Tia and Music, the Love Story.

April 26, 2012

I think I’ve always loved music. It is a huge inspiration and most of my stories tend to have songs or playlists. I’ve posted the playlist for my first novel By Any Other Name to my blog. You can find it here.

One of my first memories of a specific band or song comes from when I was about three years old. My mom had bought this new C-cassette of this Finnish band and we were listening to it in the car while driving to or from my grandparents’ house.

Since then, I’ve never really stopped listening. There was a boy band-period when I was about ten years old. Yes, it all started from this song.  New Kids On The Block forever! It’s been twenty years and I still remember the lyrics.

After the boy bands (also Take That, they were awesome!), I went punk-ish, but also listened to rock music. I remember this period where I listened to a lot of things, and during it I was on a vacation with the family in Turkey when I was about fourteen. I was sunbathing near the pool of our hotel with my Walkman and my cassettes and my favorite songs that week in the sun were anything from Oasis, Aerosmith, Green Day, Offspring and yes, Take That.

There have come periods in my life when I’ve listened to a certain kind of music for a long time, but I’ve always gone back to Green Day eventually. In 2010 I had the opportunity to go see them live in Helsinki, here in Finland. The funny thing was, I took my kid sister with me, and I suddenly realized I’d been a fan for a longer time she had been alive. Where did all those years go?!

Mike Dirnt of Green Day in Helsinki.

Lately, and I’m thirty now, I’ve cultivated my extremely random taste in music a little. I know instantly what I like, and I know what I won’t touch with a stick. So anything from Eminem to Dave Matthews Band to Muse to Linkin Park and Mozart, I’ll be there. I said cultivated, not “stopped being random”.

I have a favorite song at the moment. While I don’t like the original, I greatly enjoy this Glee version (by the lovely Darren Criss and the even more lovely Matt Bomer) of Somebody That I Used to Know (originally by Gotye ft. Kimbra).

And here’s my first contest-question: What’s been playing in your head or your player lately? You know that one song you can’t stop listening whether you like it or not?

Remember to collect all three questions (the other two are coming later today) and email them in one email to me at tiafielding at gmail dot com to win some nice prizes listed in a previous post!

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