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The problem with this one is that I tend to listen to almost every single musical genre, so it's kinda hard to think of something that would surprise people. I did get a raised eyebrow from a friend when I bought an Enrique Iglesias album, but that friend was unaware of my love for ridiculous Latin pop.

However, I think I nailed it with this one: "Jumpin Jumpin" - Destiny's Child

There is nothing musically outstanding about it; the lyrics are shallow and repetitive; I've never cared for Destiny's Child because it was only ever a way for Beyonce's dad to showcase his little girl. They weren't bad, they were just a useless pop group with members who were disposable if he thought any of them might be upstaging Beyonce.

day 13 - a song that is a guilty pleasure

"Santa Fe" sung by Christian Bale from the film Newsies

Newsies itself is the guilty pleasure, but "Santa Fe" is my favorite song. I should probably level with you that I'm a sucker for musicals and especially anything Alan Menken does. So even though as a New Yorker I should cringe when any character opens his mouth and starts talking in an exaggerated fake accent, I've loved this film since I was 8. It's one of those movies that if it comes on TV I have to sit down and watch it. (Other films in that category are Airplane, The Princess Bride, Blazing Saddles, Robin Hood Men In Tights, and Eastern Promises.) I own the film on DVD; I have the soundtrack on CD; and I started buying classic Disney song collections because they had Newsies songs on them >.> There's probably a lot wrong with it (my father's comment was that it wasn't historically accurate. I just kinda stared at him and said,"It's a musical. By Disney. I don't think accuracy is what they were going for.") but I enjoy it so much, I really can't see what that could possibly be.

day 12 - a song from a band you hate

"How You Remind Me" - Nickelback

Of all the bands I could have picked to fill this one, I think Nickelback is the least controversial choice. (If anyone wants to know who the other candidates were, please let me know ^.^)

Nickelback is a terrible band. Unfortunately I didn't learn this until I had fallen in love with the song "How You Remind Me" and purchased the album Silver Side Up. In all the years that I've been listening to and purchasing albums, I think that Silver Side Up is the only one that was complete garbage except for the single. There was not a single other redeemable song on that entire album. And in the ten years since it's release, the band has only gotten worse. Also, their frontman is freaking hideous. Someone needs to shave his head because he can't be trusted with hair.

Slight disclaimer: I've never actually watched the video for "How You Remind Me" so if you do click the link, I'd just go ahead and minimize that window or switch tabs.

day 11 - a song from your favorite band

Well, I was going to pick "Electrolite" because I love that song and it closes my favorite R.E.M. album, but then I saw the video and I remembered how utterly horrifying it was. I can't in good conscience link that for people. It's frightening and distracts from all the goodness of the song while underlining the fact that Michael Stipe can't lip sync to save his life. It's true, that's why he makes a terrible drag queen. (But we love him anyway ^.^ )

I decided instead to go with one that makes me feel happy and fuzzy inside every time I hear it or watch the video: "The Great Beyond".

For a song that was written for a film and that they were essentially prompted to write as a sequel song to "Man On The Moon", it came out really well and I think it captured the absurdist nature of a lot of Andy Kaufman's comedy. The film wasn't bad either.

I also can't watch the video without giggling at the 3 seconds they have Michael using the microphone stand to break the TV screen because I always remember their episode of Making The Video and how hesitant he was to do it because he was freaking out about the possibility of some safety glass getting in his eyes. It shouldn't have been as adorable as it was.

day 10 - a song that makes you fall asleep

Minus One - No Knife

I was just about to use this one to highlight the fact that I can fall asleep to anything that I know by using Supersonic by Bad Religion as an example of the sort of songs I would play when going to bed, but then I remembered this song and how much I love it and how damn drowsy it makes me.

This wasn't an acquired drowsiness either. I first heard No Knife when I saw them play live at Tramps on a bill that included Jimmy Eat World and Seam. I went for Jimmy Eat World and ended up loving No Knife and Seam, however all three bands play slow melodious rock songs. I started falling asleep at the show. That was a little weird.

so yeah...

This weekend was a mixed bag of sheer joy and utter horror.

