Question of the Month Blog-Hop: What kind of music best speaks to you?

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It’s the first Monday of the month so it’s time for the Question of the Month bloghop, hosted by Michael D’Agostino of A Life Examined.


This month’s question: What kind of music best speaks to you?

I’ve been accused of being “stuck in the 70s” to which I proudly reply, “Yep!”  I’m a classic rock ‘n roller and my musical tastes span the mid 60s thru the 70s.

My appreciation for music starts with the music itself. Rarely am I aware of the lyrics until much later in my fondness for a song. I have to feel the music in my body first as the instrumentation, the beat and the rhythm wash over me. Only then will I pay focused attention to the lyrics. Oftentimes I’m singing along with a song having no real idea what I’m singing about because it’s the music that moves me.

If you want to get an idea of what my favorite songs are you can check out my 2015 A-Z Challenge in which I embarked on a Musical Tour of My Life. There I listed my favorite bands and videos of the songs by those bands and artists that I like the most. This link takes you to an alphabetical list of my favorite bands.

I’d be really hard-pressed to choose one favorite song or one favorite band. If I were to be stuck on a desert island and could only choose to have the music of one band, I think I’d choose Canada’s great band The Guess Who. I could listen to their music over and over and never tire of it. Here are a few of my favorite Guess Who songs:

From their Live at the Paramount album, “Running Back to Saskatoon”


A 1970 performance of “Share the Land” –


An extended version of “No Time” –


Although my main Go-To music is of the classic rock genre, I do truly enjoy other genres, including Motown, Southern Rock, the Blues, (some) Technopop, (some) Disco, Today’s Country and Smooth Jazz. I’d truly be lost without music…

Thanks to Michael D’Agostino who hosts the Question of the Month blog-hop and to Alex Cavanaugh who posed this month’s question. Be sure to check out the answers of the other Question of the Month BlogHop participants:


Michael @ A Life Examined


Janie Junebug Righting & Editing


Chrys Fey – Write with Fey


Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh


Raviolis & Waterworks


An Apel a Day


Pat Hatt


Tamara Narayan


Play off the Page


Tossing It Out


The ToiBox of Words


Cherdo on the Flipside


Susan Says


Bish Denham


Mama Diaries


This and That (As I Bounce Thru Life)


Liz’s Random Ponderings


Patricia Lynne


Wandering and Wondering


The Sound of One Hand Typing


Jemima Pett, Author


Color Me Writing: Wild About Words




Cold As Heaven




Olga Godim




HENRY THE VIII by Jeanne Plady


sherry @ fundinmental


Jim McDonalds writings and musings


Pamela and Ken’s days of fun


Janet’s Smiles


Angels Bark

25 thoughts on “Question of the Month Blog-Hop: What kind of music best speaks to you?

  1. Nice to see that you’ve joined the blogfest, Michele 🙂 You and I have a lot of similarities, including tastes in music. And yes, it’s definitely about the MUSIC first, lyrics second. The Guess Who was a fantastic band. We are going to see Burton Cummings on Oct. 26. Wish I could have seen the entire band in their heyday. Loved your post!

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    • Wish I could come with you on 10/26! That should be a fabulous show! I saw the Guess Who back in 1979 or 1980. They played at a big music venue/bar in Lockport NY. What a great night that was! Their first song was my favorite by them: Running Back to Saskatoon. Most people aren’t familiar with that song as it didn’t get a lot of airplay. I was the first one on the dance floor that night! 🙂

      So fun to be a part of this blog hop. Thanks for the warm welcome! XOXO

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      • That must have been a fantastic concert! I’m looking forward to the show, but it’s too bad Randy Bachman won’t be there . “Running Back to Saskatoon” got a lot of airplay here. Still does, on the classic rock stations. We Canadians are very proud of The Guess Who. 🙂

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        • As you should be! Such a great classic band!
          So cool to hear that Runnin’ Back to Saskatoon got a lot of airplay. It makes sense that it would there…


  2. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but much of the time I gravitate toward the 70’s. It was such a great time for musical innovation and expression. Of course that decade gave us Disco but I’m okay with that too..

    I also like the Guess Who a lot. “No Time” is a fantastic song.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    • I think the 70s is THE decade for music. Glad to hear that you relish in that decade as well. I know Disco gets a bad rap and I don’t like all of it but I like a lot of it, in particular the Bee Gees from their Saturday Night Fever days…

      Thanks for coming by Lee…


  3. Hi, Michele!

    You and Lee and Debbie and I have something in common. The music comes first and the lyrics are secondary. In fact if I like a recording and don’t know all the words, I rarely look them up because doing so demystifies the song and it loses some of its power and magic.

    The Guess Who became one of my favorite bands in 1965 when they were still calling themselves Chad Allan & the Expressions. Their cover of “Shakin’ All Over,” originally recorded by the English group Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, ranks high on my list of The Most Exciting Records Ever Made. I bought the 1965 Chad Allan & the Expressions album. They had quite a different sound back then but I enjoyed every track.

    Thanks for listing the categories of music that appeal to you. Our ears match right down the line with the exception of smooth jazz, a style that I have yet to fully embrace.

    I hope your fingers are all healed up by now, dear friend Michele, and that your folks are doing well. I wish you a safe and happy week ahead!

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    • Chad Allan & the Expressions sure had a different sound than what the Guess Who ended up being, huh? But that Shakin’ All Over is a great jam for sure!

      Happy to hear that we like the same kinds of music. Smooth Jazz reminds me of the 80s. I listened to a lot of it back then…

      Fingers all healed now. Peeling, but healed. 🙂
      Hope you’re having a great week Shady…


    • Me too! I love them!!! I could listen to them non-stop. One of my Pandora stations is The Guess Who station. It just doesn’t get any better than that… 🙂


  4. I am a country music fan. But the classics, not what is on today’s stations. I love Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and the like. But I also like the ‘oldies’ more the ones from the 60’s for me!

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    • I just was listening to some Johnny Cash today. Love him. I really like Today’s Country…but it’s not really country in the Country sense. It has more elements of rock these days for sure.
      Oldies are great too!

      Thanks for stopping by Paula…


    • That’s so interesting! It actually surprises me that I’m not a lyrics-first person because I’m a writer type. You’d think I’d be all about the lyrics. I do definitely appreciate good lyrics but before I can get to them, the music has to grab me.
      Thanks so much for stopping by Sarah!

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