I would like to thank my super awesome blog buddies, Shady Del Knight and Chrys Fey, for nominating me for the Music and Words Award. I guess they know how much I love music and words!
The Music and Words Award was created by music fan Andrea aka Miss Andi for the purpose of acknowledging and bringing together music loving bloggers from all over the world and sharing info
about artists and music of all genres. No one is obligated to accept the MWA, but those who do are asked to follow these five steps:
1.) Link back to the person who nominated you.
2.) Answer the questions with words AND music.
3.) Pass the award on to 5 other people. Make sure you notify them.
4.) Tag your post with #MWA for Music & Words
Award so we can all find you down the line.
5.) Quote these 5 steps and display the award icon
in your post and also on your sidebar if you wish.
Now on with the questions:
Question number 1: What does music mean to you?
Music is a huge part of my life. I play and teach violin, viola, and piano. This is something I do almost every day, and I really couldn't imagine not doing it. Music is a way of expressing things that can't always be expressed in words. It's also a language that can be understood, no matter what country you are from, or what other language you may speak. Music has some great benefits, too. It helps one think analytically, creatively, and can help with social skills. That's why I'm a huge supporter of music education.
Question number 2: What is your first music-related memory?
Ever since I was a little kid, I've loved music. I always gravitated toward musical toys. It probably drove my parents crazy. I remember banging on a toy xylophone when I was two years old. I secretly think that when I couldn't find it, my mom had hidden it so that she wouldn't have to listen to the incessant cacophony! Here's a picture of me when I was three years old. I had gotten a toy guitar for Christmas. It was the best thing ever. As you can see, I was far more interested in the guitar than anything else!
Question number 3: What was the first album you purchased?
It was a CD by Selena, called Dreaming of You. You can find it here. The first time I heard Selena (Selena Quintanilla) sing, I thought she had the most beautiful voice. It was also at a time when I was interested in learning Spanish. I thought listening to her music was the perfect way to start learning Spanish. I think I have every CD she ever made - and I memorized all the lyrics, too!
Here's a video of her, if you'd like to listen. This is, I Could Fall In Love, one of her hit cross-over songs.
Question number 4: What was the latest music you purchased?
Calm Within, Music for Relaxation of Body and Mind, by my friend, Grammy Winning Artist, Laura Sullivan. You can find it here. Laura is a very talented pianist, and her music is very calming. If you're familiar with Secret Garden, it's kind of like that.
Here's a sample of music by her. This is called, Lady of the Lake.
Question number 5: Which song did you listen to last?
Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. The orchestra I play with is performing it for our next concert. I always like to listen to the music I'm going to play, so I can get an good idea of how everything fits together. This is Leonard Bernstein performing it:
Now I'm supposed to nominate five other bloggers for this award. I would have nominated Shady, because he's such an obvious choice. In fact several other people thought so, too. He's been nominated several times. If you don't follow him, stop by. He shares a lot of music information and videos of music from the past. Plus he's a great guy! I'd also nominate Alex Cavanaugh, but he's probably another one who has been nominated a billion times. In case you don't know him, he's the guitar-playing ninja captain. Janie Junebug does Battle of the Bands on her blog from time to time, so I'm going to nominate her. Plus she's a really nice person, too. And a good editor! Finally, I'll nominate Dawna. She shares the coolest African music and reggae music on her blog. It's not stuff I'd normally hear, so it's fun to go over and have a listen. I know that's only four, and two probably don't even count. So, if you are a huge music fan, and/or a participator in the Battle of the Bands thing that goes around in the blogosphere, consider yourself nominated!
So, what does music mean to you, and what is your favorite type of music?