Category Archives: Music

Who?

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The other day, I found my 13 year-old son in the garage, painting and listening to music on the radio.   He’s always been into classic rock, but like many kids, has no idea about the names of the groups or their significance.  What followed was…well… pretty much what you’d expect.

Oh, you’re listening to The Who!

The what?

No, The Who.

Huh?

The group you’re listening to.  They’re called The Who.

The what?

The Who!  The band!  The band is called The Who!

I don’t get it.

Never mind.

I guess I should just be glad he has good taste in music.  Heaven help me if he discovers The Band.

Diet Update – Week: Whatever the Hell It Is

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The other day, the Hubster accused me of giving up on my diet.  “NOT SO!” I said. (Well, actually it was more like “F-you, Shit-for-brains”.  But I digress.)

In actuality, I’ve been pretty good throughout the holidays as far as my weight-loss goals go.  I didn’t make my 25 pound loss by Christmas challenge, due to five pounds I put on over Thanksgiving….and the subsequent pigging out for the next two–ahem-three weeks with my friends.  (Hey, it’s called “holiday celebration” for a reason!)  But all in all, it wasn’t so bad.

So, I lost the T-giving weight and managed not to balloon up over Christmas and New Years, which for me is a HUGE achievement.  (I did pop on an extra three pounds last week, right there :points to left hip:) And now here we are…January 4th…and I’m back in the saddle again.  The Weight Watchers points tracker is fired up, I’ve got some bomb new tunes to work out–erm–dance around the house in my underwear to, and I’ve got my eyyyye :wink left: on the priiiize :wink right:.

July 26, 2012 – 160 lbs

January 4, 2013 – 143 lbs.

Goal: 123 lbs.

Lets ROCK!

 

 

 

The Choice is Yours

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I discovered Spotify last week and am currently experimenting with playlist.  Was just listening to the top hits playlist and this song:

Marcus Mumford on drums

Marcus Mumford on drums

And I came homeLike a stone
And I fell heavy into your arms
These days of darkness
Which we’ve known
Will blow away with this new sun

And I’ll kneel down
Wait for now
And I’ll kneel down
Know my ground

And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

So break my step
And relent
You forgave and I won’t forget
Know what we’ve seen
And him with less
Now in some way
Shake the excess

But I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

So I’ll be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So tame my flesh
And fix my eyes
That tethered mind free from the lies

But I’ll kneel down
Wait for now
I’ll kneel down
Know my ground

Raise my hands
Paint my spirit gold
And bow my head
Keep my heart slow

Cause I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

was followed by this:

"Singing"

“Singing”

I remember when we broke up the first time
Saying this is it, I’ve had enough, ’cause like
We haven’t seen each other in a month
When you, said you, needed space, what?
Then you come around again and say
Baby, I miss you and I swear I’m gonna change
Trust me, remember how that lasted for a day
I say, I hate you, we break up, you call me, I love you

Oooh we called it off again last night
But Oooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you
We are never ever ever getting back together
We are never ever ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends talk
To my friends talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

Like ever…

I’m really gonna miss you picking fights
And me, falling for a screaming that I’m right
And you, will hide away and find your piece of mind with some indie record that’s much cooler than mine

Oooh you called me up again tonight
But Oooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you
We are never ever ever getting back together
We are never ever ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends talk
To my friends talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

I used to think, that we, were forever ever ever
And I used to say never say never
Huh, he calls me up and he’s like, I still love you
And i’m like, i’m just, I mean this is exhausting, you know
We are never getting back together, like ever

We are never ever ever getting back together
We are never ever ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends talk
To my friends talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

We, oooh, oooh, not back together, we
Oh, getting back together

You go talk to your friends talk
And my friends talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

Shoot me.

(Marcus Mumford is 25 years old.  Taylor Swift is 23.  It has nothing to do with age.)

lyrics courtesy of http://www.directlyrics.com

I May Be Late to the Party, But I Still Have Time to Dance!

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Every once in a while, I’ll catch a band on TV that just knocks my socks off.  Sometimes I’m way ahead of the curve and sometimes I’m lagging so far behind that people laugh and say, “you’re just are figuring that one out?”  This mainly from my daughter who, like most teenagers, thinks her mom is an old fuddy-duddy.  But sometimes, I get it really really right.

For example, a few years ago, while channel surfing, I caught a glimpse of a group of guys against a red curtain on the corner of a stage, playing banjos and guitars.  I cruised past the channel and then went, “wait…what was that?”  I backed up and was enthralled by a completely unique, powerful, fun performance on the Grammy Awards, a show I’d long ago stopped watching because it had become so boring, predictable and out of touch. (Plus, I never did forgive them after Jethro Tull beat Metallica for “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” in 1989.)

Which is exactly why after the song was over (with no further mention of who they were), I continued my surfing.

Months later, I heard that song on the radio and gratefully discovered Mumford & Sons.  Sigh No More became the first album (aka CD) I purchased the day it was released since the mid-90’s.  It was and is that good! (Imagine my disappointment when I learned I’d just missed them playing at the 9:30 Club in DC, by just a few weeks!)

Second case in point: In January 2010, I was watching Letterman (also something I don’t do very often), and caught a band of which I’d never heard, though I recognized the song from a car commercial and always thought it was snappy.  Always a sucker for horns and amazing vocals, I got sucked into The Heavy’s mind-blowing performance, hook, line and sinker.  Apparently Letterman did too, because to this day, The Heavy is the only band to ever play a Dave-requested encore on his show.  They seriously rock!

Earlier this week, I was watching the Today Show when a fun-loving bunch of guys emerged from a 1970’s limo, clad in tuxedos replete with ruffly shirts and bow ties.  They went on to perform their new song “Locked Out of Heaven” and I was SOLD on Bruno Mars!  (This is the one to which my daughter said “DUH!”…lol…okay, so I’m not always that cool.)  Admittedly, I don’t care for his mellow, romantic tunes, which is all I’d heard before.  But when he kicks it up (and breaks it down) ala James Brown…whoa.  Hold on to your hat!

I grew up and discovered music at the very beginning of the MTV era, when over-processed, conceptual videos were how hits were made.  It’s really awesome that amazing live performances still exist.  Even better is the fact that the next generation, or at least part of it,  still wants to make this kind of music.  It almost makes me forget that I have laundry baskets older than these kids!  LOL