Thursday, February 28, 2013

Song of the Day: Thursday

Today was a bit of an odd day. It's felt like the longest day in the world in the longest week. But surprisingly, Thursday snuck up on me. I've spent all week making final edits on a grant essay. I think it's almost done. It has to go in tomorrow.

My assistant went for a walk at lunch and came back light headed. We sent her home. I have had stomach troubles all week. I'm sure it has something to do with my diet, but not sure what it is. I went home early and skipped out on free dinner. ugh.

Anyway, this song has been in my head all week. But, I finally remembered it to post. My little brother A played it for me and it got stuck in my head.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Song of the Day: Wednesday

Today in the bathroom at work I overheard a conversation. One woman said that she thought that all the nice guys have crazy girlfriends. When her friend made noise of protest, she clarified that she meant crazy ex-girlfriends. She proceeded to list guys who had crazy exes.

While this conversation happened I was tucked away in a stall. When I stepped out, the protester made noise of embarrassment. While I was amused by the conversation, I could hear this song in my head.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Song of the Day: Saturday

Today, I received a significant shock. I was running errands around town and listening to the radio. I had tuned in to a station that plays 80s music all weekend. To my surprise, they began to spin this Milli Vanilli song.

Anyone who grew up in the 80s or has watched any sort of retrospective on a music television channel know that the two men who claimed to be the lead singers of Milli Vanilli were actually just models who lipsynched and danced to the music. When the truth came out, their Grammy was revoked, the band was reviled and many of their fans considered a fraud suit to get back their money.

After the furor died down, I never really heard anything about or from Milli Vanilli except as the butt of a joke. So, imagine my surprise when an 80s station actually plays their music.

The music was good and catchy for its time. Pop had its heyday in the 80s. And Milli Vanilli (the band not the two faux frontmen) was really really good. They looked good, sang catchy tunes, and presented us with fashion and dance moves that are only questionable in this day and age.

Hearing Milli Vanilli again was wonderful, if surprising. After I got over the shock of hearing them again (I thought for sure all of their music had been burned and they'd been banned from radio), I realized how much I liked their music and how catchy and upbeat the songs were.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Good News

Tonight I saw my "little brother's" girlfriend in a musical play called "Good News". It's set in the 1920's before football is the national pastime, before men could make a living playing football.

Meghan Cowden was Carol Lane and very good. Actually everyone was very good. I usually hate school productions because they are flat and I can't understand a thing anyone says. They were all having a good time. For the most part everyone could sing and dance. Meghan's little brother Nicholas choreographed the musical and the dancing was good, fun and high energy. So glad I went.

There were a number of "popular" sayings that originated from this musical. "The best things in life are free" and, "Life is a bowl full of cherries" are two of them. However, this musical reminded me of the song "Sing, Sing, Sing, Sing" originally performed by Louis Prima in 1936 but made popular by Benny Goodman.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Song of the Day: Thursday

Today was a bit kick back. I'm moving slowly between projects at work, which is good. I've had a headache all day. Ibuprofen did not help at all.

Music did ease some of the pain. I have bee listening to my Spanish music station. Ojos de Brujo, Gipsy Kings, flamenco, tango and its derivatives. Good stuff that helped me focus and kept me upbeat.

I was surprised to see Las Ketchup in the mix. They are know for this Spanglish pop song from 2002. Apparently they are the daughters of a flamenco musician. The chorus of the song is a mangled rewording of this song. "Aseraje" is the Spanish approximation of "I said a hip hop...."  Interesting.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Song of the Day: Wednesday

This morning as I was making my green smoothie I began to sing this song. I'm not sure what triggered it. I just remember thinking that I wanted someone to feel for me the way the Big Bopper felt about the girl in this song.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Song of the Day: Tuesday

I woke up in a pretty good mood today. It helps that I got to sleep a little bit longer. Even the snow on the ground didn't get me down. Or the driver's side door freezing shut; I eventually got it open.
I found myself singing this song this morning. Been a while since I've had Rage Against the Machine in my head. "'I won't do what you tell me!"

Monday, February 18, 2013

Song of the Day: Monday

Today I woke up singing Vampire Weekend. This song is apropos since I had a doctor's appointment that was a waste of my time. So, I started my work day and week tired and in a pissy mood. Great song for this.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Song of the Day: First Sunday of Lent

Today was one of those days in which I awoke with a song in my head. It was an upbeat tune by an alternative female singer. Too bad I can't remember what it was!

So, instead, I present you with one of my favorite Florence + The Machine songs. This song is one of my faves because it's kind of an encouragement not to be afraid. I like those kinds of songs

Friday, February 15, 2013

Song of the Day: Friday

I left work early to return to my cave. I am home in bed with a killer sinus headache. And I really have not motivation to do anything until it goes away.

Despite this pain, I woke up with this song in my head. Muse is so dramatic like me, I guess. Might explain why one of my friends introduced me to them.  Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Song of the Day: Valentine's Day

Today was an okay Valentine's day. I woke up with a migraine and a sinus headache that made my head hurt if I tilted the wrong way or thought too hard. Not fun! On the plus side, I forgot it was Valentine's day and therefore did not feel depressed for being single this year.

Anyway, since it is Valentine's Day, I thought this song would be appropriate.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday

Today I woke up with a bit of Fun. in my head. Nate Reuss is a compelling way to start the day: "No one's ever gonna stop up tonight!"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Song of the Day: Fat Tuesday

The Lenten Season is upon us. Many of us are scrambling to figure out which habit we will pick up or what we will give up as we prepare ourselves for Easter. And as we approach the beginning, the Pope resigns and we are faced with another conclave that will select another Pope for the Catholic Church.

This is a tense and confusing time. Most people thought Benedict would be Pope until he died, just like Blessed JPII before him. There are those who feel abandoned. But, then there are people who look to the future with optimism. I am one of those.

Nothing against our Pope, but I am hopeful for our next Pope. Maybe this Pope will look more like our global Church, i.e., Latin American, Asian, or African. Maybe there will be a change in how the Church responds to the abuse scandal. Maybe the Church will move toward health and holiness that honors Christ. The possibilities are limitless.

I am not naive. I know what I signed up for in becoming Catholic. I know that I may be hoping in vain. But I think its better to hope in vain than not to hope at all.

This song that was in my head this morning. I love Ellie Goulding. She has a candy floss voice and more talent than she knows what to do with. This song seems appropriate for today, the beginning of Lent, and our upcoming search for a Pope.