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Playlist Week 10: Never Let Me Slip, Cause If I Slip, Then I’m Slippin

I’m challenging myself to get through a whole shuffle of my music collection on my iPod without skipping. Then I write about what I heard each week.

I didn’t get through many songs this past week since I only worked three days. I took some vacation time for a visit with my Mom and to go to the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament (CBS and the NCAA want me to call these the “second and third” rounds now that there are more play-in games, but I hate change) at the Verizon Center. The two Butler games that we saw were very exciting. And I’m not going to mention how adorable Brad Stevens is because that gets on Dave’s nerves.

The title of the post this week comes from “Nuthin But A G Thang” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. As a metro commuter, I don’t get a chance to drive much. But recently I had to drive to a friend’s house and got to rock out with Sirius on the way. I heard several great songs during that drive including “Nuthin’ But A G Thang.” I also heard Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative” from the very beginning and was overly excited about it. That song came out during my sophomore year of high school and over 20 years later I still remembered most of the words, right down to “Yo Teddy, kick it like this.” Maybe I’ll download that song after the shuffle is over, you know, if I feel like it (I mean, I made this money, you didn’t, right Ted?). Hopefully I sounded a little better than this guy singing…

One of my favorite lines in “Nuthin But A G Thang” is the one from the post title, you know, about the slipping. When I googled the lyrics to make sure I had the line right, I found someone who called this line one of the worst in rap. I disagree, I think Dre has deeply and profoundly captured what happens to me when I allow myself to slip on something difficult. One slip, then I’m slipping, so I can’t let myself slip. This is deep, know what I’m saying? OK, I’m just very amused by this line.

So how is my sleep challenge to be in bed by 11pm going? It’s a good thing I don’t believe that doing this as a Lenten promise will get me closer to God because I’m failing (I guess I should say slippin). Almost two weeks in and I haven’t been in bed by 11 once. The first two nights I was in bed before midnight, which is a vast improvement over my usual bedtime, but lights out was basically my usual time because I messed around on my iPad for awhile. I had hoped that physically being in the bed would make it easier for me to give in to the exhaustion and go to sleep, but apparently not. The siren call of the brightly screened electronics is very seductive. Then I had to work late a lot to prepare for the vacation time and reverted right back to carving an evening for myself out of my sleep time, so I’m back to 1am again.

I hoped to get back on track during my vacation time, but with Mom visiting and late nights watching basketball, and the ability to sleep in since I didn’t have to work, I’ve been staying up just as late as before vacation and I’ve been getting out of bed later. I go back to work tomorrow and I’m going to try moving my alarm clock so that I can’t turn it off without getting out of bed.

Here is the weekly playlist summary:

* Songs listened to this week: 71

* Completed: 47%

* Number of double or triple shots: zippo

* Percentage of songs that came up during running that were so totally not helpful in motivating my running: 14%

The song “Starship Edelweiss” was very motivating to my running, except for when it made me start laughing.

Speaking of laughing while running, there was also Ween’s “Fat Lenny.” I almost used the line “Fat Lenny knows what it is to be Fat Lenny,? ’cause he’s Fat Lenny” as the post title this week.

* Song that disproves my assertion that I don’t like Peter Gabriel-era Genesis songs that I haven’t heard Phil Collins sing: “Dancing With the Moonlit Knight” At least I don’t have any memory of ever hearing Phil sing this.

* Number of songs that I’m so totally deleting:  at least 1 (LL Cool J “Cheesy Rat Blues,” I did NOT have to rip all of Mama Said Knock You Out)

* Random memory:  The Judybats “All Day Afternoon”

I don’t exactly remember when I first tried running, but I know I ran off and on in college. The Judybats’ Pain Makes You Beautiful CD fueled many a happy run and walk along the river from campus to Genesee Valley Park.  Occasionally there would be a sunny pleasant day and listening to this while being outside would make me happy. The weather on Friday this week was so lovely and running that morning reminded me of those sunny days in fall and spring during college.

Playlist Week 9: Hard Now To Picture A Me Without A You

I’m challenging myself to get through a whole shuffle of my music collection on my iPod without skipping. Then I write about what I heard each week.

The title of the post this week comes from Mew’s song “Chinaberry Tree.” Mew’s music is so pretty and evocative, I just want to travel to this song and be a tourist inside it for awhile.

Here is the weekly summary:

* Songs listened to this week:  136
* Completed:  44%
* Number of double shots:  2 (The Police, Genesis)

* Percentage of songs that came up during running that were so totally not helpful in motivating my running:  29%

The songs that came up during my Tuesday evening run were so great, including my favorite running motivation song ever:  Electric Six “Gay Bar.” I’m linking to a not-at-all official video for this song because it is so excellent, you have to check it out for at least a few seconds.

* Best coincidence:  After finally mentioning the under-representation of Interpol songs in the shuffle thus far, four of their songs came up this week. It’s like the iPod knows, even though I’m sure it’s just my human brain looking for patterns.

* Guilty pleasure:  Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard “Suddenly”

Rude Cactus, one of my favorite bloggers, discussed guilty pleasures this week and when I commented, I was all like “You don’t know from guilty dude!” Now I feel a little bad, because who am I to say that his guilty pleasures aren’t guilty and that mine are more so. Guilty pleasures are personal. Anyway, with that said, at the risk of judging guilty pleasures again…THIS is a guilty pleasure. I’m fully aware of how cheesy this song is, but goddamn, I love it. Just watching the video when I grabbed the link for this post made me all tingly. I’m a sucker for songs that are fun to sing. Plus, that Cliff Richard is dreamy, no? And I adore Olivia Newton-John, have loved her ever since my Mom took me to see Grease when I was five years old. She epitomized cool to me, even before Sandy becomes a slut in the movie.

* Best double shot of heart-satisfying musically-intelligent love songs:  James “Just Like Fred Astaire” and The Police “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”

I would totally have chosen “Just Like Fred Astaire” for my first dance wedding song if Dave and I had had a real wedding with those traditional bells and whistles. Oh yeah, and if the album had been released prior to our wedding.  I think it came out a few days later.

I could listen to “Every Little Thing” eight million times on repeat and never tire of it. Before the shuffle challenge, having one of the live bootleg versions come up on my iPod made me stop the shuffle and play the original. Just hearing the first soft cymbals at the beginning makes my heart leap with joy that I get to hear this song. I love how energetic it is, a love song you can dance to. I love the video too, the guys are just so adorable with their dancing around. During the Police reunion frenzy, I downloaded what are apparently some of Sting’s demos for the Ghost in the Machine album. This song is just brilliant even on the demo. They supposedly couldn’t record a better version in the studio, so Stewart just played his drums over the demo.

