Friday Five: Music Edition (Contest Closed)

Girl lying in the grass listening to music

What sort of music do you love?

Hello! I’m so glad it’s Friday. I have had music on the mind a bit more than usual this week, as Mr. Blogthings bought us a few new albums. I love writing quizzes to music! Anyway, I thought we should do a music themed Friday Five. This week’s giveaway is an Amazon.com gift code 🙂 Answer the questions below for a chance to win a $10 Amazon.com gift code courtesy of Swagbucks.

All you have to do to enter is comment below and answer the Friday Five. I will run a random number generator on Monday morning and pick the winner that way. I will comment on the thread to the person who won, so you can check back to see who won that way. If you miss it, I will announce the winner in the comments and next week in the P.S.

So, here are the Friday Five questions for this week. Simply answer below in a comment to enter :-)

Friday Five – Music Edition

  1. What sort of music do you like? You can answer specific artists, genres, time periods, and / or moods?
  2. What artist were you first a fan of as a young person? This could be the first album or poster you bought or the first concert you attended. Or something else 🙂
  3. What is your preferred way of listening to music? With headphones? On a speaker? In the car? Or what format? CD? LP? Digital?
  4. What’s your favorite music memory? This can be anything from a great concert to just hearing a song at a particular moment.
  5. Take What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You? – What do you get? Is it accurate?

P.S. Congratulations to last week’s Friday Five winner, Heather. :-)

What do you think?

24 thoughts on “Friday Five: Music Edition (Contest Closed)

  1. Lee

    What sort of music do you like? You can answer specific artists, genres, time periods, and / or moods?
    > Probably 70% of the time I’ll reach for metal or prog rock (esp. artists like Isis, Meshuggah, King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, Opeth), but my tastes run the gamut from classical to bluegrass to “ethnic” folk music like Tuvan/Mongolian throat singing.

    What artist were you first a fan of as a young person? This could be the first album or poster you bought or the first concert you attended. Or something else
    >When I was about 10 or 11, my favorite band was REO Speedwagon.

    What is your preferred way of listening to music? With headphones? On a speaker? In the car? Or what format? CD? LP? Digital?
    > I listen to a lot of music in the car, but I prefer being at home. Headphones vs. speakers is dependent on the music in question: some stuff really calls for the full stereo, but other artists or albums do better when they’re pumped directly into your ears. I prefer physical formats — LP, CD — to digital, and I always listen to albums. No “Shuffle” for me.

    What’s your favorite music memory? This can be anything from a great concert to just hearing a song at a particular moment.
    > Yo Yo Ma & Silk Road Ensemble concert. Simply amazing.

    Take What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You? – What do you get? Is it accurate?
    > My taste in music is “Dynamic”. I’d say the description is mostly true, although I do really like quiet, reflective music, as well.

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    1. kari Post author

      Yeah, prog rock! Definitely a favorite of mine as well. And REO Speedwagon was one of my favorites when I was young too 🙂

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  2. Ida

    1. What sort of music do you like? You can answer specific artists, genres, time periods, and / or moods?
    The comment I most often hear from my friends is ‘How can you listen to music so sad all the time?’ and I think I partly agree with them, I mean happy pop just makes me want to smash the speakers! My favorite genres are rock and blues and some of the artists I keep revisiting are the White Stripes, The Black Keys, Florence + The Machine, Billie Holiday, Edith Piaf, Led Zeppelin and The Doors.

    2. What artist were you first a fan of as a young person? This could be the first album or poster you bought or the first concert you attended. Or something else,
    The first ever song I remember being crazy for is Madonna’s Don’t Cry For Me Argentina from the movie Evita. I must’ve been about four when the movie came out and my parents had bought the soundtrack… So I remember little me sitting in front of the radio and rewinding the tape over and over again and feeling very emotional about the song. 🙂

    3. What is your preferred way of listening to music? With headphones? On a speaker? In the car? Or what format? CD? LP? Digital?
    I plug in my iPod whenever I can and just press shuffle, then go about doing my business.

    4. What’s your favorite music memory? This can be anything from a great concert to just hearing a song at a particular moment.
    I was crazy excited about seeing one of my all time favorite bands, The Black Keys play live in Sweden. I was up front on the fence for the gig but lived to regret it because all their crazy fangirls kept tugging on my clothes, pushing me and screaming/singing in my ear all the time so I could barely hear the actual performance. It was awesome, though!

