Sunday, August 22, 2010

Quick Five for Sunday!

by Anna Sugden

It's that time again?! Isn't time flying by fast, these days? Or is it just me? It seems like it was only yesterday that we were moaning about the winter weather and looking forward to summer!

Anyway, as usual, I've been trying to catch up with things and feel like a mouse on one of those little wheels. Completely forgot what day of the month it was!

So, here is a Quick Five post for you to enjoy. Simple, really, five quick questions for you to answer.

1. Which musician/band, living or dead, do you wish you could see?

2. Which musicians/bands have you seen which you think are the best?

3. Which famous actor/actress would you like to meet?

4. Which famous person would you like to meet?

5. Have you met any famous people?

Here are my answers:

1. Queen. I really wish I'd had the opportunity to see them before Freddy Mercury passed on.

2. This was tough - loved Cher, Springsteen, Clapton, Madness and the Stones. My favourites for sheer entertainment would probably be David Bowie, Meatloaf, The Dixie Chicks and Status Quo.

3. I'm torn between classical favourites like Cary Grant, Errol Flynn, Katherine Hepburn and Audrey Hepburn and modern favourites like Susan Sarandon, Goldie Hawn and Jeff Bridges.

4. Other than certain hockey players *g*, I'd like to meet Laura Ingalls Wilder - she sounded such an interesting person and I loved going to De Smet to see where she grew up.

5. Again, other than certain hockey players *g*, probably my most famous would be the Queen Mother - when I was younger I went to tea at St James' Palace!

Over to you - what are your answers to my Sunday Quick Five?


Helen said...

Is he coming to my place

Have Fun

Helen said...

I am sure there are going to be some very interesting answers Anna. Here are mine

1.The Beatles I was only 7 when they came to Australia and I have wanted to see them ever since

2.That would have to be Rod Stewart and The Eagles I have been to lots of concerts but these are my favourites

3.I too would love to meet Cary Grant always a favourite of mine

4.It would have to be Hugh Jackman

5.I have met some great authors and a few cricket players

Have Fun

Jane said...

Congrats on the GR, Helen.

Hey Anna,
1. I would love to see U2 live someday. I also would love to see Elvis perform.

2. My friend is a huge Third Eye Blind fan and she took me to a couple of concerts and they're were great.

3. George Clooney and Gene Tierney

4. Derek Jeter

5. Nope, I've only seen them from afar.

barb said...

will be up later Helen to visit GR

Hi Anna... time does fly fast
1 I would love to see ABBA

2 I went to see Cliff Richard when he first started and then for Christmas this year my Daughter bought us tickets to see his 50th anniversary concert in Sydney... I still think he is great.

3 My usual answer Pierce Brosnan

4 The Queen

5 Haven't met any famous people

Kim in Hawaii said...

Aloha! I missed the Golden Rooster during dinner.

1. I'm a fan of '80s hair bands, so I would love to see Van Halen with both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar (but will never happen).

2. Remembering the bands I like, Def Leppard was fantastic in 2007 - twenty years after they made it big! Also saw Rod in the late '80s(oops, showing my age) - he could rock at the time!

3. I would like to meet Tom Hanks for his support of military veterans.

4. I would like to meet all the Banditas at one time, in the same room, plus GR, Lars, and Sven.

5. I met Fabio at RT in Pittsburg/2008 - he was very friendly, gorgeous, and tall! The next month, I met President George W. Bush at the White House Military Spouse Appreciation in 2008. He was also friendly but not so tall. He graciously took a group photo with us!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Helen, one rooster coming your way! Whoo-hooooo!

Miss Anna, these quick fives are always fun! OK, here's my answers:

1. Which musician/band, living or dead, do you wish you could see?

I'd love to see Franz Liszt. Hey, what can I say? All those years learning piano! In popular music, I would have loved to see Frank Sinatra.

2. Which musicians/bands have you seen which you think are the best?

I saw James Taylor in the 80s before he was really on the comeback trail and he was fantastic. Held an audience in the palm of his hand for a couple of hours, just him and a guitar. Amazing. David Bowie. Horowitz (went to his last recital in London). Bryn Terfel (love a man with a beautiful deep voice!). Oh, could go on and on!