* Random memories: The Beatles “Two of Us”

This song reminds me of high school. I planned on using the line “you and I have memories, longer than the road that stretches out ahead” as my senior yearbook quote but think I changed my mind to something dumb at the last minute. I can’t check this because somehow I have possession of my grade school yearbooks, but not the ones from high school. I just added that to the list of crap my Mom needs to bring down next week when she comes to visit for the NCAA tournament at Verizon Center.

I had really hoped that line from the Beatles would still ring true years later, but sadly, save for a couple of exceptions, I have lost touch with so many friends over the years, not just from high school. Often it was my fault, but sometimes it was just a drifting that happens when you can’t choose to live nearby to everyone you love after you grow up. Sucks.

* Song/video to celebrate the week that Dave’s bass pedals finally arrived:  Genesis “Abacab”

Dave helpfully forwarded me the link to this video so that I could see the bass pedals at the beginning (at the 4 second mark). You see, Dave needed bass pedals. Now he has bass pedals. Every day is like Christmas around here!

Playlist Week 8: Tell Me Where I’m Going

I’m challenging myself to get through a whole shuffle of my music collection on my iPod without skipping. Then I write about what I heard each week.

I really enjoyed the memoir writing exercise that yielded my last post (which might be obvious as a big chunk of these playlist posts are about the memories certain songs can stir up), and I plan to keep checking out the TRDC’s weekly memoir challenge and will almost certainly write more. However, I might need a break from these misty watercolor memories. Between these memoir post challenges and the 7 or so straight hours I worked on my photo digitization project last Sunday (I plan to write more about this task later), I’m kind of memory-ed out.

I’ve been told that I have an excellent memory, and maybe I do, but I think it’s also frustratingly fickle. While I can (and did!) recount my first kiss encounter from twenty years ago in close to real time with fairly accurate quoted dialogue, a lot of the last 15 years of my life are a blur. I kept a diary off and on through college and wrote pretty religiously during the first couple years of college. I think writing things down helped to crystallize those memories so that I remember them so vividly today. So I keep writing here partially for that reason.

Writing of memories, the title of this post comes from The La’s ‘Looking Glass.’ This was one of the first CDs I ever bought, during my freshman year of college in 1991. Some artists like to quit at their peak, and The La’s certainly did just that, they only produced this one album. I have never tired of it and I think it’s sad they never released anything else. Their front man, Lee Mavers, apparently didn’t handle the attention that came with success well and he apparently also wasn’t happy with this album. The video I’m linking to had one “dislike” and one of the commenters said it must have come from Lee Mavers, which made me laugh out loud.

Before I went to Brussels for my study abroad semester, Dave asked me to tape this CD for him. ‘Looking Glass’ is the last song on the CD and it’s about 7 minutes long. I left the room while it was taping and when I came back, I found that the CD was skipping on the very last part of this song. Since the song was almost over I just stopped the recording and taped a little apology for the skipping at the end. Dave later told me that he would listen to that while I was away so he could hear my voice.

Here is the weekly summary:

* Songs listened to this week:  126
* Completed:  39%
* Number of double shots:  5 (The Beatles * 2, The Police * 2, Genesis)

* Percentage of songs that came up during running that were so totally not helpful in motivating my running:  57%, plus the set of songs I heard were all double shots, including two particularly slow and unhelpful Genesis songs (‘Silver Rainbow’ and ‘You Might Recall’) and a live version of The Police’s ‘Wrapped Around Your Finger’ from the reunion tour that was so slow I thought I’d fall asleep in mid-run. They slowed a lot of the songs down for the reunion tour, and they might have been even a touch slower on this night, since it was their dress rehearsal show for a few thousand lucky fan club members the night before the tour officially kicked off in Vancouver. I was so happy to finally get the chance to see them that I just was able to enjoy this show live (especially given the front row seats I had scored!), but it’s hard to listen to the bootlegs now, especially from this rehearsal night.

So this was probably the first time I re-heard this version. I didn’t know it was possible to play music so slowly without losing momentum and having to stop. Since I was running at the time, it reminded me of how to deal with hills. If you slow down to take a hill, it’s easy to lose steam and just come to a stand still half way up. You can take shorter strides, but you have to keep up the same cadence or you won’t make it to the top. So fine, change the key, but Jesus this song wasn’t all that fast to begin with, just play it at normal tempo. Bitch/moan, repeat…

* Fun song that everyone should know about:  Colorblind James Experience ‘Considering A Move To Memphis’ (“it worked for Elvis Presley, why can’t it work for me?”)

* Noticeably underplayed artist thus far: Interpol

I was on a pretty big Interpol kick after seeing them in November and although I’m 39% through this shuffle, I’ve only heard 22% of the Interpol songs on my iPod. I should have calculated that last week because the discrepancy would have been more impressive. Two Interpol songs came up this week, which was the first time that’s happened. One was ‘Slow Hands,’ which is one of Dave’s favorite songs of theirs. He really likes Interpol and introduced me to them. He suggested this song to me as he thought it was happier than their usual angst. I listened to it and could tell what he meant (“You make me want to pick up a guitar, and celebrate the myriad ways that I love you”) but it still didn’t seem so happy to me. Apparently he hadn’t really noticed the line “Can’t you see what you’ve done to my heart, and soul…this is a wasteland now.” So sweet!

* Songs I most wanted to skip:  Ween ‘Mourning Glory’ It’s basically five whole minutes of feedback and noise. Thanks guys, brilliant!

* Best Dave mix song:  Panurge ‘Mixed Cavalry

* Guilty pleasure:  Aldo Nova ‘Fantasy’ Sweet Jesus I am old.

* Random thoughts:

Peter Gabriel ‘Blood of Eden’

The ‘Us’ album came out right around the time Dave and I got together and this song is the one that continues to stick with me. It’s just stunning, music and lyrics.

“At my request, you take me in
In that tenderness, I am floating away
No certainty, nothing to rely on
Holding still for a moment
What a moment this is
Oh for a moment of forgetting, a moment of bliss”

Playlist Week 7: You Only Have To Look Behind You At Who’s Undermined You

I’m challenging myself to get through a whole shuffle of my music collection on my iPod without skipping. Then I write about what I heard each week.

Not a super exciting week in the shuffle, not as much to highlight this week.

The title of the post comes from: Ladytron ‘Destroy Everything You Touch’ This song came out around the time that we bought our new house before selling our townhouse. Here’s a tip–don’t do that. Between anxiously waiting for someone to buy our townhouse (while paying two mortgages) and some serious work-related stress, this song helped the anger bubble up in a safe way.

