Here are the six categories:
1. What was the first song you ever bought?
That's easy. As near as I can remember the first song I ever actually purchased was Tobacco Road by The Nashville Teens. It came on 45 rpm and was in direct opposition to the long haired music that made up my parent's record collection.
2. What song always gets you dancing?
The one that will still get me to the dance floor (well, one of the songs anyway) is Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go by Wham!. This is a kind of cross between swing and quickstep, which I enjoy even though I no longer have the agility and stamina to dance a quickstep.
3. What song takes you back to your childhood?
We're talking early childhood here, complete with black and white TV. I would wake up every morning to the Captain Kangaroo Theme Song: The Treasure House Keys, I suppose by Captain Kangaroo. I'm given to understand that this is actually a British song of some sort, but I always associate it with Captain Kangaroo, Mister Green Jeans and the other residents of the Treasure House.
4. What is your perfect love song?
Here I was tempted to just refer everyone to Ball and Chain by Janis Joplin. There is some controversy as to who actually wrote the song, as Big Mama Thornton (Willie Mae Thornton) claims she wrote it and there is some proof of this. I've heard both recordings and both are excellent. I suppose the perfect love song is something
5. What song would you want at your funeral?
An easy choice. I want When the Saints Go Marching In as played by the Dukes of Dixieland. I'd also like a New Orleans style funeral march complete with a police motorcycle escort that takes a scenic route to the grave yard, and cuts right through the middle of a Fourth of July weekend, Friday afternoon rush hour traffic jam. Let 'em sweat and listen to the music.
6. Time for an encore. One last song that makes you, you.
One isn't enough. Here's Devil Woman and Cross Your Heart as played by The Red Devils an amazing blues band that was really tearing it up on the West coast. The band eventually fell apart, producing only one CD and one EP of four songs before they all went their separate ways. Too bad, but that's what tends to happen when you get amazingly talented people who agree to work together for a while.
And that, as they say, is that. Hark! Off in the distance - I believe I detect the mellifluous sonance of the Fat Lady!