3. Which famous actor/actress would you like to meet?

Richard Armitage? Are you surprised? Oh, all right! I'll be sensible. Audrey Hepburn. Nah, RICHARD ARMITAGE! ;-)

4. Which famous person would you like to meet?

The Beatles! Bruce Springsteen. Franz Liszt. David Bowie.

5. Have you met any famous people?

I've met a lot of famous people at RWAs - does that count?

Daz said...

Hey Helen, congrats on the GR. Have fun with him.

Daz said...

Hey Anna, here are my answers:

1. Maynard Ferguson - an incredible jazz trumpet player. He performed in Australia once but I didn't know he was here and missed him. He's dead now.

2. I love the Ten Tenors and also Russell Watson, Elaine Paige was also spectacular as was Michael Crawford. I'm going to see Katherine Jenkins and Aled Jones soon, and I think they will be great too.

3. Hugh Jackman ... he's just yummy!

4. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber

5. Nope. I've only ever admired them from afar. I think I prefer it that way. If I met them in person, it may shatter all my illusions of them and that might be just disappointing for me.

Anna Sugden said...

Congrats on catching that pesky bird, Helen. Hope you have fun with him today.

I loved The Eagles too! I bet Rod was fab.

Saw some great pics of you meeting some of our Aussie Banditas - hope we all get a chance to meet you one day.

Anna Sugden said...

Oh yes, I bet Elvis was fab, Jane. I had a chance to see U2 at my uni, but for some reason chose to go to the pub. Probably a mistake *g*.

I'm amazed that you haven't seen more famous people as you're in NY. We always used to see people - which reminds me - I'd have loved to have met Chris Noth.

Oh yes - Derek Jeter - yum.

Anna Sugden said...

It may take two of you to wrangle that bird, Barb!

Oh yes - Abba would have been awesome. Mama Mia is a great musical - I can only imagine how much fun a concert would be.

I've seen the Queen several times and even chatted to Prince Phillip (who is very charming) - I think she's really nice. So hard-working.

Anna Sugden said...

LOL Kim - there's nothing wrong with being a fan of those bands. You never know when you'll bump into those guys - especially in Hawaii. I always wanted to bump into John Bon Jovi, which given we were in NJ shouldn't have been that hard, but never did.

Tom Hanks would be a cool person to meet.

Aww - we'd love to meet you too. Next year in NY?

Anna Sugden said...

I know you well enough, Anna, to have phrased the question for you so you could include one of your musical heroes!

Why Liszt in particular?

Oh yes on Frankie!

Snork about Richard Armitage - you know my lovely hubby is reading North and South on your recommendation (I did tell him that you loved the series for RA!)

Famous people at RWA counts a lot! I count it!

Anna Sugden said...

What a cheerful avatar, Daz!

Never heard of Maynard Ferguson - will have to check him out.

What a great selection of people you've seen. Elaine Paige has a wonderful voice and does Michael Crawford - though I still see him as the bumbling fool in Some Mothers Do Have 'em!

Funny you say that about meeting famous people - I've very rarely been disappointed. Most of them are so genuine and down to earth. But, when I was thinking about who I'd like to meet, I did pause on some people because I've seen them interviewed and they either sound so full of themselves or so boring!

You never know, perhaps you'd be pleasantly surprised!

MJFredrick said...

1. Which musician/band, living or dead, do you wish you could see? Right now, I'm dying to see Arcade Fire, but I think it would have been wonderful to see The Beatles.

2. Which musicians/bands have you seen which you think are the best?
U2. Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Soul Asylum.

3. Which famous actor/actress would you like to meet?
Nathan Fillion. Doesn't he just seem like he'd be fun?

4. Which famous person would you like to meet?
Nora Roberts. Well, I've met her, but I'd love to talk to her.
5. Have you met any famous people? Nora! But outside of romance, no. The dh has met Kyle Chandler and the guy from Quantum Leap.

