A couple of weeks ago I posted about the rockin' 80's tunes I'd been listening to on a particular morning. And since I got so many comments (OK, like 9...whatever) from people who enjoyed that trip down memory lane, I decided to do Flashback Fridays each week. I've only mentioned this about 17 times, but just in case you're a new reader: I LOVE MUSIC. All kinds. Anyway, back to Flashback Friday and my intent to commit to a weekly music post. But then life got in the way, in the form of school ending, Lost finales, a new obsession with Battlestar Galactica, graduation, parties, picnics, and now a baby being born into our family. Look up overextended in the dictionary & you will totally find a picture of Lula & her family.
Today, my dear Mrs. R did a Fab Five Friday post where her fans (stalkers) were to list their all-time favorite tunes. There is no way I could list 5, so I cheated and took up space to list 10 out of about 32. Because I'm sure y'all are dying to know, here's a few of my faves:
"Last Goodbye"--Jeff Buckley
"Consume Me"--DC Talk
"Martha, My Dear"--The Beatles
"If You Leave"--OMD
"In Your Eyes"--Peter Gabriel
"River Deep Mountain High"--Tina Turner
"Song For the Asking"--Simon & Garfunkel
"Bye-Bye Blackbird"--Joe Cocker
"Into the Mystic"--Van Morrison
"In Christ Alone" & "Jesus, Lover of My Soul"--performed by various artists & worship bands
'Big Man on Mulberry Street"--Billy Joel
OK, so I listed even more here than I did on Mrs. R's site, but brevity has never been my strong suit. (Right, Kelly?) Stay with me here, y'all.
Every summer we have particular CDs in constant rotation...pool music, grilling music, beach songs...anything that adds to our outdoor enjoyment. For me, it's not truly summer 'til I've heard The Temptations' "Just My Imagination." Scott longs to hear The Beach Boys Greatest Hits. Libbey asks us to break out "Livin', Lovin', Losin'; Songs of the Louvin Brothers", seriously one of the best compilation CDs in country music. You haven't lived 'til you've heard James Taylor and Alison Krauss perform "How's the World Treating You." Trust me on this one. And Caroline? Well, she's content to sing along to anything from Miley Cyrus to Coldplay--and she can belt out"Don't Panic" almost as well as Chris Martin. Kid you not.
I actually posted this video once before--but it was months ago and the song is truly worthy of a listen. So listen. Please.
Today I sat down to create a Summer of '08 playlist and stared at my iTunes account for 5 minutes. I am coming up blank, y'all. And then I got all nervous and fidgety 'cause being stymied by musical choices has never happened to me. Other than Madonna's new album, Hard Candy, I came up with nothing. (And M's new work is fabulous--love, love, love it--best stuff she's done since the mid-80's.) The new Coldplay album comes out in a couple of weeks, and we are already wearing out "Violet Hill" & "Viva La Vida," which we purchased early on iTunes. Other than these two I've mentioned, I am at a loss for a good, be-boppin', toe-tapin', get your sun on playlist.
This is where I'm assigning homework, dear readers. Please look through the catalogue of your internal jukebox and share a few good ditties that sound "summery" to you. Don't be afraid of throwing out all kinds o' music, 'cause when I say I dig it all, that ain't no lie. (Except speed/death metal--just can't deal with it. Sorry.) If you're all, "Well, I love 50 Cent but she might be offended." NO WAY--I still listen to "Disco Inferno" on a weekly basis. Maybe you're a lover of golden oldies. Oooooh, me too! Tonight I was playing Rosemary Clooney ("Come on-a my house, my house, I'm gonna give you candy"--she sang it before it was Hefner's gals' tv theme!) and Perry Como ("Find a wheel, and it goes round, round, round...") while fixing supper. Seriously hot, y'all...they were some fine crooners. Makes me crave a martini. I don't like martinis. I digress...
Rock, pop, jazz, soul, contemporary Christian, big band, decades (40's through 90's), country...I truly love it all. And if you include some Whitesnake, Van Halen, Winger or Night Ranger then I'll faint dead away, 'cause I love me some 80's hair bands. I heart Kip Winger. Sigh... "She's only seventeen..." Well I was. Once. A long time ago.
Though I specifically mentioned the latest by Madonna & Coldplay, I'm not just looking for new stuff...span the decades & genres and recommend away. If enough of y'all play along I will be certain to have a fabulous new playlist to wear out in these sweltering months to come. We will ALL benefit from this. (See how I love and appreciate each of you? Feel it, embrace it, cherish it...LOVE.) And really...sweltering's not so bad when you're kicking back with a cold drink & some darn fine music. In the pool, of course.
I'll close with this:
As I told Mrs. R earlier, it's THE anthem of southern summers, regardless of whether you're in Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, Colorado or California. And it's no secret...I would've loved to sing back up for the original Lynyrd Skynyrd...complete with long, straight, parted-down-the-middle hair, flowy dress, oodles of blue eyeshadow and boodles of chunky bracelets and rings. And now I've decided on my costume for Halloween.
Carrie, if you use the term "geriatric globes" and "Rick Springfield & Peter Frampton" in your comment, you WIN! I don't know the prize yet, but you'll still win. 'Cause that's just smokin' hot. For real.