You Can Call Me Al



Spring is here!

Well, once again, I’ve fallen off the “I’m going to blog everyday” wagon!  And, no, I haven’t been crafting every day either.  Lately, an early Spring has sprung here in New England, and I’ve used every one of my few free moments to be outside enjoying it.  Yesterday, I spent 2 hours on the back deck with a good book, it was luxurious!  Finished the book, too!  Conquistadora by Esmeralda Santiago.  Not my favorite book, but about a subject I knew very little about, which is always a good reason to read a book.  It dragged at times, but overall was a good read.

So, to get me back into the swing of things, I’m going to go with Carole Knits 10 on Tuesday suggestion today.  And today’s topic:  10 Songs That Put You In A Great Mood.  Since I LOVE music, this one should be easy!  In no particular order, here they are:

1.  Show Me How You Burlesque by Christina Aquilera – We danced to this song this morning in Zumba, so it’s fresh on my mind.  A great way to start my day!

2.  Daydream Believer by the Monkees – With the passing of Davy Jones last week, this one has been in my head a lot lately.  I’ve loved it ever since I was a kid watching the Monkees on TV.

3.  Candyman by Christina Aquilera – What can I say, I’m a Christina fan!  This one has a great beat and a Big Band sound you don’t often get in a Top 40 song.

4.  Summertime’s Calling Me by The Catalinas – Most beach music will put me in a good mood, but this one in particular is an oldie but goodie!  This one and

5.  Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price – I was first introduced to Stagger Lee in the movie Shag.  Everytime I hear it, I think back to my college girlfriends, roadtrips, Myrtle Beach.  I’m smiling right now just thinking about it!

6.  Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men – A new band out of Iceland, I can’t wait to hear more from them!

7.  The Cave by Mumford and Sons –  This whole album (Sigh No More) is terrific!  It’s what I play when I need to get stuff done.  A rockin’ beat, it keeps me moving!  But not dancing, this isn’t in my dance party playlist.

8.  Fire Burning by Sean Kingston – When I need to get my groove on!

9.  Cocnut by Harry Nilsson – For a more mellow great mood.

10.  You Can Call Me Al by Paul Simon –  No music list of mine would be complete without an appearance by Rhymin’ Simon.  This song comes on the radio, it’s roll the windows down, turn it up time for me.  Happy-go-lucky is how I think of this song, and of course, the image of Chevy Chase playing a saxophone has to make you smile!  You Can Call Me Al

Ten on Tuesday – Beach Music

Oh, what a wonderful topic was picked this week!  I love beach music!  Not music you want to listen to at the beach, but good ole Myrtle Beach beach music.  I couldn’t tell you what exactly makes it “beach music”, but I know it when I hear it.  The Tams, Chairman of the Board, The Platters, The Embers, they make beach music.  So, in no particular order, my 10 favorite beach music songs:

1.  I Love Beach Music by The Embers

2.  Summertime’s Calling Me by The Catalinas

3.  Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price – Ever since the movie Shag, it’s been one of my faves!

4.  Carolina Girls by General Johnson and the Chairman of the Board

5.  Myrtle Beach Days by the Fantastic Shakers

6.  Rainy Day Bells by The Globetrotters

7.  Up On the Roof by The Drifters

8.  Across the Street by Lenny O’Henry

9.  Build Me Up Buttercup by the Foundations

10.  Under the Boardwalk by the Drifters

If you know any of these, kudos for you!  There’s not many of us, especially in New England.  If you don’t know any of these songs, I invite to you find them in iTunes!  Enjoy!


Ten on Tuesday – One Hit Wonders

Today has been a long one.  Sinus infection plus a migraine!?!  Really!?!?  Well, it at least gave me some time in bed to think about this one.  What makes a one hit wonder?  I’m not real sure, because some singers listed as “one hit wonders” on iTunes actually have other songs that I like.  I’m going with musicians that I have only heard of attached to the one song.  So, without further ado, my favorite ten one hit wonders in top ten order are as follows:

10.  Mickey by Toni Basil

9.  Funkytown by Lipps, Inc

8.  Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles

7.  Tainted Love by Soft Cell

6.  Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas

5.  In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry

4.  Mambo Number 5 by Lou Bega

3.  Take on Me by A-Ha

2.  Coconut by Harry Nilsson

1.  No Myth by Michael Penn

My husband has argued my number one pick, but I LOVE No Myth.  Still have my cassette tape of his entire album. And in true one hit wonderness, it’s the only decent song on the album.  One of the first songs I downloaded when I got an iPod.  I’m sticking by my Michael Penn!!

I love the Grammys

I’m not much for award shows, for the most part I either don’t agree with who wins or I have no clue who the nominees are.  That being said, I look forward to the Grammys.  Not for the awards, but for the musical perfomances.  So, last night I DVRed the Grammys (love the DVR!) so that I could watch all the performances without interruptions.  Thus far, I’ve enjoyed some great music, found a new appreciation for a tween sensation, and a new band or two that I need to check out.

I’m not a Justin Bieber fan, couldn’t even tell you a single song the kid sings, but the boy has stage presence!  You can’t deny the fact that the kid is an entertainer.  While his music isn’t my taste, I could probably watch him perform for quite some time.

And the jam sessions!  Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers, and Dylan?  Couldn’t understand a word Dylan said, but the music was outstanding!  I’ve been a Mumford fan for some time now.  I think I would do things I would regret in order to see them live!  Dylan, I’ve seen live, in Charlotte, with Paul Simon.  Avett Brothers, gonna have to break down and buy their CD.  Probably today.  While my daughter is at school.  Think it’ll be on sale?

Also might pick up the Muse CD.  I know, my musical taste is all over the page, but they are an awesome band!  I’ve already got some of their songs downloaded, should probably just download the rest of the album.

Historical pairings of artists?  Where else but the Grammys?  Cee Lo and Gweneth?  With the Muppets?  Who would’ve thought?  Norah, John, and Keith?  That one was amazing!  Think I can find their rendition on iTunes?   If not, might have to settle for another Norah album and a first Keith Urban album.  John Mayer, I think I’ve got him covered!

And congratulations to Arcade Fire for the Album of the Year Grammy.  I’ve never heard of them, but find that I’m going to have to check them out!  Hope you enjoyed the Grammys for whatever reason you may have watched.  And if you didn’t watch, DVR it next year and catch all the live music!  And go listen to some music!  Like a good book, it can truly take your mood wherever you need it to go.  Want to be somewhere warm and tropical, try some Jimmy Buffett.  Need to get your groove on, Katy Perry.  Want to get something accomplished, well, my personal choice is Mumford and Sons!

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