Blame Canada! Debra, one of my Canadian blogging friends, has given me an award. It is the "Music and Words" Award and I am asked to answer a few questions. (Debra's blog is "She Who Seeks" and you may find her scintillating blog just here!) Thanks for the award, Debra. Are you ready for my fascinating answers? Okay, here goes...
What does music mean to you?
Music! Look it up in the dictionary! It says it is "The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre."
Melody and harmony, those are the key words for me!
What passes for music these days...it should be called something else, not music. (If you don't agree, then the words should be changed in the dictionary!)
What is your first related music memory?
I cut my teeth on music! When I was a baby we had a record player...I really don't know what it was made of but the sides were a brown, softish material. For some reason, my parents allowed me to BITE on the sides of it! Honestly, it looked as if a small dog had chewed on it! Oh well, I guess I did that while I was listening to music! One of the records that I remember taking to my Mom to put on the record player had a white label on it and I would love to dance to it... "Lucky Ladybug"! I must have really gone a bit overboard on anything with a saxophone in those days because now, I can hardly stand to hear a sax!
What was the first album you purchased?
This is a bit tricky. I have an older sister, so I didn't really buy an album, until I was about 13...and I think it was "American Pie" by Don McLean. (In other words, I could listen to the albums that she would buy!) Now, as a child, I would buy SINGLES by the Beatles! We would borrow some of the Beatles albums but we only had a few of their albums since we had most of their hits on the small 45's. (For young people, 33's were the albums and 45's were the singles. By the way, did you know that in England, the singles had the same small hole that the albums did? You had to have a special round insert for the singles in the USA!)