Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Music and Mysteries
Charlie Harris from Miranda James' "Cat in the Stacks" mysteries
I was never much of a musician, though I did play the clarinet in the high school marching band, but music has been an essential part of my life for as long as I can remember. Neither of my parents was particularly musical, but I remember them listening to music on the radio or the stereo all through my childhood. My father, a Marine in World War II was a huge Glen Miller fan, and my mother was too.
There was also music at church, the hymns I leared as a small boy and can still sing -- badly off-key -- even today. I remember the music of the 60s, though I was very young during that decade, but I have a dim memory of having seen Diana Ross and the Supremes on the "Ed Sullivan Show" and the Beatles too. I didn't really start listening to popular music, though, until I was a teenager in the mid- to late 70s, and later on in college. Elton John, ABBA, the Captain and Tenille, Donna Summer, the Carpenters and the BeeGees -- the kind of pop music that so many sneer at these days. But those are the songs I remember from then.
I learned more about classical music from being in the band and taking music appreciation in college -- though, as it turns out, I had absorbed a certain amount of it without even realizing it. All thanks to Loony Tunes! To this day, I can't hear "The Ride of the Valkyries" and keep a straight face -- the music immediately brings to mind Elmer Fudd trying to woo Bugs Bunny in Brunhilde drag.
One of the reasons I love being a cataloger -- and the fact that I am now cataloging again instead of running a public library branch -- is that I can listen to music while I work. Diesel loves music too, though he seems to be more fond of classical than anything else. I suppose I have a slightly highbrow cat!
I'm very eclectic -- classical, even opera, for a while, then pop music, movie soundtracks, whatever seems to fit the mood. Sometimes I can almost hear a soundtrack playing when something important happens -- like when I find a dead body. Ominous, brooding, Hitchcockian even. Of course, I don't dare mention this to Kanesha Berry, the Chief Deputy of Athena County, or she really will think I'm loopy....