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Classical Music Takes Over + A Tag

Hey everyone! I’m back!!

The world hasn’t ended! Donuts are still a thing! I still haven’t learned how to write introductions! But I really hope this time I’ll stay longer than a few weeks this time…

Today, we’re discussing music (again).

I love music. I do. I love sharing it with other people. I love drawing near to God through it. I love reading into dumb songs and over-analyzing how they’re actually about something really deep and beautiful. πŸ˜‚

And recently Grace Avender from The Maidens of Green Gables and I decided to take the month of October, and dedicate it solely to the appreciation of classical music. Yep! From October 1st to the 31st, no CCM, Soundtrack, or Synth-Pop shall flow through these earbuds. *tries not to cry* So far, it’s been very bittersweet. I’m loving discovering new music, especially Classics, ’cause you know, they’re just sooo good! But I’m also missing my jams.

Another part of the appreciation, is we’ve also decided to learn a new classical piece on our respective instruments and of course… take a video and post them on our blogs at the end of the month.

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This was pretty much my face, when I suggested the idea to Grace. XD

So, we have that to look forward to, mwahahaha.

Anyway, to kick it off, I thought it would be fun do a music tag. I stole this one from Chelsea @ An Ordinary Pen (definitely go check out her blog 😊), because it looked like so much fun!

Alright, let’s get to it!! (And no, my answers won’t be exclusively classical. Sorry to disappoint any hardcore classical buffs. 😜)

1. Your Favourite Song

You know, I used to not understand how my older sister didn’t have just ONE favorite song. (I’m sorry. I get it now.)

However I will say “Limitless,” by Colton Dixon, as a favorite song, ‘Cause no matter when it comes on, it just makes me happy. (And if I didn’t pick just one the list would be endless.)

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2. Your Least Favourite Song

Probably “The Duck Song,” by Bryant Oden. (No, I’m not going to link it.) I used to think it was funny… But my siblings listened to it FAARRR too many times. My fault for introducing it to them, I suppose. 😝

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3. A Song That Makes You Happy

I actually have a whole playlist dedicated to happy music. 😁 ‘Cause happiness is underrated, and we need more of it in this world. Imma have to say “Dance With Me,” by Daniel Olsson, because it’s got the ’80s vibes that I love, and it’s just so happy/poppy/goofy.😁

4. A Song That Makes You Sad

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Reach Up,” by Kyle Matthews. I don’t know why, but this song hits me so hard every time I listen to it. It’s a good sad though. More bittersweet. I don’t really know how to put it into words, so just go listen to it!

5. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty

Hahaha! “Yakety Sax,” by Boots Randolph, or really any song with a saxophone because it makes me think, Oooh, I should learn that! But, ugh I need to practice. I guess I could just get Simon (the sax) out right now… Nah, too lazy.

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6. A Song That Often Gets Stuck In Your Head

My mind went blank suddenly. And miraculously, every song that’s ever been stuck in my mind, just disintegrated out of existence. Okay, I just remembered, “You Make My Dreams (Come True),” by Daryl Hall & John Oates. I used to hear it in a Spotify ad ALL THE TIME, so the first line would just be stuck on a loop. πŸ˜– Drove my sister crazy. 😝

7. A Song That Reminds You Of Someone

I think I just naturally associate music with people. I probably have a song for every single one my family members + all of my friends + some non-existent fictional characters too.

That being said, “Shape of My Heart,” by Sting always make me think of my brother. Maybe because we listened to it twice on a road trip, maybe because I just know he likes it, I don’t know.

8. A Song That Reminds You Of Someplace

Umm… so this is weird, but “Long & Lasting Love,” by Glenn Medeiros reminds me of my Grandma’s old house. Or more specifically her couch. ‘Cause that’s what I slept on the last time I was there. And I listened to this song one time, along with a few others, before going to sleep one night. But now, whenever I hear the opening notes, I can just see her dark living room, and the wood stove pipe, and the trees silhouetted through the thin curtains, and just the feel of it all is there again.

9. A Song That Reminds You Of A Certain Event

I just discovered that I don’t really associate songs with events. πŸ˜‚ However, “The Gift of Love,” by Bette Middler always reminds me of one of my friend’s weddings where her sister sang it for her first dance.

10. A Song You Know All The Words To

I actually have a harder time remembering all the lyrics, unless I’m actually singing along with the song, or unless I’ve heard the song a million times, or actually looked at the lyrics. But anyway, “Poetically Correct,” by TobyMac is one of those that I know.

11. A Song You Could Dance To

I could dance to anything, to be honest…. probably. ‘Course my moves might not be any more impressive than Donald Trumps.