Cassondra said...

Hey Anna, what wonderful questions! As usual, I can't pick just one answer to each of these. I'm horrible about that.


1. I think I'd like to see the Beatles play just to say I'd seen them. They're not my favorite band, but I would like to have felt that energy they generated. Second would probably be the Stones. They're another long-lived band who are icons, and whom I've never seen. I'll also admit to wishing I could have seen Michael Jackson in concert. Wish I could see AC/DC too.
But probably the top ones I'd like to see live would be Fleetwood Mac or James Taylor.

2) Honestly? The best concert I ever attended was Amy Grant's. I attended several of these when I was a kid, and though I've been to a number of concerts since, never one that packed pure entertainment and hard work into it the way they do. I've been to many, many, MANY live shows, however, just not what I'd call concert-level, and some of them were even better than the bigger concerts.

3)Famous actor/actress I'd like to meet?..lessee....that's hard. I don't know that I have one. That's odd, isn't it? I'll have to think harder. If I could actually spend time with and get to know that person, there would be a bunch. But just to meet and say I've met? None that I can think of.

4)Which famous PERSON would you like to meet? Stevie Nicks.

5) Famous people I've met? I've met a bunch because of working in the music industry. Almost anybody who was already famous a few years back--Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Donna Summer, Loretta Lynn, Paul Williams, Jackson Browne, Melissa Manchester, Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul and Mary), Mac Davis......there are too many of this ilk to name--but it was just an everyday thing so didn't seem like a big deal at the time, because it was just work. So I don't think that counts.

Donna MacMeans said...

THese are always fun, VA.

1. The Beatles. I've seen them on TV but I would have loved to see them in person - and I would most likely have screamed myself hoarse.

2. The Moody Blues - amazing the music they can make. Anna C. - saw James Taylor and Carole King a few months ago - they were both fantastic.

3. I would have liked to have met Audrey Hepburn and Paul Newman - almost met him once but things did't work out.

4. Hugh Jackman, George Clooney, Heck I'm easy - any handsome charismatic man will do (grin).

5. I've met Joanne Woodward (Paul Newman's wife - which is when I thought I'd actually meet Paul), shared an elevator with Gary Coleman - and then have met lots of famous romance authors. I'm blessed. (grin)

gamistress66 said...

Some slightly tough questions, but here I go:
1 -- Beatles (earlier years)
2 -- always have a blast at Jimmy Buffett concert! :)
3 -- John Wayne, Maureen OHara, a chance to dance w/ Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly (ahhh), Tom Selleck - still goodlooking :), Hugh Jackman (of course)
4 -- no one else comes to mind, though meeting some banditas would be cool ;)
5 -- met Fred Rogers (as in children's show Mr. Roger's Neighborhood) when I was a teenager, always loved watching him when little so was neat to actually meet him in person.

Nancy said...

Hi, Anna--

1. I would like to see . . . Carole King and James Taylor. Or Bon Jovi. Or Paul McCartney. I missed all of those on their recent tours. Of, if I can time travel, I'd like to hear Scott Joplin play ragtime piano.

2. Saw a fair number of concerts at one point in my life, when I had more time and ticket prices were more reasonable. The best ones, however, were probably Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, with Springsteen having a slight edge.

3. I'd like to meet Mark Hamill and geek out about comic books with him. Or Amanda Tapping from Stargate SG-1, who's just generally cool. Or, going with Helen's choice, Hugh Jackman, also on grounds of general coolness.

4. The famous person I'd like to meet would be Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Or Edward R. Murrow, one the great American journalists. Or Elizabeth I, probably one of the wiliest women ever, not to mention one of England's greatest rulers.

5. I met David Prowse (Darth Vader) by the elevator at DragonCon one year. Actual introductions were not involved, but we stood there and smiled awkwardly at each other while we waited.

I actually met (complete with exchange of names and actual conversation) Walter Koenig of Star Trek when he came to a local comic book convention. The same year, I not only met but got to have dinner with my favorite Superman artist ever, the late Curt Swan, a warm, friendly, and gentlemanly man.