Here is the weekly summary:

* Songs listened to this week:  98 (there was a 20 minute or so segment of an old radio show “Off the Record” featuring the Police this week so that didn’t help the numbers)
* Completed:  34%
* Number of double shots: 3 (The Beatles, The Police * 2)
* Number of triple shots:  The Police (2 were ‘Roxanne’, the original and one live)

The live version was a bootleg from the reunion tour’s stop in Cleveland, which I attended with my brother (seemed fitting to see a show with him, since I would have seen the Buffalo Synchronicity show with him, if our Mom had let us go). I usually skip the reunion tour bootlegs, because they are a little hard for me to listen to. Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful that they did the tour and finally gave me a chance to see them live (since my only other chance was evilly and cruelly denied me by my mother, have I mentioned that?!?). But some of the song “Stingifications” bothered me (songs were slower, Sting was doing a lot of scat type vocalizing/mumbling, both of which annoyed me). So I’m not sure I ever heard this ”Roxanne’ bootleg before.

On the bootleg, Sting’s voice sounds rough. I totally give him props for going for it though (I don’t mind key changes to save an aging voice, but I do respect someone, like Geddy Lee, for example, who just goes for it anyway). Anyway, about 1:30 in, after a couple of lines where his voice cracked, Sting seems to mutter “I can’t even sing this one,” and lets the audience sing for a second. This is strange, because I was THERE at that concert and don’t remember the voice cracking or the comment. I found Sting’s comment so charming on the bootleg that it actually made me feel a little bad for complaining about his performance on the tour (I actually started arguments about this on the Police online forums during the tour, I’m so skilled at connecting with people!).

Since I had no memory of this singing difficulty or comment from the concert, I did a search on You Tube to clarify. Luckily I found a short video that actually contains the right part of the performance. The voice breaks are harder to hear on this video, so maybe the bootleg was produced in a way that made the vocals more clear. Sting’s comment comes around 0:39, and in the video is harder to make out and since he walks away from his mic, almost looks like he was just encouraging audience participation. What do you think?

* Percentage of songs that came up during running that were so totally not helpful in motivating my running:  17% (great running selections this week, it was a miracle!)

* Song I forgot to mention last week: The Police ‘Spirits in the Material World’

Dave’s guitar teacher runs what he calls “Jam Class” for his students to live out their rock star fantasies. They even played a show at a local bar in December (check out Dave in the background–he’s behind the singer some of the time–in this video, also check out the charming lyrical addition towards the end: “Rendition… Guantanamo… Waterboarding… Done Dirt Cheap!”). Apparently they are working on new songs for another show in May and one of the new selections this go ’round is ‘Spirits.’ So I’m…concerned. I just can’t imagine this going well. The guitar teacher plays drums for his students’ “band,” and he does a wonderful job, but he is a guitarist and this is the Police we’re talking about. Stewart’s drumming is…uh, well, it’s hard, no???

* Number of songs that I’m so totally deleting: Apollo 440 ‘High on Your Own Supply’ This song is awful. I’d never gotten through it before and now I understand that I wasn’t missing anything. Why must I always rip an entire CD?

* Best Dave mix song:  Sprites ‘I Love You, You Retard’

Dave was right on with this selection, about male doofiness. He’s a genius, but can’t remember a phone number.


* Random memories:

Nine Inch Nails ‘Legend of Zelda’ I wish that the video were more than just the audio. Hearing the Zelda music takes me right back to my Mom’s living room where I sat on the floor playing Zelda for hours, until my ass went numb. “Downward thrust!” We also enjoyed referring to the process of the fairy replenishing Link’s hearts as “wanking.”

Dead Can Dance ‘American Dreaming’

WBER played this a lot during my first year of grad school. I remember hearing it all the time when I drove back and forth to school, contemplating life (which went something like: “what the hell am I doing?”). I fell into this program. I didn’t know what to do with my life and one of my professors recommended me for this program. I applied mostly because it seemed like I had no other option. My school offered a 3-2 program where you could finish your undergraduate degree in 3 years and then the Master’s the last 2. My course of study to that point had not been the most wise, from a career building stand point, so this Master’s seemed like the thing to do. The first year I felt in over my head (I had always imagined my senior year being filled with courses like “Underwater Basketweaving” and creative scheduling to maximize days off, but instead I was taking challenging courses five days a week, starting each day at 8:30am, with abundant homework) and not sure at all that I wanted to finish. This song matched the feeling I had at the time of being adrift. The first line is my favorite, though I interpret “the promised land” in my own way.

“I need my conscience to keep watch over me
To protect me from myself
So I can wear honesty like a crown on my head when I walk into the promised land”

For me, this is about my own personal sense of honor.

Then there’s:

“We’ve been too long american dreaming
I think we’ve all lost the way
Forlorn somnambulistic maniacal in the dark”

I definitely had the sense I was sleepwalking through my life trying to get through grad school, I fought with myself over whether to quit several times over the first two semesters. When I successfully finished the first of the two years, I knew I just had to buckle down and finish. The early days of my career were spent living apart from Dave, who was still finishing his graduate degree. While I have many happy memories of those years and the new friends I made, I felt like my life was on hold waiting for Dave to arrive. I thought the day would never come, but somehow it’s been over 11 years since Dave moved here and it flashed by so quickly it’s frightening. I don’t want to sleepwalk through life, that’s partially why I started writing here, just to document things, to be more conscious of how I spend my time (for instance, having to basically re-write this post when WordPress decided to not save most of my last edits before publishing!).

Playlist Week 6: So Then I Got This Idea About Driving A Cheesecake Truck

I’m challenging myself to get through a whole shuffle of my music collection on my iPod without skipping. Then I write about what I heard each week.

I have been playing the game Collapse on my iPod while listening to the shuffle on my commute. Perhaps it’s cheating, because it allows me extra entertainment during songs I would ordinarily skip, but I have grown attached to playing it, particularly in ‘Quest’ mode. I finished the entire quest this week. I was unreasonably depressed by this. I will miss Collapse Quest.

Choosing a post title was a tough call this week. I would have selected “Let Me Tell You ‘Bout The Fucking Bitch,” but the best You Tube link was of Ween playing the song (‘Common Bitch’) live and Gene doesn’t say this beginning line. Bummer. But here’s the video anyway, I like how they are celebrating Women’s Day, so sweet of them to remember.

The title this week is from King Missile’s ‘Cheesecake Truck.’ Maybe I should get a job driving a cupcake delivery truck?

Here is the weekly summary:

* Songs listened to this week:  178
* Completed:  31%
* Number of double shots:  9 (The Police, Genesis * 2, The Beatles * 3, The Innocence Mission, Simon & Garfunkel, Sting)
* Number of quadruple (!) shots:  1 (The Police, including two live ‘Message in a Bottles’ (‘Messages in a Bottle???’)

* Percentage of songs that came up during running that were so totally not helpful in motivating my running:  45% (not bad, but there was another Enya song, I wish that would stop!)