Our church does a lot of dancing actually, and a friend or ours choreographed a dance to Laura Hacket Park’s “Joyful Joyful,” which is one of my faves.

12. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

I don’t know if there are any songs that just make me pass out as soon as I hear them…

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But I used to have a playlist of quiet music that I would listen to before I went to sleep, and “By His Wounds,” by Wes King still makes me kinda sleepy when I hear it.

13. A Song From Your Favourite Band

Ahhh, why do we have to have favorites??? Okay, “She Waits,” by The Gray Havens; “To the Dreamers,” by for KING & COUNTRY; and “Invisible,” by Leeland. ‘Cause there’s no way I’m picking just one.

14. A Song From a Band You Hate

Hate is a strong word… In fact, I can’t think of any bands that I hate. Much less a song that I would actually recommend. However… *smirkety smirk* One Direction comes pretty close. Not a fan of boy bands. And their song, “Best Song Ever,” which is definitely not the Best Song Ever, is the only one I know of theirs.

15. A Song Nobody Would Expect You To Love

Um… I don’t know?? I’m afraid I’m pretty predictable when it comes to music… Maybe “The Bird,” by Dave Grusin. Because if you played it, and I was like “I LOVE THAT SONG!” you’d probably be like, “Really? ‘Cause, like, no one knows this song.”

16. A Song That Describes You

Hmm… hmm…

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You know what. “Short People.” Randy Newman. Not ’cause I’m short. But because I may look crazy and goofy on the surface, but I’m really deeper than most people think. *serious nod*

17. An Underrated Song More People Should Love

I’m gonna say, “Zion,” by Aaron Shust. Such a beautiful song. almost all the lyrics are taken from Scripture, and the lyric video totally made me cry.

18. A Song That You Often Hear on The Radio

It’s been a while since I’ve listened to the radio. But a song that I used to hear on the radio quite a bit, and I actually love is, “Till I Found You,” by Phil Wickham.

19. A Song You Wish You Heard on the Radio

Oh, I really wish the Christian radio would play more real, true, maybe even convicting music. Something like “Someone to Talk To,” or “I Confess,” by Tenth Avenue North. Love Christian music, but I especially love it with originality and depth.

20. A Song You Listen To When You’re Happy

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Seriously, I listen to just about anything when I’m happy. But I’m gonna say “Never Gonna Give You Up,” by Rick Astley. It’s a classic. I usually skip it, unless I’m pretty happy.

21. A Song You Listen To When You’re Sad

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Depends on my level of sadness. Barry Manilow’s “Mandy,” if I’m mildly sad. Red’s “Part That’s Holding On,” if I’m pretty devastated, which honestly isn’t very often. πŸ˜…

22. A Song You Listen To When You’re Angry

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You know, when I’m angry, I just listen to sad music. “It’s Going to Be Alright,” by Sara Groves, or something like that, that’s kind of calming.

23. A Song You Want to Play At Your Wedding

Over the years, my sister and I have joked quite a bit about the different songs that we could play at our wedding. Every thing from walking down the aisle to “Everything is Awesome” to “God Gave Me You” (I’m sorry, but that song is wayyy overdone.) But I’m gonna say “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love),” by Natalie Cole. I think I’ve always wanted to play this at my wedding, and I’m sticking to it.

24. A Song You Want To Play At Your Funeral

Oooh… Alright, listen up family! When I die…!

Lol, okay, I don’t think I’ve ever thought about this. Except for maybe once, but I can’t remember what song inspired the thought. Ohhh, you know what, though. I love the song “Cielo,” by Phil Wickham, and it’s about being in the presence God (aka Heaven). So if you wanna play that at my funeral, I would not argue.

25. A Song That Makes You Laugh

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Heart and Soul,” by Hoagy Carmichael. The whole song is awesome, but the beginning!! πŸ˜‚ Just go listen to it. Even if it’s just the first 15 seconds. My siblings and I are always quoting the “‘Kay, let’s see now…”

26. A Song That You Can Play

Theme from St. Elsewhere,” by Dave Grusin!! My brother made an arrangement of this song years ago, and it took me forever to learn it all the way through, but it’s one of the few songs that I still can play all the way through. 😝 It’s one of the funnest songs to play too, cause it’s so fonky!!

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27. A Song You Wish You Could Play

*pulls out list* Where would you like me to start? Toto’s “Rosanna“? Debussy’s “Golliwog’s Cakewalk“? Morten Harket’s “Kamilla Og Tyven“? Those are my top three for drums, piano, and sax. 😁

28. A Song From Your Childhood

Probably the strongest childhood memories go back to when I was really young, and my dad played The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Roll Over Beethoven” on guitar for us. I remember listening to the original “Here Comes the Sun” one of the first times, and thinking, something don’t sound right. πŸ˜†

29. Your Favourite Duet

Ohhh, I was originally going to go with something, but then I remembered… “The Ghost Duet.” If you haven’t heard The Ghost Duet…. It’s quite the experience, haha.

