I’m in the middle of a compelling book I know I’ll discuss when I finish, Andrew Bacevich’s 2008, The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism. I don’t read all that fast, and there is so much to consider here that it will be a few days, but tonight I took a break to cruise around a bit, and I found a fun and interesting music poll on NPR.
It’s old news, really – it was posted a week ago, but there’s no clear time limit on this one. Questions of taste and why certain pieces of music move us were posed in a recent article in The Guardian by Oxford professor and musicologist, Eric Clarke. The Guardian has launched a website, “Six Songs of Me,” to map as many personal playlists as possible. You can access the NPR story and the Guardian site here: http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/08/08/158442642/you-are-what-you-hear-what-your-favorite-music-says-about-you
A followup piece on NPR today covered some of the thousands of responses received, which range from serious to funny. For instance, in the category of “What would you want played at your funeral?” one person answered, “Stayin Alive,” and another, “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.”
Here is the poll along with my answers. Please feel free to list your songs in comments here as well as on the website. Music is such an important and personal thing to so many, but it’s also fun to share.
- What was the first song you ever bought?
- El Paso by Marty Robbins
- What song always gets you dancing?
- Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits
- What song takes you back to your childhood?
- Medicine Wheel by Kate Wolf
- What is your perfect love song?
- Wedding Song by Bob Dylan
- What song would you want at your funeral?
- Barricades of Heaven by Jackson Browne
- Time for an encore. One last song that makes you, you.
- Box of Rain by the Grateful Dead
Meanwhile, this whole exercise brought to mind an exceptional clip of my choice for category two. This may be my favorite YouTube clip of all time – Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton doing Sultans of Swing at the 1988 celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday. You absolutely cannot sit still when you hear this. Enjoy!