Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday 5: Pop Music edition

Mary Beth's got the duty today:

Happy Friday to you all!

The sad news of Michael Jackson's untimely death has me thinking about music and its effects on us - individually, as cultures, as generations. Let's think about the soundtracks of our lives...

1) What sort of music did you listen to as a child - this would likely have been determined or influenced by your parents? Or perhaps your family wasn't musical...was the news the background? the radio? Singing around the piano?
What is now classic rock and soft rock mostly formed my musical tastes. The Beatles, the Turtles...I can pick Herman's Hermits songs out of elevator muzak within just a few bars.

2) Going ahead to teenage years, is there a song that says "high school" (or whatever it might've been called where you lived") to you?
REM's "The End of the World as We Know It" or anything by the Smiths and Smithereens. oh, and U2.

3) What is your favorite music for a lift on a down day? (hint: go to and type in a performer/composer...see what you come up with!)
I'm embarrassed to admit to a fondness for the "Aladdin" soundtrack (the first one), and to Van Morrison and Jimmy Buffet songs. And the Monkees (cringe). Also some contemporary Christian songs--the ones that sound like real life, and not what we call 7-11 songs (7 words, repeated 11 times).

4) Who is your favorite performer of all time?
My favorite not because I've seen him a lot or because he's well-known, but because I knew him personally, is Dave Pollard. Dave performs on his own and in a group called "Patchwork" and could be relied upon to sing "Puff the Magic Dragon" when I was a child if I was in the audience.

5) What is your favorite style of music for worship?
I love a lot of different music, but especially the Celtic-influenced pieces like "Be Thou My Vision" and "When It's All Been Said and Done."
Bonus if you include a video of any of the above!
Herman's Hermits:


The Smiths "Unhappy Birthday"...a favorite teen angst song

The Monkees:

Okay, that's it for videos for to get back to work!


  1. I'd completely forgotten Herman's Hermits! I now need to go reconnect with them :). And I remember memorizing the soundtrack to Aladdin before I went to see it in the theater ... fun post!

  2. Great videos, I'm singing and tapping along :-)

  3. Love that Smiths video and your reply to 5 - Be thou my vision is wonderful but difficult to sing well in church

  4. Your "high school" soundtrack is my "college" one!


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