Monday, September 5, 2016

MUSIC THAT SPEAKS TO ME QUESTION OF THE MONTH

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

It's the first Monday of the month so it's time for the Question of the Month bloghop,  hosted by Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined.



Michael said his question for September was suggested by Alex J. Cavanaugh, who wants to know,

What kind of music best speaks to you?

I'm struggling to answer the question, so I asked my son what kind of music best speaks to me.

Folk music, he answered.

You are out of your fucking mind, I said.

So I guess we've ruled out folk music.

Let's start with pop/rock 'n roll. It speaks to me because I grew up with it. Some members of Kansas are graduates of the high school I attended (not when I was there; they're about a million years older than I am). Pieces of their music speaks to my Christianity. I glommed onto Alanis Morissette when she came along because she speaks to the oppression I've experienced as a woman, and especially, as a wife. Then came Green Day. Don't wanna be an American Idiot.

I guess my music expresses my personal beliefs and often brings me comfort.

If you'd like to listen to some examples of music that speaks to me, here's your chance:









I hope you'll visit other participants in the Question of the Month. Links to their blogs are listed below. Please consider joining us.

You're the host with the most, Michael.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

54 comments:

  1. Those are all great songs! I'm a big fan of Green Day as well. They got my head out of the '60s and '70s. Happy Labour Day to you and your family.

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    1. Thank you! Willy Dunne Wooters took me out to lunch.

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  2. Your son is funny. At least he didn't say "banging on rocks with sticks, caveman and cavewoman style." Dust in the Wind has spoken to me since I was a wee young girl.

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    1. We Topekans were quite proud of Kansas, but I've never seen them perform live. Kerry Livgren visited our high school several years ago during our high school reunion to be inducted into the high school's hall of fame. For some reason I forgot to attend. I have never attended a high school reunion. Don't picture it happening in the future.

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  3. How many blog hops does Michael run? It seems like all of them. I appreciate your inability to be pinned down to one genre. I'd hate to think my personal experience could be boiled down to simply, "3rd Wave Ska." Continue being eccentric and undefinable.

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    1. Mr. McCarthy is the host of Battle of the Bands, but Michael is probably the mastermind behind it. I am a woman of mystery.

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  4. You don't like folk music? I love most of the stuff you mentioned but I also love folk music. I also like classical and light Jazz. I sometimes listen to a Spotify stream of African Drums, and the ocean with thunder. All of it speaks to me on some level.

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    1. The folk music thing was a joke, but you had no way of knowing that.

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  5. Isn't it wonderful how music speaks to our emotions? It lets us know we aren't alone.

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    1. You're right. It puts lyrics and sounds to our feelings.

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  6. Great songs, Janie! This is a good question and something for me to ponder as well.

    Love,
    Jessica

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  7. I forgot what a great song You Oughta Know is. Thanks for that!

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    1. I played that video three times so I could sing along.

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  8. Dust in the Wind is definitely a favourite! I'm a classic/soft/pop rock kind of girl. But I like all types of music. If it's a tune that speaks to me, it doesn't matter what genre it is. And folk music is actually pretty cool. There are different categories. For example, there is folk rock; it combines folk music and rock music (very cool). I'm sure you'll recognize some folk rock songs: 100 Greatest Folk Rock Songs

    Here's a very catchy tune that my younger daughter introduced me to awhile back:
    Home. It falls under the category of
    Indie folk or psychedelic folk.

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    1. I like folk music. My son and I made a silly joke about it.

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  9. "Don't wanna be an American Idiot" I instantly started singing that.

    I adore Alanis! Great choices!

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    1. American Idiot is one of the best albums ever. Wake me up when September ends.

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  10. Looks like you and I share the same taste in music.
    Hope this doesn't disturb you too much.

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  11. Great music choices, Janie. Hope things are getting back to normal in Florida.

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    1. Today was beautiful. Willy Dunne Wooters and I even put down the windows in the car. No AC!

