Wacky Wednesday: The Most Surprising Music on Your iPod

The most surprising artist on my iPod? Well, you know that the 2 Dope Sistahs are old-school hip-hop heads, but our music tastes are also eclectic. I’ve already revealed that I listen to Mozart in a previous post. I wonder, Is there anything more surprising than that?

BillyJoelIt may surprise you to learn that I have Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits on my iPod. I started listening to Billy Joel in my 5th grade music class. Every Friday our music teacher allowed students to bring in albums (yeah, we had albums back then), and we took turns listening to everyone’s favorite songs. I was never permitted to leave the house with one our albums though. One of my classmates must have been Billy Joel’s number one fan because he always brought his Billy Joel album on Fridays. It certainly wasn’t something I listened to at home, but I’ve liked the “Piano Man” ever since.

So, 2 Dope Readers, we really want to know. What music would we be surprised to learn is on your iPod?



Wacky Wednesday: What Artist, Song, or CD Inspires You to Write?

Da Realist 1

When I am working, I prefer complete silence–no distractions from the television, no music, just quiet. Of course, complete silence is pretty hard to come by unless you happen to be up at 1:00 am (as I am right now).

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

When I decide to go to the library or to Starbucks and write, I listen to music help me concentrate. No rap, hip-hop, R&B or even jazz for me though. I’d never get any work done because I’d be singing, bobbing my head, and dancing in my seat. The perfect music for me is classical. In the seventh grade, I had this very eccentric math teacher who always said, “Mozart and math go together.” Students made fun of him then, but now I think he had a point. Mozart goes well with writing also.  Although I could hardly be considered an aficionado, Mozart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” is probably my favorite. Rock Me Amadeus!

Da Hype 1

220px-LaurynHillTheMiseducationofLaurynHillalbumcover[1]So, I guess my readers are going to think that I am obsessed with Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill . . .  yep, I am. This is one of the most creative works I have ever listened to, and her work makes me want to be a better writer. The lyrics in her songs are chock-full of metaphors and other types of figurative language and it reminds listeners of the value of well thought out lyrics. I think L-Boogie is an amazing writer, artist, and singer, and I am never tired of hearing this CD.

Wacky Wednesday: What talent would you like to have?

Da Realist 1

Image courtesy of bplanet/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of bplanet/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My great-grandmother had a piano in the living room of her house. I am certain that someone in my family must have played it at some point or, at the very least, took lessons. I think all of us great-grandchildren banged on the keys of that old, out-of-tune piano. But none of us, as far as I know, can play. Other than serving as a noise-maker for children, its major purpose seemed to be holding various knick-knacks and pictures.

So, I didn’t learn to play a musical instrument, but I wish that I had. I would love to play piano; I would have loved to play that piano. There is something so wonderful about touching the keys and hearing beautiful music coming out.

OK, 2 Dope Readers, what talent would you like to have?