Musical Questions

Sorry to be absent, the flu hit our house and it’s been a slow recovery. Here’s something I saved from a week or so ago I think you will enjoy:

I believe Maggie over at From Cave Walls posted this last week. I saved the questions in a draft and am finally getting around to answering them. I’d love for my musical friends to answer them as well.

Do you choose to play music that matches your mood?

When I have absolute control over it, I think I tend to. I used to have a collection of cassettes in my car that were all “themed.”. I had one with fast music for cruising, one with sad songs on it for “those” days, a tape of love songs, etc…

When the radio is on, I punch around looking for something that connects with me. Maybe it fits the mood, but sometimes, I’m just looking for a favorite to sing along with.

Do you ever use music to change your mood?

Absolutely! I would say music is my “go to” when I need to change my mood. Music is really good for that.

Do you use music to relax or to fall asleep?

Yes. When I need to relax I often find a play list on YouTube or play a Pandora or Sirius XM channel.

I used to be able to play music in headphones and fall asleep, but I don’t anymore. Now, it is the music from my kid’s sound machine that plays. Sometimes it bothers me, but most of the time, it helps.

When do you like music with lyrics versus instrumental music?

I think both are good anytime, really. When I’m reading or studying, I tend to like light instrumental music.

Does music distract you if you are trying to concentrate?

Sometimes it does, and if that is the case, I will turn it off or lower the volume. However, as I just said, when I am reading or studying I find it doesn’t distract me at all (when it is the right type of music)

Do you like percussion arrangements with no other instrumentation?

Percussion is important – it keeps the whole song on time. Back in the 50’s there were plenty of “drum” features (Bongo Rock, Topsy Part 2, Teen Beat, Wipe Out, etc…) But they all had other instruments playing. If it’s just drums, it had better be good. Not saying I don’t like a good drum solo, but I can’t really pull a “just drum” song out of my head that stands out.

Do you listen to classical music?

Absolutely! I love it. There are so many fantastic pieces by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi, Chopin, and others that are worth listening to! I listen to it a lot, especially when I am working.

I also love listening to it in the car. It’s always cool when they play something we played in band class.

Do upbeat rhythms make you want to get up and dance?

There are very few songs that I will “fast dance” to. I dance worse than Elaine on Seinfeld! Jump Around by House of Pain is one I will get out for because all you have to do is jump up and down and it doesn’t matter!!

What music grates on your nerves?

I have some formats that I dislike, but there are the occasional songs from those formats that I do like. That said, Rap is probably my least favorite. At the same time, there are very few songs out today that I like.

8 thoughts on “Musical Questions

  1. Get better soon! We’ve all avoided the flu this winter (knock on wood!) but my sweetie and I both got Covid around New Year’s so that’s no better …Interesting questions. The one that grabbed me was does music distract you when you’re trying to concentrate – to me, it can so I purposely don’t have it on or, though I don’t like admitting it, put on the FM 70s station fairly quietly because they repeat so much, it almost becomes background noise. Not times I pull out an old CD I love but haven’t heard for months.

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      1. Me too. And to me, the annoying thing is we still try to be vigilant – I still wear masks in stores, try to avoid really crowded places and all but it’s hard to avoid .


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