Monday, November 3, 2008

High Fidelity Meets Rockwiz Meme

I don't know who or what Rockwiz is but I saw this on Blog Portion (and stole her title) and knew it would be fun to do.

1. Your first musical idol.
The Partridge Family. We (the kids on my street) would play their records in the garage and pretend to be them. Kristin always wanted to be Keith. My sister and Lori would fight over being Tracy but my sister had a tambourine so she usually won out. And, I was always the mom. Just call me Shirley.

2. Your biggest musical shame/embarassment.
While packing up my stuff to move a few years ago, I got into a huff and threw away some of my records, including all my Elton John albums. I still can't believe I did that. Tossing out that Loverboy LP is one thing but getting rid of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road? That's just wrong.

3. Your special musical talent.
When I worked at Starbucks about a decade ago, my manager used to throw out band names so I could name all their members. He always got a kick out of it and would even have me perform in front of customers. I guess all those years of pouring over liner notes made an impression. I still try to do this now when I hear songs on the radio or on my iPod but I often draw a blank. Good thing they invented Google.

4. A musical thing you wouldn't do in public.
Kareoke -- as much as I love to sing, my voice is horrible and I wouldn't want to cause anyone's ears to bleed.

5. The last band you saw live.
Oh, boy. It's been awhile. I would have check old ticket stubs. I think it was Elliott Smith and he passed away in 2003. Looks like it was PJ Harvey and Grant Lee Buffalo in 1998. Wow, it has been a long time since I went to a show.

6. Favorite live musical experience.
Every Replacements show I ever went to, and U2 at the Forum the Sports Arena on The Unforgettable Fire Tour. We had 16th row seats and we stood on them the entire time (I kept thinking I was going to fall off), and this was back in the day when you only had to pay a scalper $38 a ticket to get good seats. I know someone who described the show as a religious experience. I wouldn't go that far but it was pretty good. At one point, Bono climbed from the stage all the way to the upper level of seats. When they were finished the encore, they left the stage one by one. and the whole time. the audience was singing "40" and kept it up even after they were all gone.

7. If you could see any band/musician live tomorrow, who would it be?
Frank Sinatra but in his younger days.

Guess who my favorite band of all time is. These are just some of the ticket stubs I still have. And, yes there is one for a show in NYC. It was their final tour and I had the chance to fly across the country and go, so I did.


Kellie said...

Fun post, Patty! Awesome taht you got to fly out and see your faves in NYC. How lame am I that I don't remember the Replacements. Maybe I should youtube them to refresh my memory.

And I'm jealous that you saw U2 live...that had to be awesome.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Very interesting Patty! I loved learning these things about you. I'm always the one people ask "Who sings that?" I think music is such an important part of a person's life. My last concert? Paul McCartney! Twyla

Diane said...

Now don't scream, but I've never heard of the Replacements. I know, I know, I'm going to check them out asap.

Your musical talent is awesome! I've got one... Duran Duran - go!