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  12. Folk music covers a lot of ground so there's a lot there that I do like, but there's some that I find rather boring. I am inclined to listen music that taps into my beliefs and tend to avoid music that I find offensive--and that usually applies to the lyrical content.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  13. I love that Lesley Gore song, and while I accept and in rare cases appreciate a good sample, someone is currently using that song in a rap that makes my skin crawl. It's just so wrong.

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    1. I didn't know that. How sad to misuse a classic. I won't Google it because if it makes your skin crawl, it would probably do the same to me.

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    1. I'm glad you like them. All four are songs that make me want to sing along.

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  15. Great answer! I loved your song choices, especially Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Such a great song. And Dust in the Wind: a classic that never gets old. One of my favorites.

    I enjoyed reading about the kind of music that speaks to you...
    If I wasn't so busy today, I'd join this blog hop. I love the question...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  16. How old is your son? He might have been trying to say "old folk's music," in which case you have my permission to smack him. Don't forget, you brought him into this world, and you can take him out.

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    1. He's 36 and almost a foot taller than I am. It would not be wise for this old lady to smack him.

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  17. Well, I decided I wasn't that busy after all. I took the plunge... :)

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  18. Different music speaks to me at different times in my life hell different weeks in my life.

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    1. Different music speaks to me from one minute to the next, but I chose four songs I always love.

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  19. I listen to classical music more than any other type.

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    1. I don't listen to classical much because I play it on the piano. I like to listen to me.

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  20. Hmmm... I wouldn't know how to answer that either. "You Oughta Know" is a classic, though. I can't NOT sing along to that in my car.

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    1. You Oughta Know is one of the best songs ever. I have to sing along with Alanis. She should hold "Sing Along With Alanis" shows so we can all get rid of our hostility.

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    2. Fewer men would lose their dicks.

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  21. Hey Janie,

    That's a varied range of music that has nice old chat with your amazing self.

    The only two videos my ears can tolerate are Alanis and Green Day.

    Um, no blog hops for me, thank you very much. Time to go listen to some Fear Factory.

    Anyway, my knickers are not in a twist.

    Penny's fictional human,

    Gary

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    1. You can't bring yourself to like Kansas even though the guy who wrote Dust In The Wind went to my high school? Penny, sometimes you need to upgrade fictional Gary's characteristics.

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    2. Janie,

      Great stuff that the dude went to your high school. Still, that song by Kansas makes me want to puke, rather violently puke.

      Penny has upgraded me to first class on BlogAir, the blogger's favourite airline. If you are really good, Penny the pawlet will allow you seat with all those um, comedy bloggers.

      As you were, Janie.

      Penny's upgraded fictional human,

      Gary

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    3. Because you are fictional, I know Penny is joking about Kansas and puking. Good one, Penny.

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  22. I actually like folk music:) I enjoy yodelling from Austria...I know, I'm a strange bird. I like Green Day and love that song Dust in the Wind.

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    1. The folk music thing was a joke. I don't know how to yodel. Maybe you'll teach me someday.

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  23. I love all these songs. I knew we were kindred spirits. Dust in the Wind is my all-time favorite song ever. And Alanis? Love her bitterness. She was my hero in the 90s.

    -andi

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    1. I am one bitter bitch. You love Kansas? Cool! I'm not sure how many of them went to my high school. I know Kerry Livgren did, but they were there maybe probably possibly before I was even born.

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  24. I like all your choices. I am usually drawn to current pop music but I tend to like most genres.

    I would even say a lot of folk music works for me. Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Simon Garfield all have songs that are considered Folk songs.

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  25. Rock and Roll is good. But classical music speaks more to me. I like the complicating chord progressions and intense emotions it invokes. I totally forgot about question of the month. Maybe I'll chime in on a late post in a couple of days.

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    1. I seldom play anything on the piano other than classical, so when I listen I lean toward rock. However, I find Dust In The Wind appealing in a classical sense.

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  26. I too enjoy Alanis Morissette and Boulevard of Broken Dreams. I listened to You Don't Own Me because I was intrigued by the name. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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