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Music Asks:

Someone on sent me this list several months ago, and, slacker that I am, I’m just now getting around to it! It’s actually pretty damn difficult to come up with a song for each of these, but I’m gonna do my best..

1:A song you like with a color in the title: “Blue Spanish Sky” by Chris Isaak

2:A song you like with a number in the title: “1985” by Bowling For Soup

3:A song that reminds you of summertime : ” Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys!

4:A song that reminds you of someone you would rather forget about: “According To You” by Orianthi

5:A song that needs to be played LOUD: “Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet

6:A song that makes you want to dance: “Twisting The Night Away” by Sam Cooke

7:A song to drive to: “Under The Boardwalk” by The Drifters

8:A song about drugs or alcohol: “Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw” by Jimmy Buffett

9:A song that makes you happy: “You Gotta Have A Gimmick” from Gypsy

10:A song that makes you sad: “Whiskey Lullaby” by Brad Paisley & Alison Krauss

11:A song that you never get tired of : “Daybreak” by Barry Manilow

12:A song from your preteen years: “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” by Vicki Lawrence

13:One of your favorite 80’s songs: “The Warrior” by Scandal featuring Patty Smyth

14:A song that you would love played at your wedding: “True Companion” by Marc Cohn

15:A song that is a cover by another artist: the Tom Jones version of “Kiss” is better than Prince’s original.

16:One of your favorite classical songs: “Bach:Prelude from Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, Bwv 1007” by Yo-Yo Ma

17:A song that would sing a duet with on karaoke: “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors

18:A song from the year that you were born: ” (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” by Otis Redding

19:A song that makes you think about life : “Angel From Montgomery” by Bonnie Raitt

20:A song that has many meanings to you: “I’ve Still Got My Health” by Bette Midler

21:A favorite song with a person’s name in the title: “Cecilia” by Simon & Garfunkel

22:A song that moves you forward: “God Give Me Strength” — I prefer the version from the film ‘Grace of My Heart’

23:A song that you think everybody should listen to: “Love Can Build a Bridge” by the Judds

24:A song by a band you wish were still together: “Message In A Bottle” by the Police

25:A song by an artist no longer living “Faith” by George Michael. I miss him.

26:A song that makes you want to fall in love: (This one doesn’t quite fit, since I am already in love) : “Roses and Violets” by Alexander Jean

27:A song that breaks your heart: “You Can’t Make Old Friends” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

28:A song by an artist with a voice that you love: “How’s the World Treating You” by Alison Krauss & James Taylor

29:A song that you remember from your childhood: “Return To Sender” by Elvis

30:A song that reminds you of yourself: “Bird On A Wire” by Leonard Cohen

My reasoning on some of my choices are rather random, but I’m not changing them now!

Internet · Music

I Shuffle, Therefore I Am

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!

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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.

Charlie Brown · Christmas · Dance · friends · Holidays · home · Music · single

Call Me Grinchy

It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and I’m already sick of the holiday season. There was a time I liked Christmas music, as well as the Christmas season. Many things have ruined that for me, primarily the over-commerciallization of what should be a happy time. The commercials began before Halloween, and I am not as fast with the mute button on the remote as I’d like to be, so I keep hearing the carols over and over. I now throughly detest ‘Carol of the Bells.’ If I am ever captured by terrorists, all they’d have to do is threaten to play that song over and over again, and I’d break.

Of course, being a single woman at the holidays is never any fun. Everything is aimed at families, or couples, or children. The only ads aimed at singles are those for couples, telling us that every kiss begins with k. (Duh.)

I am a woman in the middle of her life, no children, no job, poor-to-middling health, and at this point no pets. I don’t have a home of my own to decorate, family meals to host or prepare, parties to attend, or even many people to send cards to.

Wow. That sounds more pathetic than I intended it to, and much more pathetic than my life actually is. Sure, things aren’t all roses and lollipops these days, but frankly, I’m not all that fond of roses or lollipops! I like tulips and lemondrops!  I started this post to whine a bit about how annoyed I am about how commercial the holidays have become, and I lost my train of thought.

I’m going to go now, and watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ It’s still the only holiday television show that reflects the true meaning of the season. Plus, the music is awesome. And I love the way they all dance.


Dance · happy · hope · Music · poetry · Portland · Uncategorized

Sweet Music Man (My Rock-Star Boyfriends)

“Play your song sweet music man…
Nobody sings a love song quite like you do
And nobody else can make me sing along
Nobody else can make me feel
That things are right when I know they’re wrong
Nobody sings a love song quite like you.”

I love that song, and the men on my list of “rock star boyfriends” all fit into that mold. Each, with his music, has made me feel things were right when I know they’re wrong. Or make me dance.

So, not all of them are actually rock stars, but who cares? It’s my list, I’ll do what I want!

Chris Isaak. Two words “Wicked Game.” Need I say more? Not really, but I will– his newest album, Beyond the Sun, has a cover of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” that is in my opinion, better than the original. Makes my toes curl.

Yo-Yo Ma. A classic music rock star. The cello is the sexiest instrument, and Yo-Yo makes love to his. Listen to his recordings, and you can feel the passion. Turn the lights down, pour a glass of wine, and put some Yo-Yo Ma on the stereo. I am especially fond of his Bach cello suites.

Tom Petty. I don’t care what he looks like; this singer-songwriter has been a part of my musical life since high school. I’d date him, if only because he’s a poet.

Elvis Costello. Smart. Sexy. Poetic. A bit hipster, but he really was doing it first, so who cares? My first experiences with Elvis Costello were in Portland coffee houses in 1989, and I have never looked back!

Raul Maulo, lead singer of The Mavericks. Both with country band The Mavericks and on his own, Raul Maulo has a voice to make me swoon. In the same mold as Roy Orbison & Chris Isaak, his voice has lovely lows and that amazing falsetto to give you shivers. Listen to his rendition of ‘Blue Moon,’ and see.

Jon Bon Jovi. Still. He rocked back in the 80’s, and is hotter than ever, and still rocking twenty years later. His smile is still adorable, and so is that butt, although he has much better hair now!

Enrique Iglesias. All the suave his father had, along with a big helping of pure sex drive on a plate!

He’s even hotter in Spanish..

Josh Turner. This country boy is cute enough, but as soon as he starts singing, he becomes incredibly sexy! That deep voice asking “I wanna be your man” is just yummy.

The young Jerry Lee Lewis. The bad boy. He starts playing piano, and ooo-weee, whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on! Take him over Elvis any day.

Whose barn what barn MY barn!

I’d never forgive myself if I left my Barry off this list. Mr. Manilow has not never been a particular heart-throb of mine, but his music has been in every part of my life since his first hit back in the 70’s. Before that, really, since we all knew his tv jingles by heart, and just didn’t know he wrote them– he’s they guy who got us stuck on Band-Aids, and let all the Peppers come out of the closet!
Barry Manilow writes the songs that make the whole world cry (sing along, you know the words!), and he has written songs for every time in my life. Here are two of my favorites.

My Rock-Star boyfriends. Aren’t they great?