Friday, September 7, 2012

A Fun Follow Friday

Another cool blog hop ... this one has four fill-in-the-blank statements:

1. I wish I had ___ to ___
2. I stopped wearing ____
3. My favorite song right now is_________because________.
4. I always sing while________.

And my answers are:

1. I wish I had the money to buy a spinning wheel.
2. I stopped wearing high heels.
3. My favorite song right now is Primal Scream because I love the oldies that remind me of my youth. (see blog post below)
4. I always sing while ... um ... I rarely sing!! Don't even hum. I have very little pitch but I will sing along to Linda Ronstadt because I can sing her key.

The favorite song one was a hard one, so I made it easy on myself. There are lots and lots of songs I dearly love and do not have a favorite. There is one particular song I keep playing over and over again ... it's on a CD in my car and I'm too lazy at the moment to go get it to list the details. It's an opera song ... take a look at this rendition:

Even Simon genuinely smiled! There's a few, I counted two, slightly off-notes (everyone's gotta be a critic) but overall his voice is astounding for a "working-class guy." Bless the working class, we do have class after all! I first heard this song at the conclusion of the movie, Sum of All Fears, where the CIA agent ... not the Ryan character played by Affleck, the other one ... goes around assassinating all the nasty culprits who dared to nuke the Super Bowl in Baltimore. I loved the movie, and loved the book which I read before the movie and did NOT find the movie disappointing, probably because I think Tom Clancy has his hands in the movies made from his books. The ending is classic and the music chosen is classic and the two are now inextricably linked in my mind.

I have not heard another song on this planet that explores the depth and range on the male voice. Puccini did good!

When contemplating and ruminating for this post, it struck me that I never listen to music when I'm crafting. How odd is that? I'm trying to figure that out. I dearly LOVE music ... I love the transcendence music can give to the listener. But when I'm working on things, I'd rather have the TV turned on to some nature show, or popping in a favorite DVD. The entire series of Downton Abbey, both seasons, have been the backdrop of many of my sewing sessions. In fact, Season 2 was "viewed" entirely in my sewing room. The costuming of the series makes me drool, so perhaps by listening/viewing during sewing sessions, it makes me try harder? In hopes that I will be able to make those luscious garments for myself some day??

Who knows. Maybe it's because when I listen to music I dearly like, my feet have to move. Like, dance move. Hard to sew, crochet, spin or do any sort of handwork whilst the feet are moving. And for the music to which dance is not inspired ... my feet don't move when listening to Nessun Dorma ... perhaps it's what the music is doing to my mind (and heart). Perhaps there's just no more synapses available to handle the details of handwork?

Ooopsie!!  Edited to add (I learn new things every day hahahaaaa):


retired not tired said...

I listen to music when I knit. If the song is rock and roll I knit faster so I recommend music while you sew

My Kid's Mom said...

I often listen to music while crocheting. TV does not do well because I like to watch what I'm doing, but I can listen to music.

Cathy Kennedy said...

What an amazing voice for a working class fellow! Do you know if he trained? This is really remarkable! Thanks for sharing! Have a marvelous weekend!

Hilary Johnson said...

I looked him up, especially since he appeared on this show a few years ago. He did get some training in Italy. Here's an article:,8599,1893282,00.html

Hilary Johnson said...

LOL ... not sure how the sewing would come out!!

Hilary Johnson said...

That's were I'm different ... maybe even odd? I can listen to TV better than I can listen to music. Music distracts me (makes me want to get up and move) whereas TV is often "white noise" as long as there's no screaming and yelling on the tube.

Nani said...

The video was remarkable and thanks so much for sharing it! I love Nessun Dorma, I have a couple renditions of Pavarotti doing it on CD. To hear a contestant on a contest show do it that well, wow!!

Yvonne said...

I stopped wearing high heels too. Now I can't even try to wear them. I just know I'll fall down. LOL

Have a great weekend!

RoryBore said...

wow. you never can judge a book by its cover, can you. just like with Susan Boyle, no one probably suspected such a voice to emerge.

I always have music on in the background..even when I studied in school. But what I am doing definitely determines the kind of music I play. I love older stuff like Nina Simone, Etta, Irma, etc. if I have to concentrate, or classical music when I read, but really upbeat dance/disco jams when I am cooking dinner.

Janice's footsteps said...

I would love to see what you would create with a spinning wheel so cool, I have never wore high heels feet to wide LOL Have a super fab weekend :]

Journey of Life said...

I just realized that I have been missing music for awhile --I was pre-occupied by my girls. :-)

Hilary said...

I can't sing either... maybe it is a "hilary" thing! :)

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