Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#MWA - Music and Words Award

The following is quoted from the blog belonging to, Mr. Shady Del Knight :

"The Music & Words Award" was created by music fan Andrea aka Miss Andi. The purpose is to acknowledge and bring together music-loving bloggers from all over the world, and sharing info about artists and music of all genres." Thank you, Shady!

No one is obligated to accept the MWA, but those who do are asked to follow these five steps:

1 -Link back to the person who nominated you .
2- Answer the questions with words AND music
3- Pass the award on to 5 bloggers who inspire you with their posts about music
4- Tag your post with #MWA, for Music&Words Award so that we can all find you down the line. Tags are not my specialty - sorry.
5- Quote these 5 steps and the award icon in your post. You can display the icon on your sidebar as well. 

I accepted this award from Stephen T. McCarthy, even though I was later nominated by others. Thank you, Stephen!

Here we go with the Q & A:

Q1: What does music mean to you? 

I use music as  a part of me, for reflection, expression, or simply,"a do-nothing day." Wherever I go, music goes. I allow lyrics and melodies to impress me. As an example, I had the urge to "go west, young girl". "The Mamas and the Papas" had a song I loved, and it has stayed with me all these years. Of course I've yet to see California, much less L.A, however, for this post I would like to share "The Beach Boy's" cover of it. A young girl stays East but still loves the western artist(!) Poor baby!

I love movie soundtracks. I'll feature two that inspired me at a young age. Both are works of Mr. Henry Mancini. Ironically both songs are rather haunting-sounding to me.

Q2: What is your first music-related memory?

My first musical memory was my Mom's musical jewelry box. Children were not allowed to wind the key to play the little song. Every time she'd open it, I'd beg her to wind it up. After her passing in 1997, I received the jewelry box from my Dad. Unfortunately, the mechanism no longer worked. I'm left with a memory of the tune... "Around the World in 80 Days."

  Q3: What was the first album you’ve purchased yourself?

 My family loved the beach, and this song played quite a bit. I saved my allowance for 'The Drifters'. I was still in elementary school. I called this my "Motown Era", even though I didn't know then what I know now. It was simply a time of great tunes!

 Q4: What was the latest music you purchased? (No online streaming or free downloads, I’m talking about cash here!)

There's a question! Offhand, I'd say a 'Johnny Mathis' CD in the last eight months. It replaced an album someone had taken from me many years before. A former babysitter gave it to me the day before she committed suicide. I was eight years old then. I never tire of hearing it.

 Q5: Which song did you listen to last? (No cheating, come out with the dirty pleasures!)

How funny! My neighbor operates his own construction company. He and I are working out a "swap" for his services on home repairs for my house. (Nothing dirty, though). He looks like a gray-haired Jon Bon Jovi. Whaddaya think? Should I hire him??

Nominations - So many have already been named within the BOTB group. So, I ask, "who would like to do this?" I open the floor to any, and all takers. Just leave me an "ACCEPT" notation in your comment. Thank you :) 

Monday, March 21, 2016

BOTB: Results of March 15th Battle

Welcome back for the result post. My battle song was, "Game of Thrones". Challengers National went against duo, Ben & Dan. It was a blowout but not as bad as I expected.

But first... I extend a big 'thank you' to our music event hosts:

Fae @ Far away Series


Stephen T. McCarthy

I'm pleased with the battle. Many of you stated you liked both versions. I did too, and wasn't sure until the last moment where my vote would land. In the end I went with Ben & Dan's Western because it was a funny version to me. (it also eased that 'blowout' thingy!) 

Here's the final vote:

National @ 14 votes

Ben & Dan's Western @ 7 votes

Thanks everyone for listening voting. I enjoyed the comments. I hope too see you back for the next battle - April 1st. Some of you will be doing the A-Z Challenge. Good luck with that.

I'm posting in early due to sporadic Internet issues. My ATT service thinks my Gateway modem is going. They'll be out for repairs some time on Monday.(hooray!) 

Today I'll close out playing the version from National.