* Number of new to me songs:  1 (Mew ‘Hawaii Dream’)

* Weirdest coincidence:  Phil Collins ‘Long Long Way To Go’

As the essentially useless Dr. Baker once said on Little House on the Prairie, “the mind is a complicated instrument.” Just last week, I tried to recount how Genesis came to be one of my favorite bands and I actually had a little trouble. This Phil Collins song came up this week and I’d kind of forgotten about it. You see, Sting sings on it. I was obsessed with all things Police-related and at this time, there was no new Police music to be had. Phil’s ‘No Jacket Required’ album came out in January of 1985, prior to ‘Invisible Touch.’ Sting and Phil Collins played ‘Long Long Way To Go’ together at Live Aid in July 1985. I watched Live Aid. Now I’m wondering if that is the Genesis connection. I had ‘No Jacket Required,’ and I probably had it because Sting sang on this song. Maybe then I was more receptive to Phil’s 1986 work with Genesis? My memory is like swiss cheese, so who knows?

* Best guilty pleasure double shot of cheese:  Frozen Ghost ‘Echo a Miracle’ followed by Genesis ‘One Eyed Hound’

Even though it is super dated, I can’t help but still like the cheesily anthemic ‘Echo a Miracle.’ “We’re all refugees, seeking sanctuary, from each others’ point of view…” Don’t I know!

‘One Eyed Hound’ is from Genesis’ first album. Phil wasn’t even the drummer yet. They were still school boys. Even though their producer was trying to make them sound like the Bee Gees, for some reason I think this is their most charming Peter Gabriel-era album. I think Tony is singing backing vocals on this song, and that charms me to no end. At the Genesis concert Dave and I went to on their last reunion tour, I called out for them to play ‘One Eyed Hound,’ but unfortunately they didn’t listen to me.

* Song I could’ve sworn I’d heard already:  The Beatles ‘Across the Universe’ (yep, this was the one from Past Masters, and I heard the Let It Be version earlier in the shuffle)

* Song that is entirely too long:  Led Zeppelin ‘The Lemon Song’

Let’s face it, I really only have this song because of the squeeze my lemon part, and it takes way too long to get there and now that I’m an adult, it’s just not that titillating anymore.

* Song that the internet ruined for me:  The Beatles ‘Paperback Writer’

Recently I came across something on the internet saying that the backing vocal harmonies on this song were “Frère Jacques.” I hadn’t ever noticed this before, but now that it’s been pointed out to me, it is all I can hear.

* Some random memories:

Kitchens of Distinction ‘Drive That Fast’

The first outing I ever went on with Dave, before we were dating, was to see Kitchens of Distinction at the Horizontal Boogie Bar in Rochester on September 22, 1992. Dave arranged it and four of us went. I already liked Dave but I had no idea what, if anything, was going on between Dave and this other girl who came with us. Before the show started, she got all pissed that he walked off somewhere (think to the bar) without telling her and was venting to me about how rude he was. I acted appropriately sympathetic, but was smiling on the inside.

James ‘Five-O’

I got the James ‘Laid’ CD right around the time I left for my college study abroad semester in Brussels. Much of the CD was appropriately brooding given how sad I was about being away from Dave for four months. Also appropriate for the burning anger I was experiencing over Dave telling me he needed space right before I left. Man, I guess a person REALLY needs space if they feel the need to tell you that right before you are about to give them four months worth of across the ocean-size space, eh? Or perhaps I was so suffocating that he was concerned 3600 miles would be an insufficient amount of space? I can hold a grudge a long time. Hi Sweetie!!!

Anyway, this song is particularly brooding and brings me back to that time when I was preparing to leave and feeling sick to my stomach about it. “If it lasts forever, hope I’m the first to die.” This period was one of the last times I worried about the lasting forever part. Now I just worry about the dying part.

Sting ‘Fragile’

A special song, in that I have two poignant memories this song brings to mind–one at a very low point, and one happy.

When my Mom finally got up the nerve to leave my Dad, we tried to keep it a secret until our moving day for fear of what he might do if he found out. But somehow he found out the day before the move. He did not react well, and while he had ranted and raved and threatened us in drunken stupors for years, this particular situation did not feel safe. We packed some emergency things and fled to my grandmother’s. I remember being so upset, I kept trying to pack more and more of my things, because I was convinced that Dad would destroy anything I left behind. I was always listening to my walkman during this period to try to drown out what was going on around me. On the car ride over to Gram’s, I still had my music on and ‘Fragile’ was the song that was playing. Unfortunately, I will always associate that song with the fear and sadness of that night.

Shortly after arriving at Rochester for my freshman year of college, I learned that Sting would be playing a concert nearby. It took me awhile to warm up to people and to feel like I belonged at school, but a bunch of people were going to the show and I went too. We were way in back on the lawn and we could hardly hear anything, so towards the end of the concert, some of us tried to sneak closer to the stage. Sting closed with ‘Fragile,’ and my new friend Ron danced with me. I remember feeling the pain of the old memory of the song melting away. Now when I hear the song I am reminded of the negative memory first, and then I remember dancing at the concert. Then I smile.

Playlist Week 5: You’ve Eliminated Any Interruptions Or Distractions

I’m challenging myself to get through a whole shuffle of my music collection on my iPod without skipping. Then I write about what I heard each week.

Hey, guess what? I listened to my iPod this week. And I didn’t skip songs. And this isn’t getting old at all! Sigh.

The title of this post comes from Meat Beat Manifesto’s ‘Pot Sounds’ and I wish that the line had been true this week, as I was a walking distraction every day. “Mindstream’ also came up this week. Both of these songs are from a tape (I know!) that fueled many a make-out session in college. “Peace…Love”

This week I realized that I don’t have any Steppenwolf on my iPod and that made me sad. Must rectify that soon.

Here is the weekly summary:

* Songs listened to this week:  116
* Completed:  24%
* Number of double shots:  4 (The police * 4 (3 live, too many bootlegs!), The Beatles

* Percentage of songs that came up during running that were so totally not helpful in motivating my running:  20% (I only ran on the treadmill once this week, but the songs that came up that day were pretty good).

Songs of note:

Ween’s ‘Flies on My Dick’ came up this week and I can’t say I would have listened to it if not for the challenge. Interestingly, what I couldn’t get out of my head the whole time was how much one of the two voices sounded like Eric the Midget from the Howard Stern show. I’ll never be able to listen to this song the same way again.

Even though I had no desire to see the movie and in fact, didn’t see it in theaters, then DVR’ed it and still didn’t watch it (it was one of the casualties of a full DVR during this year’s Australian Open), I got caught up in the pre-“Snakes on a Plane” fever. I remember sending people phone messages from Samuel L. Jackson in character. ‘Fuck You Snakes’ came up this week and it is so great that I left no stone unturned trying to figure out where I had gotten it so that I could share it. Don’t say I’m not committed to my blogging craft. Jeremy Tague, I don’t know who you are, but thank you for ‘Fuck You Snakes.’

