A young person asked me to answer this little questionnaire of sorts, something to do with a school project. Anyway, I had to do it in a ten minute time limit… boy, it kinda makes you learn something about yourself.
(NB The word “song” in these questions is taken very loosely, as my tastes require!)
1: A song you like with a colour in the title
A Green Lowland of Pianos. Text by Czeslaw Milosz, music by Samuel Barber
2: A song you like with a number in the title
“One Man Guy" Rufus Wainright
3: A song that reminds you of summertime
1st movement of Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto
4: A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about
“Stormy Weather" by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler
5: A song that needs to be played LOUD
Symphony no. 9 “From the New World" by Antonin Dvorak
6: A song that makes you want to dance
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky
7: A song to drive to
Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
8: A song about drugs or alcohol
“Prelude to the afternoon of a faun" by Claude Debussy
9: A song that makes you happy
“Water Dances - Synchronising" by Michael Nyman
10: A song that makes you sad
“Comptine d’un autre été" by Yann Tiersen
11: A song that you never get tired of
“Deep Sea Dreaming" by Elena Kats Chernin.
12: A song from your preteen years
“The Rainbow Connection" by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher
13: One of your favorite 80’s songs
“Six Months in a Leaky Boat" by Split Enz
14: A song that you would love played at your wedding
“Sudden Light" text by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Music by me. Yes (it’s a gift of love to my girl).
15: A song that is a cover by another artist
"I could have danced all night" by Lerner and Lowe, performed by Jamie Callum.
16: One of your favourite classical songs
This question has suddenly become humorous in this context.
17: A song that you would sing a duet with on karaoke
"I will never leave you" from the musical "Sideshow". Only if my co-performer will wear one t-shirt with me (if that makes no sense to you, lmgtfy.com )
18: A song from the year that you were born
“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John. Strictly speaking, it was released in ‘73 but it went gold in ‘74 so I’m claiming it.
19: A song that makes you think about life
“Freezing" by Suzanne Vega and Philip Glass
20: A song that has many meanings to you
Um… everything? Especially abstract instrumental music.
21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title
“Who is Silvia" a Shakespeare setting by Franz Schubert
22: A song that moves you forward
As in motivation? “Workers Union" by Louis Andreissen
23: A song that you think everybody should listen to
String Quartet in G minor by Claude Debussy. It’s really just as good as the Ravel quartet, y’know.
24: A song by a band you wish were still together
“Wonderwall" by Oasis.
25: A song by an artist no longer living
See answer to number 16.
26: A song that makes you want to fall in love
See answer to number 14.
27: A song that breaks your heart
“Cry me a River" by Arthur Hamilton
28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love
“About to Die" by Dirty Projectors. Everyone who sings with this band has a fabulous voice.
29: A song that you remember from your childhood
“Ni Wa Wa" - a Chinese lullaby about a little doll. My mum used to sing it to me.
30: A song that reminds you of yourself
"Happy Phantom" by Tori Amos