Saturday, August 13, 2005

Round One

For those applying for the Personal/Administrative Assistant position here is the first round of interview questions:

1. When listening to music which element do you pay attention to most? (Melody, Rhythm, Lyrics, etc.)

2. Considering your answer to the first question what instrument would you be? And why?

34 comments:

mr_g said...

1. Gotta be the rhythm...I play bass and drums, so I guess I'm biased.

2. I'd be a Fender Stratocaster because in the right hands, it talks like no other...unfortunately my hands barely make it babble...for now...

DHammett said...

I first listen for the melody. If I dont like the first impression the melody leaves with me, I can't go on to any other elements. Harmonies really enrich the music for me.

If I could be an instrument, it would be keyboards. They are so versatile, they can play any piece of music. Even with a piano (as opposed to electronic keyboards) you can pick up not only melody, but harmonies and rhythm as well.

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Rae Ann said...

mr g, hmm, what do you get when you cross M&Ms and a Fender Stratocaster?

dammit hammett, name an example of a perfect song and an example of a terrible song to your ears.

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BipolarPrincess said...

1. Rhythm

2. Bass guitar because it's THE COOLEST!!

mr_g said...

I don't know Rae Ann, what do you get when you cross M&Ms with a Fender Strat?

Rae Ann said...

mr g, a cunning linguist like yourself should know that! Remember those old m&m commercials?

mr_g said...

Rae Ann, I also remember I went to 37 Dead shows in three years and tripped at about 25 of them, so forgive me if the memory has become selective...help?

Rae Ann said...

Okay, mr g, I'll spell it out for you. M&Ms melt in your mouth, not in your hands. Remember that? So the cross between M&Ms and a Fender Strat would be something that melts in your mouth and vibrates/sings/hums/purrs/etc (you get the point) in your hands.

Yeah, yeah, that was lame. I'm not good with riddles, you know. lol

DHammett said...

Rae Ann -

I don't know if I can pick the perfect song. I really like, for example, Girls Talk (Nick Lowe) and Oliver's Army (Elvis Costello), both of which fit my criteria. However, I think my favorite would be Layla (Derek & the Dominos). It's a song that's almost two separate pieces of music, illustrating the turmoil of unrequited love and the ultimate peace we all seek.

And no songs get me reaching for the radio tuner quicker than Afternoon Delight and Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places. Bleahhh!!!!!!!!

mr_g said...

That's good! You know what you get when you cross M&M's with KY?

A snack that melts in your mouth, not on your gland....

sorry ;)

Rae Ann said...

dammit hammett, I'll have to look up two of those songs. I like Layla. Unrequited love makes the world go 'round. But I thought it was about his affair with another musician's (George Harrison's??) wife. And I kind of like Afternoon Delight(s) and the Urban Cowboy movie. Do you like Zeppelin?

mr g, KY is gross! Astroglide is better... lol (not that I *need* it!)

DHammett said...

Yep. I like Zeppelin. Do I get the job? ;-) Got introduced to them many years ago in college. Not a hardcore fan, but I like most of what they've done. Probably in my top 10.

Rae Ann said...

dammit hammett, you're doing very well so far, but there will be another round of interview questions soon.

DHammett said...

Rae Ann -

If you're talking about "Girls Talk" and "Oliver's Army," you'll have to hear them to appreciate why I like them. As I said a little earlier, if they don't appeal to my ear, I never make it to the lyrics.

If you can't find them, I'll ask my kids how to send a song in a link. Then, I'll try to move the songs from my computer with no internet access to one that has it. That might take a while, though, cuz I'm on the road during the week for the foreseeable future.

Rae Ann said...

dammit hammett, yeah, those are the ones. That would be great if you can link them like that. I have no idea how to do that. On the road? Where do you have to go? Eh, any hints?

DHammett said...

Rae Ann -

Don't quit searching for them because it will at least be the weekend, maybe later, before I can get it done. It's my work that took me *Hint...Hint* across a state, from one semi-major city to a slightly larger one. Although both of them compare favorably with the size of major cities in your state.

Rae Ann said...

Man, it's like pulling teeth! What kind of work?

DHammett said...

Rae Ann -

In the event I can't figure out how to download the songs and you can't otherwise find them, you can go to amazon.com or bestbuy.com and listen to a 30-second sample. They don't do the songs justice, but any port in a storm, so to speak. You'd need to search using both the artist and the song, or they may not come up. And, I may have been wrong...when I searched for Girls Talk using Nick Lowe, I was referred to albums from Dave Edmunds.

What if I were to tell you it is government work? Say, for example, International Man of Mystery. Not that it is, mind you, but what if...

Rae Ann said...

dammit hammett, that's very intriguing! oooh, am I in trouble? lol

DHammett said...

Nah, you're safe. I wouldn't mess with anybody whose husband would ram somebody trying to interrupt a funeral procession. *still shaking his head in amazement*

Rae Ann said...

You made me laugh real loud again. But I might have to watch what I say now... not because of him but because you're a fed! lol

DHammett said...

I'm a fed?!?! Now I'm lol. But it's always good to watch what you say, just in case...

Rae Ann said...

You did suggest that you might do government work so that would make your being a fed a real possibility. Not that it would be a bad thing. I have nothing to hide...

DHammett said...

Did you see "Meet the Parents?" If so, remember the scene at the airport where DeNiro does the impromptu lie detector test with Ben Stiller. I tried that with one of my teenage sons a couple of years ago. It worked! I think he thinks I'm a fed, too. ;-)

Rae Ann said...

Yeah, I did see Meet the Parents. Very funny! btw, do you really resemble Viggo Mortensen/Dennis Hopper? Oh, and I looked into my crystal ball and saw the cities St. Louis and Kansas City. What might that mean?

DHammett said...

It depends on who you ask. The first comparison I was told (and don't really believe); the second came from a website where, if you send them a photo, they will tell you which personality that photo resembles. I think I may have saved the website at home. One has to sign up for it for them to do the analysis (no cost, except for an e-mail address and a digital photo), so you may or may not want to try it. Let me know if you do and, if I've indeed saved it, I'll send the link to you.

Your crystal ball does pretty well. I'd like to see the list of clues you used and hear the reasoning that led you to your conclusions.

Rae Ann said...

That website sounds pretty interesting. I might try it but I'd be afraid of what they'd tell me. I can't think of any celebrities that I think I look like. Back in college I sort of looked like Dana Delaney when she was in the show China Beach, but it was because of my haircut mostly. And someone told me a long time ago that I looked kind of like Kelly McGillis. Neither of those I see when I look in the mirror.

Oh, as for me and my crystal ball, I hate to give away my methods. That's like asking a magician how his tricks work. What's it worth to you? lol

DHammett said...

I don't think any of us really feels comfortable with the way we look, sound, etc. How many times do we hear about celebrities known for their looks having problems with self-confidence, not believing they're as attractive as others see them? You and I are probably Barbie & Ken dolls in others' eyes! lmao

I've been thinking...you must've gone way back (relatively speaking, since I haven't been here that long) in your research. (Not that I'm admitting anything more than the STL/KC connection :P) I hardly remember making the statements about Mortensen/Hopper. Of course, I just attribute the forgetfulness to my advancing age. Senility covers a multitude of sins.

What's it worth? Hard to say. I guess only time will tell how accurate your information and conclusions are. If you're good enough, I may have to make you an offer you can't refuse.

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Rae Ann said...

So how about that offer I can't refuse?