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Diabolical Streak

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Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.
~ Berthold Auerbach

Tucked in the back of a closet are several boxes of vinyl albums. The boxes have traveled with us now over at least 6 moves and 3 states. You’d think after 16 years of marriage our albums would be intermixed beyond separation, yet as we pulled them out one by one from the boxes, each of us knew immediately which one belonged to each of us.

Growing up, one of the “certain signs of destiny” –as we called the teenage signals that you and your crush of the month were destined to be together– was a similar taste in music. The first visit to boy’s house might include his proud demonstration of the extensive vinyl collection he had put together (or inherited from his older brother….). You could tell at a glance how compatible this crush-fest might be based on how your musical interests coincided.

“Wow….. You like John Denver, too?” *cue dreamy look*

“Holy cow….” said a boy flipping through my collection, “you have Pat Benatar and Pink Floyd?” *cue puppy dog eyes*

It’s much more difficult to snag a glance at somebody’s digital playlist. Especially as an adult. There’s no subtle slipping over to the bookshelf and casually flipping the vinyls. There’s no casual glance to see what’s the latest album sitting on the turntable. Now it takes being able to break a passcode or log onto their computer to see what the most played song is in their digital library! How are you supposed to figure out if your musical tastes match up? And, in the case of long-married folks like we are, how are you to know what kinds of strange things occupy your beloved’s ears behind the earbuds?

When we first merged our vinyl collections back in the day, I was suitably impressed by my husband’s collection of Beatles albums and 45s, not to mention all my favorite 70s artists. He was shocked that I owned Whitesnake and “Whip It”. These days, a glance at our mutual digital files shows he’s grown into Pavarotti while I’ve drifted to soundtracks and Colm Wilkinson.

Every now and again I will breeze through the thousands of songs on my various i-devices just to rejigger the playlists or load up something new. And then I’ll find one that I have no recollection of buying, no immediate recognition that this was mine, though it’s on my side of the digital music divide. One that when I play it through the speakers, my husband looks at me over his glasses like “What are you listening to now?”

“Diabolical Streak” is one of those songs. Jill Tracy, described as a Neo-Cabaret singer, released it in 1999. Given that one of the other songs on the album is titled “The Fine Art of Poisoning,” this one isn’t so bad…. (and yes, I evidently did by the album). You can give it a listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hijbLZ9VRz8

Maybe I was in a mood….. who knows. But the evidence exists. Evidently I at some point had a Diabolical Streak in the plans.

So, ‘fess up……what’s the strangest song on your playlists?

[This post is #4 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please click on the button on the right side of the page for more information about the challenge or to locate others participating — there are more than 1600!]

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Young at Heart

Budapest castle stairs

“Fairy tales can come true,
It can happen to you. . . .”
~ Frank Sinatra, “Young At Heart”

A little something for your weekend relaxation:

Enjoy a lovely weekend!

P.S. If you liked this video, there are literally thousands more posted by this person of great old 78s! Check some out and let me know if you find any favorites!!

[Note: This post is #25 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button at the right of the page for more information.]

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What Makes Me . . .

I’m in a video-watching mood today, so I thought I’d share a few from my favorites list…..

What makes me laugh (even if it is out of season!):

What makes me feel a little more courageous:

What makes me cry, but in a good way (plus, I love the use of photos in this):

What makes me softly sigh:

What makes me stop and dance along:

What makes me proud to be a Wright State Raider:

I’m always on the lookout for new additions to the playlists……

What are some of your favorites and why?

[Note: This post is #23 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button at the right of the page for more information.]

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Meatloaf and Bread

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My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. ~ Edward Elgar

I miss the days of being able to scan someone’s record collection to see if we had the same taste in music. It’s much harder to get a look at people’s digital playlists…… how do I know how we’ll get along if I can’t see what music you like?

I love music. In truth, there are only a few kinds of music that I absolutely don’t enjoy listening to, and even those I can suffer through a while before I have to walk away. But anyone who chances to scan my playlist is usually surprised by something I have on there. When we first started dating, my husband took a look through my CD collection and raised an eyebrow to discover I had Whitesnake on my shelves. People who catch me humming to Maroon 5 or Adele are typically surprised that I do the same to Sinatra and Glenn Miller. Not surprisingly, I’m a sucker for swoonfully romantic love songs as well as classical music.