Louisa Cornell said...

Good on you, Helen! He DOES love it at your place!

Great questions, VraiAnna!

1. While I have to agree with LaCampbell that seeing Liszt perform live would be INCREDIBLE, I think I would have to say Maria Callas. I listened to my Nana's records of her and Caruso and I would love just once to be there in person to hear LaCallas sing. Another I would love to have heard live is Dame Joan Sutherland. My God what a voice.

2. I saw Aerosmith in concert when they were just reaching the top and then I saw them again ten years ago and for sheer energy and love of performing they were AWESOME.

I've attended concerts and performances by Elly Ameling, Jerome Hines, Placido Domingo, Leontyne Price, Luciano Pavarotti, Roberta Peters, Kathleen Battle and numerous others and they were all amazing!

3. John Wayne - just because he was my Dad's favorite.

Hugh Jackman because he seems so very genuine.

Richard Armitage and Gerard Butler just ... BECAUSE !

4. Jane Austen. The Bronte Sisters. Wilbur Wilberforce. John Addams.

Mary Balogh. the Dalai Llama. the Queen of England. Princes William and Harry.

5. Vincent Price - he was utterly charming. We had a long conversation about Oscar Wilde. Brilliant man with a wickedly dry wit.

Leontyne Price - gracious lady. She and my mother swapped recipes backstage after a recital ! She had all of these people waiting to see her and she had to have my Mom's recipe for lane cake. (Leontyne's cousin was in grad school with me and told her about the cake.)

Luciano Pavarotti - sweet man and very bubbly.

John Grisham - really sort of quiet and shy.

Chuck Norris and Steven Segal - both very nice gentlemen.

And of course I have met the TRULY famous people on this earth - Romance Authors!! Especially the BANDITAS !!! Who are THE most gracious, sweet, and wickedly fun group of ladies around!

Anna Sugden said...

Hey MJ! Congrats again on your new contract with Carina!!

Never heard of Arcade Fire - will have to check them out.

Yes, I think Nathan Fillion does look like he'd be fun. I always think Kurt Russell would be too.

Anna Sugden said...

I have the same trouble, Cassondra. Oh yes, how could I have forgotten Michael Jackson? And I agree about AC DC.

I saw the Stones years ago and they had an amazingly energetic concert.

One of the reasons I LOVED the Dixie Chicks is that they put on one of the best shows - their concert in the round and their connection with the crowd is amazing. Meatloaf is the same.

I've always loved Stevie Nicks - there is something about her that has always appealed.

Anna Sugden said...

Good to see the Liverpool boys are still popular! I'm sure they would have been great to see, even if I didn't particularly like their music.

Oh yes - Paul Newman *happy sigh*. What a lovely man. Those eyes. *drool*.

I remember seeing Joanne Woodward interviewed on Inside the Actor's Studio and just loved the insight she had into being married to him.

Anna Sugden said...

What a lovely thought, gamistress, dancing with Fred Astaire. I'd be so nervous, but then I figure anyone that good would be easy to dance with because he'd make it easy.

I always think Tom Selleck looks like he'd be a giggle.

How neat to meet Mr Rogers!

Anna Sugden said...

Ohh love your choice of Scott Joplin, Nancy!

Dave Prowse is a sweetheart - we've met him a number of times at autograph fairs and he's always been so gracious. It was sad when he got too sick to come along - he was a major fan favourite just because he was so nice.

I love the idea of geeking out with Mark Hamill - I'd love to geek out about hockey with Kurt Russell.

How lovely to have met one of your favourite illustrators too. I always think it's special to meet someone who does something that is your special interest. (That's why I'm such a fan girl with romance authors *g*).

Anna Sugden said...

You were the other person I worded the question for, Louisa. Callas would be awe-inspiring!

Wow - you've got a great list of people you'd like top have met! And a great list of those you have met.

John Grisham reminded me of meeting the gorgeous and charming Robert Crais *happy sigh*.

