Music and Words Award, The Doglady's DenI’m thrilled and honoured to have been nominated for the MUSIC & WORDS AWARD by fellow bloggers and music lovers Mary of Jingle Jangle JungleMichele of Angels Bark and Jeffrey of J.A. Scott. This award was created by Miss Andi, writer and editor of the Music & Words website, to acknowledge and link people who love music so much that they blog about it. She gives out 5 awards each Friday. The purpose is to feature great music blogs from all over the world and artists from all genres.

Thank you so much, Mary, Michele and Jeffrey. You rock!

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Here we go!

Q and A

What does music mean to you?

Music has always been one of my main passions in life. I even took piano and guitar lessons as a child; voice lessons as a young adult. Unfortunately, any talent was mediocre at best, so nothing came of those aspirations.

Regardless, I couldn’t live without music. It makes me feel, think, reminisce. It’s my drug of choice and produces a natural “high”. Music is always there for me, no matter what.

Angry or stressed? My remedy is hard rock or metal, played at full volume. It’s like scream therapy. 


Much better after that!

Feeling sexy?  Music can be such a turn on!
How does this strike you?
Yeah, baby……ooh yeah!

Every song I know has a memory attached.
When I hear it, the scenes play out like a movie in my head.

To paraphrase Dick Clark: Music and Words Award, The Doglady's Den

I wrote this poem about it in 2013:

Pressing stressing

Running stumbling

Let the music play

Searing fearing

Manic panic

Let the music play



Let the music play

Smiling happy

Loving sappy

Let the music play



Let the music play

Let the music play

Let it give you peace

Let you float away

Let you find release


What is your first music-related memory?

Early memories go back to 1958/59 when I was 3 and 4 years old. My mother and I were living with her parents and two sisters in Germany, while my father, a Canadian army officer, was off leading a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. The aunts had an extensive record collection and I remember bonding with them over strains of “Volare” by Domenico Modugno. Twenty years later, I included it in my repertoire (using the original Italian lyrics – I still remember most of them), while attempting to become a professional singer. (It didn’t pan out, but that’s another story.)


What was the first album you purchased yourself?

By the summer of 1964, The Beatles had become the loves of my pre-pubescent life, thanks to their appearance on Ed Sullivan and the movie, “A Hard Day’s Night”. Although I didn’t get a regular allowance, my mother took pity on this mewling little girl and gave me the money to buy the soundtrack album, which I played over and over again.


What was the latest music you purchased?
(No online streaming or free downloads, I’m talking about cash here!)

I bought this CD at The Who concert on March 1st in Toronto. They were raising money for several charities, which you can read about HEREGreat music for a worthy cause!

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Which song did you listen to last?
(No cheating, come out with the dirty pleasures!)

Haha! Actually, I just listened to “Those Were The Days” by Mary Hopkins (see above.) Hadn’t heard it in awhile. As I write this, the radio is playing “Against the Wind” by Bob Seger.  Love it and him! See more of Bob HERE.


Playlist on Youtube:


My nominations:

You’ll find some fabulous music and other posts on these sites.
Well worth your time!

Guilie of Quiet Laughter
Arlee of Wrote by Rote
Cathy of Curious as a Cathy
Shady of Shady Dell Music & Memories
Dixie of DC Relief

(Participation is strictly voluntary and some have already been chosen by others)


What does music mean to you?

Looking forward to your comments!

Rock on!

So far, ten of you have joined the “My Life According To…” musical challenge.
Everyone is welcome to participate; no deadline. Click on the image for further details.

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Debbie D.

Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Currently working on various memoirs, travelogues and creative writing pieces. Looking for the next adventure!

Debbie D.

Debbie D.


Filed under #MusicalMemories, Memoir, Music, Rockchick Ramblings


  1. Thank you for the nomination. Sorry I’m late getting here to read your post. My visit was excellent. Seger, The Who, & Moody Blues!!! I saw TW and MB in concert… a dream come true for me.

    Congratulations, Debbie! Well done!
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  2. The first record I recall hearing as a youngster, in our home, was the self titled Elvis Presley album, with recordings from 1956. The first album I owned was “Meet The Beatles.” I saw A Hard Day’s Night at the picture show on its first run… Half of my favorite Beatles recordings came from the A Hard Day’s Night soundtrack. The most recent track I played was “I’ll Be Waiting for You” by Vince Gill and Cam.

    Great post, and… Since I’ve Been Loving You, my blogging world is a lot brighter. 🙂
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    • Hi, Myke; Sincere apologies for missing this comment! How nice that we both have such profound memories of The Beatles and “A Hard Day’s Night”. 🙂 And thanks for the compliment. That made my day, even though it’s actually many days since you wrote it.