But one of the funniest things about music lately has been my introduction to mash-ups. My husband is a fan, so mash-up songs began to appear in our digital library. These sometimes bizarre blendings of songs are strangely addictive. Not my favorite, since it jars my notions of genre, but they are kind of fun. However, as the conversation progressed, it began to take a different turn (which, in our household, is not really a surprise at all….LOL). We began playing a game of doing band mash-ups….. like the title to this post, which combines two of my favorites!

We started off with food-related names. Meatloaf and Bread. Korn and Black Eyed Peas. Bowling for Soup and Uncle Kracker. You get the idea…..

From there, we morphed into other band name mash-ups, branching out and enlisting the suggestions of friends and co-workers. Here’s a few that made the list:

  • The Rolling Stone Temple Pilots
  • The Grateful Dead Milkmen
  • Clint Black Sabbath
  • The Beastie Boys 2 Men
  • The Stray Cat Stevens
  • Simply Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • TLCee-Lo
  • The Jackson 5 for Fighting
  • Elton John Cougar Melloncamp
  • R.E.M.INEM
  • Twisted Sisters of Mercy

Want to play along? Mash-up long with us….. toss out your favorite or creative mash-up and add it to the list!

[Note: This post is #13 of 26 of the April A-to-Z Challenge. Please see the button on the right of the page for more information.
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Monday Moments: McCartney, Baby

I don’t take me seriously. If we get some giggles, I don’t mind.
~ Paul McCartney

There are some things in life you do just because. Getting the opportunity to see a living legend, to spend a moment with living history, is one of those things.

Last Thursday night, my husband and I, along with some friends, went to Cincinnati to see Paul McCartney in concert.

Yeah, baby….. McCartney. (If you want to catch the opening number, it’s available on YouTube, as are clips from nearly every song he performed.)

The Fab Four arriving at Lunken Airport, Cincinnati, August 1964 (Courtesy of Dayton Daily News Collection, Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University)

Now, I do like the Beatles. Not in the scream-my-head-off 1960s fandom kind of liking the Beatles, but I have some of their tunes on the iPod. And, yes, a few Wings songs made it on there, too. I love music, have it on around me as much as I can. Keep a playlist going for writing, different tunes for a.m. and p.m. writing, for different moods. I have my old original iPod mini at work, and my iPhone with me, and iTunes at home, all chock-full of tunes. I’ve kept my playlist organizational habit controlled — there are only 18 lists on the iPhone. (Ok, it helps that I don’t have to create a separate playlists for specific artists or albums — that cut out a lot of my original lists.)

But I’m a hard sell to get to a concert. These days, they certainly aren’t inexpensive. And I’m not fond of crowds. Or full parking lots. If I like some singer or band’s music, I buy it, but even as a teenager, I never felt the driving need to go see even my most favorite artist in concert. Plays, theater, heck yes. Concerts? Meh, not so much.

So when my husband first proposed that we go see Paul McCartney, I was skeptical.


“Because,” he said, “the guy’s a living legend.”

Important, critical pause.

“Hon, the guy was a frickin’ Beatle.”

Ok. He knows me well. So off to see McCartney we went.

View from our seats

And it was fab-u-lous! The music was amazing. He played a 3-hour concert, no intermission, with 2 full-set encores. Not bad for a 69-year-old.

And he’s still quite handsome! He started the evening in a red jacket –“For playing in the home of the Reds,” he said.

That didn’t last long – it was August in Ohio. But the evening was beautiful, milder temperatures than we had experienced in weeks, with a cool breeze blowing in off the nearby river. He shed the jacket, claiming it would be the only wardrobe change of the evening, and spent the rest of the time in black pants, white shirt, and black suspenders. Yowza!

But the best part? Like in his quote above, he never took himself too seriously. He had fun, you could see it on his face. He told stories, shared songs, and showed videos across the backdrop full of old pictures and film clips. He moved with an unselfconscious grace.

And his voice is as gorgeous as ever. Whether singing with the entire band and back-ups or just him with a piano or ukulele, it’s still drop-dead awesome. (Um, yeah, I said ukulele…. here’s the clip where he plays “Something” in Cincinnati). Turns out it was the last night of the tour before they went “on holiday.”

So pop in your favorite McCartney tune today and feel free to sing along, out loud! Let ’em hear you! It’s Monday, after all.

What’s your favorite McCartney/Beatles tune?

The best concert you ever went to?

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