Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Gail and Tracey's playful playlists

Since it's music month, we're asking authors all about everything music related. We're also answering some of these questions. Check out what Gail and Tracey had to share!


Have you ever played an instrument?
Yes. I have my Grade 10 Royal Conservatory certification in piano, and minored in Music at university, where my instrument of choice was the french horn. At other various points in my musical history, I've also been known to play the flute, the saxophone, and the oboe. I'm currently trying to learn bass guitar, which is WAY harder than it looks.

What is your funniest misheard lyric story (your own mishearing or someone else's)?
My husband and I were driving along and I was intermittently singing along with the radio when Trooper's "Boys In The Bright White Sports Car" came on. I had no idea that was the name of the song, and started singing along with what I thought were the real lyrics: "Here they come. The boys in the bright white sports coats...." Apparently (as evidenced by my husband nearly driving off the road, such was his hysteria) those were NOT the correct lyrics. All of a sudden the rest of the lyrics made sense to me, though. I had always wondered what sports coats had to do with "And where did they get that car...."

What is your theme song?
"Billionaire" by Travie Mc Coy ft Bruno Mars. Because who doesn't "want to be a billionaire so freakin' bad?"

Favorite Broadway song:
"Popular" from Wicked. I have never laughed so hard during a song than when we went to see Wicked and I really listened to what was going on onstage. The acting was phenomenal, and this song was absolutely the high point of the evening. Brilliant!

Have you ever met a famous singer (rock star, opera, Broadway, etc.)?
I totally have! My husband has made some interesting connections through his career in the golf industry, and one of those connections actually got us backstage passes to Alice Cooper. Twice. It was amazing! I was thisclose to having a Wayne's World "we're not worthy!" moment.

What is your favorite classical piece?
Music nerd alert: my favorite classical piece is Handel's Water Music, specifically the Hornpipe movement from the Suite in F major (HWV 348). If you've never heard it, I encourage you to listen to it...it's delightful enough to make a classical listener out of almost anyone.

Line from a song that you could apply to your own life:
"Don't give me no lip, I've got enough of my own" from "Falling In Love (Is Hard On The Knees)" by Aerosmith. It just seems appropriate at so many junctures in my life.

Song you would sing at karaoke:
My go-to karaoke song is "Carry On Wayward Son" by Kansas. My vocal range is just right for those old power ballad-y type songs, and I know I can get up there on the stage and rock Kansas. Other top choices for karaoke night: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey and "Crazy" by Patsy Cline.


Favorite country song:
I actually like country music a lot. I have a few favorites, but the one that comes to mind first is "Little Bitty" by Alan Jackson.

Favorite song from Glee:
This is a difficult one because I feel like the Glee cast does just a good job at their version of most songs they perform. The song that first came to mind when I saw this question was "I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miz. Outstanding version of the song!!!!

Music that has a chick lit feel for you:
"Let's Hear It For The Boy" by Denise Williams and "Crush On You" by The Jets.

Song that makes you laugh: Most Weird Al Yanovic songs.

Favorite music for exercising:
I'm a runner and even though I like to listen to a lot of fast-paced songs, the two songs that really keep me going sometimes are "We Are Young" by Fun and "Lose Yourself" by Eminem. Both songs have a great beat that is steady and motivating. On top of that, "Lose Yourself" has a motivating message.

Have you ever played an instrument?
I played the violin when I was in third and fourth grade. I remember when I was thinking about giving it up one of my fellow orchestra members told me to stick with it. As an adult, whenever I see someone playing the wish I had stuck with it.

Song that has a special memory attached to it:
"A Groovy Kind of Love" by Phil Collins. It was the last song I danced to with my dad at my Bat Mitzvah. He passed away 10 months later. Every time I hear the song I smile because I know his spirit is with me even though he's not actually here.

Song you would sing at karaoke (even if forced...):
I've only sang karaoke once, and the only reason I did it had to do with the fact that it was my best friend's birthday and she wanted me to sing a song with her. The song we sang was "AM to PM".

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