Music and Words Award #MWA


I was recently awarded with the Music and Words Award by Mary from Jingle Jangle Jungle, a fabulous blog about music, artists and the stories behind them. Thanks Mary!

The Music & Words Award was created by blogger, Miss Andi, to acknowledge and link people who love music so much that they blog about it. She gives out 5 awards each Friday. The purpose is to feature great music blogs from all over the world and artists from all genres.

Once the award is accepted, there are five steps:

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you
  2. Answer the questions with words AND music
  3. Pass the award on to 5 bloggers who inspire you with their posts about music
  4. Tag your post with #MWA, for Music&Words Award so that we can all find you down the line
  5. Quote these 5 steps and the award icon in your post. You can display the icon on your sidebar as well.

Q1: What does music mean to you?

To me, music is art. A form of art that so powerfully evokes emotion and, to me, is the #1 elicitor of memories. Music takes me back in time and can stir deep emotions. It can make me laugh, it can make me cry; it can put me in melancholy moods or it can put me on a high. Mostly music makes me happy.

I enjoy all types of music but for the most part, I’m a classic rock ‘n roller. Here’s a few of my favorite songs about music:


Listen to the Music by the Doobie Brothers

It’s Only Rock & Roll by the Rolling Stones

I Love Rock & Roll by Joan Jett

Long Live Rock by The Who

Rock & Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution by AC/DC

Word Up! by Cameo

Jazz Man by Carole King

Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry

R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. by John Mellencamp

Old Time Rock & Roll by Bob Seger

Let There Be Rock by AC/DC


Q2: What is your first music-related memory?

I used to rummage through my older brother’s record collection and I remember pouring over the album pictures and liner notes while listening to the Beatles, the Monkees and Gary Puckett and the Union Gap.  Another memory that sticks out in my mind is the first time I ever heard Simon & Garfunkel’s Cecilia. We went to visit some family friends and there was this boy there who I was crushing on. The song had just been released and he kept playing the record over and over. That must have been 1970. I would’ve been 7 or 8 at the time.

Before that, I remember singing and dancing to the children’s albums that I had. I wish I could remember the titles of them…

Q3: What was the first album you’ve purchased yourself?

I used to use my allowance to buy 45 records. Every week I got to buy one record so I had tons of those. I wish I still had them! As far as a full album goes, I believe it was Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. I remember sitting on my bedroom floor and playing Bitter Fingers over and over.


Q4: What was the latest music you purchased? (No online streaming or free downloads, I’m talking about cash here!)

I was downloading yet another song from iTunes… Luke Bryan’s Play It Again:


Q5: Which song did you listen to last? (No cheating, come out with the dirty pleasures!)

If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free by Sting



Here are the bloggers to whom I’m passing on the Music & Words Award. No one is obligated to participate and some may already be participating. In any event, be sure to visit their blogs. They all have some great posts featuring music:

Debbie from The Doglady’s Den

Arlee Bird from Tossing It Out

Shady from Shady Dell Music & Memories

John Horton from The Sound of One Hand Typing

Jeffrey from J.A. Scott


Thanks again Mary. This was fun!


20 thoughts on “Music and Words Award #MWA

  1. Goodness! Your post transported me back into time. How could I forget about Ceclia! I was probably about the same age as you, and there was a parcel of land about half a block from my house. It was loaded with dandelions. There were also a few baseball diamonds. I recall sitting in that field of dandelions and singing that song with my friends. Life was so uncomplicated back then!

    I thoroughly enjoyed your playlist. Thanks so much for taking part in this. I have enjoyed learning a bit more about you.

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    • Soooo uncomplicated! I think that’s why I like classic rock so much: it takes me back to a time when life was easy and fun…

      Thank YOU for the nomination. I had fun putting it all together!


  2. Thanks for the nomination. Your musical journey sounds similar to mine in some ways except that I was about 15 years ahead of yours. Gary Puckett was a big deal during my last couple years of high school. I had an 8-track by them.

    I’ll likely do this sometime next week–probably next Friday 3/11.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    • I wish I had all my old 8-tracks! I don’t even know what happened to all my 45s. I kept them in these pretty boxes that were made specifically for the 45s. I’d love to see my collection from back then…

      Glad you’ll be participating in the Music & Words Award. Thanks!


  3. Hi, dear Michele!

    Congratulations on receiving The Music & Words Award from Mary and thank you very much for nominating me for this special honor. I greatly appreciate it!

    Most of the recordings on your playlist are also favorites of mine. Moreover, your answers explaining what music means to you and how you got started as a music lover, mirror the stories I have told and will continue to tell on SDMM. For example, as a very young boy I rummaged through my older brother’s collection of 45s. That’s how I got acquainted with cool music – the stuff being released by Fats Domino, Elvis and Ricky. My parents record collection was filled with Pat Boone, Dinah Shore, Patti Page, Rosemary Clooney, the McGuire Sisters and big band sounds. I gave my parents’ music a try but, by age 6, my taste in music was solidified. It was rock ‘n roll for me.

    Thank you again for passing this special award on to me, dear friend Michele. You made my day!

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    • I’m glad you’re willing to accept the nomination Shady! Yeah, I wasn’t into my parents musical tastes either but I sure heard a lot of old-time country music (Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Gene Autrey) and Herb Alpert, Billy Vaughan and Louis Armstrong growing up. 🙂
      Will look forward to reading your post. Thanks for accepting!


  4. Gary Puckett and the guys look great but amusing in their blue suits. I wonder what happened to them. Google, I need you. I love Simon & Garfunkel, but a number of years ago, we went to a Paul Simon concert. Sadly, he was the most boring performer I’ve ever seen. I think if he’d been with Artie, it would have been great. He performed new arrangements of songs that Artie sang or they sang together. The arrangements didn’t work because I didn’t have a chance to get used to them. I have my albums, but not my 45s. A certain someone liked to take my things and give them away or throw them in the trash. Still burns a bit, but I gave him away. Great post, Michele.


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    • Yes, I kinda miss the days of the band members all dressing the same and looking cohesive. Those were the good ol’ days!
      And Glad you gave him away!
      Thanks for stopping by Janie…


  5. I enjoyed reading about your musical history, Michele. 🙂 Music and emotions go hand in hand, for sure! Gary Puckett! That’s a name that hasn’t been heard from in years. Lots of memories, there. Thanks to you and Mary for nominating me. I will try and get something up for next week. I see you already nominated some of the ones I would have chosen as well. We have good taste in blogging friends. 😀

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  6. It was great to read about your memories and the music, you definitely started early! 😉 great song choices, I wouldn’t generally listen to these bands even though I really enjoy them! It’s a weird thing, couldn’t tell you off the top of my head why! 🙈 Thanks for introducing great blogs, too!


  7. It is amazing and profound how much music shapes our lives. My earliest recollection was listening to the ElizabethN Serenade which I still love. The last piece of music I listened to was in the car and it was the ’80’s all the way:)



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