    5. Take What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You? – What do you get? Is it accurate?
    Your Taste in Music Says You’re Dynamic

    I hope people perceive me as such because I really like the results I got on this quiz! Only thing I have to add is that I’m usually pretty calm and lazy but I suppose I am energetic when it counts (like fighting off about a thousand screaming women AND the elements during the Black Keys gig).

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    1. kari Post author

      I love Florence + The Machine right now as well! One of my favorites.

      I can very much relate to your Black Keys story. I like to be near the front at shows, but sometimes it’s a real hassle 😉

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  3. Heather Moritz

    1. What sort of music do you like? You can answer specific artists, genres, time periods, and / or moods? Metal (HammerFall, Blind Guardian, etc), epic classical, soundtracks, Enya..
    2. What artist were you first a fan of as a young person? This could be the first album or poster you bought or the first concert you attended. Or something else 🙂 Hmm..Queen maybe
    3. What is your preferred way of listening to music? With headphones? On a speaker? In the car? Or what format? CD? LP? Digital? On my computer through iTunes
    4. What’s your favorite music memory? This can be anything from a great concert to just hearing a song at a particular moment. Meeting HammerFall, having a great time seeing Kamelot in concert (I was in the front row and when the singer bent down I was thisclose from him and touched him *drools* 😀 I had so much fun rocking out too), listening to music with friends, etc
    5. Take What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You? – What do you get? Is it accurate? Your Taste in Music Says You’re Dynamic. I definitely like energetic music haha. People are amazed how detail oriented I am 😛

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    1. kari Post author

      I love that you’re into metal! I’m a big fan, and Mr. Blogthings is actually a pretty good metal guitarist. But we also like Enya too =)

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  4. Blogthings Fan

    Yes! I was waiting for a music edition of the Friday Five! Get ready for a very wordy reply, because I love music and this is my favorite subject to talk about.

    1. Although I currently sing for a local Eighties hair metal band, I must admit my all-time favorite singer and idol is Christina Aguilera. I enjoy her on The Voice and love to listen to her advice (especially since I, myself, am studying music education and plan on becoming a vocal coach). More than that, I consider her music from the Stripped album my personal salvation… we all go through our difficult times, and that album got me through mine. My favorite album of hers, though, is Back to Basics. She really nailed the whole blues/soul/R&B/funk thing with that album, and my personal tastes – from fashion to music, movies and everything else – are very rooted in the World War II and Baby Boomer eras. I also really love Judy Garland. Hers was the first voice that really caught my attention when I was seven and watching The Wizard of Oz for the first time. As an adult, I’ve been collecting/viewing her other movies (I love Summer Stock and Meet Me in St. Louis) and enjoying her songs on my iPod. And of course, I grew up on The Beatles and Linda Ronstadt (my father’s favorite band and female singer), as well as Aerosmith (stepdad’s favorite band – I love Steven Tyler’s bluesy growl and riffs; I even emulate some of his moves at the mic). But on my own, I’ve always been drawn to alternative, classic rock, jazz, blues, funk and soul – Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Jackson 5ive, Michael Jackson, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Reneé Olstead, Idina Menzel, Tina Turner, Alanis Morissette, Janis Joplin, AC/DC, etc. As far as modern-day music goes, I like big voices with soulful connotations like Adele, Bruno Mars, JoJo, Jessie J, and Kelly Clarkson. I’m not much of a country fan, but I do love Carrie Underwood. Thus far, she’s my favorite American Idol winner. Finally, I love Tejano (huge fan of Selena’s music), Hungarian funk-rock and French pop. Ophélie Winter is one of my favorite artists from across the Atlantic… she’s basically the Christina Aguilera of her home country and in fact was the original singer of “What a Girl Wants,” although she sings it in French. It’s on her 1998 album Privacy, and it’s titled “Ce Que Je Suis.”
    2. I remember I liked Vanessa Williams a lot when I was eight years old, although that was mainly because I was named after her (I was born around the time she was crowned Miss America… otherwise my name would’ve been Christine, Christina or Caitlin). I think that’s how I got into liking jazz music, because musically that’s her niche and that’s the genre that primarily influenced her. My husband is the only other person in my family who likes jazz… he plays trumpet so naturally he listens to a lot of it.
    3. I like big cushy headphones… earbuds are a bit painful. And I like listening on an iPod. Otherwise, I blast it on the speakers of my car.
    4. I’ve seen Christina Aguilera in concert, and hearing your favorite singer live and seeing them in the flesh just a few feet away from you is something you never forget… but my favorite music memory is hearing “Over the Rainbow” for the first time. There I was, just this seven-year-old kid getting antsy because I wanted to see the rest of The Wizard of Oz in color, and then Judy Garland comes out with that stunning voice of hers and it was just the most beautiful song I’d ever heard. I was glued to the screen, just mesmerized by her talent. It made me want to sing just like her. Before that, music was just something I danced to… badly. And in the days of VHS and VCRs, that scene was the only one I kept rewinding over and over. Forget the Technicolor scenes with the Emerald City and Munchkinland, and all that… I wanted to hear “Over the Rainbow” again! (To this day, The Wizard of Oz is the one movie I never get tired of.)
    5. Your Taste in Music Says You’re Dynamic
    “Your musical tastes are energetic and rhythmic. You are full of energy and can be quite talkative.
    “You are forward thinking and open minded. You despise conservatism of any sort.
    “You are intense, detail oriented, and motivated. You are an ambitious person, though your ambition is anything but conventional.”

