Friday, May 7, 2010

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Music Meme

Was tagged here by Andrew to participate in this "meme about music". And so I cannot resist!

1. Open up your iTunes, music player, spin the CD, whatever, hit shuffle and tell us what is the first song to play?

"Opening" by Philip Glass, originally written for Mishima, but appearing on my iTunes from The Truman Show.

2. Name your top five favorite bands/musicians of all time.
Oh, let's see. Philip Glass, The Beatles, ABBA, The Decemberists and The Spice Girls.

3. What was your first CD to own? (8 track, record, CD, MP3 for the newbies)
Pure Disco 2, a compilation of hits ranging from "I Will Survive" to "Love Rollercoaster". I think it was third or fourth grade, and my sister's boyfriend at the time presented it as a birthday gift. Still listen to it.

4. Of all the bands/artists in your cd/record collection, which one do you own the most albums by?
Actual CDs? The Beatles, with six. As for my iTunes: Philip Glass, with 46.

5. What was the last song you listened to?

"On My Way to Canaan's Land"

6. What song would you say sums you up?
I don't know. I mean, like, who can really be summed up in a song, man? Maybe "Little Person" from Synecdoche, NY? Or "Applause" from Applause? Kind of different, but somewhere in the middle is me.

7. What's your favourite local band or band that originated from your hometown?
We've had a few come from here, but I guess Marilyn Manson is the one I would play before anyone else. This even surprises me, but he's damn good at what he does.

8. What's the greatest concert you've ever been to?
The free Weezer concert at FSU. Incredible.

9. What musician would you like to hang out with for a day?
Philip Glass, obviously. He's so interesting! I'd love to just pick his brain.

10. What was the greatest decade for music?
There's never been a bad one. I have a number of songs from Cole Porter, Gershwin, Backstreet Boys, Bob Dylan, Electric Light Orchestra, ABBA, Lily Allen, Nat King Cole, The Beatles, etc. I love it all.

11. What is your favorite movie soundtrack?
Xanadu, hands down. From the opening "I'm Alive" to the titular finale, it's a non-stop trip to pleasure town. "The Fall" has to be one of my favoritest songs ever written, "Dancin'" is why musicals exist, and "Don't Walk Away" is powerful.

12. What's the most awful CD/record/etc. you've ever bought?
Don't even have to think about this. Holiday Hounds, a collection of Christmas songs as performed by the "dogs barking" setting on a keyboard. It's gratingly, ears-bleeding awful, and a good argument for why you shouldn't make midnight trips to Wal-Mart after partaking of a questionable buffet.

13. What's your favorite band t-shirt or poster?
Like, that I own or what? I have a sepia-tinted Beatles one from their Sgt. Pepper's period. It's pretty cool.

14. Rolling Stones or The Beatles?
The Beatles. Please. Rolling Stones is a glorious rock band. The Beatles refuses to be kept to one genre.

15. What is the one song you would most like played at your funeral? Your birthday? While on a romantic date?
The answer to the first two is my all-time favorite song of all time, "Everlasting Love", as performed by a string quartet (funeral) and Carl Carlton (birthday). As for a romantic date, I'm pretty partial to "Don't Walk Away" from Xanadu.

As I do, I tag Who is the March King and TomS.


Jude said...

Have you heard the Broadway version of Xanadu? If not I do recommend it!

Walter L. Hollmann said...

Jude - I have, and I'll be honest here. I think Cheyenne is great. I hate the girl. And it's honestly because I think her ONJ is disrespectful. Weird, I know, and I have a sense of humor, but the musical is too, "haha wasn't that an awful movie let's make fun of it", when for me it was a genuinely life-changing experience. When she does that mock-breathy thing in "Suddenly" and "Suspended in Time", I just cringe.

But hey, Cheyenne!

TomS said...

Walter, I will begin work on this...thank you for the opportunity...I hope I can be half as eloquent as you....!!

Peter Chan said...

OMG... FSU had a free Weezer concert!?! They definitely didn't stuff like that when I was there. Jealous!

Also, regarding 'Xanadu' on Broadway, Kerry Butler (the girl you hate) phoned in so many performances it was embarrassing. And yes, Cheyenne "Thunder thighs" Jackson was hilarious in it.

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Unknown said...

Manson? I am ever surprised by you lol

Unknown said...

You are SO strange.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

Caleb - Me too!

Amanda - Which part? The Xanadu worship? I find I'm the only one who bristles at the idea of anyone calling it a less-than-perfect movie, so I admit I may be off there.