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.

random stuff · The Monkees

I have no idea what this post is about.

Don’t expect a topic tonight. I spent an hour today cleaning my room, and swept out whatever ideas I had, along with the amazing amount of stuff there was on my floor. I say amazing, since I’m really the only person who’s ever in here, and I seldom go outside, so where the hell is all this bark dust coming from, and I no longer have a pet, so the cat hair really confuses me. The toast crumbs, scattered push pins and those little spongy things that go on the end of headphones–those I claim responsibility for. Oh, and the water bottle cap, that was mine, too.

Anyway. I’ve been watching a bit of telly online this week, since I don’t have a cable hookup in my little room. I’ve always watched stuff online, but channel surfing on the web is an odd experience. Long ago I discovered the joys of YouTube: lots of old shows are posted there, in full-length, as well as clips, and if you look, you can find almost anything. Last week I watched nearly every episode of The Monkees. Again. Back in the 80’s when they were running them on VH1, my sister, and nieces watched all of them, even set the VCR to record them! (I still have those tapes, somewhere…) And when the band toured, sans Mike Nesmith, to capitalize on this new success, we went to see them in concert, in Provo, Utah. It was a good show, too, although it would have been better with all four Monkees; without Mike, it was missing something.

So yes, I watched these shows again, and they made me smile, again. I once again realized that most of my brain is taken up with totally useless stuff: not only do I still know every word to the Monkees songs, recorded before I was born, but I still know the words to most of these tv shows, made & aired before I was born! Here’s a clip from one of my favorite episodes, ‘The Fairy Tale,’ featuring Peter Tork as the hero searching in the forest, and Mickey Dolenez, in this scene, as Goldilocks.