Body Count/Ice-T ‘Body Count’ As a long time fan of Law and Order Special Victims Unit, I sometimes forget about Ice-T’s Body Count. This gem of a song was on the same Sire Records compilation as Merlin’s ‘Feel the Fury.’  “Don’t you hear the guns, you stupid, dumb, dick suckin’, bum politicians?”

* Number of new to me songs:  1 (Mew ‘Introducing Palace Players’)

* Number of songs that I’m so totally deleting:  1

Animal Logic ‘Another Place’ Never liked this song, would even fast forward it in my cassette tape days. Jackson Browne sings on this, which does nothing for me.

* Most wanted to skip:  Hooverphonic ‘Neon (Hidden Track)’ would prefer that it stay hidden. Also, did you know I had ‘Highwayman’ by Johnny Cash et al on my iPod? I’m not sure I did! I groaned audibly when it came on. Might have gone a little overboard with the Johnny Cash CD ripping in my post “Walk the Line” movie enthusiasm. Once I got over my initial dread, the song actually grew on me. But I don’t know that it will live through the planned post-shuffle challenge purging of the iPod.

* Song I’ll be saddest not to hear again until this is over:  The Ocean Blue ‘Sublime’ This song is one of the main reasons I bothered to dig up my missing Ocean Blue CDs and rip them after week 1 of the shuffle challenge. Yes, hearing this song was so sublime.

* Weirdest coincidence:  Deerhoof ‘Satan‘ My nickname from college is Satan, so Dave put this on a mix for me. I call this song the meow song, as it sounds to me like the singer is saying meow over and over. Dave loves Deerhoof and went to see them in concert on Monday night. I couldn’t make myself go with him. I don’t like them that much. I thought it was weird that this song came up the next day.

* Song that made me smile the most:  Ween’s ‘The Stallion, Pt. 2′ (and oh yes, there are parts 1 and 3 as well) actually had me fighting off laughter on my evening commute one night. People must have thought I was crazy. But no, “I am the Stallion…man.” I’m not sure why it took them so long to feel they’d made their point…you know, about being the Stallion…man.

* Only Komeda song I like:  Last week I heard what I mistakenly thought was the only Komeda song I like. This week the other Komeda song I like came up. Here is ‘Binario’.

* Police song with cursing: ‘Someone To Talk To’ “Now that she’s gone I know she was great, but I fucked it up and now it’s too late.” I put this song on the “Fuck Mix” tape I made years ago, filled with great songs that include the word fuck.

* Several random memories this week:  The Wedding Present ‘Brassneck’ and Simon & Garfunkel ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’

Actually, most of the songs that come up make me think of something related to when I first heard it or when I listened to it most frequently. Strong associations abound in my music collection. Just trying to pull out a few key songs each week to keep it simple.

The Wedding Present’s Bizarro was the first tape that Dave ever lent me, in the very early stage of our relationship. The excitement I felt to be sharing in something he really liked when I liked him so much allowed me to suffer through, but in all honesty, I didn’t like the music much. Just sounded like noise to me. I’m a singing snob and I didn’t find the singing all that skillful. And there was that little matter of all the songs sounding the same. There are even two versions (which I couldn’t distinguish from each other) of Brassneck on the album! I teased Dave about them only having one song (Brassneck) all the time. Later, I came to find out that I wasn’t the only one who thought that. The band themselves used “all the songs sound the same” as a tag line and put it on swag they were selling. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the Wedding Present more. We saw them play Bizarro in its entirety (and some bonus songs beforehand too) last year and it was a great show. I’d love to have a bootleg of that show, since it sounded better than the CD sounds.

A friend of mine from high school loved the song Bridge Over Troubled Water. She asked me to tape it for her and I don’t remember if she suggested this or if I was being a smart ass, but I made her a tape filled up with nothing but this song over and over. I still have trouble listening to this song because I overdid it so much back then. A biography of Simon & Garfunkel that I read during college includes a sad story about this song as it related to the breakdown of their partnership and friendship. A post that I’ve been working on and has been sitting saved in draft status for months mentions this story and relays my own creative partnership story, but I just can’t seem to tie the pieces together and finish the post in a way that satisfies me. Plus, the other half of my creative partnership seems to have subscribed to this blog recently (hi Flash!) and that ratchets up the pressure to make the post something worth reading.

* Genesis song that seems to be the best segue so far for explaining my thoughts about the group:  ‘The Cinema Show’

The original version from Selling England By the Pound came up this week. This song was relatively easy to listen to, because I’ve heard Phil Collins singing it live. I taped a live version off the radio and listened to it over and over again while doing my Youth for Understanding summer in the Netherlands in 1989. So I can handle the original version, but I prefer the live version with Phil singing (here’s part of it, can’t find the full thing in one video).

I’m relatively young to be a Genesis fan, given that they formed several years before I was even born. As a teeny bopper, I suppose I should have been taken with New Kids on the Block or some such. But I fell hard for the Police (as is evident in my previous playlist posts) and their absence after about 1984 made me sad. What little Genesis I knew to that point (stuff like ‘No Reply At All’ and ‘That’s All’) I thought was pleasant enough. When the album ‘Invisible Touch’ was released, I was in 8th grade. I now know that die-hard fans of the classic Genesis line up (like Dave) find this album insufferable, but I was 13 years old and my family had fairly recently hooked up cable. Say what you will, but the video for ‘Invisible Touch’ charmed the socks off me. The song is super catchy, better than a lot of the shit being released at the time, and the band seemed fun and self-deprecating. Most importantly, Tony Banks, the keyboard player, was adorable and I developed quite a crush on him.

Almost as if it were for the express purpose of filling me in on the nearly two decades worth of back catalog I had missed by being so ridiculously young, MTV became Genesis central. Their documentary “Genesis: From the Beginning” and their behind the scenes of the Invisible Touch tour (I still have both taped on VHS) both introduced me to the fact that Genesis had existed long before I had and cemented my love of the band, their music, and particularly Tony. During one of the interviews, Tony’s talking about a song called ‘The Brazilian’ and how it’s closer to the kinds of music on his solo albums (during which time I remember thinking, “you have solo albums?!?”). He cheekily says “So if you like the Brazilian, go buy my solo albums,” and then with a huge grin laughingly says “which no one does!” Oh my God, so adorable.

