I has a 2 1/2 drive from Boston yesterday and I had some time on my hands, so I got to thinking about the "blog fillers" that you can find around the web. These are often little surveys that tell you what kind of tree you would be if you were a tree, what city you would be if you were a city, and so. I think I did one of these in my personal blog once and I almost immediately regretted it. Basically, I think they are cute yet stupid.
That said, I started to think about a musical Q&A that wouldn't necessarily come out with an analysis of your personality, but by the nature of the individual answers would more say something about what you are like (maybe like surveys for dating services). At the risk of this being cute yet stupid, here is my self-interview about music. I'll write it in terms of what I was thinking as I was driving.
What music are you listening to now? The Decemberists' Castaways and Cutouts.
What's so special about it? I find it oddly compelling and I keep humming the lyrics and singing fragments of the lyrics to myself (this is not unusual since I can rarely remember even whole lines of lyrics). I have the CD in my car and I've listened to it for five days straight. It's quite literary if depressing at times. "July, July" and "The Legionnaire's Lament" are great.
What music do you like that drives your wife crazy? Anything by Steely Dan.
How about your daughter? Anything by Green Day (and Steely Dan as well). My son and I like to listen to American Idiot when we hang out together. It's been quite a vocabulary buiding exercise for him.
How about your son? Nothing really, though he will insult Dylan if one of Bob's songs is playing and his sister is around, just to drive her crazy. It works 100% of the time.
What's your favorite Green Day song? "Holiday." Great, simple riff.
If you were on a desert island, whose catalog of music would you like to have to listen to? Bob Dylan.
Who is your favorite member of The Band? Rick Danko.
Are you an up-tempo or a down-tempo kind of guy? Definitely up-tempo.
What kind of singers drive you crazy? Men who sing in a breathy way, especially down-tempo.
Whose music would you mind never hearing again? Queen and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Who do you like best in Crosby, Stills, and Nash? Stills.
How about Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young? Young.
Who do you think is a much better songwriter now that you've started playing the guitar? Neil Young.
How about someone who you now think somewhat less of? Jackson Browne, after his very early work.
Whose sheet music have you bought recently? A collection of The Eagles greatest hits.
Who else? Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, and Woody Guthrie.
Whose poster did you buy on your last trip to Cambridge but have yet to put up? Hank Williams.
What nagging question keeps returning to you about your interest in the guitar? I thought I was a Gibson/Martin kind of guy but I might actually be a Fender/Taylor guy. I'm not sure what this means, but I know I still like Pepsi more than Coke.
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