Thursday, October 26, 2006

Musical Interlude

To get ready for my big trip home, I updated my iPod with a new play list to listen to on the plane. I had a good time setting this up because I put some songs on there that I hadn’t listened to in a long time, and I decided to share some of the list here. I’m not sure why you would care, really, but here they are any way. Like most people, I’m pretty eclectic, and the play lists are very much a sign of how I feel at the moment.

“Tonight I Wanna Cry” Keith Urban. I don’t go all week in the knees over Urban like so many women do, but I love this song. It’s really a lovely song, but the chorus is best:

I've never been the kind to ever let my feelings show
And I thought that bein' strong meant never losin' your self control
But I'm just drunk enough to let go of my pain
To Hell with my pride let it fall like rain
From my eyes
Tonight I wanna cry

“I Feel Fine”
Curtis Stigers. Do you remember “I Wonder Why” from the early 90s? I loved that song, still do, and I love iTunes because it makes it possible for me to find these artists that I had forgotten about. Stigers turned to jazz and he’s amazing. “I Feel Fine” is a cover of the Beatles song. I love his raspy voice and the little bit of funk he adds to many of his songs. Oh, and he’s pretty darn cute, too. (What? You thought I was above such things? Pfffft.)

“Real Good Man” Tim McGraw. OK, so I do go a little week in the knees for Tim McGraw, especially with this song. “I may be a real bad boy, but baby I’m a real good man” it’s a stereotype, I know. But it’s not the “liking the bad boy” that makes me like this song. Oh hell, yes it is. Hands up, how many of you went out with someone who would make your mother shudder? I thought so.

“Cry Me a River” Diana Krall. How could you not love Krall? The sultry voice, the expert musicianship, the amazing song collections; I can’t believe I don’t have all of her CDs. I would love this song anyway for this lyric:

Told me love was too plebeian
Told me you were through with me and
Now you say you love me

You try writing a song with the word “plebeian” in it and see how well it does.

“Waiting for the World to End” John Mayer. This is my very favorite song right now. As soon as it’s over, I just hit the button to play it again. It’s the music that I like so much because I’m not as wild about the lyrics—we don’t feel like there’s anything we can do to improve the world, so we’re just waiting for the world to change. I can’t decide if I don’t like that idea because it sounds like a bunch of whiners wanting someone else to make the world better for them or because it hits too close to home because he’s right, we may not like what’s going on but we don’t feel like we can’t do anything about it. This is where you tell me to stop thinking so much and just enjoy the damn song.

“Chasing Cars” Snow Patrol. This is one of my other current favorites that I keep listening to. Actually, I like most of the songs on this CD. I found them on iTunes. Yet another reason why iTunes rocks.

“I Feel Love”
Blue Man Group with Annette Strean of Venus Hum. This is a great song for the “workout” play list, too. Awesome song. Blue Man Group is going to be here in November, but I’m too cheap to pay for the tickets. Al said that I should paint myself blue, maybe they’d let me in for free. Hey! Do you think it’d work?

Santana and Rob Thomas. I never get tired of this song. Santana is always amazing, but Rob Thomas? I love him.

“You’re All I Need to Get By”
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Anything by these two, but I especially love this song.

“My Sharona”
The Knack. Yep, it’s awesome. Never get tired of that one.

Stone Temple Pilots. Have no idea what he’s saying most of the time, but what a great song.

“Let the Bodies Hit the Floor”
Drowning Pool. Because sometimes ya gotta bang your head.


Betty said...

About that "bad boy", the out of work musician comes to mind. You know who I mean. If you like the way Diana Krall does "Cry Me A River", you'll LOVE the way Julie London did it.

Gary James said...

I watched the singer from Snow Patrol sing that song in my town centre. He was busking after a festival there, just him and a guitar. It was awesome.

BTW - I've started the Thirteenth Tale. Very absorbing. I want to save it for a stormy weekend if I can. The author lives in Harrogate, about ten miles from me. It's very posh, Harrogate.

Kell said...

Mom--all musicians are out of work at some point. Be patient!

Gary--Glad you're liking the book. It is even better on a stormy day. I tried to slow down while I read it to enjoy it longer but I have very little self-discipline and had to keep reading. And how cool you saw the lead singer do that song!

Chelle P said...

Betty: Julie London! Now we're talking. :)

Kell: I love this list. While I'm not familiar with many of these artists, you can bet now I'll be listening to little samples on iTunes over the weekend.

susan said...

The songs I'm familiar with, I like. So I'm guessing I'll also like the ones I'm not familiar with.

BTW...I was going to make a pot of your chili, but I really need better spice measurements! "to taste" with me doesn't work because I'm really bad with that. Now what am I going to feed my poor starving children???? :)

Jay said...

Diana Krall also does a duet with Tony Bennett on his new CD.

I agree with most of those songs. Just don't really like John Mayer though.

Kell said...

Chelle p--that's another reason why iTunes rocks.

Susan--I would start with a teaspoon, or half a teaspoon if you don't like things too spicy, stir it up then taste and see if you like it. Cumin will add a smokey flavor, but the red pepper and chili powder will add spice. Jay made chili with a package of chili seasoning and nothing else and it was delicious, so you could always go that route, too. Now I'm hungry.

Newt said...

Snow Patrol is one of my new favs too. Great Mix it sounds like the perfect assortment. Good driving in the car mix too.

susan said...

Ooohhh...a package counts? I'm all for that! I still get to call it "home cookin'"?

Thanks for the additional help!