Twenty-One Questions About Music

A few days ago I found this fun list of music related questions on The Only Deadhead In The Hameau so I decided to give it a go myself. If anyone wants to play along I traced it back to the original creator here: A Guy Called Bloke

1. How important is music in your life?

It was a lot more important when I was younger and was still playing guitar and bass regularly. But like a lot of things in life, as we get older our priorities change and we shift to other interests. Music is still an important accessory in my life, it’s just not omnipresent the way it used to be.

2. What is your most favourite type of music and what is your least favourite?

I like to think that I have varied tastes, but I’m still an urban middle-aged white guy, so classic rock is my go-to favourite. It’s what I listened to and played the most in my younger years along with a lot blues and some R&B.

My least favourite type? It’s a tie between Techno and Rap. Yeah I know, I’m a walking white bread cliché… 😉

Oh, and I was traumatized by too much old-school Country & Western by my parents when I was a kid. Really, there’s no recovering from countless hours of being subjected to Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. In fact I think it explains a lot about what’s wrong with me today 😀

3. Do you own a music collection or do you simply listen to whatever on whatever?

Yes, I have a huge stack of old vinyl albums, about 400 cds and even a few hundred cassette tapes that I’ve never been able to allow myself to get rid of. Now, what I listen to usually comes in some form of digital, mostly Spotify.

4. Are you a singer, a hummer or a whistler?

All of the above – and proud of it! Also, I’m a dang good air guitar player, even if I do say so myself.

5. Show through links your five best songs?

Being a classic rock fan you might guess there’d be Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Rolling Stones and the like on my shortlist. But aside from the fact that it’s totally impossible for me to narrow it down to only five, if I have to try, well these are some of the songs I keep coming back to:

Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing. The drummer doesn’t get enough credit on this one and of course the lead guitar is legendary.

Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind. Canada’s troubadour. This one has been covered by dozens of artists over the years and for good reason – it’s beautiful.

Blue Rodeo – Bad Timing. A Canadian band that didn’t get nearly as famous as they should have. Thanks to them I’m able listen to SOME country music again 🙂

Carole King – I Feel the Earth Move. R&B done right.

Stevie-Ray Vaughan – Scuttle Buttin’. Because wow. Just wow.

6. Have you ever been to an outdoor concert?

Yes, many times.

7. Do you ever go out to listen to music live? When was the last time you went to a concert/gig?

Not much anymore. Concerts end well past my bedtime and we usually end up having a long drive back home from the city. The last time was about a year ago.

8. Do you sometimes feel like dancing when you hear music? Under what circumstances do you dance?

See question #2. Helloo-ooo??? Middle-aged white guy here: two left feet, bad back, bad knees, dancing is rarely on the menu.

If I really have to, I can; but like many men of ‘my tribe’, I subscribe to the Rock ’em Sock’em Robots school of dancing: it’s all in the arms.

Of course I can do the Macarena and the Chicken Dance, but only at weddings 😉

9. When do you listen to music?

Mostly at home. Weekends, evening, during meals, when reading, and of course in the car on long drives. Music and driving just go together don’t they?

10. If you answered yes to Questions 6 & 7 – who did you go and see?

An old music buddy who plays phenomenal blues guitar. He plays the club circuit around here and we try to go see him once in a while.

The last outdoor concert was quite some time ago: Elton John maybe…in the late 1980’s I think.

11. Is there a song that makes you emotional?

Nessun Dorma from the Puccini opera Turandot puts a lump in my throat…

Every. Single. Time.

There are lots of examples from popular music too. At least half of Jim Croce’s songs. It depends on my mood though.

12. Do you feel that you have a special connection with some types of music? Which types?

The blues registers with me the most. I can’t put my finger on why, it just does.

13. Have you ever tried singing in a karaoke bar? What was the experience like?

In public? No. But I am always the clown prince at any family karaoke event 🙂

14. Do you listen to music when writing? If so which?

If I’m writing or working I find that music can pull me away and distract me from the task at hand, so no, I generally prefer to work/write in silence.