The joy comes from:

* the absolute perfection that is Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans was Steve Rogers. It was so true to Cap while being a solid film with no downtime. I need to go see this a few more times ^.^

* Sunday was the first day same-sex couples could get married in New York! I was tearing up with joy while watching and reading some of the coverage. The first couple married in Manhattan was a lesbian couple who have been together for 23 years. One woman was in her 70s and the other was in her 80s. She had to hold onto a walker to stand for the ceremony but she did it ^.^

* I got to watch The Simpsons! No, seriously this is a gigantic deal. I've been working almost every sunday this year and I haven't been able to catch a new episode since October. It was one I'd never seen before which was awesome.

* Entourage made up for the entire last season with one episode that had Vince cleaned up; his hair grew back; E is no longer with Sloan (please may it stick this time); and Vince & E made up and are friends again.

The sorrow and the horror comes from:

* Oslo, Norway and the lives lost tragically at the hands of a hateful lunatic. (I say lunatic with a degree of certainty since his manifesto had him complaining about being pressured to date by his family.) I can't think of a more horrific killing spree perpetrated by a single person. And that he targeted kids and young adults at a summer camp? I can't wrap my head around any one person being capable of that. It's purely evil.

* Amy Winehouse died. That no one was surprised and yet everyone was shocked adds to the tragedy of her passing. No one was surprised because she'd been losing herself to her demons and addiction for ages. Everyone was shocked because you never really expect it even when you know it's coming. And no matter how you look at it or what one thought of her personally, she did have a hell of a lot of talent and it's sad that she was so young.

now leaving the town of Lud

"What are you going to do now?"

"I'm going to go ride Blaine!"

Okay, now that the gratuitous Dark Tower reference is out of the way I would like to announce that I have joined the 21st century - I now own a smart phone. Specifically, a Motorola Droid 3.

To be fair, I've been toying with the idea of getting a Droid since the first one was released simply because it was made by Motorola. (I've had cell phones made by other companies but my Motorolas were always the most reliable and consistent so I stick with Motorola) However, at heart I'm a luddite and think that a phone should just be a phone and I stuck with my Motorola flip phone until the poor thing got so beat up that when a friend who was in the middle of an emotional break-down caught sight of it, she stopped and said, "Damn, that's a really old phone." I raised my eyebrow and she went back to hysterics, but still she had a point.

I fucking love this phone. Though I suppose I can't really call it that. My Droid is less a phone than a miniature version of Beastly, my laptop. (No, that's not it's name. That's its nickname.) I immediately went out and got all the essential apps so my audible and netflix accounts are hooked in; i have one home screen filled with widgets for BBC News, The New York Times, and every newspaper in New Zealand >.> ; after having far too much fun with the Captain America live wallpaper (every time you touch the screen bullets ricochet off the shield) I put in a customized slow reveal wallpaper of Spider Jerusalem; I've found an app where I can make my own ringtones which come out crystal clear and LOUDER than anything provided in the store owned by my service provider (-_-); and of course I added the absolutely necessary My Little Pony FIM soundboard so it can randomly play quotes from the show. Playing around with all that, I actually get surprised when it starts to ring.

day 09 - a song that you can dance to

"Raise Your Glass" - P!nk

I like P!nk and this is my favorite must get up and dance song of the moment.
This is another two-fer, however I don't think I should get penalized for it since both are by the same band.

"Long December" - Counting Crows

When I was living in California I only had one Counting Crows album on my iPod (oh the horror!) which was the 2003 best of album Films About Ghosts and I ended up listening to it almost every day while riding the bus. I tended to zone out on the rest of the album until it got to this song because it pretty much summed up how I was feeling - I'd been feeling restless and caged and I'd gone out there to try and start over and hoping that things would be better. So, that whole album really, but this song especially reminds me of riding around San Francisco on the bus, reveling in my new life of anonymity and exploring the city.


"Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" - Counting Crows

This reminds me of being in Arizona, on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon. I had been camping before, but I'd never been where I was that high up and had the sky that amazingly clear. I felt like I could reach up and actually touch the stars and immediately the line "we drove out to the desert just to lie down beneath this bowl of stars" hit me and I thought 'oh. so that's what they meant.'

Anymore A Killer

the time has come

April 2015


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