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Loving the Mowglies

Posted by parsingtime on May 8, 2013

Looking forward to a week in SF this summer.


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She Loves Kimbra

Posted by parsingtime on March 20, 2012

I find N’s taste in music so interesting.  Sometimes when I’m playing my music around the house (and lets be honest we listen to a lot more of her music than mine – my poor ears will never recover from the majority of her music) N will sometimes stop what she is doing to come over to the speakers and start dancing.

Currently she digs this. But only when Kimbra starts singing.  Lest you think I totally influence her taste in music…when we are at my boot camp class and Rhianna’s We Found Love starts playing she says, “no, no, no sing.”  She really doesn’t like it.  She doesn’t like it when I sing twinkle twinkle little star either, but that is a whole other story.  I wonder what it is in her mind that makes one song acceptable verses another.

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Try to See It My Way

Posted by parsingtime on September 2, 2009

The Beatles hold a special place in my heart. They are one of my dad’s favorite bands and I grew up listening to them.  While watching the first part of the Beatles Anthology last night I had three thoughts.

First, was the Beatles Help!  movie the equivalent to the Hannah Montana or Jonas Brothers movies?  The Beatles were the teen heart throb band of the 60s much like the Disney Channel stars are for the current set of tweens. Somehow I think not.  But I’m sure there were people who disparaged them like I disparage the Disney kids.   It is amazing when you think of bands that have or can stand the test of time, very few make the cut. U2, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles….who else? Surely there are American bands that belong on the list? The Beach Boys or the Eagles maybe.

Second, it is crazy to me that a Beatles Rockband video game is coming out. I feel like it is only because Michael Jackson bought the song catalog and then took a loan out against that catalog and now some bank or music company or private equity group needs/wants to make money on the song catalog and so now the Beatles are a video game. Craziness. Yoko can’t be happy about this.

Third, the first concert my dad ever took me to was Paul McCartney. I was 13 and he was playing at the Astrodome. We had row 8 center tickets and it still stands out as one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.  I think it was a weeknight too and I’m pretty sure I had never been out until midnight on a weeknight before this. He played all the old stuff as well as a few Wings and a few crappy new songs.   For three hours straight.  Linda was there too on the keyboards. She was way better than that second wife of his.  My dad and I sang along to every Beatles song.

It was enlightening night because Carl Lewis was sitting behind us.  I recognized him immediately and pointed him out to my dad. My dad instantly told me to turn around and not to stare.   I looked at my dad and asked, “why is he wearing pink jeans with cowboy boots on them?” Carl Lewis from the 1988 Olympics! Carl Lewis of track and field fame was wearing pink pants!  He was there with a date and that date was why I was told to turn around and not stare.  My dad was not ready for that talk.

It’s hard to list my absolute favorite songs as it probably changes from year to year but if I had to: In My Life, I Saw Her Standing There, Come Together, Blackbird, Eleanor Rigby, Sgt. Pepper – which goes straight into With a Little Help From My Friends on the album, Twist and Shout (cover), We Can Work It Out.  What’s crazy is there are easily 40 songs that could be on this list. They have that many good songs.  I mean I didn’t even list Hey Jude or Let It Be.

Watching only made me  wish I was a rock star even more than I already do. It’s totally my unattainable dream job. Leather pants, a guitar and singing songwriting abilities, it’s not much to ask for, right?

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Music Part II

Posted by parsingtime on October 13, 2008

Part Two. Part One is here.

