22 of 100

4 01 2015

22. Do you like the type of music your parents listen to? Do your parents like the type of music you listen to?

Growing up my parents primarily listened to our hometown radio station, which played county music. I suppose now it would be considered classic country, but back then it was just country. It would play all morning while mom made a full breakfast, and we all got ready for work or school. They had a few records, and they were an assortment of classic rock from the 50’s and 60’s, a few gospel, and a few country albums.

Because of this, I think they might enjoy other kinds of music other than county, but as the only radio station in the county was country, we listened to it.

I enjoy rock, easy listening, and country, as well as musicals, jazz, blues, folk, and classical music. The majority of my listening time is probably spent with a mix of easy listening, rock, and limited amount of crossover country. A list of ten “off the top of my head” artists is found below.

  • The Avett Brothers
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • Quiet Company
  • Matt Fishel
  • Mika
  • Rufus Wainwright
  • Cazwell
  • Dan Zanes
  • Alicia Keys
  • Macklemore




12 of 100

30 03 2013

12. Name a song that never fails to make you happy.

I narrowed it down to two, and included links so that you can hear and see them the way I do.

Who doesn’t like Heman? Careful readers will notice a reference to a previous post within the video/song. What’s going on?

And, for a change of pace, the Avett Brothers. Talk on Indolence starts out a little shouty, but the music is amazing. Even though the song has a more serious them, it energizes me. I love to blast in in the car or at home when I notice that I need a lift.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” –Plato





4 of 100

13 03 2013

4. Tell me about a movie/song/TV show/play/book that has changed your life.

… Don’t cry out loud
Just keep it inside
Learn how to hide your feelings
Fly high and proud
And if you should fall
Remember you almost had it all …

As I kid I heard this song performed on stage and it immediately struck a cord with me. Whether it contributed to me learning to live inside myself, or only reinforced an already existing trait, I turned more and more inward as a pre-teen and teen. On the outside I was a healthy, well adjusted, smart youngster who served as a model many parents wished their own children would follow. On the inside was a terrified, lonely, hurting soul which desperately craved a love and approval which was never received. I became so good at presenting a happy face that there was a period of several years during which I couldn’t physically cry. Oh if there were some way to go back in time and give that kid a big hug and say, convincingly, “No matter what, I will always love you.”

I hope that anyone reading this post with give themselves an emotional hug. Love yourself, believe in yourself. Only then can your provide the love others so desperately need.

“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you`re alone with.” — Wayne Dyer