Big 50 Volume 12: Music

Oh where to start on this one??

I have always said that I would rather be blind than deaf, simply because I couldn’t live without music.  It makes up some of my earliest memories, has punctuated my life, can change my mood in an instant, and is the thing I turn to in times of celebration and need.

I learnt music when I was a kid.  Many, many years of it.  I learnt the organ.  I know!  For a few years while I was at a very good music academy, my teacher, a deliciously camp man named Francis (we once had a fundraiser to buy Francis a pair of purple leather pants.  I kid you not.) allowed me to play any instrument that interested me at the time, so long as I didn’t tell my mother.  I really liked the saxophone, violin and drums.  I think that’s what made reading music “click” in my head, trying it out on various instruments.  I remember him saying I had a natural gift for the saxophone.  I asked my parents if I could switch from the organ (cringe) to the saxophone, but they wouldn’t let me.  I can still play the piano and read music (though I’m a little rusty).

I used to play a game as a kid called “What’s that song?”  The idea was to listen to the radio and the minute a new song started, I’d have to name it and the artist before the intro had ended.  I was always REALLY good at it too.  Could remember hundreds.  I used to play another game where someone would give me a word, and I’d sing a song with that in the lyrics.  Another one I was really good at.

In High School, I was known for my weird music collection.  I’d have badges stuck to my bag of bands that my peers had never heard of.  Nobody of my age knew who Frank Zappa was at school, and I had some pictures of him stuck to a folder, with his name underneath it, and suddenly my nickname was Zappa.   The jerks turned it into an insult, but it was the first time I’d been given a nickname that I loved.  I was weird and it was worth it if I got to listen to awesome music.  Later my love of “weird” music made me some awesome friends and a couple of great boyfriends too.

In my early 20’s, I had a music store.  It was only a small one in a country town, but my passion for music meant that I really engaged with customers because I had such broad tastes.  I made a lot of friends through that store.  It was a bit of a haven for all the odd-bods and offbeats of the town.  You can imagine in a country town, a lot of the population is pretty conservative, so being offbeat is tough.  Where better to head than the music store?

My music collection is huge.  I have boxes and boxes of CD’s.  I have stacks and stacks of vinyl.  I even still have a shitload of cassettes.  Don’t ask about my iTunes.  A friend of mine used to rifle through my CD’s and say “Geez Kath, you’ve got something to offend everyone in here.”  I took it as a compliment, which is how he intended it.   I love something from every genre.  And some things that defy genre.  I have some stuff that is so middle of the road you’d want to puke.  I have stuff that I bet you’ve never even heard of.

I can’t live without music.  I have it playing more hours of the day than I don’t.  It’s my lifeblood.

What does music mean to you?  How significant is it in your life?


November 23, 2010. Big 50, music. 1 comment.

30 Days of Me: Day 30 – It’s Over!

Believe it or not, it’s the last day of the 30 Days of Me blogging challenge for me!  It feels like a lot longer than 30 days, that’s for sure.  Thank you all for indulging me in my little blog challenge.

Day 30- Your favorite song.

Oh how could I choose??  I have so many.  Music has been one of the most important factors in my life since I can remember.  I learned to read and play music for a lot of years, and have always had a love of it.  And a very diverse love it has been too.  A friend of mine has always said “There’s something to offend everyone in your music collection Kath!”

I’ve always said that I want this song played at my wedding, OR my funeral!

But it’s not my one and only favourite song.  I guess it’s just one that I’ve given a significance to.


October 18, 2010. 30 days of me, Meme, music, Nick Cave, videos. 4 comments.

30 Days of Me: Day 15

Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play

Ooh I like this kind!

