Pop Art Chat: Music

During the decades, like most people, I developed a love for music.  I like various kinds of music but my favorites are: rock, orchestral music and pop music.

Here are some of my favorites:

In the English language rock category I have to mention U2 and Rush.  While I confess to not being as intense of a their fan as I was when I was an adolescent both these bands have produced music that I truly really like during the past 5 years, even though I became a fan way way back in the 1980s.

German language rock category: Kraft Klub

English language metal-rock: I know this is old news, but Disturbed and Godsmack are my favorite 21st century newly discovered metal bands.  I’m not a metal head either; at least, I don’t think of myself that way.  In truth, I’m not sure that any of the band’s members are either but that’s what they do that seems to bring them in the most money.  It may or may not be what any of them like the best.

Symphonic / Classical – Instrumental

Amazing as it is, I have heard of and even own some of Yo Yo Ma.

Another one of my favorites is the adult daughter protégé of a famous Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar: Anoushka Shankar.

At this point, I wish to point out 2 other musicians specialized in one instrument as their expertise that I particularly like:  neither are American.  I have no idea of whether or not they speak much of any English but as their works are purely instrumental it doesn’t matter so much:  Mitsuko Uchida’s Schubert Piano Sonatas, and Nikolaj Znaider‘s Bravo!

For classical symphonic music, I am fond of Mozart and Beethoven, possibly the most.  Normally, however common my senses are, I tend to trust the major urban philharmonic orchestras to competently play the music of those composers to my satisfaction.

General Information

I’ve always loved music, and like most of my generation grew up listening to a lot of radio broadcasts.  My father made sure I heard plenty of classical music, and my sister preferred classical and folk music.  I have fairly broad tastes, but due to the thematic genre nature of commercial radio stations and my generation I mostly listened to forms of rock-n-roll.

Of the old stuff, I do appreciate Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley.  I love the work that Cream did in just 2 years; I admire The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Hendrix.  I liked lots more than those, including, of course, The Beatles (that should just go without saying; that’s how great they were.  In all seriousness, I loved them and even like the Monkeys/Monkees).

Of newer old stuff:  Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, David Bowie.  I got into that Flock of Seagulls song, and enjoyed a high volume of “one hit wonders” throughout the years.  I loved the B52s and even the Go Go Girls.  As a grown woman I learned to enjoy Peter Murphy and the Cure.  I even like Elvis Costello and the Talking Heads. Oasis is one of the few 90s bands that I managed to notice.

Like everyone else, there have been so many more bands who put out at least some song or two that I liked but this gives you a good general idea.

This is mainly opinion and is just sharing some of my musical preferences with you all.  You can decide how much or how little that tells you about me.

Preferences 2014

An Adventure In Indianapolis Crime Fiction Novel 2009 (3)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFgFaS2PZJc

People should keep in mind that by buying an official copy, the band will be paid and the quality of the music will be higher.

Still, in some cases, more knowledge helps sales rather than losing them.

Today, you can snatch up a free copy of my fiction novel An Adventure in Indianapolis, aka The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead. If you like it, you can also still buy a copy or buy one of my other works.

Reviews and commentary are welcome.

I personally like the album so much that I hope my son buys it for me for my 46th birthday.

What did I do?

Yesterday, I actually just forgot to blog.  I was listening to tunes. 

When I got involved with starting to blog I didn’t think about it very deeply.  I did know that it might help me to find customers – the target reading audience willing to actually pay to read my professional creative writing, and to connect with people in more general and personal terms. 

So far, after a year or so of blogging it hasn’t led to even a single sale as far as I can tell. 

That might be because it appeals to all the other people hanging around without being able to spend and feeling they should not go out but still wanting to connect with others.

In reality, if Facebook had existed in 1988 I may well have not written a first novel while hanging out at home with my boyfriend even though he did not want to interact with me, but would have just Facebooked or used social media as a compromise of my wanting to socialize with others and wanting to keep him happy by not going out. 

I liked being with him a lot.  In the end – or from how it is now, we only spent a total of 5 years being strongly connected in a practical and directly experiential way with one another.  We both remarried since then: he still is, and I have not even had a serious boyfriend since my 3rd divorce in 2005. 

Unlike the romantic situation, there are books people can buy that are related to me.  Some are ones that I ghostwrote or was part of a team of ghostwriters.  Others I am actually the author of. 

That’s because the Internet was not mainstream back then.  We still listened to The Who even though we are really young compared to them.

Cosmetics

Like most women and most theatre people and ….some of the lads in certain kinds of rock bands, I know a little about using cosmetics.  Also like the majority of people, I do not know that much about them.  I learned most of what I know about it during middle school – when I actually went to a private school.  A lot of the time I went to a public school. 

One of the discoveries I made that freaked me out a bit was when I found that there is a brand of cosmetics called philosophy.  A warning to women: while I am in favor of there being women in the philosophical tradition, sometimes the openings occur when there is even less money in it than there was before, and despite the pervasive importance of philosophy, there is often not much money in it.  Every few decades there are a lot of job openings in it, and nowadays in Asia it is growing in popularity as school curriculum. 

If you are a teenager you love may be interested in philosophy, please click on the link for an introductory booklet designed to cover some serious ground in short order.  By a lady who hoped to teach a lot more than the 30 students she has had so far.  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Five+Big+Questions+in+Life