Like I had done with the Police a few years earlier, I started excitedly procuring Genesis’ catalog going backwards from Invisible Touch. My older brother already had some of their more recent stuff, and I devoured and loved everything I heard. I think I had to acquire everything prior to Abacab. Everything was still cassette tape, but then my brother used his Taco Bell money to buy a fancy new stereo system (which I think he still has!) for his room and he let me use it if he wasn’t around. The first CD I ever owned (and the last until I finally got my own CD player in college) was the live double album ‘Seconds Out.’ After going back through the Genesis catalog and liking everything through ‘A Trick of the Tail,’ I finally hit the proverbial (garden, ha!) wall. I skipped ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.’ Not sure why, I think it was just too frightening to start the non-Phil Collins as leader singer era with a double album. I never did buy it. Dave had it and I eventually ripped his copy of it (which I still haven’t listened to start to finish). I did get ‘Selling England by the Pound’, ‘Foxtrot’, ‘Nursery Cryme’, and ‘Trespass’ on tape. However, my mind was just not open to Genesis with Peter Gabriel singing. Strange really, because I have no problem with Peter Gabriel. I like a lot of his solo music. And I love Genesis. I just don’t like them together. The songs don’t seem to be the problem either since I like the songs of that era that I’ve heard Phil sing. Apparently a music journalist said after Phil took over singing duties that Phil sounded more like Peter Gabriel than Peter Gabriel did. I think I know what he meant.

Playlist Week 4: Fire In The Disco, Fire In The Taco Bell

I’m challenging myself to get through a whole shuffle of my music collection on my iPod without skipping. Then I write about what I heard each week.

Again a week with no posts between the shuffle entries. I’m writing posts in my head all the time. I probably have a dozen at least that are mostly formed but not typed out. Getting the thoughts from my brain to WordPress seems to be an issue for me. There’s all this ‘cloud computing’ now that is so awesome (love you, Dropbox!) yet totally incomprehensible to me. Maybe someone could get on enhancing cloud computing by linking directly to my brain so my posts could be published as soon as I’m done thinking about them. Two real (like typed out and shit) posts are just in need of some Tracy-style (we’ll say meticulous because that seems more positive than anal) editing. Until those are done, here’s another shuffle summary.

This week I became convinced (during the song ‘Lover (Cantata)’) that Lords of Acid was being played well over proportion given the number of songs of theirs on my iPod. Being an evidence-based kind of girl, I gathered the relevant data and I was about 17 percent through the shuffle at the point of ‘Lover (Cantata),’ while that song represented song 10 out of the 34 Lords of Acid songs in the shuffle (29 percent). So yes, a little over-represented to this point, but not wildly. I think their songs are just very, uh, noticeable.  And holy shit, I still have 24 songs left.

The title of the post this week comes from:  Electric Six ‘Danger! High Voltage’  My favorite song of theirs is ‘Gay Bar,’ but this one’s a close second, in large part due to the inclusion of the Taco Bell line. Just so ridiculous.

* Songs listened to this week:  127
* Completed:  20%
* Number of double shots:  4

The Police * 2 (the horrible De Do Do Do remake, see below, was followed by live ‘Deathwish,’ which kind of made up for it), Sting, Ween (toyed with using “Give me that Z-o-l-o-f-t, no longer pissed, you don’t bother me” as this week’s title, but that seemed too long)

* Percentage of songs that came up during running that were so totally not helpful in motivating my running:  55% (an improvement!)

While a much better percentage than last week overall, one of my workouts was almost completely dominated by Genesis’ 16 minute ‘It/Watcher of the Skies’ medley from ‘Three Sides Live.’ No problem with these songs or this particular version, but I like more variety while running. That same workout included The Beatles ‘Across the Universe,’ which was an interesting choice. I don’t find meditation songs to be very effective exercise music.

* Number of new to me songs:  possibly as many as 4

Mew ‘Silas the Magic Car’ (a little boring), Mew ‘Beach’ (don’t remember my impression of this one), Deerhoof ‘Milk Man’ (Dave loves them and insists on putting them on mixes for me, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten through this one before, although it’s not totally new to me), Ladytron ‘Black Cat’ (same explanation as the Deerhoof)

* Number of songs that I’m so totally deleting:  possibly 3

Stereolab ‘Anonymous Collective’ (very droning with singing that sounds a little off) and Dada ‘Star You Are’ (time to accept that I only like one song off their ‘El Subliminoso’ CD and this ain’t it), October Project ‘Something More Than This’ (this song’s OK, if it were 3 minutes I’d probably let it live, but it’s pushing 6 minutes and it’s just not going to hold my attention for that long when I’m not doing this challenge)

* Most wanted to skip: see above as well as Portishead ‘Wandering Star’

I really liked this CD when it came out and I’m surprised at how little patience I have for their songs now. Not ready to delete, but hmm….

* Song I’ll be saddest not to hear again until this is over: The Police ‘Synchronicity I’

Luckily I have several bootlegs and ‘Off the Record’ type radio downloads that hopefully mean this song will be sprinkled throughout the shuffle, but this was the original release. I hesitate to commit to this, but I think this is my favorite Police song. I’m always excited to hear this song. Also, given my line of work, the line “causally connectable” always cracks me up too. I defy you to tell me another popular song that uses the word “causal” or a variant of it. The picture that comes on at about the 0:10 mark in the linked video is the quintessential Police photo for me. It’s the one that makes my heart tense up in the same way as when I hear their music. This was my favorite band in my formative years, and I don’t think there’s any getting over that. But I still love their music just as much now as I did then.

* Song that made me dance around during the dog walk: The Police ‘Walking on the Moon’ live Buffalo Synchronicity Tour (whenever Sting says Buffalo in this bootleg I get all giddy, this is the show I could have seen…let’s face it though, if Mom had actually let me go to this show at 10 years old, I would totally have shit my pants, I know that now from listening to the bootleg. They were that good. Having to wait until they were old and slow, or at least Sting was old and slow, was good for me. I’m not sure I would’ve lived through the excitement of seeing them at their peak.)

* Worst remake:  Before I make you sick (if I haven’t already) with my outpouring of love for the Police, I thought I’d throw in a complaint to let you know that I can be objective about them. Their remake of ‘De Do Do Do De Da Da Da’ from 1986 is fucked up bad. I have no idea what they (read Sting) were thinking with that bullshit version. I guess they weren’t as happy with the ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ album as their other albums. I don’t know, it sounds pretty good to me.

* Weirdest coincidence:  I mentioned a memory sparked by a Lords of Acid song last week and then one of the first songs this week was the actual Lords of Acid song I had been thinking of (‘Do What You Wanna Do’). No idea how I managed to screw that up, but it was nice I got to correct myself so quickly.

* Song I could’ve sworn I’d heard already:  The Police ‘In the Studio’ radio show–this is because I actually did hear some of the same songs and interview snippets before. I apparently downloaded the ‘Zenyatta Mondatta’ AND the joint ‘Zenyatta/’Ghost in the Machine’ shows). Lots of Police this week. I also actually did hear Paul McCartney’s ‘Back Seat of My Car’ a second time this week, I apparently ripped it twice (off ‘Ram’ and the Wings hits CD). Look at me being PRESENT (my favorite actor speak from “Inside the Actors Studio’) and attention-paying this week!

