Wednesday, March 30, 2016

I was nominated for Music & Words award

I was nominated last week for the Music & Words award from my dear sweet blogger friend at Shady Dell Music & Memories. I am just now getting around to doing my post so here it is.  If you want to play along just do these 5 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. Be sure to
     notify them about the award.
4.) Tag your post with #MWA for Music & Words
     Award so we can all find you down the line.
5.) Quote these 5 steps and display the award icon
     in your post and also on your sidebar if you wish

THE Q & A:

Q1: What does music mean to you?
Everything. I seriously would go 100% absolutely crazy without music. In fact, if there are days that I didn’t hear much music at all, I have to put my earbuds in and listen to a few songs before I go to bed.  Todd and I played the Newlywed game at a church event and we won because one of the questions was what would be the one thing Holli (me) couldn’t live without and Todd said my ipod/ipad anything with music. I had same answer and that was our winning question.  Music connects me to so much. I listen to the lyrics and I feel them.   A song transports me to every memory good or bad.  I have some friendships based off our love of music.  Music fills up empty spaces I’m missing in my heart.  Sometimes I just have to be myself and listen to music to regroup my thoughts.
 I had posted a few months ago on what my "power" song is and its No more No less by MercyMe. 
Here's the song:

Q2: What is your first music-related memory?
Its hard to pin this one down.  My dad was in a band so I remember being very very young and he and his buddies sitting around playing their guitars.  Mom also played her music loud in the car and around the house. I can remember sitting on the floor next to the record player and listening to songs for hours. I don’t remember which one was first.  A funny story though, I picked up songs quick as a child. I always sang along even if I didn’t know all the words and when I did.  My grandma Nanny worked in a very upscale high end rich rich neighborhood Safeway ( think Rodeo Dr in Beverly Hills only in Dallas its our Highland Park).  Mom and I went to pick her up one evening from work and I was maybe 3 or 4 yrs old, singing  QUITE LOUDLY  a song from Steppenwolf called The Pusher.  If you’re not familiar with lyrics – the chorus is GOD damn, The Pusher.  Nanny was horrified of course because these rich woman were gasping and shaking their heads. HAHAHA! I do remember getting a spanking and now thinking back that pisses me off . LOL.  My stepdad Don also was very very musical. He didnt play an instrument but he actually sent a recording to Nashville of a song he did.  He had more albums than anyone i knew. We loved listening to songs as a family and we would push the furniture back and dance the Texas 2step and even Cotton eyed Joe.  
 Pardon the language but here is the Pusher

Q3: What was the first album you purchased yourself?
Hmmm, again my life is been filled with one music memory after another.  My mom was 17 years old when I was born ( I was born in 68).  I grew up with 45’s and they were all rock n roll or country songs and I had my childrens record player in my room.  I never owned any childrens records.  It was pretty funny when the neighbors kids wanted to come over and play records and all I had was “real” songs.  They had childrens books that had records attached  to back of the books. Do you remember those? Anyways, my friends got to listen to funny songs like Spiders and Snakes (Jim Stafford) and You’re so Vain (Carly Simon) while I listened to their Jungle Book and Alphabet songs.  Once I was older ( 8yrs) I started getting allowance.  I saved and saved and one night my mom took me to Peaches record store. They were open all night and I bought 3 albums: KISS double platinum, a BeeGees album and Kenny Rogers album.    I grew up equally country along with rock between my parents and grandparents.

What was the latest music you purchased?
(No online streaming or free downloads,
I’m talking about cash here!)
I just bought 6 songs off Itunes last week. I bought all of them one after another at same time.  I bought a song off the TV show The Voice. It’s a cover of Explosions sung by Emily and Jonathan.  I bought 3 songs from Christian band Needtobreathe, and 2 songs by Rob Thomas  ( Hold on Forever and Pieces). Songs are 1.29 off iTunes.

