Wednesday, October 9, 2013

TMI: Music

Too Much Information is a regular feature by Sean of Just Jeep Guy.


I grew up with  normal relationship to music, listening to the The Mamas the Papas , very early Sonny and Cher (60s), John Denver, classic 70s rock, disco, even Iggy Pop and early Madonna.

My brother, friends and I listened to the "Top Ten Hits" on the radio every day with eager anticipation.

But starting at the age of 23, I worked for seven years as an engineer in heavy industry and was exposed to ear-splitting noise all day long.   I needed absolute silence when I returned home so I got out of the habit of listening to music.  As a teacher for the past 20 years, I am exposed to noise and confusion all day long, chatter and bells ringing.  So again, I don't play music at home.

1. How often and where do you listen to music?
Pretty much never.  I only listen to CBC radio (news and documentaries) while driving and while working around the house.  But they do play the occasional song and if it's a repeat broadcast, I'll put on a classic rock station.

2. When was the last time you bought music in CD format?  I last bought CDs in 1992 or so:  Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakum, kd lang

3. Do you buy complete albums or just a song at a time?  Is this different now because of iTunes? 
I never buy music. 

4. From who do you purchase your digital music?  See above.

5. Do you listen to satellite or internet radio? How about Podcasts?  No.

6. What are your favorite kinds of music? The music of my youth:  classic rock (the Rolling Stones, Springsteen, J.C. Mellencamp), older country (Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Alan Jackson) and disco (Donna Summer, the Pointer Sisters, the Village People, Gloria Gaynor)

7. Today's music is something I rarely / never listen to.  Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus make me nauseous.

8. What music is your guilty pleasure?  I occasionally hum (and sing in my head) 70s TV sitcom theme songs from All in the Family, Gilligan's Island, the Mary Tyler Moore Show, Maude and others.

9. Have you heard a song recently that reminds you of someone?  I recently heard "At Seventeen," which always reminds me of my students.  I mainly teach teenagers who are 16 and 17 years old and there are always many who resemble the girl in the song. 

This classic was released in 1975 when I was 13.  If you substituted "ugly duckling boys like me", she was singing the story of my life as I saw it at that time.  And I really was a gawky, shy and homely teenager. 
It resonated deeply with me and with, I have no doubt, almost every other teenager at that time and ever since.

Do you play music to set the mood? No, but I'd welcome it if my future man wanted to put some music on.

Once it's set, what do you play to keep the action moving?  Nope. I can keep the action going perfectly well on my own, thank you.


  1. I think these are your first gif's. I didn't know I knew that song until I played it. It is a favorite for the sound but admit to never really listening to the lyrics.

    1. Yes, I got the GIF idea from all the great ones you post on your blog. My favourite one of yours is of the two hotties rubbing their bulges together.

  2. Music has always been a part of my life. From Sarah Vaughn, Ole Blue Eyes, and Barbra, to Green Day, Maroon Five, and Adele. And, of course, as a former dancer, Broadway. My music system is wired throughout my entire house, as well as the patio.
    In my youth, music always set the mood - Moody Blues, Nights In White Satin, was our choice.

    1. That's sweet! Your story makes me think that I should try to listen to more music as well!

    2. Whkattk I have a question: I love Nights in white satin. Growing up in California, I heard it before those on the east coast. 1967 in fact. Funny story, I moved to east in 1969 and when it hit here in 1972 my buddies were agog over it. Didn't believe me when I said I heard it years ago. So question is, when did you first hear it?

  3. swing your man meat to and fro
    dance around and give a show!

    (tee hee)

  4. Music is central to my life as well as my career. I was hooked on opera at age seven (Wagner's Ring of the Niebelung on the radio). I began collecting opera and orchestral music records and have a huge collection from vinyl to CDs, and play them all. I also use them as a resource when I need clips to illustrate talks and lectures on opera. I buy music on Amazon, frequently used.

  5. I'm envious of your passion for music!


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