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Friday Forum follows:

1] You’re making a CD mix titled, “The Soundtrack of My Life.” Which songs would you include, and why?

Great question. I would probably have to start with the song, “Here she is, Miss America” because my parents always sang that to me when I’d walk in a room (I think it’s why I think I’m a princess even today). Then my grade school years would be Abba’s “Dancing Queen” – it reminds me of my parents and their friends – I would spy on them and watch them having so much fun while I was wishing I could be a grown up. Middle school would be Rod Stewart’s “If Ya’ Think I’m Sexy” because I really and truly believed I was about the best looking thing on the planet – even though I hung around with the geeky kids. I would dance to that in my room and imagine me as the most beautiful and popular person in school. Also at that time I would have to add Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock N Roll” because I was just entering my teen angst time and assumed that no one understood me – just rock and rollers. Once I entered high school I would have to add “Goody Two Shoes” by Adam Ant – because I thought I was tough and everyone was a goody-two shoes. Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” and it doesn’t have anything to do with virginity – but mostly because I yearned to be like her and have the freedom to dress like that and be ultra cool and sing about sex without getting into trouble or anything. Then I’d add Rush’s “Limelight” because I thought, once again, that I was better than everybody else and lived on yet a higher plane that only me and Getty Lee understood. Then, I’d add “Jesus Christ Superstar” because that song was when I really started to question things in life and not just follow blindly. For my college years I’d add Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” because I felt that I too would someday find true love and it would just be the two of us and nothing else would matter. Then I’d have “Brandy” by Looking Glass. It seemed like I was dating people that thought I was great, but not “long-term” relationship material. For my grad school years I would have “Make My Garden Grow” from the musical Candide. Mark sang that song for auditions and the words seemed so wonderful – I could just sit there and hope I would find a man that would feel that way about me. Then for the past few years I would probably have to add “Singing My Song” by Ray Charles and the theme song from “Cheers”. The first one holds special meaning for Mark and me, and the second one makes me think of family.

2] What is your favorite song right now?

I really am lovin’ the stuff by D-12

3] You’re feeling down, sad, lonely, frustrated, angry … which
song[s] do you play to help yourself feel better?

I really don’t play music when I’m down or anything. I prefer talking.

4] Do you watch the TV show “American Idol”? Why/why not?
Who do you think will win the competition?

Actually, I’ve never seen an episode of “American Idol” – we just don’t watch a lot of TV in our house.

5] Do most of your friends generally share your taste in music?

Not really. Mark kind of does – I like some harder stuff than he prefers. But my other friends – probably not. They’re too into what is popular now and don’t really listen to any “good” stuff.

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