February 28, 2006

Seven Songs I'm Listening To Lately

Okay, so I got tagged with this by Pam at Blogmeister USA. What the hell. By strange coincidence I've been searching through the iTunes store lately looking for old songs that I always liked. I don't have an iPod but I burn these disparate selections onto CD's and call them "mix" collections. The mix I just did has a lot of interesting tunes but I picked what I think are my favorite seven that I'm currently enjoying - nothing especially out of the ordinary:

Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett) - One of those songs I've always liked but have never owned. It's a great tune to play when you're just hanging out, having nip of tequila - ideally, a margarita. It also always helps me get through the winter time. Play it on a warm day in February and you can almost feel Spring coming. There's a line that goes, "blew out my flip-flops, stepped on a pop-top". Nowadays anyone under the age of thirty probably wouldn't even know what a pop-top is - that little metal thingy you pulled off to open a can of beer or soda and just tossed on the ground. Well, when the Mrs. was a youngin' she though the line was "stepped on a pop-tart". And she never thought to ask "why?"

Born To Fly (Sara Evans): This is a hit from Sara's album of the same name, not her current release which is "Real Fine Place". I just really find this song uplifting.

"But how do you wait for heaven,
And who has that much time?
And how do you keep your feet on the ground,
When you know that you were born,
You were born to fly!"
I also have to admit to having a bit of a crush on Sara Evans.

Listen To Your Heart (Roxette): Strangely enough, I wasn't all that big on this song when if first came out in 1989. Recently, I heard a slower acoustic version on the radio. I really listened to it and I came away thinking, "wow, that's a really good song". So I downloaded the original.

Just The Way It Is, Baby (The Rembrandts): I never felt like shelling out for the whole album. Thanks to iTunes, I don't have to anymore. These guys are more famous for their theme song from the TV show "Friends", but that got damn annoying after a while. This one on the other hand is a real toe-tapper.

No Myth (Michael Penn): The hard strumming of the acoustic guitar bangs out this catchy tune and I can't stop listening to it but the lyrics make no sense to me:

We said goodbye before hello,
my secrets she will never know,
and if I dig a hole to China
I'll catch the first junk to Soho.
What if I were Romeo in black jeans,
What if I was Heathcliff, it's no myth.
Maybe she's just looking for,
someone to dance with.
I get the Heathcliff reference but the rest is like...whatever. It's still fun to sing it. And, yes, Michael Penn is Sean Penn's brother.

Theme From "The Greatest American Hero" (Believe It Or Not) (Joey Scarbury): C'mon, who doesn't love this one? Who can't help but sing along? The funniest use of this song was in the TV show "Seinfeld" when George Costanza adapted it to make a message on his answering machine: "Believe it or not, George isn't at home..." I always think of that episode whenever I hear this one.

Let My Love Open The Door (Pete Townshend): I used to be a huge Who fan and I like a lot of Townshend's solo work. Then of course he got all weirded out. But this is a very upbeat, bouncy song that was also used for the closing credits of the movie "Look Who's Talking". Makes me think of that little kid, Mikey. Also, my youngest goes nuts when I play this one. Must be very appealing to the little ones. Pretty ironic when you consider what he got nailed for downloading.

Well, that's it. Now, I'm tagging:
The Real Ugly American
The Wordsmith

They'll be hearing from me soon.

Posted by: Gary at 04:55 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 Dave at third world county beat you to it by about a week Gary. I may listen to some of your picks once in a while but I wouldn't tell anyone about it =p. Wait a minute I think I just did. Damn it!

Posted by: The Ugly American at February 28, 2006 09:18 PM (l6Yll)

2 OMG, the Greatest American Hero. I loved that show! And I always liked Roxette, although I never bought any of their albums. Speaking of pop tops, I saw an episode of That '70s Show recently where Red and a friend were hanging out and drinking beer. The props, sets and costumes on that show are very good...but they just couldn't get a hold of an authentic pop top can. The characters drank beer from modern tab cans. A popular thing to do was to make necklaces out of them...

Posted by: Pam at February 28, 2006 09:35 PM (3ehRw)

3 So Gary, you have a crush on Sara Evans too? Is there anyone you don't have a crush on. You have that French floozy and your '80's throwbacks. Don't drag country girl-next-door Sara Evans down into your tart-a-week. She's too good for that. Plus, Sara's mine.

Posted by: .....Dan at March 01, 2006 05:24 AM (ZNAq7)

4 Aargh! I can't beleive you tagged me! I hate these meme things (usually), but I'll play. It may take me a moment, though. Btw, I too echo Pam's love of Greatest American Hero. And the catchy song. I think I had it on audio cassette at one time, back when.

Posted by: Wordsmith at March 03, 2006 01:51 PM (nrGCx)

5 Here's mine Mr. Blogfather!

Posted by: Wordsmith at March 03, 2006 02:42 PM (nrGCx)

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