Monday, May 14, 2012

Merry Month of May Music Meme

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Here is my contribution to the Merry Month of May Music Meme created by Pauleen (Cassmob) at Family History Across the Seas.

  1. Song(s)/Music from your childhood: I remember singing hymns and Christmas carols during my childhood. There was, ofcourse, also singing at school that I remember. I have fond memories of music from ABC children's TV shows: Play School (e.g. "There's a spot over here and a spot over there...", "I'm a little teapot short and stout...", "I'm a dingle dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat...", "five little ducks went out one day, over the hills and far away...". "living in the country is quiet and peaceful, living in the country is fun...") and Sesame Street e.g. I don't want to live on the moonImagine thatBert's blanketHealthy FoodsKid's Just Love to Brush, Once is not enough  [taught me the value of recycling!]  - just a few I could think of off the top of my head). 
  2. Song(s)/ Musos from your teenage years: Backstreet Boys, 'NSync, B*witched, Westlife, Hanson
  3. First live concert you attended: the Australian duo Savage Garden in 1998, because they had a concert in a nearby regional city and some of my siblings were attending.
  4. Songs your parents sang along to: hymns and Christmas carols, sing-a-longs in the car
  5. Song(s)/Music your grandparents sang/played: not sure, this is something I need to find out.
  6. Did your family have sing-a-longs at home or a neighbours: my family sometimes had sing-a-longs in the car on the way home from visiting grandparents.
  7. Did you have a musical instrument at home: a recorder, and we had a little electric keyboard.
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  9. What instruments do you play (if any): I had of few piano lessons in high school, other than that I can only play the recorder. 
  10. What instruments do you wish you could play: piano and violin
  11. Do you/did you play in a band or orchestra: no
  12. Do you/did you sing in a choir: no
  13. Music you fell in love to/with or were married to: 
  14. Romantic music memories:
  15. Favourite music genre(s): Instrumental, Catholic and Christian (contemporary, classical and traditional), pop, Irish
  16. Favourite classical music:  "Morning from Peer Gynt", Strauss' ("Beautiful Blue Danube", "Vienna Blood"), some Chopin, Beethoven, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Mozart.
  17. Favourite opera/light opera: don't really like opera
  18. Favourite musical:  The Sound of MusicFiddler on the Roof
  19. Favourite pop: Christian contemporary pop artists, Celine Dion, Jordin Sparks, The Corrs.
  20. Favourite world/ethnic: Enya  (my favourite is Enya's "Watermark") , Secret Garden  (my favourite is Secret Garden's "Heartstrings") , Celtic Woman.
  21. Favourite jazz: I don't really like jazz very much, I have a couple of Louis Armstrong songs on my iPod though.
  22. Favourite country or folk: I like occasional country songs - I have some country songs on my iPod.  
  23. Favourite movie/show musical: The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof and I like the music from Disney films too.
  24. Favourite sounds tracks:  The Sound of MusicFiddler on the Roof, Hello DollyThe Lord of the Rings,  Disney soundtracks, music composed by Hans Zimmer (e.g. Pearl Habor, Gladiator) or John Williams.  My favourite piece of music from a film is Hans Zimmer's "Tennessee" from Pearl Harbor
  25. What music do you like to dance to: Irish dancing music
  26. What dances did you do as a teenager:  Irish dancing
  27. Do you use music for caller ID on your mobile: no
  28. What songs do you use for caller ID: 
  29. What songs do your children like or listen to: my nieces and nephews like The Wiggles.
  30. Favourite live music concerts as an adult: haven't been to a live music concert since 1998 (see question 3)
  31. Silly music memories from your family: making up songs
  32. Silliest song you can think of:  some of the songs from Play School and Sesame Street as mentioned above, I guess, or maybe some of The Wiggles' songs. Not silly stupid, but silly fun!
  33. Pet hate in music/singing: loud 'music' that isn't musical at all
  34. A song that captures family history for you: Secret Garden "Searching for the Past", also maybe Enya's "The Sun in the Stream" .
  35. If you could only play 5 albums (assume no iPods or mp3) for the rest of your life, what would they be:  Best of Enya, Audrey Assad "The House You're Building", Matt Maher "Empty and Beautiful", the Sound of Music Soundrack, the Fiddler of the Roof Soundrack.
  36. Favourite artists (go ahead and list as many as you like): Audrey Assad, Matt Maher, Fr. Robert Galea, Rachael Lampa, Britt Nicole, Brooke Fraser, Tenth Avenue North, Amanda Falk, Francesca Battistelli, Meredith Andrews, Nichole Nordeman, Jaci Velasquez, Enya, Secret Garden.  Recently I bought albums by Jamie GraceMandisa and Dara Maclean which I am enjoying. I'm always exploring new and different music on iTunes, especially through the "listeners also bought" feature. 
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  1. Thanks for joining in, Aillin. It's been so interesting seeing what different bloggers listen to and enjoy. I was impressed that you can play the kids always made it sound like someone stood on the cat's tail! I love Celtic Woman too. Do hope you find out about what songs your grandparents sang/loved.

  2. It was great reading your post Aillin and reminded me of so many tunes I'd forgotten... e.g. "Little Teapot", "Dingly Dangly Scarecrow" & "5 little ducks" - still love to do the "actions to these with my grandchildren. Oh, ... and "Fiddler on the Roof" is so so good :-) Thanks for the reminding.


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