Tag: music

And the beat goes on…

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I freely admit to being a musicphile.  The music I grew up with is vastly different than the music that my friends did, as my parents were probably about 15-20 years older than theirs.  I know this because if my father had lived, this year he would have celebrated his 92nd birthday.  People in my graduating class whose parents are still alive, the parents are generally in their 70s now.  That being said, my tastes in music I think are still a bit different than my contemporaries.  Growing up I developed a taste for country music, but I also listened to a lot of big band music, as well as folk, what used to be called ‘easy listening’ and even dabbled a bit in opera and classical music.  I think the ‘Hooked on Classics’ craze that occurred in the early 1980s helped along my classical music interest.  Certainly every New Year’s Day, I’d watch on PBS the concert from Vienna, hosted by Walter Cronkite.  At the end of the concert, traditionally the conductor would lead the crowd in clapping to the Radetzky March.

I would say only in the last 20 years or so have I become more interested in the soundtracks of movies.  If one were to dredge up something from the 1970s it would be the music from Star Wars or the original Superman from 1978.   More recently, I’ve been using my membership to Spotify to compile playlists bringing together music from Pirates of the Carribean, Titanic, Jurassic Park and others, sharing them with my girl, for whom I purchased a gift card to the same service so that she could enjoy right along with me.  Being able to listen to my playlists in the car, through my smartphone, tablet and even PC (a’int technology wonderful?) via Bluetooth accessories makes it all the better.

The beat goes on…

I’d like to thank the Academy…

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I was just recently (yesterday in fact) nominated for the One Lovely Blogger Award.  After a moment of shock, I went ahead and thanked the one that nominated me.  I then did a little research because a “nomination” to me isn’t actually the winning of an award.  Except in this case, because there doesn’t seem to be any mechanism of ‘voting’ by anyone.  When you’re nominated, you’ve already won!  If only other things could be so simple.  

Apparently, there are rules to be followed after you’ve been nominated.  Here they are:  [if you can’t read the small writing without your bifocals (I can’t) here are The Rules in a little better print type.

  • Thank the person that nominated you and give a link to their blog. {Done!}
  • List the Rules {Doing that now, aren’t I something?}
  • Display the award on your post of the award. {See that thing to the left?}
  • List seven facts about yourself {Seven?  All right, just because it’s a requirement…see below}
  • Nominate (up to 15) bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them. {Oh dear, I’m not sure I -know- 15 people in this idiom.  Now if it was LiveJournal 10 years ago we wouldn’t even be having this conversation…}

Onward to the second to last requirement, seven facts about your intrepid host:

  1. I have 2 families.  An adopted one, and a birth one.  I only discovered (or was actually found by) the second one when my half-brother tracked me down 2 years ago.
  2. I’m musical.  I’m naturally a baritone, though in every choir I’ve been a member of, I’ve been shoved into the tenor section because for some reason choirs don’t seem to have enough tenors.  I played cornet and flugelhorn when I was in high school.  I own 2 banjos as well.
  3. I love history.  Especially the US Civil War.  My wife and I have been to both Gettysburg and Antietam.  There will be more trips in the future.
  4. I’m unable to turn my palms facing upwards.  Some people I work with at times have tried to describe me as ‘disabled’.  I’ve always been very firm that I don’t consider myself so.  I’m just hinged differently thankyouverymuch.
  5. I used to play golf.  And I was good at it in my youth.  I played on the golf team in HS, and when I was looking at colleges, I almost went to one that had a nationally ranked golf team (at the time my handicap was a 2, that’s close to pro).
  6. I still have every computer I’ve ever owned.  Yes, I’m a nerd.  My first computer had a small 14″ VGA screen, no hard drive and a 300 baud external modem.  I fix computers for friends occasionally, though more and more people aren’t buying desktop computers, so there aren’t as many calls as there used to be.
  7. This isn’t my first stint at blogging.  I started a LiveJournal account in 1999 and it’s still there.  After the ‘Russian Overlords’ started doing some weird things with the website, I moved the whole kit and kaboodle over to Dreamwidth and established a fiefdom there under the same name.  As I had purchased a lifetime membership on LJ way back when it didn’t feel right to delete it.  So it stays there as long as the website does.

Finally, I don’t have anyone at present to nominate as I’m still getting my feet wet here on WordPress.  There are people that I’ve read before on LJ as well as independent sites, but none that I feel comfortable nominating here.  As things progress, I expect this will change in the future.