30 June 2019
Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and
published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from
every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work
hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts
include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all
of us thieves!
1. A song that gives you goosebumps
Anything "grand" gives me goosebumps. The last goosebump moment I
remember was when I put on the CD to Les Miserables and the overture
was just goossebump worthy. Any lusty choral moment gives me
goosebumps (I have a recording of sea chanties that is great for several
goosebumps.) The Lamplighters singing "If these shadows have
offended..." gets me every time.
2. A song you hated once but now love3.
Do you remember your first CD?
can't think of a song, but I resisted listening to the soundtrack of
Hamilton because I expected it to be all rap and I don't like
rap...but it's so different from what I expected. Now I love (most of)
it. I don't remember my first CD but the first vinyl record I
bought was the soundtrack to "Calamity Jane,." (Wow--that was a long
time ago....so long ago, the record was 8" not the standard 12")
4. Has your music taste changed much since childhood?
Oh sure. I have added lots of different types of music (including
5. Favorite genre?
My favorites still tend to be sound tracks from movies and musicals, but
I love the ballads of the 50s, music of the 40s, and country music.
I have very eclectic musical tastes. What genre would you put Gilbert
& Sullivan into?
6. Whatís a genre or style of music that you just donít understand?
I have never liked hard rock, though when my kids were growing up, I
learned to like different kinds of music that I would not have discovered on
my own (like the Talking Heads)
7. Do you have a process for listening to music, such as listening to the
instruments more than words?
I tend to listen to the words more than the instruments. My
daughter does it the other way around. I am often oblivious to the
kinds of musical things she hears.
8. Whatís your favorite thing about your favorite song?
I can't think of "a" favorite song. I have many favorites, but the
lyrics are always the first thing about them that make them "favorites."
A fun favorite is John Denver's "Grandma's Feather Bed," which I like
because I am trying to keep up with the patter song-like lyrics. In
fact, Gilbert & Sullivan patter songs are usually favorites.
9. Do you have a favorite decade for music?
For popular favorite decades I'm stuck in the 50s. I like lots of
things since then but an overall favorite decade it would be the 50s, at
least until Elvis came along. I was that rare teenager that didn't
like Elvis, or the kind of music that came along with him.
10. Can you play any instruments?
Does the kazoo count? I used to be able to pick out music on the
piano, but have not tried that in decades.
11. Do you remember your first favorite song?
No. But I remember loving "Lollipop" by the Chordettes during
the 50s and when I told my father how I was going to buy the record, he told
me it was garbage and a waste of money. I didn't buy it until iTunes
came along. You still hear it from time to time on TV.
12. What was the first concert you ever attended?
The very first was Judy Garland's Palace concert, which I saw three
times in San Francisco.
A few years later, I was in the adoring crowd
at the San Francisco civic auditorium for her Carnegie Hall concert.