Let’s Talk About Music

M&M frt Verson 1Author Abbie Johnson Taylor had these questions in her blog and I thought I would answer them as well.  As most of you know, I was in the music business for a while (you can learn more about that by reading my memoir, Music, Mayhem, and Bad Decisions).  These are questions I’ve thought about a lot over the years.

What sort of music do you like to listen to?

I have found something to like in every genre of music except Chinese opera.  What I listen to goes in spurts; I listened to a lot of Cajun music and traditional jazz last year while I was working on Bayou Fire; it helped keep me in the mood of the story.  Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of old Memphis rock-and-roll.

Do you play an instrument? What is your favorite instrument?

I play violin, piano, guitar, and harp (the latter rather badly; I can’t figure out why, but I am unable to get the hang of it).

What is your favorite quote about music?

We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams. – Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Who is your favorite singer/musician?

David Bowie, hands down.

Who is your favorite songwriter/composer?

There are so many whose work I admire that it’s hard to pick just one.  For classical, it’s Frédéric Chopin (my favorite piece is the so-called “Heroic” Polonaise, Op. 53 in A Minor).

Who is one musician or composer you secretly like but won’t admit?

I have what I call “guilty pleasure songs,” but they really are no such thing; they’re just straightforward pop songs that I enjoy.  I’m pretty upfront about what I like, so there’s no good answer to this question.

If you had to get stuck on a desert island with only three works of music, what would they be?

Ah, the old Desert Island Disc question.  Well, here goes:

  1.  “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” – David Bowie
  2. “Rubber Soul” – The Beatles
  3. A full album of Arthur Horowitz playing Chopin.

What kind of music do you dislike?

Did I mention Chinese opera?


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