Recently, we got some Indian take-out food. While we were paying for our order, we heard a “Bollywood” version of “My Favorite Things.” We almost missed it because music is so much a part of our lives that we can ignore it!
Since then, I’ve been noticing some of the background music in my world. Sometimes it’s the busker at the Metro station, playing away for some quarters. Sometimes it’s the usual “oldies” station, or the “Mix” station (“the BEST of yesterday and today!!!”). And sometimes it is completely random, like that Bollywood moment…
1. At the office: If you have a choice, do you turn it up, turn it off, or drown it out with headphones?SOooo let’s talk background music this week for our Friday Five.
It depends on what I'm doing. If I really need to concentrate, sometimes music gets irritating. In general though, I turn it up.
2. At the grocery store or mall: What song (or genre of music) makes you want to hurl? Or throw something?
Genre: Rap. If there is one thing I dislike, music wise, it is repetitive sounds over and over and over and over and over and over and over. But you already figured out I HATE techno, but that usually isn't heard in grocery stores. As for a song I never need to hear again, "The Pina Colada Song" might just top the list.
3. If you were going to create a “perfect playlist”, who are the artists (or songs/pieces) that you would include?
This is very hard because I love all kinds of music. It would depend on my mood of the day, but somewhere in there I'd have Mozart, Bach, Debussy, The Iron Butterfly, The Beatles, Ian and Sylvia, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Simply Red, Louis Armstrong, Jason Upton, Casting Crowns, Eric Clapton (unplugged), B.B. King, Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, maybe a little Who, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Fish, Straight No Chaser....oh....it is a looooong playlist.
4. Have you ever tried using recorded music in worship? If so, what was your plan, and how did it go over?
At my last pastorate, there was no worship team when I arrived. We sang to CDs. Many people were used to it because it had been the norm for a while. I disliked it intensely, but you do what you gotta do! One of my first goals was to get some real singers and musicians together. As for using a special song, I did this often. Sometimes it was a secular song, but always with a specific purpose. I recall, "All We Need is Love" from the Beatles and "The Times They Are a Changin' from Dylan and once something from Harry Connick Jr. I think it went over fine. I often used a recording of a particularly nice communion song--"Come to the Table"--and it was beautiful.
5. When is the earliest you’ve heard Christmas music in the grocery store or mall?
August. It was at Kohls. I was so irritated I refused to shop at Kohls till the Holidays were past.
BONUS: “Weird Al Yankovich” has been releasing a stream of his parody music videos lately. Among my favorites: “Because I’m Tacky” :) If Weird Al was going to do a music video of your life, or a recent experience, what song/hymn/musical would the parody be based on?
I LOVE Weird Al. I think it would be....hmmmm....."An American Tune" from Paul Simon. Here is a clip.