I didn't really intend to do this meme, but when I put my name in I really liked the selection of my interests that it chose.
LJ Interests meme results
My earliest memory of bluegrass is watching Hee Haw as a young child with my family. I remember watching Roy Clark pick his banjo and being entranced by the rapid-fire stream of notes. I never really listened to bluegrass very much, but retained a fondness for the banjo that was further cemented by Steve Martin. Then in 2000, when I decided to buy a 5-string banjo and learn to play it, I started listening to some bluegrass to try to get a feel for the music and continue to listen when the mood fits. My knowledge of bluegrass was greatly expanded when I attended a bluegrass music camp in 2003.
- classical music:
I owe my love of classical music to cartoons, where I first heard countless pieces and musical quotations. I'd always want to know the names of the pieces but lacked any way to identify them until Hooked on Classics came out in 1981. This was an album of medleys of classical themes set to a cheesy disco beat, but it came with liner notes that identified the names and composers of all the snippets which was a real boon to my early music education. My interest was further enhanced when I started playing trumpet in the school band, though it wasn't until college that I played any serious music.
Around 1998, I developed a chronic pain in my right ribcage. I visited an M.D., chiropractor, orthopedist, and rheumatologist, but all they found was that I had inflamed intercostal cartilage, which led to courses of various anti-inflammatories that didn't help at all. Then in 2002, I read about Feldenkrais online and was intrigued, so I hunted down the only practitioner in SLO. Within a couple of months, the pain I had lived with for four years was gone. As hoaky as it sounds, Feldenkrais changed my life by changing the way I use and think about my body.
- jack kerouac:
I bought my copy of On The Road as a prop for a beatnik costume that I wore to Brett Moser's Halloween costume wedding. I started reading it and it immediately grabbed me; I was really drawn in by his kind of fictionalized narrative quasi-journalling, and absolutely loved his prose style. I went on to read The Dharma Bums, which I also loved, but I've been unable to get into his other works as much.
- mike oldfield:
I was first hooked on Tubular Bells by the commercials for The Exorcist (it must really have been The Exorcist II since I was only two when the original came out), but I had no idea what it was or who it was by, as this information was harder to get in pre-Internet days. Then around 1986 I got a graphics/music demo program for my Commodore 64 called "Swinth" that included Tubular Bells as one of the songs and was nice enough to include credits. Now have I several albums of his, but my favorite is 1992's Tubular Bells II.
- pizza making:
I've been making pizza since I was a little kid, though when I started out it was a pretty lowbrow affair of Bisquick, spaghetti sauce, and American cheese. I started making my own yeast pizza doughs around junior high and have been doing it off and on since then. Pizza making nicely combines my love of breadmaking with my love of pizza eating. This year saw a particular rise in production (and quality) due to elsparquito loaning me his KitchenAid stand mixer. However, my pizza stone broke last month so there is now a hiatus until I get a new one; they really do make an incredible difference in the texture of the crust.
I've been a slacker since sixth grade. Up until then I was an over-achiever, a straight-A student who would often ask for extra credit assignments. Then I had an epiphany and realized, much to the chagrin of my parents and teachers, that I didn't have to work that hard, I could do a minimal amount of work and still get by with As and Bs. This is also when I started trying to actively game the system. I have to admit that this lifestyle bit me in the ass somewhat in college, and I sometimes wonder what I would be like had I not had this epiphany. In general, though, I really enjoy being a slacker.
- tenacious d:
I first heard about The D around 1998 via word of mouth, but didn't really know much about them until their album came out in 2001. I immediately loved it, though by this time I was already a fan of Jack Black. The songs are hilarious and I really like Jack's vocals. I snapped up the DVD Tenacious D: The Complete Masterworks as soon as it came out and was thrilled to finally see their HBO series.
- upright citizens brigade:
UCB is a improv comedy group, originally from Chicago but now located in New York city. It was also the name a sketch comedy show that ran on Comedy Central from 1998-2000, starring the four primary members (one of whom was Amy Poehler who is now on Saturday Night Live) as an underground force whose mission was to spread chaos. There were a few things I really liked about the UCB show. All of their sketches occur in the same universe, with small references to other sketches, which adds a sense of continuity usually lacking in sketch shows. The characterizations on the show were excellent and didn't have that glib transparency that seems to be the hallmark of SNL.
I've always enjoyed writing, though the vast majority of my writing has been for school. In high school, I was the darling of the English department and won a mention in the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Awards in Writing. Once upon a time, I dreamed of being a humorous essayist and this shows through in most of my writing, even research papers. I used to also write the occasional fictional story, but this was primarily driven by creative writing assignments. I largely lack the internal motivation to write, which to me means that I'm not meant to be writer. Part of the reason I joined LiveJournal was to try to get myself to write more; this has not been particularly successful. On the bright side, I have really enjoyed the sense of connection with both old and new friends.
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