How cool about meeting Vincent Price - he always has that wicked twinkle in his eye and I think men with that twinkle must be fun.

Aww - we love seeing you too - even if it is a far too brief passing in the line for dinner!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

What fun questions, VA! And I am loving everyone's answers.

Let me give it a go...

1. Which musician/band, living or dead, do you wish you could see?

Gotta agree with Helen and several others, The Beatles back in their heyday.

And I'd love to see the Rolling Stones today or any day. :-)

2. Which musicians/bands have you seen which you think are the best?

The best, NO QUESTION -- The Doors! Jim Morrison was absolutely mesmerizing, and my ears rang for 3 days afterward they were so loud.

Billy Joel put on a great show, as did Bob Seeger (the last major rock concert I attended). I've seen Neil Diamond a couple of times and his concerts are so much fun! So was Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Loggins.

3. Which famous actor/actress would you like to meet?

Right there with everybody and Hugh Jackman! Eric Bana too, and several others for obvious reasons. ;-)

But I'd probably have far more to talk about with Goldie Hawn or Meryl Streep.

4. Which famous person would you like to meet?
J.R.R. Tolkien, or going back even further, William Shakespeare.

5. Have you met any famous people?

To actually meet (and not just see out in public), mostly just other writers. The most famous was probably Alex Haley who was so very friendly and down-to-earth. I also met Danielle Steele at a writing conference in San Francisco many years ago. Mostly I remember she was sooo petite I felt like an Amazon standing next to her.


Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

I saw the back of Paul Newman's head at a Formula 1 race several years ago. ;-)

Louisa, what a TREAT to meet Leontyne Price! She is from the same hometown as my ex.

Nancy, I'm jealous that you got to meet Walter Koenig. I had a crush on Chekov when I was in junior high!

Gamistress, not sure if we Banditas actually qualify as famous (infamous maybe!) but we'd LOVE to meet you too!


Anna Campbell said...

Anna, I've read reports of his playing and it sounds unbelievable - I've heard a lot of pianists, it would be wonderful to hear the BEST, you know? Mind you, women used to swoon and throw underwear at his concerts (not the same women or perhaps they threw UW before they swooned?) so I think I'd like a private recital, thank you! ;-)

Nancy said...

Anna, Dave Prowse was a fan favorite pretty much everywhere, it seems. I've never heard a fan complain about him.

Curt Swan was just a lovely man--funny and charming and not at all stuck on himself. As a volunteer at the con, I saw him several times. Unfortunately, he died a few years later, just a couple of days before he was scheduled to come back here.

Nancy said...

Cassondra, I'm so jealous you met Peter Yarrow. I have his solo album (on vinyl). I love the song "Weave Me the Sunshine."

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Hey helen! He headed to Aus! Make him work for you today, since you worked so hard at the RWAus conference for us! Grins.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

Fun questions, Anna!

1. I'd like to see the Doors. They were "before my time" so to speak, but I love their music. I'd have loved too, like you, to see Queen before Freddy Mercury passed on.

2. Bruce Springsteen gave one of the best, most entertaining concerts I've ever been too.

3. Like Helen, I'd love to meet Cary Grant, but I think I'd like to meet Katherine Hepburn more.

4. as to famous people, I'd love to meet Mike Dooley, author of Infinite Possibilities

5. A few - Tony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Art Garfunkle, Morgan Fairchild (carded her!), and a few others I can't think of right now. :>

This is fun!

Anna Sugden said...

Wow! You saw the Doors, AC? Amazing!

Would love to have seen Bob Seger too - one of my faves.

I saw Hugh Jackman from behind once - when he was starring on Broadway - he was signing autographs outside the theatre and turned to go in as we walked past.

Cool on meeting Alex Hailey!

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Duchesse! The Boss does give great concerts, though I must admit, the last one we went to, the sound was awful (unfortunately one I'd convinced my hubby to go to) and we couldn't make out much of what he sang. That was at Giants' Stadium - bummer.

I think Katherine Hepburn would be a hoot!

Cool on all those famous people you've met!