lately i've been pretending that i can jog. for about 90 seconds at a time. i can only do it with "good" songs. my list is pretty terrible, though, compared to what i listen to at most times in my life. i pulled the bpm numbers off of, which has given me some new song ideas...

jogging, ish (5.5-5.7 mph on the treadmill):
my life would suck without you - glee (145)
don't rain on my parade - glee (2x93 - it doesn't feel that fast when i'm jogging)
mushaboom, postal service remix - feist
right in front of your eyes - wedding singer soundtrack
voulez vous danser - ace of base
some people - linda eder
jai ho - slumdog millionaire (137)
friday i'm in love - cure (130)
mercy - duffy (130)
get the party started - pink (129)
when i grow up - pussycat dolls (131)
boom boom pow - black eyed peas (130)

in between the jogging, i do the walking (4.0-4.2 mph on the treadmill):
i'm too sexy - right said fred
take it off - kesha (125)
telephone - lady gaga (126)
love game - lady gaga (105)
i gotta feeling - black eyed peas (128)
the time - black eyed peas (128)
rolling in the deep remix - adele (105)
just dance - lady gaga (119)
mambo mambo - lou bega
summer of love - b52s

then i come back to the normal world with a slightly less tragic song:
hello seattle - owl city

at some point, perhaps i'll try to push the jogging above this speed, but for now, it's working for me. more or less. i'm still bitter about the idea of jogging, but i'm more bitter about the thought of having to buy larger sized clothing, so there you go.
NPR just posted this list of 88 california songs. Which ones are your favorites?

The California Dream, as both a myth and a reality, has inspired generations of songwriters. Everyone from Dust Bowl folksinger Woody Guthrie to pop star Katy Perry has written songs about the Golden State. But if you're expecting a sunny soundtrack full of California girls, surf and sun, you'll be surprised by the melancholy clouds that enshroud some of these songs.

They represent just about as many views of California as there are people who live here. The state with a "City of Angels" also boasts a Mount Diablo. So, while you're taking in the state's majestic beauty with The Decemberists' "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade," don't be shocked if you next hear Death Cab for Cutie asking "Why You'd Want to Live Here."

There are so many songs written about California that it was hard to decide what to include. We asked listeners and staff to submit some of their favorites, and then dug deeper for songs that might reside under the radar...

The Playlist

* Alejandro Escovedo, "California Blues"
* Albert Hammond Jr., "101"
* American Music Club, "Highway 5"
* American Music Club, "All the Lost Souls Welcome You to San Francisco"
* The Baseball Project, "Sometimes I Dream of Willie Mays"
* The Beach Boys, "California Girls" Read more... )
This was my first Girlyman show - the venue was small and everyone was so friendly... if One Longfellow Square was closer to my house, I would be there all the time. Coyote Grace opened full of energy - Ingrid howling was my favorite. That and just watching her interact with her cello.

here's the Girlyman set list, more or less -I may have missed one or two. It's hidden under a cut in case [ profile] raencloud wants to be surprised by what gets played at her show tonight:Read more... )
Fantastic concert. Lucy Wainwright Roche opened and was charming. IG sang until 11pm exactly. The crowd really got into it. A woman in front of us sang loudly and off key the whole time, and did interpretive dances. Luckily, the show was loud enough to mostly drown her out.One couple came in costume as a cold beer and a remote control. A couple women came dressed as Emily and Amy, and were invited on stage with their cardboard guitars for Closer to Fine to close the show.

