The last week I’ve been nearly glued to my laptop, listening to music and constantly creating new playlists, or watching random stuff on YouTube. YouTube gets me every time. I always end up watching the same few favorite things: Craig Ferguson’s cold openings from The Late Late Show, a Monkees episode or two, music videos, and eventually, finding something new. That’s my favorite thing about YouTube, actually; discovering the strange, or wonderful, or wonderfully strange things that I would never have known about if I’d stayed off-line! Makes me kinda sad that there weren’t things like this around when I was a teen; my life would have been so much more fun if I’d had access to a wider variety of music!
I put my iPod on shuffle this morning and this is the selection I was given”
“1985” Bowling for Soup (One of my favorite bands, and one of their best songs.)
“Simple Gifts” Yo-Yo Ma & Alison Krauss (I love both of them, and together on this, they are magical!)
“All Around the Kitchen” Dan Zanes & Friends (a holdover from my days as a preschool teacher)
“Scottish Temple Stomp” by Craig Ferguson (One of the cold openings. I’m a little obsessed with Craig.)
“Parents Just Don’t Understand” DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Will Smith will always be fresh.)
“Shenandoah” by Peter Hollens (This guy is amazing! And he’s from Oregon!)
“The Diva Dance” from the Fifth Element, two arias from Lucia d Lammmermoor, sung by Inva Mula
“Dream On” Neil Patrick Harris & Matthew Morrison–their duet from Glee.
“Bohemian Polka” Weird Al (Exactly what is sounds like. It rocks.)
“Coal Miner’s Daughter” Loretta Lynn (I’m proud to know all the words.)
“Uptown Funk” Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars (Love this song. Makes me wanna dance!)
“Cuddly Toy” The Monkees (Yes, I like the Monkees. Do not get me started on misconceptions about this band.)
“I Want Love” by Elton John (This is one of my favorite songs.)
Usually when I hit shuffle, I get selections from Barry Manilow, Bette Midler & Chris Isaak, simply because I have nearly their entire catalogs. Same with Bowling For Soup, James Taylor, The Monkees, and Elvis Costello. (This list could go on and on…) I hate to limit myself to one or two styles of music, and there is so much out there to enjoy. There are only a few things I really dislike. I cannot stand the sound of Stevie Nicks’ voice, same for Mariah Carey. I don’t care much for electronic or serious metal. And really, I am way too much of a suburban white girl to have ever gotten into rap or hip-hop much, other than a few very mainstream things. I’ve always preferred music I can sing along with. Probably always will. The genre’s listed on my little iPod range from Children’s Music (that’s mostly Disney stuff, really), to Classical, to Classic Country (I grew up listening to Dolly, Johnny, and all those folks), to Disco (life is not complete without a little bit of the Bee Gees). There’s Folk/Rock (Simon & Garfunkel, who are the reason I can sing harmony to this day.), and Hard Rock (Bon Jovi ); Jazz (Ella & Louis), and New-Wave (Adam Ant, among others); R&B, and Soul, as well as one lonely little listing under Ska. Lots of Soundtrack stuff–from Broadway shows, as well as movies, and a little bit of Opera. We have Gospel and Bluegrass, Adult Contemporary and Alternative, as well as general Pop & Rock. These are the categories assigned by the iPod, not me. I wouldn’t really classify Bon Jovi as Hard Rock; I don’t have any real Hard Rock.
Anyway. Music is keeping me sane right now. I’m having a difficult time focusing long enough to read more than a few pages of anything, but I can concentrate on a song.