    I would say the results are pretty fitting. 🙂

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    1. Vani B.

      Not sure why I’m listed as “Blogthings Fan,” by the way. I thought I was automatically listed under my own name when I typed in my E-mail?

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      1. kari Post author

        No, we currently don’t store anything, so if a name isn’t entered, I have it automatically put Blogthings Fan. Hopefully we will make things a bit easier in the future 🙂

        I’m glad you liked this topic! I also loved the album Stripped, and I’m excited to check out Ophélie Winter.

        And I love, love, LOVE how you describe seeing Judy Garland sing “Over the Rainbow” for the very first time. Your story totally brought me back to the first time I saw it as a young girl – a memory I had long forgotten. So thank you very much for that 🙂

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  5. Melissa Russell

    I like ALL kinds of music but I’m mostly a Rock fan. From Oldies to Current with a focus on 70’s and 80’s. The first band I really followed as fan was Def Leppard after seeing them on MTV when it was new. I still listen to local radio in my car and on my alarm clock and sometimes on Iheart radio on iPad. And I buy music on iTunes and Amazon and sometimes an actual CD. I also enjoy pandora and spotify and those types of services. So many awesome music memories but my most recent Guns N’ Roses concert was epic and then meeting DJ Ashba, guitarist of same, later in an airport I’d have to say are the best memories so far. My quiz result says my taste in music says I’m Dynamic.

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    1. kari Post author

      Yes, I think meeting DJ Ashba has got to be up there for all time music memories! Very cool. Def Leppard was one of my early favorite as well 🙂

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  6. Lynn Sorel

    1. rock and metal. going from old stuff like the beatles and the doors, and 90s-eartly 2000s like evanescence, godsmack, rob zombie, nine inch nails, linkin park, korn, etc. i don’t like any new stuff past 2003 or so really. i’m getting old hahhah!!! i’m in my 30s so i’m not into the new generation of music really. was a teen in the 90s to that’s more my thing.
    2. first music i really loved was the beatles when i was 14. and from there i’ve loved more and more rock to metal types of music.
    3. i like to listen in the car mostly. cd or hooked to my phone since i have a ton of music in it.
    4. going to evanescence live last year probably!
    5. i got dynamic but my answer should be wild.(all my answers were rock, alternative, metal etc) but i tested it and no matter what answers i put is telling me dynamic. think there’s a bug with the answers. i’m certain it would say wild though if it wasn’t broken. and that is accurate!

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    1. kari Post author

      I love Rob Zombie, yeah! The 90s were a great time for music 🙂

      I will look at this quiz’s scoring. I based it on a psychology study, and for some reason, those tend to be less accurate than my intuition / “quiz sixth sense”, so it could just be that 😉

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  7. kari Post author

    What sort of music do you like? You can answer specific artists, genres, time periods, and / or moods?

    Being married to a musician has really broadened my taste. I like everything. Today, I was really enjoying listening to the latest Dawes album during breakfast.