Pendulum Singer
Heartache for Everyone
Power of Two Read more... )
[ profile] wordweaverlynn asked, based on her friend's album project:

10000 maniacs - unplugged
alison krauss - new favorite
ani difranco - little plastic castle
billy bragg & wilco - mermaid avenue
cowboy junkies - studio
essex green - cannibal sea
emmylou harris - red dirt girl
emmylou harris & mark knopfler - all the roadrunning
garden state (soundtrack)
grateful dead - american beauty
hem - rabbit songs
indigo girls - 1200 curfews
indigo girls - all that we let in
james taylor - greatest hits
john denver - wildlife concert
joni mitchell - hits
kings of convenience - quiet is the new loud
melissa etheridge - yes i am
norah jones - feels like home
peter paul and mary title album
ryan adams - gold
simon & garfunkel - concert in central park
sarah mclachlan - fumbling towards ecstasy
they might be giants - flood
tori amos - under the pink

and a bonus: top 10 musicalsRead more... )


Mar. 18th, 2009 10:44 pm
Just home from the Idina Menzel concert. Overall, thumbs up. This was the first stop on the tour, and it was a small venue (Portsmouth's Music Hall). She forgot her lyrics three times, including once on a song from RENT, which was pretty cute. In general, she's a cute little person. She kept fidgeting with her hair and accidentally making double-entendre remarks and otherwise being a normal person. She has a lot of voice, and most of the time, that was great. A little more of the quiet and vulnerable would have been fine with me, rather than quite so much over the top. Eclectic set list included: Heartbreaker (Pat Benetar), One (U2), Embraceable You, Heaven Help My Heart (she did Chess at the Royal Albert as a concert with Adam Pascal and Josh Groban, apparently), No Day but Today, a bunch of stuff from her new album (which I don't know well), a couple of old ones (including Still I can't be Still), and a prayer in hebrew. Good stuff. Encore was Defying Gravity, with audience participation. It was cool to see so many people, including many very young people, who were so excited to see her. She commented on going to see RENT and some of the audience not having been born when she was in the cast. Same was true of tonight's audience. I have two of Idina's CDs, including one that's listed on used with the lowest price at $164. How odd. Pop/broadway tonight, opera on Friday.
Saving this for posterity - my current Want List from - CDs I'd pay a buck for (the date is when I added it to my want list). Lala has been good to me - 133 CDs have either left or been added to my collection in the past couple of years:

(Title of Show) by Original Cast Recording 11/06/08
1000 Kisses by Patty Griffin 5/18/07
13 by Original Cast Recording 11/06/08
16 Biggest Hits by Johnny Cash 1/11/09Read more... )
Suggestions for more?

I Don't Need a Man - Pussycat Dolls
Save Tonight - Eagle Eye Cherry
Don't Cha - PCD
Who Stole my Radio - Shemekia Copeland
The Way - Fastball Read more... )

Instructions: Open up your iTunes and fill out this survey, no matter how embarrassing the responses might be.

How many songs total: 11,128
How many hours or days of music: 30:03:45:35Read more... )


Sep. 16th, 2006 09:19 am
While I'm sitting here, I should post this: is a nifty web service.

You make a list of CDs you have to trade, and CDs you want. The service then matches you to people who want what you have, and people who have what you want. They don't have to be one to one trades - it just tracks how many you've sent and received, and tries to keep the karma in balance. You can trade with or without cover art, and it costs $1.75 per disc, which includes postage, envelopes, and plastic CD holders to keep discs from being damaged.

I've so far sent out some U2 CDs, Van Morrison, and other stuff I haven't listened to for years. I've received Diana Krall, Eddie from Ohio, Cheryl Wheeler, and a couple others are on the way. Highly recommended.

Also in the past few days (it has been the month for music apparently), I've purchased albums by Antje Duvekot (mmmm), Ginn Sisters (heard on NPR, not loving CD, will try to send out via, and Whiskeytown (my CD of the month - haven't listened to it yet), and received as gifts Salamander Crossing; Wayfaring Stangers; Erin McKeown; Essex Green (so fun!) and the new Hem, Funnelcloud (way better than eveningland).

Yay music! A new mix CD is slowly taking form.
Today's entry has been brought to you by the letter A, and the number 30.

Reply and I'll give you a letter, and you have to find thirty songs that start with that letter and post them to your journal.

