Welp, Rory is at it again, folks, and has really outdone himself this time with a great big enormous mountain of Q’s. Let’s get to it, shall we?
1. What really makes you angry?
Having to answer a million questions on a beautiful Saturday afternoon when I could have been lounging at the beach in my designer swimsuit and chatting up celebs. Grrrr!
2. What is your preferred mode of transport from the following: walking, driving car, train ride, or riding a bike or something else entirely?
Being chauffeured in a limo.
3. Which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom, or vacuum the house.
I don’t mind washing dishes or vacuuming. They’re both soothing to me, maybe dishes the most because my hands get to immerse in hot water.
4. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Guacamole & chips, veggie quesadilla, blueberries & vanilla ice cream.
5. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Including boots, 25. Without boots, 20. This is after intense downsizing.
6. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning for the rest of your day?
A long time, 2 or more hours, because I putter around, make tea, play WWF, etc. If I don’t do all that, maybe 45 minutes.
7. What three items only would you take with you on a deserted island to survive for a week?
Protein bars, water bottles, snuggly blanket, pillows, books. When can I go? (Yes, I know that’s more than 3, pffft.)
Now onto the misnumbered music Q’s, which I will number properly…
8. What or who got you into listening to music first?
My parents were big music fans. My mom loved Johnny Cash, my dad loved the Doors, and they both loved the Beatles. We had lots of rock records, the album from Woodstock, and soundtracks from musicals.
9. Who were some of your favorited bands/artists as a youngster?
I’ve always been partial to Neil Diamond, Gordon Lightfoot, and the Supremes.
10. Which decades of music influenced you the most as a youngster growing up?
The 1960’s and 1970s.
11. Did your parents listen to a lot of music when you were living with them in your younger years and did any of their listening influence your own musical tastes?
Yep. Beyond the music listed about, they also got me interested in the Rolling Stones, the Mamas & the Papas, Stevie Wonder, Jefferson Airplane, Elvis, Glen Campbell, and soundtracks from Swan Lake, Zorba the Greek, Hair, My Fair Lady, etc.
12. Can you list your Top 5 musical genres that you listen to frequently today?
I listen mostly to old rock and old pop from the 1960s-1980s. Some grunge, some country, some classical.
13. Aside from listening to music, have you ever learned to play a musical instrument or sing or take part in the musical entertainment industry?
Nope. I’m literally the worst singer ever and have no musical talent at all.
14. What is it you most like about music and how does it make you feel when listening?
Two things. For most songs, I am hugely interested in their lyrics. That’s the most important aspect to me and it’s why I like country music a lot. People are surprised by that, but often country lyrics are really funny. If I can’t understand the lyrics, a song is pointless to me (aka rap, heavy metal, etc.). My enjoyment is more intellectual than emotional, though there are a few songs that give me the feels because of the mood their sound and lyrics create in combination, not to mention the skill of the singer. And then there’s classical music without any lyrics, which makes me feel calm and centered.
15. Which decade of music throughout your years to date has influenced you the most with regards to your listening today?
Didn’t I answer this already? The 1970s!
16. Do you listen to music daily? If so, is that all day or only at certain times? If not, when do you listen to music?
I mostly only listen to music in the car when I’m commuting to/from work or errands or whatever. I generally do not put on music in my home, though occasionally I get in the mood for it and listen for a while. If I’m alone at work, I sometimes play music on my phone.
17. Do you ever sing, whistle, hum, or dance to any of the music that is playing?
18. Do you have music playing when you are writing or creating? If so, does it further inspire you and help to juice up your imagination, or do you find music can knock your concentration levels off?
When writing creatively, I prefer silence. For other types of work, music on a very low volume is nice sometimes, though I usually don’t think of putting it on. If it’s loud, I can’t focus.
19. What was the very first concert you ever attended and also the last one and how many concerts have you seen from the first to the last in total?
First, Journey. Last, Hotel California (Eagles cover band). Maybe a dozen in total.
20. Do you prefer to listen to music and appreciate it that way or are you more likely to be more physically involved as in dancing?
I’m never likely to be physically involved in anything!
21. What sort of system do you have to listen to music at home and do you “collect music” or purely listen?
My system is to stick a CD in my player or find stuff on YouTube. I do buy music occasionally and have a lot of CDs, both pre-packaged and homemade. I hear there’s this newfangled thing of storing/finding music in the cloud, which sounds magical and mysterious. I’ll look into that someday…
22. How important is music to you?
I think you can gather from my answers that while I enjoy music, it’s not that important to me. I’ve met people who are absolutely consumed by it, and that’s not me at all. Sometimes, in the car, I prefer silence so I can concentrate on the crowded roads and also my own thoughts. Of all the arts, I rank literature and poetry at the top, then painting, sculpture, photography, etc., and music last.
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