15. Have you ever gone to see a musical? What was it, provide link please.

Yes. We see musicals about once a year. The last one was Come From Away based on the true story about the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, that had to provide food and shelter for several days to almost 7000 stranded travelers from 38 grounded planes after the U.S. closed its airspace from the attacks of September 11th.

16. Do you know the lyrics to all the songs you like?

Pretty much. If you like a song, then you listen to it more often, so it’s kinda normal that the words just sink in. Even more so for any songs I play on guitar myself.

And that whole memory thing; isn’t that one of the amazing things about how music affects the brain?

I can barely remember what I had for breakfast two days ago yet I know all the words to the Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby…go figure.

17. When you are listening to music – are you listening just to the music itself or the lyrics too?

It depends on the song. Often it can be both. And in others it might even just be one specific instrument. Joe Jackson’s Fools in Love, or Elvis Costello’s Watching the Detectives? I’m focusing on the killer bass.

18. Do you listen to music when you go cycling/jogging or when you’re working out at the gym? [or any other physical activity]

Working out indoors yes. Music is especially good on the stationary bike or treadmill.

Never when I’m cycling outdoors though. The way some people drive I want to be totally alert to my surroundings.

19. Many operas are in French, Italian or German. If you listen to opera, do you understand the libretto (text) or are you happy to get the gist (main idea)?

I speak fluent French and can understand enough Italian and German to follow along. Here, like most modern opera companies L’Opera de Montréal uses supertitles, and because Montreal is almost a bilingual city they translate into both English and French.

20. Are you deleting any questions, if so which ones?


21. Do you enjoy watching music videos? What sort of music videos do you enjoy most?

Not really a fan of videos. In fact never understood the need for music videos. To me music and video are two totally separate art forms that don’t always marry well. It has helped advance creativity in film and video production, no question. But I can’t think of a single example where a music video enhanced the artistic value of a song.

About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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40 Responses to Twenty-One Questions About Music

  1. aj vosse says:

    Really enjoyed this… and, will come back with a point for point response… for the fun! (Yes, I’ll take the challenge too…)
    Just by the way… here’s the podcast I’m listening to while reading… do it, you’ll love it!

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  2. nickklezek says:

    All your tracks are great liked them. Thanks

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  3. I’m a violinist and violist, and I generally prefer instrumental music–symphonies, sonatas, concertos, fiddle tunes, etc. I was thinking I might do this quiz when I first saw the title, but it’s so focused on songs that many of my responses would be pretty far out in left field.

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  4. That was entertaining. I might do mine, but in time. I hope it doesn’t have the expiry date.

    I didn’t listen to your five links yet, but I’ve always loved Stevie. When you were here, we didn’t have any proper singing party. You need to come for a month. 🙂 I was glad to see you share Elvis Costello love with amore. The story of that musical sounds fascinating. Did you blog about it or have I heard it from somebody else? Was it a film made too?

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  5. Margy says:

    Great choice of music videos (I’m a Canadian of a certain age…) I loved your description of old Country and Western. My husband loves it – me, not so much.

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  6. lindasschaub says:

    I echo many of your responses, says this middle-aged White woman, and I also was subjected to endless Sundays with the stereo blasting country western tunes. And Mitch Miller’s “Sing Along With Mitch” – I bet if I listened to any of those albums right now that I’d recall all of the words.

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  7. Joanne Sisco says:

    Your responses to #2, 4, 8, 16 … all made me laugh.

    #8 – I definitely will trip the light fantastic when a tune I like comes on … but only when I’m alone. Regardless of how delusional I may about other aspects of my life, I know I dance like a drunk elephant.

    #19 – Opera? Just kill me now. I’ve only been subjected to 2 in my life and both were excruciating. In the first one I attended, the gentleman beside me (not Gilles, he was asleep on the other side of me) was an obvious opera fan who sang along for the entire performance.

    #2 and #5 – I have to agree. Classic Rock … but I also really like a lot of Alternative/Modern Rock.
    However, come on – Johnny Cash!! Gotta love Johnny Cash! His voice gives me shivers.

    Back to #4 – I’m none of them. I seriously can’t carry a tune. I rarely even hum when I’m alone.
    Karaoke? You’ve got to be kidding me!

