ETA – This contest will end at 11:59 pm Thursday, March 11.
I can’t believe I had a month of love and did post about three of my very most favorite things. I will go into detail about these in subsequent posts, but I just wanted to get them down for now.
I know I mentioned musicals, but I love music. Now, I don’t love every type of music, but I can definitely appreciate the majority of genres. My go to favorites are independent artists (and I kind of feel betrayed when they end up on the radio). I love sharing my new music finds (which are often Sarah or Kelly or Candice’s new music finds) with the rest of the world. Music has played a huge role in my life. I spent a good portion of my time singing in both high school and college (little known Chloe facts) and still love singing harmonies at church on Sundays. Neil Diamond was my childhood soundtrack. My first cassette was Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual which I listened to on my pink, on speakered boom-box that I carried like a purse as I rode around the neighborhood on my bike. I think I was seven.
When I was around 11, I got a “sound system” for my birthday. One of those combo dual cassette deck, turn-table, multi cd player things. By older brother bought me my first CD; Billy Idol’s Vital Idol–the re-issue that had eight songs instead of the original seven. To this day, White Wedding is still one of my favorite songs, in part because it’s a great song, and in part because every time I hear it I am reminded of how excited I was that my brother was sharing his music with me. I spent many years of my life hearing, through a closed door, Led Zeppelin, Rush, Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and Pink Floyd blasting in my brother’s room.
Oh how I love music! Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Poison, The Cure, Shawn Colvin, Dave Matthews, Tracy Chapman, Alanis Morrisette, Sheryl Crow. These are the artists that got me through, what I like to refer to as, “the s@#$ years.” You know, the second half of high school and the beginning of college.
Now, as I said, my go-tos are the independent artists, but I get in my moods. Like, when I want to listen to country (yes, country) I do and I love it. But music is always there. Always a part of my life. I love hearing it live. I love covers of songs that I know and love. I love how it can change my mood instantly.
Random facts that illustrate my obsession and how influential music has been in my life:
- I have 19 different versions of the song Time After Time…and only one is performed by Cyndi Lauper
- I have listened the song What If I Leave by Rachael Yamagata 104 times…and I only got it at the end of November
- I have 6,665 songs in my iTunes, and I’m not even halfway through downloading my cds
- Genres represented thus far: 41
- In the next three weeks, I will be going to three concerts
- If I like a movie, 9 out of 10 times I will buy the soundtrack…I might not even love the music, but it will remind of the movie and the emotions I felt while watching it
- If you ever need a concert buddy, I am pretty much a guarantee provided I don’t already have plans–seriously
- In planning my hypothetical budget (in my head), music purchasing has its own category
- I still love Neil Diamond–LOVE
Representing Feb. 26 – I love music! Seriously. And in fact, I’m going to copy my lovely friends and do a March Mix CD giveaway. Just leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner. (The odds are in your favor because my readership is way down, so I’m guessing you might have a 50% of winning…maybe if there aren’t too many of you, I’ll make one for everyone who comments.)