Meg has posted the following questionnaire at Blogcabin. As a man, I am required by my articles of association to compile regularly, & to fill in when encountered, lists involving choices across a broad range of topics.
Music lists carry a particular obligation & they must be compiled or answered as if front pages across the world are attendant on the results.
1. How many hours in a day are you either directly or indirectly listening to music?
Very difficult to calculate. We play music constantly at home & in the cars.
2. How often are you in charge of said music?
On home territory, most of the time (although Emma won’t let me play blues without prolonged protest.) In shops, pubs & restaurants & on phonelines, the situation is out of control & the tide of monumentally crap music is rising fast.
3. Do you need music as a part of your day?
4. What band and/or solo artist have you been a fan of for the longest period of time?
Expressed in simple calendar terms, it would have to be Elvis.
5. What three albums could you not do without?
Penguin Eggs by Nic Jones, The Goldberg Variations, played by Glenn Gould, Discreet Music by Brian Eno. And then there are all the others…
6. What’s the last concert you went to?
Cambridge Folk Festival.
7. Name two songs your friends/family associate with you?
This week, La Vie En Rose & Only Love Can Break Your Heart.
8. It’s Karaoke Night. Let’s say you’re the karaoke type. What do you sing?
In Dreams, complete with drunk but accurate falsetto.
9. If you could sing/play an instrument like anyone else on earth, who would it be?
Guitar like Martin Carthy, sax like Charlie Parker, piano like Keith Jarrett, harmonica like Charlie Musselwhite .
10. What musical format do you use most often (CDs, mp3s, vinyl, 8-tracks, live instruments, squeezed cats…)
CDs, MP3s, live instruments, treated escargot shells.
11. Do you own an iPod or mp3 player of some sort?
12. Do you listen to music when you exercise?
Nothing when doing weights, Walkman when riding bike.
13. And finally… dedicate a song to MegFowler.com!
Mons Meg by Eliza Carthy.