[ profile] squeegman gave me "A" -- I tried to make this fairly indicative of the larger collection of songs on my iPod.Read more... )
I can't stop listening to:
Breathe (2 AM) - Anna Nalick
Not Pretty Enough - Kasey Chambers
Leaving Here Tomorrow - Elisa Piemer

and less whiny, but probably still annoying to some:
Whispers of Summer - Eliza Carthy
Time - the greencards
Redefinition - Magdalen Hsu Li

also, am going to start collecting the Grey's Anatomy songs. Listening to [ profile] anneball's iPod playlist has inspired me. I guess that means I should put my desktop computer back together.
[ profile] raencloud, a copy of this will be on its way to you, if I can make it work:

Wrought Iron Fences - Kate Campbell
Concrete Sky - Beth Orton
The Sweetness - The Nields
All I'm Thinkin' About - Bruce Springsteen
Idle Hands - Amy Speace
Redefinition - Magdalen Hsu-Li
1963 - Rachel Yamagata
Breathe - Anna Nalick
Whispers of Summer - Eliza Carthy
Runaway Train - Kasey Chambers
Little Bird - Emmylou Harris
Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - Natalie Merchant
Live Long - Kings of Convenience
Lilly - Pink Martini
Metal Drums - Patty Larkin
Alimentar Mi Alma - Kimberly M'Carver
Make it up to You - Sam Shaber
Homeward Bound - Alison Brown
Finlandia - Indigo Girls w/Girlyman
When I got my new Bose stereo, I got a gift certificate for 30 free iTunes. I'm thinking of taking my Wishlist CDs and purchasing a track from each, because I don't know what else to do with this gift cert. So, if anyone has suggestions for particular songs from these albums, or has other suggestions based on what's listed, let me know:

Actually Not by Eddie from Ohio
Bottleneck Dreams by Salamander Crossing
This Train by Wayfaring Strangers
Life In Slow Motion by David Gray
My Better Self by Dar Williams
If Songs Could Be Held by Rosie Thomas
Not the Tremblin' Kind by Laura Cantrell
Mint by Rachel Loshak
Illinois by Sufjan Stevens
We Will Become Like Birds by Erin McKeown
Foxes and Hounds by The Sharp Things
Day One by Sarah Dougher
Three Wishes by Erica Wheeler
perfecT by Sam Shaber
Cry, Cry, Cry by Dar Williams
Songcatcher: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture by Various Artists
Only With Laughter Can You Win by Rosie Thomas

Oh! And some Madeleine Peyroux.
Over a month ago, [ profile] breezeek tagged me with this meme, and I kept forgetting about it while I was at home, where all of my music lives (I mostly read along from work). But, now I'm home late-ish, and I remembered, for a change.

01). Total volume of music files on my computer?
[x] 24.71 gigs, 6202 songs, 17 days

02). The last CD I bought was ..
[x] The new Bruce Springsteen, Devils & Dust (which I haven't listened to yet)

03a). The last song I listened to before writing this was ..
[x] Kathleen Edwards, Old Time Sake

03b). Song playing right now:
[x] same artist, Summerlong

04). Five songs I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me.

[x] Uncle John's Band, Indigo Girls version. I love the harmonies.
[x] Defying Gravity, Wicked. My recent favorite singalong showtune.
[x] Cluck Old Hen, Kris Delmhorst. Tim and I agree on a girly singer-songwriter on this one.
[x] Silent All These Years, Tori Amos. Brings me back to college.
[x] Two Eggs Over Easy, SONiA. Just makes me happy.


Jan. 28th, 2004 01:20 pm
teehee. i rejoined columbia house on a whim. here's what they're sending me:

Barry Manilow / Ultimate Manilow
Nickel Creek / Nickel Creek
Original Soundtrack / Vanilla Sky
Carole King / Tapestry (remastered)
Eric Clapton / Clapton Chronicles
Tori Amos / Strange Little Girls
Tori Amos / To Venus and Back
Dwight Yoakam / Under the Covers
k.d. lang / Live By Request
Nanci Griffith / Winter Marquee
Joan Armatrading / Lovers Speak
Phoebe Snow / The Very Best Of
Billy Bragg/Wilco / Mermaid Avenue
Indigo Girls / Retrospective

