Friday, 15 April 2011
A-Z blogging challenge "M" - Music
Today I am talking about Music, which is just about my favourite thing in the world alongside writing. Whenever I'm writing, I am listening to music. Music got me through high school and university (both times). Music gets me through each day at work (when I'm able to listen anyway; obviously I can't listen while on the desk serving library patrons :D That'd be considered anti-social I'm pretty sure). Music is sustenance and, as the saying goes (and I love this saying), "music is my boyfriend". Heh.
My poor kitties are subjected to my listening habits, so they'll hear anything from Richard Marx to Mariah Carey to Muse (have you noticed these artists all have at least one "M" in them?) to Melvins... I listen to rock, metal, alternative, pop, dance, and all sorts of sub-genres of all of those. I listen to music from the 40s on. I would listen to classic classical music (i.e. Mozart, etc.) if I had any in my collection. Just haven't developed that side of it yet. I listen to female singers and male singers, and even male singers who have since become females. I listen to my friends' music and, at times, I listen to my own.
In short, I'm open to pretty much anything. Tell me what I should hear, and I will give it a listen.
As referenced above, I also make music. Being musical runs in the family. My aunty was a music teacher, and she still teaches piano. That entire side of the family sings (usually, they harmonise. hehe). I learned piano up until I'd done Grade 2, then I got bored with lessons and gave up. I played in a band called Stuart and the Stuffed Turkeys in primary school - Stuart being our guitar teacher at the time. All the mothers loved Stuart, who was pretty sexy. I am now in a one-woman band all on my own. I recently acquired a bass guitar, so now all that's missing is drums. I'm thinking I will have to make do with percussion. ;)
Not only do I listen to music and play it, but I also write about it. My novel SUNDOWN was the first in what became a ridiculously large series. I don't care if the series never gets published. I wrote it for me, and I love it. That's all that matters to me. My character Louise is an excellent guitarist (way more excellent than me) modelled after actual brilliant female guitarists I've listened to in my time. I once had a debate with an idiot guy about whether chicks could play guitar as well as guys (he was adamant they could not). I think I had that in the back of my mind when I conjured Louise.
Anyway...music is all around me. Even when I'm not listening with my ears (right now I'm listening to Stone Temple Pilots' "Where the River Goes"), I'm listening in my head. This morning I had the lyrics, "Give me tiiiime..." stuck in my head, and kept singing the song. Thankfully I've moved on since then. Don't get me wrong, I love the song. But I didn't enjoy having it looping in my head. ;) At least it was better than that time I had the Fat Cat theme song stuck in my head for three days.
And that's it for M.