Q5: Which song did you listen to last?
(No cheating, come out with the dirty pleasures!)
The last song I just listened to was Sounds of Silence by Disturbed. I posted the video a few weeks ago here and man I just cant get enough of it. They were on Conan this week and I missed the song so I found it on Youtube this morning before work and its amazing. They have an orchestra on stage with them and its so dang cool.

Since I’m a little late on this award, most all of my music bloggers have already been nominated and posted on this. I will nominate a few though because they’ve posted songs a few times on their blogs.
I nominate my friend Laura who is over at We Really Got This,   sweet friend Robin at Your Daily Dose, and Marci at Stone Cottage Adventures.   No pressure ladies- take your time , I certainly did.  LOL.

I really love this Music award blog hop,fest,post.  Anytime we can share our music memories I’m all over it.  I love reading your posts on these questions too. #mwa
Have a great day y’all!!!


  1. I really enjoyed reading this! I can remember listening to Steppenwolf in my teen days! I don't remember this song though!

  2. Hi, dear Holli!

    I was on the road today and just got back on the comp and found your comment on my WMA post and this delightful post of yours on HH&H. I very much enjoyed reading how important music has been in your life from the start. Your mother is around my age and your earliest memories are similar to mine. I used to sit on the tile floor of my subterranean game room listening to my parents' 45s and the ones my big brother owned. My mom and dad were "a little bit country" and my brother was "a little bit rock 'n' roll." :) It's cool that you were exposed to rock and country early on, just as I was, and grew to love both, just as I do. That's such a cute story about you singing "Goddamn the pusher man" at such an early age! :) That rendition of "S.O.S" by Disturbed is powerful, that's for sure.

    I knew you were the ideal candidate for this award, Holli. Whenever I read the words you use to introduce your music selections, I can tell that you feel the words and the music deep down. Music to you is a faithful friend. Music speaks to you. It is therapeutic. It helps pull you through difficult times.

    Thank you for doing such a tremendous job with your acceptance post, dear friend Holli. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  3. Story #1- when we were in 1st grade, the nuns had a teacher conference and we spent last period being "baby sat" by the eighth graders. They PLAYED The Pusher for us. When I told my sister about it, she said, "SHHH! Mom will find out I have that album!" Years later I traded three of mom's old lps (Two Nat King Coles and an Andy Williams) for it. The first time I played it, it skipped. I looked at the record and there was a corn flake fragment stuck to it. All true, I swear!

    Story 2- the first time I bought a record, I was with my nephew (we were nearly the same age). He bought Love Gun, and then, just for the kick of it, decided he was going to shoplift the Christine Sixteen single (why when he had BOUGHT the album IDK) and just then my gym teacher came up and, just to mess with me (he didn't see what my nephew did), said, "What are you boys doing?" I bet my nephew still has flashbacks.

  4. 'Seriously cool post! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  5. I loved reading about your musical childhood! That's fantastic. Sounds like an ideal environment. Love that you two-stepped in your living room!
    I also really liked your answer to the first question.
    Great music choices with your answers...
    Glad you played along with the Music and Words award.

    Michele at Angels Bark

  6. Hey girlie girl. Thank you for the nomination, but I hate to say this (I'm actually cringing right now), but I beat you to it. I probably should have left you a note here on your blog. But, I didn't. I figured you'd either read my blog and decide to play along OR your life was so chaotic you didn't have time for this and... Well, you get the idea. Anyway, I nominated YOU a while back when I did mine. Here it is, so you can read my responses...

    I didn't have many "kids" records either. The only exception I can think of is The Country Bears Jamboree. We went to Disney when I was about seven years old. My absolute favorite thing in the park was the show The Country Bears Jamboree. I loved it. Probably begged to see it over and over. So my parents bought me the record with color insert pages (photographs from the show). I loved that record!!! Most of my other records were 45s and albums my mom bought at garage sales. I had a very strange variety. A lot of 50s and 60s music (as I recall) with some more "contemporary" stuff thrown in.


I LOVE comments!!!!