  1. Let’s Stick Together – Brian Ferry and Roxy Music.
  2. The Crowd – The Cat Empire
  3. Heartattack & Vine – Tom Waits
  4. Better Man – Robbie Williams
  5. Constant Craving – kd lang
  6. Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton
  7. Stay – Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs (from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack)
  8. Oh My God – Michael Franti & Spearhead
  9. Moondance – Van Morrison
  10. Mercy – Duffy
  11. Loser – Glee Cast Version
  12. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
  13. American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
  14. I Want to Break Free – Queen
  15. Close to Me – The Cure

October 2, 2010. 30 days of me, Meme, music. 2 comments.

30 Days of Me: Day 10

Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad

Music does soothe this savage beast.  I use it to both change and maintain my mood all of the time.

When I’m happy, I love to listen to music that I want to sing along to.  It might be a daggy one like this:

Or perhaps it’s something like this:

When I am sad, my number one pick me up is Justin Timberlake.  Particularly this song:

When I’m bored, well… I don’t get bored.  I can’t remember the last time I was bored!  I don’t have time to be bored.

When I am hyped, I’ve taken to listening to the Black Eyed Peas.  This song just gets me pumped even more:

When I am mad, there is one song that always speaks to me:

I like the Glee version too:

What songs are mood setters for you?

September 25, 2010. 30 days of me, Meme, music. 2 comments.

Anti-Depressants Anyone?

Well if you’ve read this blog before this post, you know I’ve been suffering a bout of depression lately, and while I’m pretty good at just waiting it out until it passes, and doing a few things to take care of myself, today it was kicking my arse a bit. So I decided to be totally indulgent in something that I KNOW makes me feel good, and that’s Craig Ferguson lip sync videos.

Half an hour later I feel great. I’ve laughed, I’ve chair-danced, I’ve sung and I’ve bought a bunch of songs off iTunes.
Why do I love them? Well firstly because I have a mega crush on Craig. He’s everything that is yum – handsome, funny, intelligent and a complete nutbar sense of humour.
Secondly, because he clearly picks songs he enjoys himself, and has lots of fun dancing around like a nut to, and lip syncing.
The fact that he semi-choreographs some of them cracks me up.
It’s one of the few places you will see a totally unco black dude. The fact that he gets rhythmically pwned by two geeky white guys is hilarious.
The little man in leather trousers has a hot body.
So I’m going to share the collection I have found here, and you can come back anytime you like for a dose of Craig’s madness. I am telling you, it’s good for what ails ya.
Britney Spears – Oops I Did it Again
A Duran Duran cover of Grandmaster Flash’s White Lines. Great song.
I think this one is my favourite, mostly because I love the song:
Say Hey (I Love You) – Michael Franti and Spearhead
It’s a Wonderful Night – Fatboy Slim (the first Craig lip sync video I ever saw)
Kronos the Monkey lip syncs to She Taught me To Yodel by Frank Ifield (whom I knew when I was a kid!!!)
Actually I think if you have watched Kronos above and not laughed, I can’t be your friend any more.
Istanbul – They Might be Giants
The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music.
So there you have it. My favourite kind of anti-depressants. And if you dig Craig Ferguson and want to see more of his videos, may I suggest checking out Malinky2Stoatir on YouTube and if you use Twitter, follow @LipSyncingScot who is a fan working to share more of Craig’s work.

July 20, 2009. anti-depressants, Craig Ferguson, depression, fun, laughs, lip syncing, music. Leave a comment.

The Boat that Rocked

Just got home from the movies with my friends Elizabeth and Leanne.  We went to see The Boat that Rocked at South Bank cinemas (cheaper over there, $8.50 instead of like $14 or something).

What a fun movie!  A great rocking soundtrack of 60’s music, lot’s of fun characters with some great laughs, and a really solid cast (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Jack Davenport, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, the very pretty Tom Sturridge and many more.)
For me the movie was completely stolen by “Thick Kevin” played by Tom Brooke.  He got the best laughs out of the whole movie.
If you love 60’s music, British humour and a good laugh, check this one out.

April 23, 2009. comedy, films, movies, music, The Boat that Rocked. Leave a comment.

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