music post today. I love O. C.’s voice, not just on this one.
Now comes the hard part: I have to nominate five bloggers to receive this award. It’s hard because a lot of the music bloggers I like have already received the award. It’s also hard because I know some people don’t particularly like to accept blogging awards. With that in mind, here are my nominations:
- The aforementioned Cheryl Wright at Plucking of my Heartstrings, who has absolutely blown me away with a couple of her Musical Monday posts.
- Marie Moody, also known as X-Mas Dolly, for inviting me to participate in MMMM.
- While I’m at it, let’s nominate the other hosts of MMMM, Naila Moon at Just The Stuff Ya Know, Callie at Jamerican Spice, and Stacy at Stacy Uncorked. Thanks for letting me play along!
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 7, 2016.