* Only Komeda song I like: ‘Flabbergast’

This song was on a CD sampler my brother got me for Christmas years ago and I really like it and so did Dave. Unfortunately for me, Dave bought several of their albums and decided he really like them generally and I just did not. Shit, I just lied, there’s another song of theirs I like too. When that one comes up, I’ll try to remember to link to it too. The song doesn’t start in the linked video until about 2:20 (they were having technical difficulties).

* Song of someone I sort of know:  The Grand Candy ‘I Need Liftoff! (Tight Middle Mix)’

This is Dave’s guitar teacher’s song. Go check them out.

* Guilty Pleasure: PM ‘Say it Again’ (out of print but you can hear a snippet at the artist’s website, click on audio discography and select PM)

Growing up, sometimes I could tune in a Canadian radio station and that’s how I got introduced to Frozen Ghost and to PM. Their song ‘Piece of Paradise’ was a moderate hit I think. Vanessa Williams also apparently remade one of their other songs ‘Moonlight Over Paris,’ but I’ve never heard it. This album is out of print and I only had it on tape. I recently found the CD for sale on Amazon Marketplace and I was so happy. I realize that the music is pretty cheesy (Dave was certainly horrified by it when I introduced it), but I like it anyway. Most of the songs are ridiculously catchy and if you like to sing like I do, the songs are very fun to sing.  Speaking of singing, I have this aversion to Sheryl Crow that I’m not going to get into now, but suffice it to say I really dislike her (oh fuck it, if you want to know the full explanation of my distaste, go here). I’ll probably spout off more when one of my favorite Kevin Gilbert songs comes up. Anyway, at the time I got this PM tape, I had no idea who Sheryl Crow was (she wasn’t famous yet). Years later I rediscovered the PM tape during a move and noticed in the liner notes that Sheryl Crow was one of the back up singers. One of my dreams is to get to meet her someday so I can say “I loved your work with PM.”

* Song that Dave practiced on Guitar Hero so much I thought I might kill him:  Lush ‘De-Luxe’

Before taking up real guitar, Dave played Guitar Hero. Dave played this song over and over and over again trying to get it right. When this song came up this week I realized I still don’t want to hear it ever again. I’m good on this one, have totally heard it enough to last my whole life.

* Most random memory: The Police ‘Driven to Tears’

A live version of this song came up this week and reminded me about Mark Goodman’s stupidity during MTV’s coverage of Live Aid. After Sting played ‘Driven to Tears,’ Goodman said that Sting had “changed the words” for the event, referring to the line “too many cameras and not enough food.” Um, those were always the words. I could never figure out what he was smoking…did he think the line was too many cameras and not enough film?

* Genesis song with cursing:  ‘Pigeons’

Just a fun bonus this week. This song is included on one of their box sets and I wasn’t super familiar with it, so I was shocked to hear Phil saying shit in the first line. I can’t think of any other Genesis songs with curse words. Let me know if I’m missing any.

* Non-musical selection:  Bill Cosby ‘Brain Damage’

“And the reason why we have five children is because we do not want six.”

Playlist Week 3: And The Trees Are All Kept Equal By Hatchet, Axe, and SAW!

I’m challenging myself to get through a whole shuffle of my music collection on my iPod without skipping. Then I write about what I heard each week.

This week I seem to have perfected the art of tuning shit out. Sometimes I would zone out and not be able to remember what I just heard. The title of the post this week comes from ‘The Trees’ by Rush. Ironically it came up in the shuffle this week, a week in which two of our trees sustained significant damage due to heavy snow. We have two mature cherry trees in front of our house and they aren’t super healthy (the trouble with the cherries, is their premature leaf drop–check it, totally fits in the song!), but they still bloom beautifully every spring, so we plan to keep them until they don’t. A pretty big branch of one of the cherries split, which was very upsetting. These trees aren’t really replaceable. Well, they are, but I’d be an old woman by the time new cherries got as big as these. The County cut the branch today since it was still hanging on and we have a tree company coming out on Monday to try to prune more dead branches and try to lighten the load on the remaining branches. So this line from ‘The Trees’ seemed appropriate this week.

I decided to listen to the shuffle while I run on the treadmill instead of giving myself dispensation to listen to other stuff (and to allow skipping). Apple then proceeded to mock my playlist shuffle challenge by having its machine play the most inappropriate musical selections to accompany running ever. We’re talking multiple Enya songs here. I like Enya, but she is for the spa and for napping, not for exercise motivation. So now there’s a new category:

* Percentage of songs that came up during running that were so totally not helpful in motivating my running: 74%

One running session included THREE Enya songs. I have no idea how I kept running through that. Also had to listen to Sting’s ‘It’s Probably Me,’ which is definitely one of his more annoying songs. For someone who purports hating to say it, Sting seems to say it a lot. And I had to run through all of the saying of it.

Here is the weekly summary:

* Songs listened to this week:  156
* Completed:  15%
* Number of double shots:  1 (Mew, both new to me)

* Number of triple shots:  2

The Beatles and Genesis (during running and all way too mellow for running:  ‘Follow You, Follow Me,’ ‘Another Record,” and ‘Afterglow’)

* Number of new to me songs:  3

Genesis ‘Cuckoo Cocoon,’ not exactly new, but I’ve never gotten through all of the songs on ‘The Lamb,’ and I don’t remember ever hearing this one before (and ugh). Someday I will try to explain my feelings about Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, but not this week since I’m already getting this post done later than I wanted. Also had a double shot of new to me Mew songs:  ‘Intermezzo 1′ (very brief) and ‘Hawaii’ (charming)

* Number of songs that I’m so totally deleting: possibly 4

LL Cool J ‘Murdergram,’ Ned’s Atomic Dustbin ‘Until You Find Out,’ (not every song from one’s youth needs to be kept on one’s iPod), The Innocence Mission ‘Someday Coming,’ (their entire first album is pretty tough for me to listen to), Sarah McLachlan ‘Ice’

* Most wanted to skip:  See previous, plus The Beatles ‘Act Naturally’ (don’t have it in me to delete Beatles songs, but ugh) and Simon & Garfunkel ‘7 O’Clock News/Silent Night,’ (such a great pick me up)

* Number of songs that were a complete mystery to me: 1

Dave made me a mix for Christmas in 2009 and for some reason the artists and song titles didn’t rip. I was able to identify most of them through an iPod app (Soundhound, I tried Shazam first, but it didn’t work at all), and one by asking Dave who the hell did the ‘Lithuania’ song. But I didn’t remember any of the lyrics to ‘Track 16,’ so I still don’t know what the hell this is. NEWS FLASH: I just played it for Dave and have been informed that it’s ‘Opulent Canine’ by the Gay.