  • More Today Than Yesterday Spiral Staircase – when I was younger and had never been in love I always thought this song was just the best way to express how that love would be (clearly I was naive when I was younger). I must have mentioned it to Random on one of our many trips between Austin and Houston because when I got engaged she framed a photo of Husband and I with a quote from the song below. She’s thoughtful like that. Similarly, I played The Turtles Happy Together and The Beach Boys Wouldn’t It Be Nice at our wedding because the music of the sixties is so idealistic and when can you really be idealistic if not at your wedding? 
  • Jealous Guy John Lennon – (BTW, Elliot Smith does a great cover of this song). I relate to songs that tell a story that lets me guess what happened. I have a strong imagination and this song makes me think of a million different scenarios. My Dad has the John Lennon box set and I’ve spent many hours at home with him with these CDs playing.
  • Again Lenny Kravitz – song playing when I told Husband I loved him for the first time (I know control the gagging at least Celine Dion wasn’t playing). We were at my house laying on the couch with my parents asleep and it just happened. He might have been a bit peeved that I said it quite a while after he told me probably because I’ve always been obsessed with not being that girl. The one who thinks they love everyone they’ve ever dated.
  • It Wasn’t Me Shaggy – I absolutely always think of StephenC when I hear this song. While in SF many years ago I heard him sing this song (we were in his jeep which btw I have driven and and witnessed JeffL throw up out of while we were on the highway at 4am) and he has an excellent singing voice. It makes me smile every time.
  • Corozon Espinado Mana – Random took me to a Mana concert when I didn’t know who they were and they started playing this song which is an absolute favorite of mine and I looked at her and said, what a great song to do a cover of and she was like this is their song, Santana just wrote it. I now own several Mana albums all because Random dragged me to a concert. Speaking of Mana, when we were in Argentina one of the restaurants was playing a Mana album and I told the waitress how much I liked Mana and she basically told me  they play it for the lame tourists. I was berated for having bad taste in music in Spanish.
  • Crazy Game of Poker O.A.R – this song played at the bar on our first really fun night out in Charlotte.  We met a lot of new people, stayed out way too late and when this played everyone in the bar started singing. I’ve been listening to a lot of their music lately, it’s good.
  • Break Up Songs Too Many Songs to List – it’s sort of unfortunate that I’ve only dated and broke up with only one person that I’ve actually cared about because I do so love sad songs.  Given that Husband broke up with me in Spain I have Spanish break up songs. The first is Y Tu Te Vas by Chayanne. The English translation is just so dramatic, it makes me cringe.  And just to make it worse the second Spanish break up song is Yo No Soy Esa Mujer  by Paulina Rubio with lyrics like “I’m not that woman that doesn’t leave the house, that puts at your feet the best of her soul”. I’m sure I’m translating that wrong.  Oh the drama of having your first broken heart! And to cap it all off I left Spain for England and the hottest song on the radio at that time was Oasis’ Stop Crying Your Heart Out. Lord. But let’s be clear here I cried three times over him, then just got pissed with him for being an idiot and then married him.
  • Waiting on a Sunny Day Bruce Springsteen. September 11, 2001. I don’t think it was even written at that point and I guess it doesn’t make sense from a lyrics standpoint but nevertheless when I saw the WTC last weekend this was the song that popped into my mind.
  • Street Spirit Radiohead – this is Husband’s end of the night song. I got Husband Radiohead tickets and he called me and told me he had to work and couldn’t come and that I should stand outside the concert venue and scalp them. After I expressed my displeasure over that plan I told him to get his ass to Houston and he did. We missed the first few songs they played but we heard Street Spirit which was the first Radiohead song Husband introduced me to.
  • Holiday Madonna – Did you guys ever go to the roller rink? I feel like you must of if you were a child of the 80s. I was living in Hong Kong at the time and this song was always played, it was before inline skates but after the neon tube sock craze. I don’t actually like this song very much there are better Madonna songs.
  • Concerto in F George Gershwin This was the first song we played in Band that I actually really liked. It was our marching band song my freshman year. It’s funny how much of an influence being in Band had on me. My closest high school friends are from there, the directors were some of my favorite teachers. I had my first high school crush on a senior in band.  For Husband debate played a similar role. I hope my not currently existing progeny find something at school they are passionate about that doesn’t involve cocaine or self-mutilation.

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Music In Advertising

Posted by parsingtime on March 31, 2008

It is amazing to me what advertising has done for music. Yael Naim is now on the VH1 countdown solely because of the Mac Book Air commercials. I really love the French Horn or Trombone in this song (not sure which)…it isn’t something you hear very often.

The same goes for the Ingrid Michaelson sweater song that was in the Old Navy commercials…and of course Target is introducing The Beatles to a whole new generation.

And while we are talking about music I LOVE the Beck cover of Daniel Johnston’s True Love Will Find You in the End. I’m always surprised by the voice that comes out of his little body.

