Monday, October 5, 2009

Rock on!

Happy Monday, everyone! I read a few posts about music last week and thought it would be fun to share some of my faves. I LOVE LOVE LOVE music. It moves me like nothing else can. I play the piano and the trumpet, and I sing--solo and in groups, but most especially with gusto when I'm riding around listening to music in the car. I totally rock those bucket seats and make the windows rattle!

I listen to just about all types of music. From classical to pop to jazz to country to rock to broadway to big band (in fact, I used to play in a big band) to alternative rock to folk and on and on. I write with music. I make song lists for my WIPs and listen to them while I'm writing. I have music without words for when I'm editing. I can't imagine the world without music.

The posts I've seen about music have listed seven of their favorite songs. I'll try to keep it to that, but just know that I could be listing all day on this one. So in no particular order:

1. Vindicated by Dashboard Confessional (which happens to be the #1 most played on my iPod, so, apparently, there is something to the order here but not much.)
2. Butterflies and Hurricanes by Muse
3. The Reason by Hoobastank
4. Kryptonite by 3 doors down
5. Trouble Me by 10,000 Maniacs
6. Feeling Good by Michael Bublé
7. Ain't Misbehavin' by Louis Armstrong
8. Sing, Sing, Sing by Louis Prima (Performed by The Benny Goodman Orchestra)
--already feeling constrained. I should have just done my favorites from the last year. How can anyone pick only 7 songs from a whole world of music.
9. Have a Nice Day by Bon Jovi
10. Stormy Weather by Lena Horne
11. To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks
--ok. I'm going to have to drag myself away. This is such an inadequate list. I don't think I could call it my top favorites, but it is a list of songs that I really love. It doesn't even make a dent in the possible choices. Sigh!
But what about
12. Keep your hands to yourself by The Calling
13. Storm by Lifehouse
and what about... my favorites to sing O Divine Redeemer by Gounod and On My Own from Les Miserables *drags self away from the list of songs sputtering that I've left out the best ones*

20 comments:

Davin Malasarn said...

Music really affects me too. It's strange because writing music is something I've only tried a handful of times in my life. I played music in the band and orchestra for several years in school, but I never looked to it as an art form I wanted to try myself. But, like you, Lois, I always have it playing, and it really inspires me. Great list too!

Patti said...

I love music as well, unfortunately I cann not sing a note. In fact husband cringes everytime I try.

Kasie West said...

Great list. Had never even heard of number 1 so I had to listen to it. It's awesome. Number 3, 4, & 9 are some of my favorites too. And 13! I love Lifehouse. Love them. :)

Danyelle said...

Awesome! There are few things I enjoy more than feeling that feeling that comes from listening or participating in making music. I love it!

Yat-Yee said...

I love music as much as I love words and art; I was a professional musician for years and still harbor a secret dream of singing jazz semi-professionally. For some reason, though, I can't have music, without music without words, when I am writing. My ears just latch on and my mind gets distracted.

Rock on!

Jenn Johansson said...

Wow! Great list :) I love your choices!

T. Anne said...

I was stuck yesterday and listening to one of my favorite songs pulled a great scene out of me! I need to utilize music more often.

Cindy said...

Awesome list. I love music so much, it's my biggest inspiration for writing. I'm definitely with you--it's too hard to narrow down favorite songs!

lotusgirl said...

Davin, I've tried my hand at writing music a few times as well and was never really happy with the results.

Patti, as long as it's joyful. That's what counts.

Kasie, Isn't Vindicated great. My daughter and I love to sing that one together.

Danyelle, Isn't making music a rush! Performing sometimes can be quite transcendent.

Yat-Yee, That's so cool you were a professional musician.

Jenn, Thanks!

T. Anne, Isn't it amazing how music can get the juices flowing. I've had the very same experience.

Cindy, Narrowing down is SOOO HARD!

Alyssa said...

I love this post so much! And there is no way that I could ever do this....that's one thing that I've forbidden myself to post about. If I tried to post my favorite songs....it would literally go on for days.

I was introduced to a new band this past weekend. Their name is Fleet Foxes. Ever heard of them? Look them up. You might like them. They're pretty cool.

lotusgirl said...

Thanks, A. I know you would never be able to stop your list. It was hard enough for me. I'll definitely go check out Fleet Foxes.

Lady Glamis said...

You are ECLECTIC! Almost more than me! Awesome list. Music can really inspire me.

Lady Glamis said...

Oh, and I need to do this post on my blog, too. I was tagged and haven't done it yet!

lotusgirl said...

Glam, yes, my tastes are even more eclectic than list suggests. These are just the ones that came to me while writing this post.

Tess said...

I wonder how many of us writers also find joy in other forms of art - like music or pottery or photography or drawing or....or...

It's an interesting thought. And, I love your list. Very eclectic and fun. Trouble Me by 10k maniacs would also be on my list.

Solvang Sherrie said...

I love some of your choices: 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 13. I was the lead singer in more than a few bands from high school until I was almost 30. Now I just sing to my kids. At least they appreciate it :)

lotusgirl said...

Tess, I think artistic people are often inspired by multiply forms of art. I am and so are a lot of the ones I know. Glad you enjoyed my list. Isn't Trouble Me a great song?

Sherrie, I would have loved to be the lead singer in a band. I was too caught up in other things though. Oh well. When I'm singing along in the car, I'm my own lead singer.

The Things We Carried said...

Love music like you do. It moves my soul.

Jessie Oliveros said...

I just posted on a music tag today, but you may not like me anymore when you find out I can't list any favorites, not because I have too many, but because I don't have any. I write in silence. Do you still want me for a crit partner? :)

Pen Pen said...

Did u know that the song 'Vindicated' was replacing another song that Dashboard Confessional had written for the 'Spiderman' movie. It was rushed and last minute, but-as you know-INCREDIBLE! I can't imagine how bleak the world would be if they didn't have to do it as a replacement!
AND- the 'Make You Feel My Love' is one of my absolute favorites too!! :)