• Singing Cheesy Tunes Down Memory Lane

    Reminds you of your youth…
    El DeBarge ~ To the Beat of the Rhythm of the Night.
    Shut Up. Me and some of my girlfriends did a kickin’ dance routine to this song in 1985. It was for a talent show at a school camp. We came in first place. Jealous? I knew you would be.

    Gives you the chills…
    Dave Matthews Band (DMB) covers Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower
    Recorded in 1993 at the Ritz Theater. Trey Anastasio and John Popper joined him. I had been dying to find someone who had the bootleg from the moment I heard it had happened. I finally got my hands on a copy, immediately sat on the floor, in the hallway of my friends apartment, closed my eyes and listened. As I could hear Trey and Popper join in, my heart stopped. I have never been as moved by a performance before. Chills is actually an understatement.

    Makes you want to bang your head…
    Poison ~ Nothin’ But a Good Time
    I mean – come on! We ALL have felt this way, right?
    You see I raise a toast to all of us
    Who are breakin’ our backs every day
    If wantin’ the good life is such a crime
    Lord, then put me away
    Here’s to ya

    And then a KICKIN’ guitar riff….. WOO. I’m Bangin’ my head as I type this.

    You wish you knew the lyrics to…
    R.E.M ~ End of the World
    I actually sat on Sawgrass Beach in Florida with a friend in 1990 and played and replayed that song ALL DAY trying to learn the words. I never did figure them ALL out. I know I could just look it up online now, but isn’t that cheating?

    Makes you so upset you turn it off…
    Hillary Duffs new song.
    The song that starts out with her thinking back to “when the sun, the moon, and the stars were all aligned”. The Hell? All aligned? Again- the Hell? That has got to be the cheesiest opening lyrics ever. My son even hates that song and he loves Hilary Duff. Shut up Hilary Duff.

    Was/is ‘your song’ with someone else…
    DMB ~ Crash.
    DMB is one of the few bands Donnie and I BOTH like. And that song? Is sexy as hell. “You wear nothing, but you wear it so well…” and “Tied up and Twisted, the way I’d like to be…” That is the song we used as our first Dance at our wedding.

    Makes you want to dance…
    Justin Timberlake ~ Rock Your Body
    I love to dance to that song. And I do. All. The. Time. Both my husband and my rejoice that its not in such heavy rotation on the Top 40 stations anymore. Nothing is more embarassing that your Mom/Wife dancing in the car when you drive past someone you know.

    Helps you heal after a breakup…
    Milli Vanilli Blame it On the Rain
    What? Its a great breakup song when you are a 13 year old freshmen in high school crying over a boy. I never said I had taste back then.

    Your parents made you listen to…
    Oak Ridge Boys ~ Elviria
    “Giddy Up a OOM Bapa OOM Bapa Mow Wow” or something like that. My Mom lurved the Oak Ridge boys. She even made my bro and I have our pictures made in Oak Ridge Boy T-shirts. Thanks Mom. I owe you one.

    Ignites a specific memory…
    Nine Inch Nails – Hole
    I remember blaring that song in 1994, when I was moving to the part of Alabama that I would live in for the next 7 years. That song totally brings back all that I was feeling as I crossed into Alabama – to a new life I doubted I was ready for.

    You’ve dedicated to someone…
    Lean on Me
    I havent, ever, I dont think. But if I were going to today? I would dedicate that song to my son, because its his new favorite, and he even dowloaded it off iTunes with his Winning Pepsi Bottle Cap

    You identify with…
    Galileo ~ Indigo Girls
    I’ve heard it twice live. Once, with my son – who also loves that song. It is a beautiful song about life, our choices, and the effect they have on us and others.