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Friday, 25 March 2016

Music and Words

One of the (if not the) best blogging friend I have is Cherdo at Cherdo on the Flipside. We've spoken outside of Blogger, worked on a couple of projects together and share a lot of common beliefs.

Okay, gushing over. She gave me an award a week ago and this is my post accepting it.

It's called the Music and Words Award and comes with some stipulations. They are:

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 5 questions provided using 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 so future winners can find this post.
  5. List these 5 steps and the award icon in your post.

*My rule is no matter what the award, I only ever pass it on to 2 people. Any more than that and it gets too big too quickly.

So here are the questions...

1. What does music mean to you?

Oh geez. What does music mean to me... Um... Ok, well... it's a way of stirring emotions or in other cases, articulating them. When people used to ask me why my last girlfriend and I broke up, I didn't really have an answer for them. Then I realised if I could just play them the song Breakfast At Tiffany's, I wouldn't have to explain - Deep Blue Something could do it for me.

There's been so many times that I've woken up in a great mood and played something upbeat and catchy. No matter how good a mood you're in, walking down the street to the tune of Walkin On Sunshine is always going to make it better. One time at an acting course, I had to become a really angry, stressed character for practically the whole evening. By the time the class finished, I was feeling equally stressed and so as I got into bed, I made myself a glass of warm milk and put on Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. Calmed me right down. For me, music is about emotion.

Q2. What's your first music related memory?

I'm going to answer with just enough words to fill that criterion. Then I'm going to play this.

Q3. What was the first album you purchased yourself?

I think it was Simple Plan's Still Not Getting Any. As a sad little 9-year-old kid, their song Welcome to My Life was one of the first songs I'd ever heard that invoked all that emotion I talked about earlier. It was followed soon after by their previous album No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls (with the awesome songs Addicted and Perfect) and Green Day's American Idiot (still one of my favourite albums - can't say the same for Simple Plan).

Q4. What's the latest music you purchased?

Again, I'm unsure. But I think it was the album I bought when the latest adaption of Grease toured Australia - the one with Rob Mills as Danny Zucco and cameo appearances from Bert Newton and John Paul Young. My favourite song from the show was one that I previously hadn't known existed as I'd only ever seen the movie.

Q5. What's the last song you listened to? (be honest)

Well after I worked on that last question I had to leave and I decided to put the Grease soundtrack on in the car. Before that though, I got Mary J. Blige's Family Affair stuck in my head for days. It's a really catchy song, but the lyrics are quite awful. Check them out.

Here are two bloggers I'd like to see handle these questions:

Good luck!


  1. Fascinating post, Michael! And bless your heart for passing the award on to me! I'll post it and my answers in April. Thank you again!

    1. No problem, I know you'll be even more interesting ;)

  2. I used to know the father of the guy who wrote and sang that "Breakfast at Tiffany's" song. Seriously. He was the mayor of Huntsville, Texas (which is the town where they execute all of the Texas prisoners.

    When I met him, rather than mentioning right away that he was mayor of Huntsville, he mentioned that his kid was in Deep Blue Something.

    This was about in 2005, so he maybe should have opened with the mayor thing.

    I don't get to share this piece of trivia very often, so thank you for mentioning that song.

    1. Hahaha no problem! I think it's cute that he opened with his son's achievements instead of his own.

    2. My children's achievements are more important to me than my own.

    3. I hope I can say the same when I'm in your position :)

  3. What a lovely post, Michael, but I'm afraid you can't claim Cherdo as your best blogging friend because she's my best blogging friend. I'm going to adopt her son, Gonzo. He longs to be with me--the hip mom. Katrina of Katrina and the Waves and I went to the same high school. I never knew her. I don't know how old she is. She was in Topeka, Kansas, because her dad was stationed at Forbes Air Force Base, as was my father. Walking on Sunshine was popular around the time my daughter was born. When we walked outside with her, one of our neighbors always said, Here comes Katrina and the Waves. I adore American Idiot. When it was made into a musical, it previewed in Berkeley, California, before heading to New York's Broadway. My daughter was a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley. She got a ticket to the show. While she waited for the doors to open, a woman with a young teenaged boy asked my daughter if she'd seen the show before. My daughter hadn't done. The woman said it was her seventh time. She was Billy Joe Armstrong's mom. So my daughter had a nice chat with Billy Joe's mom and son before the show. Ollie is a proud mom, and for good reason. Thanks for writing such a great post. I enjoyed it, and, obviously, related to it.


    1. Wow, that all interconnected and wove together with perfection. One problem though - what happened to your crazy plans to adopt me?

  4. The Wiggles - that made me chuckle.
    Music is all about invoking a mood. It's always a great way to remember a moment in time.

    1. Yeah, I think it's actually scientifically tested that music makes you remember moments better.

  5. THIS is one of the reasons we are buddies, Michael: thoughtful answers and insight. Thanks for playing along, even in a "tag, you're it" kind of way. <3

  6. Okay, gushing over. She gave me an award a week ago and this is my post accepting it. ​buy matcha powder perth

    1. Alright, we've all got stuff going on ;)

  7. Those Wiggles guys are pretty clean-cut and cute, though not nearly as clean-cut and cute as you, Michael. Wink. Happy Easter weekend.

    1. I'm fascinated by the brand they turned themselves into. Thank you!


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