    What artist were you first a fan of as a young person? This could be the first album or poster you bought or the first concert you attended. Or something else

    The first cassette tape I ever bought was Janet Jackson’s Control. I also was a fan of the band Genesis and Peter Gabriel (who was already a solo artist at this point.) I liked Madonna and Michael Jackson as well.

    What is your preferred way of listening to music? With headphones? On a speaker? In the car? Or what format? CD? LP? Digital?

    #1 is definitely our record player. But when I work, I tend to stream stuff from Rdio.

    What’s your favorite music memory? This can be anything from a great concert to just hearing a song at a particular moment.

    Going to see one of the last Letters to Cleo concerts ever in a small club in Austin, most likely.

    Take What Does Your Taste in Music Say About You? – What do you get? Is it accurate?

    Dynamic, and yes, I think so 🙂

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  8. Rachel R. (@REReader)

    1. My musical tastes are pretty all over the place! I love classical, alt pop, world, singer/songwriter, folk, musicals, alt rock, spiritual, adult contemporary…

    2. I think the first artists I loved as artists specifically were Billy Joel and Barry Manilow. (Yes, at the same time. But I was very young! ;D)

    3. My favorite way of listening to music is live, but I don’t get to do that so much because of the cost. Most of the time I listen to music on my iPod or computer, but I don’t know that I prefer it, it’s just easiest. (I really have to finish ripping my extensive CD collection!)

    4. ….Well, maybe the time I went to one of the New York Philharmonic’s open rehearsals with Leonard Bernstein conducting. It was pouring rain, but the hall was packed, and he was so pleased that he took the time to explain everything they were playing to us (usually the conductors and orchestra pretend no one is there), and his great mood–he loved teaching–spread to the whole orchestra and it was just magical.

    5. I got “Your Taste in Music Says You’re Dynamic”, and after thinking about it a bit I think it is pretty accurate!

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  9. Josh

    1. Genres: Metal, gothic, electronic, spiritual
    Artists: Evanescence, Nightwish, Lordi
    2. Michael Bolton and Stevie Wonder
    3. Laptop/headphones
    4. Song I’ll be there by Michael Bolton (I think that’s what it’s called)
    5. Your Taste in Music Says You’re Dynamic (kinda but philosophical describes me better)

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  10. moonstep1969

    LOVE music quizzes! Do feel free to bring as many of them as you can put up with!!! 😀

    1. 80% of the time, I listen to soul/disco/funk between 1975-1985. 15% of the time, I try to catch up with new artists (yes, there are some musical aces around those days as well :)). The last 5% of the time, I listen to heavy metal (!) or swing jazz.

    2. My first idol was Boy George in Culture Club. Am heterosexual myself and don’t have any androgynous streaks either, but anyhow I really liked his different style, image and show-off approach back in the 1980s. Still think he’s a quite cool music business personality now that he’s come off drugs and seems to live a quite ordinary life. There’s always some unconventional energy around him. Oh, and love his singing voice as well. Never been to a concert with Culture Club, though. Only seen Boy George DJ-ing once (here in Stockholm).

    3. I love listening to music in headphones on the move, and on my stereo at home. CD is practical, as you may set a song on repeat, but an LP looks and sound better, the large album sleeve make the cover more justice and I love that you actually turn the record, it adds to the feeling.

    4. There are so many music memories. It’s hard to pick just one. And some of them are too personal and private to tell… 🙂

    5. Your Music Taste Says You’re Dynamic

    Your musical tastes are energetic and rhythmic.
    You are full of energy and can be quite talkative.

    You are forward thinking and open minded.
    You despise conservatism of any sort.

    You are intense, detail oriented, and motivated.
    You are an ambitious person, though your ambition is anything but conventional.

    Comment: The description is accurate. I do dress quite conservative and conventional, but my thinking and values are modern/progressive.

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    1. kari Post author

      I can’t believe how many people have forgotten about Boy George. He was super talented and a huge influence on many musicians to come. I’m glad you brought him up 🙂

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      1. moonstep1969

        Glad to hear that!! I even started an FB group to discuss Boy George and Culture Club to find out if there were more of us remembering and following the CC singer today. We’re only about 10 FB members, but it’s not the amount of members that count – it’s that I’m not alone!! 😀

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