Dear Crabby, What Type of Music Makes You Happy?

Dear Crabby,

Now that live music has started again, I was curious what sort of music do you like? And do you plan on attending a concert soon?


Hattie Harmony

Dear Hattie Harmony,

Years ago, someone asked me if I sing or play an instrument. Personally, I think the acoustics in my shower is wonderful and therefore, make me sound like Bing Crosby. My family, on the other hand, is less appreciative of my talents. Once, when someone asked Mrs. Crabby what part I sing, she replied, ‘Tenor. Ten or 12 miles away.’ Ouch. Betrayed by my own wife!

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Now, I do like music very much. Not all music mind you. I still haven’t figured out the purpose of rap or hip-hop, but I’m okay with that. That’s the great thing about music. It’s been around for as long as humans have been roaming the earth, which means there are plenty of genres to choose from. We don’t all have to like the same thing. My tastes tend to run along the lines of what the kids today would call ‘old school.’ Artists like Bing, Rosemary Clooney, Johnny Cash, and the like. Then there’s all the parade music I grew up with – “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Phillip Sousa, “Yankee Doodle Boy,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag/Over There” by George M. Cohan. Now, that’s great songwriting. But as much as I like music, I’m not a big fan of shelling out money to go see someone live. Well, I take that back. If old Blue Eyes (that’s Frank Sinatra for you whippersnappers) was still alive, I might consider putting up with all the expense and people.

Even before the pandemic, concerts were a hassle, and I always seem to end up next to the person who insisted on singing the songs… out loud. Listen, buddy. I paid to hear Tony Bennett sing, not you! But while I only thought about pummeling these delusional wannabees, once, I actually saw someone else do it. That’s right. In fact, it was at a Tony Bennett show. The guy who was singing was doing it loudly and off-key. Another gentleman asked him a few times to pipe down, but this Tony Bennett imposter kept right on singing as if was better than the real thing on the stage in front of us. Finally, this gentleman had enough and thumped the imposter on the back of the head. From there, shouting and shoving ensued before the fists started flying. Eventually, security came to break up the fight and haul the two men off. I will say I got my money’s worth that night. It’s not often you go to a concert and get a fight thrown in for free. As you mentioned, concerts are starting back up again and I’m reading a lot of artists and venues are requiring those attending to show proof of vaccination. Naturally, that’s going over like a lead balloon with a lot of people. As for me, I don’t have to worry about any of that because I’m going to stay home and watch Qello Concerts from the comfort of my La-Z-Boy. And you want to know the best part? Because I’m a card-carrying member of the Rochester Hills Public Library, I get to watch any full-length concert or documentary I want for FREE! No hassle to pay for and find a parking spot or shell out $50 for concessions. Now that’s music to my ears.

Rock on!
Dear Crabby

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