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Posted by parsingtime on February 24, 2008

I’m sort of obsessed with the music from the movie Once. For no good reason I might add because I haven’t seen the movie but I don’t think it has a happy ending because the music is sad.

Edit: It just won an Oscar! Also John Stewart was funny.

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Posted by parsingtime on February 13, 2008

Since I know you don’t want to see hives first thing in the morning we need a new post.

So let me tell you I really enjoy Pandora even though I know it isn’t the newest thing to hit the internet. You just type in the name of an artist or song you like and they play music with similar qualities as that artist or song. You can create multiple channels and then have them play a “quick mix” so you get to listen to several different genres of music throughout the day. It is pretty cool because you get to listen to things you may never have heard of before but that you really enjoy. You can also gives each song a thumbs up or thumbs down so they know what you do and do not like.

Go check it out if you like music.

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Songs that take me Back

Posted by parsingtime on February 5, 2008

Do you ever hear a song on the radio and immediately get taken back to some past memory or it makes you think of a particular person? Music has had such a big impact on my life. My Dad has always been a big music guy and my sister and I enjoy it because of him.

  • Ballerina Girl – Lionel Richie potentially the cheesiest song that was ever written (seriously it makes me want to gag), however I remember my dad listening to this song when I was 6 or 7 and telling me he thought of my sister and I whenever he heard this song. I imagine you have to be a parent to fully appreciate it but still if I ever hear it I think of that moment.
  • Angel – Sara McLachlan; Spend all your time waiting For that second chance For a break that would make it okay There’s always one reason To feel not good enough the lyrics in this song remind me of the year I failed the LSAT and didn’t get into law school. Very depressing.
  • California Dreaming – The Mamas and the Papas; there was this cartoon video of this song on Disney. I saw it once and every time I hear this song I think of Mickey kneeling in the church and how dark the video was for a cartoon.
  • Fade Into You – Mazzy Star; song playing the first time I ever “made out” in a car with Husband (and by made out we are taking first base nothing else!). Uhh, first time I made out ever.
  • Better Together – Jack Johnson; For some reason Jack Johnson was being played all over Thailand (night market, Chatachuck, random malls). So whenever I hear him now I think of Thailand.
  • The Scientist – Coldplay; Husband and I broke up for a brief time Nobody said it was easy no one ever said it would be so hard.
  • Sinnerman – Nina Simone; The first movie Husband and I saw together at the theater was The Thomas Crown Affair and this was his favorite song in the movie.
  • Love Generation – Bob Sinclair; whenever I hear this song I think of Husband’s section at school. A really fun bunch of people who are willing to get on tables in Cartagena and dance to this song because it’s the group song. A big cheer always goes up when the first few bars of this plays.
  • Killing Me Softly – Fugees; I feel sort of bad about this one because I subjected Emilia to this song for weeks I loved it so much and everyday we rode to school together she would have to endure it. Every time I hear it I think about those high school car rides.
  • Love Fool – The Cardigans; would you believe my mom loves this song? I laugh whenever I think of my mom with her awful singing voice singing this in the car.
  • Love Today –Mika; this was played on Indian satellite TV every single day we watched TV in India…I think of Bombay when I hear this.
  • Black Hole Sun –Soundgarden; this song was popular my freshman year of high school land when I hear it I think of marching band and the HUGE crush I had on a particular drummer who wore a Soundgarden shirt
  • Bare Naked Ladies – any song; I always think about Random and I’s roommate from our freshman year in college. She played the new Bare Naked Ladies album all day every day.
  • I Wanna Dance with Somebody– Whitney Houston; when we lived in Hong Kong (I was 6 or 7 I would guess) my parents brought us to the US to visit the grandparents and we ended up taking a road trip and this song was popular and me with my obsessive personality loved it. My uncle Jay knowing I liked it would change the radio station whenever it played and he never let me play his Atari. I’m still bitter.
  • Your Song – Elton John; our wedding song.
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen; This one makes me cringe because when I hear it I remember how Random and I once made it our answering machine message…Is this a real voice. No it’s an answerphone…Go on make me happy, go on leave a message for meee for me. We were dorks or maybe it was only me.

Okay, there will probably be a part two to this at some point. I haven’t even listed one Beatles song which is just wrong.

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