All new stuff, except the IG, which is to replace my scratched up copy. I don't own any of many of the artists, and thought it'd be fun to have some new people to listen to. Most of what's on my amazon wishlist isn't available through Columbia House, though, so I'm not making too much progress towards those purchases.
Nifty web link of the day: Musicplasma, a visual map of musicians in common. Granted, it's pretty incomplete (and didn't introduce me to any new artists yet), but it's pretty :)
It’s rather painful to be back at work today. My body had just gotten used to not doing anything, which means I’ve been going to sleep at 12 and 1, and getting up at 8:30 or 9. Got up for work at 7:15 with the alarm today and thought I was going to die. Ironically, the traffic was so bad that my carpool didn’t arrive until 9:15, so I could’ve easily slept until 8:30 or so. Of course, if I had, she would’ve been right on time. The upside is that it’s already Thursday, which means only one day until the weekend.

We had a wonderfully successful dinner party last night with Tim’s running partners and their respective partners. I think everyone had been so stir crazy, having not nearly as much human interaction as we’re used to, and so conversation flowed really easily despite the fact that we’d never all really hung out together before, and two of the people were totally new to the group. It also probably doesn’t hurt that we made it through four bottles of wine between the six of us. I’m working on the hydration this morning. Good thing we had pasta and lots of bread with a fondue appetizer, or I probably would’ve had a much longer, more painful night. We cooked, ate, and then played games – Battle of the Sexes and Cranium.

I don’t like “Battle of the Sexes.” The premise is that the boys have to answer questions about ‘girl stuff’ and vice versa. Without even getting into the implications of gender identity, the questions were just ridiculous. Most of the boy ones were about obscure fishing, sports and automobile factoids (e.g. ‘What is a small, curved, metallic fishing lure called?” and “What vehicular necessities are sold under the brands Mercury, Evinrude and Johnson?” – I mean really, who knows that spoons are a kind of fishing lure, or that boat motors even have brand names). Most of the girl ones were about homemaking and cooking type stuff that really, anyone should know (e.g., ‘What do you call the small, toasted pieces of bread served on soups or salads?” and “On what household object would you find hospital corners?”). Does anyone want to help me re-write the “girl” questions? I’ve already started writing some in my head, mainly about girly movies and other pop culture references (e.g. "Name four romantic comedies in which Meg Ryan played the female lead?" and "What former children's television star won a Grammy for her album 'Jagged Little Pill'")?

Okay, using correct punctuation above? Totally beyond me at this point. Sad.

The girls won Cranium, so at least we were a little bit vindicated.

New mix CD project: songs that make you think of actual images. List so far: Take the Money and Run (Steve Miller Band); Lightning Crashes (Live); Traveling Soldier (Dixie Chicks); Red Red Wine (Neil Diamond); America (Simon and Garfunkel); Bleecker Street (Jonatha Brooke cover); This Shirt (Mary Chapin Carpenter); The Old Apartment (barenaked ladies); Deep Dish (ani). Songs I would use if I didn't put them on every mix CD I make: Tiny Dancer, Vineyard, Circle Game. If you have any that stick out in your head, let me know.

Over the five-day weekend, I watched the following movies: Spiderman, Matrix, big, Princess Bride, Can't Hardly Wait, Ocean's Eleven, and Daredevil (on the day we finally got so stir crazy that we braved the snow to go to the movie theater); and the following bad TV: Celebrity Mole (last three episodes on Fox Family), Joe Millionaire, The Simpsons 300th episode, Pet Star (on Animal Planet) and lots and lots of Personal TLC.

A student just came by and asked if classes were canceled. He drove all the way from by me to find out that they were, poor thing.
For pete's sake. Work is getting in the way of my fun again.

One of my co-workers down the hall is whining to no end today and it's driving me crazy. She has a loud, grating voice and I can't block it out. One more hour.

I've been working on my webpage. There's nothing under the links yet, but it'll get there eventually. I have a lot of stuff written, I just have to find it and organize it.

WMBC playlist 2/11/03 )



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