30. Your Favourite Song at This Time of Year

Favorite Fall song? Or just general fav song at this moment? Since I don’t really have a fav Fall song (we’re not going to talk about Matthew West’s “Gobble Gobble”), Imma just go with my favorite song at this time, which would probably be “Someday Love,” by Glenn Medeiros. Call me a hopeless romantic. I don’t even know why I like this song. I’ve never had a breakup. (Thank You, God!) But maybe… I feel like it can apply to any kind of heartbreak or loss. And it’s just so hopeful…. I love it. 😁


And I’m going to tag Grace and Katherine!

Well, Lionhearts, that’s all for today! I’ll be back next week with some more artsy things. 😊

Do you like classical music? What’s your favorite piece/composer/symphony?? Let me know in the comments, because I need music to listen to, haha! Also, what is your favorite song at this moment? I shall add it to my To Listen To playlist, and check it out in November. πŸ˜…

Love to you all, and peace out.
~Chalice

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14 Replies to “Classical Music Takes Over + A Tag”

  1. Chalice is back!!! πŸ˜€ When I saw this in my inbox, it was like you did this to me:

    Another fun post as always. I have a lot of music to check out now! My favorite composers are Hans Zimmer and Daniel Pemberton. I highly recommend you check out Pemberton’s soundtrack “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.” There are a lot of innovative ways he creates the emotions in that!

    And you’re going to play a classical piece on the saxophone?! I’m so here for that.

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    1. Aww, thank you, Morgan!! πŸ€— Haha, love that gif! πŸ˜‚
      Oh, I love Han Zimmer! He really knows his stuff. I’ll definitely have to check out Daniel Pemberton.
      Yes! That’s the plan… we’ll see how it does!!

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  2. This is a really fun topic, and I loved your answers! One of my favorite classical composers is FrΓ©dΓ©ric Chopin. His nocturnes are just so great! Also,Pyotr Tchaikovsky is great. You HAVE to listen to “Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom”! “Hymn of the Cherubim” is so reverent and lovely!
    One of my favorite songs right now would probably be “American Pie” by Don McLean. So many memories….:)
    Once again, great post, Chalice! Thanks for sharing. I have a lot of music to check out now. Yes!

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    1. Thank you, Kyndal! Ooh, I’ll definitely check out Chopin’s nocturnes! I started listening to Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and so far I’m really enjoying it! “Hymn of the Cherubim” is beautiful and the ending is awesome!! 😊
      As for “American Pie”… I’ll put it on the list! 😁
      Hehe, I hope you enjoy the music!

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  3. AND SHE’S BACK.
    *runs in circles screaming*
    this comment is late but when i saw you had posted again, i very nearly jumped for joy. literally. i am so so SO very happy you have returned and just aaaahhhhhasdfghjkl i missed you!!! 😍

    ok but i love this SO MUCH.
    classical music is, quite honestly, one of the best things ever and i def should listen to it more. this is such a cool idea and i kind of want to try it myself now.
    i hope you’ve been having a lot of fun with it!!

    i am SO very excited to see you learn a new piece of classical music and play it at the end of the month. YESYESYES. it’s gonna be amazing, girl, cannot wait!!! 😍

    recently, i’ve really been enjoying this album called Mozart for Morning Coffee. it’s an old album, but a lovely collection of some of mozart’s work. also, have very much been loving Spotify’s This Is Vivaldi playlist.
    i’m also currently in love with this piece: https://open.spotify.com/track/2a6EP73QVZxj0NSVEta4Ad?si=ed77dacda52e41e7
    it’s just so pretty!

    OH OH AND THIS ONE:

    it’s gorgeous.

    hopefully my comment doesn’t get spammed because of all the links. xD love this post and am so excited that you’ve returned! *hugs*

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    1. Aww, you’re so sweet!!!! *all the hugs* It’s good to be back!

      And girl, you should try it! Haha, of course now that it’s over it’s easy to look back and see how good it was. But of course at some points I just REALLY wanted to listen to something else… But then other times I was just struck by such warm, cozy feelings while listening to classical music. So yeah, I would recommend doing it. 😁

      *sucks in breath* Gonna be honest, I’m a little noivous about that part. But I shall do my best, and try not to disappoint. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you SO much for the recommendations! I loved them, and they are now on my playlist!! 😁

      (Your comment didn’t get spammed, but I did have to approve it. I couldn’t figure out why, until you mentioned that. πŸ˜…) Thank you, thank you, thank you, friend!! *hugs you again*

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