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A Music Meme

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Music Meme (courtesy of In Repair )

What is the first music album you remember owning?

The Monkees, which I got in elementary school.

Ejgreatesthits If not the same, what is the first music album you purchased for yourself?

 Elton John's Greatest Hits, which I bought in Junior High.

What artist currently occupies the most space either in terms of shelf space or megabytes on your hard drive?

The complete works of Beethoven on record (Thanks to my father-in-law!)

How many different types of music media (vinyl, cassette, CD, etc) have you owned in your lifetime?

Vinyl, cassettes, reel-to-reel tape, CD, .mp3's on the computer.

Who or what has had the biggest effect on your music taste?

That's a hard one.  For classical, my parents and the music department at the NC School of the Arts.  For big band, my father.  For folk, the Fiddle and Bow program which used to be on WFDD radio from Wake Forest and the Back Porch Music program on WUNC from UNC-Chapel Hill.  For Celtic, of course, Fiona Ritchie of the Thistle and Shamrock radio program.

How do you currently prefer to listen to music?

Most often, I listen in the car.  However I prefer to listen at home on the stereo.

In terms of music memorabilia, what is your most prized possession?

No music memorabilia - unless the Playbills from Broadway musicals count.

Have you ever “swapped headsets” with a complete stranger (meaning have you ever unplugged the earphones from your listening device and plugged them into someone else’s player and had them do the same)?

No I-Pod.

Have you ever been completely obsessed with a particular artist? Who and to what level did your fandom go?

I go through obsessions with artists - listening to and finding out about them.  Probably the most unusual one was back when we were getting to know the music of Stan Rogers.  We couldn't find his albums in our part of NC.  When we went to Boston, we bought all of them from a little record store in Harvard Square.  We had to put clothes in our backpacks to carry on the plane so that we could fit the records in our suitcase.

What is the farthest you’ve ever traveled for a concert?

Mary-Chapin Carpenter in Richmond, VA (3 hours from here).  We stopped there for the concert on the way back from visiting my sister and her family in Pennsylvania.

Who have you seen in concert the most?

Maura O'Connell (my concert review here).  James Galway is second.

And I'm going to add:

Performers I would most like to see that I haven't seen yet?

The Indigo Girls.  We've been out of town when they've been here.

Most male-intimidating concert?

Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women

Most anticipated concert?

Dame Cleo Laine.  Here she is singing Stephen Sondheim's "Everybody Says Don't" from the musical, Anyone Can Whistle.

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