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  8. Amy says:

    I love music, but I need entire silence when writing. My house has fewer moments of emptiness recently and I have to lock myself away in my office to get my writing done…and then still hope for no interruptions. I do love techno and rap…mostly rap from my teen years, not so much the rap of my kids. I grew up listening to my parent’s records and Fleetwood Mac was one of my favorites. Love Carole King too.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Amy. I’m lucky now that working from home, silence is easier to come by. When I was in an office full of others the noise and distractions were totally out of my hands.

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  9. joey says:

    Oh my. You’re just a bit middle-aged beyond my middle-age. I want my MTV and rap, mmhm. I, too, was tortured with country, old country, and although I love it as a part of my music education, I rarely choose to listen to country TO THIS DAY. Sometimes the twang becomes unbearable and I want to scream, “Stop cryin in your beer and move to the city!” Cash, Hank Jr, and Patsy are about all I can take these days and rarely.
    Your selections are wonderful, very middle-aged white guy, but like, middle-aged white guy with good taste. Mark Knopfler, for one. Carole King? Goddess. And of course, Stevie! Of course!
    This post made me LOL about ten times, I loved it!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joey. Glad to know this made you chuckle. Maybe one day if we get together we can share childhood country music horror stories: Tom T. Hall, Charlie Rich, Marty Robbins…ugh! 🙂

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  10. We have a fair amount in common musically, Norm, including a love of classic rock, a dislike of rap, and wonder at how many brain cells are taken up with lyrics from all sorts songs. 🙂 I also like some of your favorite five songs, including “Sultans of Swing.”


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  11. Tara says:

    I’m so doing this!

    And I play a wicked kit o’ air drums. We can start an air band!

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    I’m a huge Gordon Lightfoot fan – I love the Railroad Trilogy and the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – both of which I heard for the first time at an outdoor arena on a starry night.

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    • I love GL, too, and was fortunate enough to hear him in concert in a small, in-the-round venue in the Cleveland suburbs once years ago. I like story songs, so I also like Al Stewart. 🙂 In fact, I did a post on Al’s “Road to Moscow” song on my blog some years ago. Oddly, although it’s garnered few likes, it is the most viewed post on my blog (which after about 7 years of almost every day, has quite a few posts) and gets viewed most or many days of the year. It has a weird life of its own, even though few viewers ever comment.


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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      He’s in his late 70’s or early 80’s now and still touring.


  13. Almost Iowa says:

    14. Do you listen to music when writing? If so which?

    I always listen to music when I write (like right now). Mostly classical – but I like you, I am taken out of the writing – though not by music, rather by the words.

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  14. anitashope says:

    Music is so very important. And it changes as you age I think or as your life changes. Great questions to think on.

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  15. Merle. Silver Wings is still my favorite of the songs he sang. I love country, rock, some pop, and classical music. Like you I don’t care for Techno or Rap. Gives me a headache. Jim Croche makes me cry too.

    I used to listen to Yanni loudly to get through housecleaning day, but when He-Man started working from home that ended that. 😭

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  16. Dan Antion says:

    I really relate to your last answer, Norm. I’m good with just the music. But we disagree on Country Music. I , too was subjected to it (by my dad) along with the soundtracks from endless musicals by my mom. To this day, I enjoy both, though neither are a favorite.

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  17. Ally Bean says:

    I wore out Tapestry when I was a girl. Lurved me some Carole King. And as for Stevie Stevie-Ray Vaughan, one of the best, gone too soon. Not much for videos either. I prefer to listen with my ears, giving my eyes a rest.

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  18. Colline says:

    Like you, I can’t listen to music when I am working. Too distracting. Unless I am doing housework 😄

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  19. quiall says:

    Your choice of songs to show case took me back to my university days! Loved it!

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  20. I panicked when I saw Norm in my email feed – I thought I’d lost the majority of the week. 🙂 Good post. I love music, but I don’t need the video either. Guessing that is a generation thing. I’m not a Merle or Conway fan, but I do like Kenny, Luke, Blake, and Jason. 🙂

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