      My knowledge of country music is limited, so I went looking for that Vince Gill song. Nice!

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  3. Cool always fun to read these
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  4. Listening to ‘Those Were The Days’ after ages, Debbie and enjoying it so much. Thank you for all the music you bring my way.

  5. Parul

    Congrats on the award! You totally deserve it. I think nostalgia with music shows the bond that exists 🙂 Fun post Debbie! Let the music play!
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  6. Congratulations on well deserved recognition, my music maven.

    Keep. On. Rocking.
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  7. Any music life founded on Volare and A Hard Day’s Night is in pretty good shape!

  8. Thanks for nominating me. Michele had previously done so and my post goes up tomorrow on Tossing It Out.

    Looks like you and I have been on somewhat parallel musical journeys. Some great tunes here. “Those Were the Days” brings back great memories for me as well. And so many memories listening to “Since I’ve Been Loving You” back in the 70’s driving around the back roads of Tennessee with my friends. Music indeed connects us to so many things in so many ways.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
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    • I saw that you were already nominated, but the more the merrier, yes? 🙂 Looking forward to your post!

      We’re not that far apart in age, so it’s no surprise we have similar musical memories. Driving around the back roads of Tennessee must have been fun. I’ve been living in Suburbia all the while, but driving around and hanging out were things we also did regularly in the 70s. Music was ever-present.

      Have a good weekend!

  9. I absolutely love your answer to the first question, What does music mean to you. What a fabulous answer. Loved your music choices too and especially your playlist. Your poem speaks of how music meshes with your life and your emotions. Wonderful! It’s so apparent that music is an integral part of your life. Your posts just ooze that fact!

    Thanks so much for accepting the nomination and playing along. Hope you had fun putting it together. I know we all had fun reading it! <3

    Michele at Angels Bark
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  10. Such a great post. I absolutely love your poem. The song selections were excellent.
    The Who is coming to Milwaukee in a few weeks. I had wanted to go, but I don’t know anyone else who is interested. And like dining out or watching a flim, going to a concert alone is not something I like to do. I feel awkward for some reason.
    I love listening to Bob Seger.
    Another great post. 🙂
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  11. I just love taking a walk down memory lane with your blog. Thank you for accepting the award, and I look forward to reading more of your posts.
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  12. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

    I am honored that you chose me for the MWA. Thank you very much, dear friend! Your acceptance post was a delight to read and I loved the song selections. I have that Scorpions song in my own collection. I am very happy to have found a blog friend who enjoys rock and metal sounds as much as I do. I agree that music is a useful tool and its applications in my life match yours. I use the primal screams of rock as a form of therapy. I also use it for motivation to spur myself to exercise or to face any difficult challenge. As we have all discovered, one song is worth a thousand memories of “the way we were.”

    It’s interesting that you were exposed to the original Italian song “Nel blu dipinto di blu” performed by Domenico Modugno while the only version I knew was the English song “Volare” that became a hit in 1960 for Philadelphia teen idol Bobby Rydell. I have mentioned this before, but spending the early years of your life in Europe was a tremendously valuable cultural and educational experience.

    My mother’s ears were tuned to the big band sounds of the 30s and 40s and filtered out almost everything else. When I was a boy and listened to the modern music of the 50s and 60s, she dismissed it all as “jingle jangle.” She used that same term whether I was listening to Elvis, the Beatles, the Supremes, or any other popular artist of the period. To my mom it all sounded the same – “jingle jangle” – and, to her ears, it was annoying. I always felt sorry for her for having such a narrow range of interest and the inability to stretch.

    Thank you again for tapping me for this special award, dear friend Debbie! I’ll be posting my acceptance next Friday, March 18. Have a wonderful day and enjoy the rest of your week!
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    • Your blog is a treasure trove of musical memories, Shady. Who could be more deserving of this award? 🙂 Looking forward to your post!

      Yes, living in Europe was a wonderful experience. I was actually born there, too. We moved back and forth for the first 14 years of my life, before settling down in the Toronto area.

      I can somewhat relate to your mother’s attitude. Much of today’s music sounds like crap to me. 😛 My mother was also a fan of the Big Band sound but she enjoyed some Elvis and The Beatles as well. The Rolling Stones, not so much. 😀

      I’m glad you’ll be participating in this fun exercise. Thanks for always taking the time to write such extensive comments. There should be an award for that too. Cheers!
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  13. What a fun idea and I liked ALL of your music choices 🙂 You certainly deserve to be awarded for all the effort you put into these music posts.
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