* Song I’ll be saddest not to hear again until this is over:  Best Coast ‘Boyfriend’ and Interpol ‘Untitled’

I heard ‘Boyfriend’ a lot on Sirius when I was staying with my Mom to help after her back surgery and just got around to buying it to put on a Christmas mix for my brother, so I haven’t gotten my fill of the song yet. I wanted to listen to it again when it was over. Just so adorable. As for Interpol, I listened to them almost exclusively in November. First to prepare for the concert we were going to see and then after the show and discovering I liked their music a lot (it had to grow on me), I put all my Interpol music on shuffle and listened to that for a couple of weeks straight. I was kind of obsessed there for a bit. Weird that three weeks in and this has been the first Interpol song that’s come up.

* Song that made me dance around during the dog walk:  Lords of Acid ‘Young Boys’

We saw Lords of Acid in Rochester once and when they played this, a lesbian couple seemed more into this song (particularly the line “I’m on my way, yes I’m soaking wet’) than made sense to me given its content (not that there’s anything wrong with that…). EDITED TO ADD:  Mother of god, it’s a good thing that the first few weeks of the shuffle have essentially been the ‘Lords of Acid’ mix, because this morning ‘Do What You Wanna Do’ came on and that is the song with this line. Good to know my overall impression of the week (tuning things out) was accurate.

* Song I could’ve sworn I’d heard already:  Lords of Acid ‘Voodoo U’ (another reason to stop listening to other stuff while running) and The Innocence Mission ‘Edelweiss’

* Most awkward transition:  Lords of Acid ‘Hey Ho!,’ followed by The Innocence Mission ‘What a Wonderful World’

* Best Dave mix song/random memory:  Those Darn Accordions ‘Lithuania‘ (Dave wants an accordion, god help me)

I’m not sure he’ll ever top this find for a mix for me.  I’m Lithuanian, and during my sophomore year of high school while learning about different world cultures, our teacher felt the need to point out that she could tell I was from one of the Baltic states because of “my pale, oddly shaped face.” Uh, thanks?

Playlist Week 2: My Mouth Is Foaming From The Vicious Attack

I’m challenging myself to get through a whole shuffle of my music collection on my iPod without skipping. Then I write about what I heard each week.

As God is my witness, there will be non iPod shuffle content on Logy Express sometime soon. On Monday I thought I’d fucked up the shuffle when I tried to listen to it on iTunes (the order somehow got re-shuffled), but the husband of one of my three readers saved the day. Yea for having three readers! Boo for my being a moron and using up my precious writing time fixing the damn shuffle.

So I ended up creating a new shuffle order of the songs I hadn’t already listened to in week 1. I have a new total number of songs now, because I figured as long as I was messing around, I might as well add some CDs that I realized weren’t on my iPod last week (the Ocean Blue).

The listening experience was less calming this week and I felt more antsy. Maybe it was just the annoyance of messing up the original shuffle and having to scramble to try to salvage the experiment, but I kept wanting to skip songs and having to remind myself that I couldn’t. I think listening to my other iPod/allowing myself to skip songs while I run is confusing me.

The title of this post comes from the one Skatenigs song on my iPod (iTunes says this song hasn’t been played before this week). “Chemical Imbalance” came out when I was in college, early in my relationship with Dave. Although it had apparently been long enough that we’d run out of things to say to each other because alarmingly, we began using lines from this song to communicate. It got so bad that we were hardly saying anything to each other that didn’t come from this song (sometimes one of us would just turn to the other and say “COCKROACHES!” out of nowhere). I think we both started worrying that we’d never outgrow this, but we got through this stage of our relationship unscathed and we use all kinds of non-Skatenigs vocabulary these days.

Short week due to MLK day holiday, here is the weekly summary:

  • Songs listened to this week:  89
  • Completed:  almost 10%
  • Number of double shots:  3

Genesis (one of which was ‘Tonight, Tonight, Tonight’, the 12″ version, as if the original weren’t long enough), Simon and Garfunkel, the Police (One song was live, from the Buffalo Synchronicity bootleg, the show my brother was willing to take me to and that Mom said “no, you can see them next time” to.  I was ten years old and it was two hours away on a school night, but I’m still pissed that she said no, and particularly pissed that she doesn’t regret it, even knowing now that there wasn’t really a “next time.” Mothers, with their ridiculous rules. I have no idea what I learned during that day of school that the concert would have made me miss or be less than alert for, but I certainly remember missing this concert.).

  • Number of triple shots:  1 (The Beatles)
  • Number of new to me songs:  0
  • Number of songs that I’m so totally deleting:  maybe 1 (Dido ‘Slide’)

Maybe she’s singing on key in this song, but it doesn’t sound good to me.

  • Best example of why I can’t play an unedited iPod shuffle at a party:  Olivia Newton-John ‘Make a Move on Me’
  • Song I’ll be saddest not to hear again until this is over:  Delays “Nearer than Heaven’
  • Song that made me dance around during the dog walk:  The Wedding Present ‘Take Me!’

I can’t believe this concert video quality. This wasn’t the show we saw last year, we saw them in D.C. two nights before. It sounded like this, trust me.

  • Weirdest coincidence:  I have three Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ songs on my iPod (shut it, three of their songs are kind of good) and two of them came up this week. I know that is totally within the realm of normal random selection, but it’s weird.
  • Song that made me smile the whole way through:  Flight of the Conchords ‘If You’re Into It’
  • Song that somehow speaks to me of my own childhood memories:  The Innocence Mission ‘Keeping Awake’

Perhaps the beginning of my lifelong struggle to get enough sleep, as a child I never wanted to go to sleep because I felt I was missing something. My Mom and older brother would still be awake and I could hear them downstairs presumably having fun (“hearing your voice in the house…”).

  • Song that George W. Bush ruined for me:  James ‘Sometimes (Lester Piggott)’

Why Bush felt the need to say that nonsense about getting a sense of Putin’s soul, I’ll never know. Now every time I hear this song I think of George Bush…every. damn. time.


I thought I’d listen to the shuffle on iTunes while I cleaned since I’m at home today for the holiday and I don’t want to get too behind on the shuffle challenge. Somewhere between syncing my iPod (although I’ve done that already without incident and the need to sync my calendar was one of the reasons I decided to create a playlist rather than rely on the shuffle setting on the iPod) and trying to play the playlist on iTunes from the point where I’d left off on my iPod, somehow the original shuffle order was lost. The song I started playing (which should’ve been #178) was now song #1. After 25 minutes of trying to identify and delete all the songs I’d already heard so I could continue relatively unscathed, I realized it was futile. I could only remember about 80 of the 177 songs I’d already completed. So I decided to start over (sob). I created a copy of the playlist this time and I will try to make a picture copy of it to store somewhere outside of iTunes, which clearly cannot be trusted not to fuck up a playlist order and is Satan’s spawn for doing this to me. Luckily I wasn’t that far in. I give myself special dispensation to skip any song that I don’t feel like listening to that I’m SURE I already heard during attempt number 1 (which is actually attempt number 2, but who’s counting). If something like this happens again, I’m so totally done with this fucking experiment.

Have a nice day.