Author 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:
- “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” – David Bowie
- “Rubber Soul” – The Beatles
- A full album of Arthur Horowitz playing Chopin.
What kind of music do you dislike?
Did I mention Chinese opera?