Monday, August 14, 2006

Musical Monday returns!

We're still continuing the series from the Tanya/Sheila music meme. There's some disappointment in store, because some of these I couldn't answer, but I added a couple of categories.

Great Dance Song You Maybe Never Realized Was a Great Dance Song Back in the Day:
"Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough," Michael Jackson - the man could sing...

Good Albums to Workout To:
Hm. Usually my workouts are mixes (long walks and bike rides). There should be an answer but despite having a week to think about it, I'm totally blank.

Good Album to Clean The House To:
I do a lot more writing than cleaning, and whenever I write I need instrumentals, since the lyrics distract me. I have jazz, rock, classical, and tons of soundtracks to work with.

Good Dining Music:
Same as above; I’m sure I could cook up (heh) a soft mix.

Good Album to Have Sex To:
Sorry. I wouldn’t know. Theoretically, I’d go with something long play (might as well be optimistic).

A Good Album to Put You in the Mood (that is NOT Sade, Marvin Gaye or Barry White):
Oh, UGH. Sade? I’ll give you Marvin the Main Man, but not Sade. Barry’s too cliché to work at this point, anyway: “Aw, yeah baby… I love you so much… I gotta talk about it over the intro, baby… That’s right, baby…”

Let’s just say Smokey Robinson and end all debate.

Good Album To Sleep To:
Music doesn’t really put me to sleep. I used to put on Sports Radio WFAN out of NYC to listen to the ever-mellifluous Steve Summers, “schmoozing a little s-p-o-r-t-s with you until Imus in the Morning at 5:30.”

5 (er, six) Good Rock Songs That You Can Dance To:
I may be a writer, but I ain’t no dancer. But I’ll give it a try: these are songs that make me chair boogie whenever I hear them.

“Help Me Rhonda,” the Beach Boys
“Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” the Police – it even made them dance around the studio. True story: that studio no longer exists. It was buried by lava in a volcanic eruption.
“Come Dancing,” the Kinks
“Get Ready,” the Temptations
“The Sound of Philadelphia,” MFSB
“Love Train,” the O’Jays

NEW ITEM! 5 Songs I Wish I’d Written:
(Condition – I have to have been an adult to write them)
“Eyes Wide Open,” Sixpence None the Richer
“Love and Peace or Else,” U2
“Get Over It,” OK Go
“Go Where No One’s Gone Before,” Billy Preston
“Gotta Knock a Little Harder,” Seatbelts

Song That Is Too Damn Sad:
“If,” David Gates and Bread. Not just in and of itself, but because it was one of my father’s favorites. The room gets pretty dusty whenever this comes on the radio.

Great Love Song:
Just one? Right.

That's Baby Makin' Music (No, Really):
“Until the Night,” Billy Joel (52nd Street) – Exactly the voice you first think of on this topic, right? But trust me, you agree with this.

An Album Full of Tenderness:
I’ve always loved “Pet Sounds” by the Beach Boys. It’s such a kind-hearted album, even the wistful songs like “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” come off sweetly.

Song You Want to (or did) Play At Your Wedding:
“More Love,” Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

Song To An Ex That Isn't Mean-Spirited:
“Don’t Answer Me,” Alan Parsons Project. Great video, too.

Song To An Ex That Is Kinda Mean-Spirited:
"Romeo and Juliet," Dire Straits.
Bonus song - "You Got Lucky," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. There's a lot of these, aren't there...

Song to Listen to While in The Country Looking at Stars:
“Out in the Country,” Three Dog Night.

Song to lose your Mind to:
“You Really Got Me,” the Kinks – especially the solo, as Dave Davies attacks his own guitar.
Song To Cry In Your Pillow to:
“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart,” the Bee Gees
Songs That Make You Feel Amped and Inspired:
Music in general amps and inspires me.

Great Semi-Obscure Album Cuts:
I don’t know enough about singles to pick out a b-side, so these are just songs I enjoy that aren’t on greatest hits comps and stuff:

“Oh Darling,” Supertramp (Breakfast in America)
“Fancy Colours,” Chicago (Chicago II)
“Wrong ‘Em Boyo,” the Clash (London Calling)
“Daddy Don’t Live in that New York City No More,” Steely Dan (Katy Lied)
“Bringing it Back,” Kansas (Kansas) – a JJ Cale song from the self-described “world’s worst cover band.”
“Good Morning Good Morning,” the Beatles (Sgt. Pepper’s) – nothing’s too obscure from them, and especially not this album, but this is a great little song that’s usually ignored
“Land Ho!” the Doors (Morrison Hotel)
“Rosalinda’s Eyes,” Billy Joel (52nd Street)
“Let’s Live it Up,” Brian Setzer Orchestra (The Dirty Boogie)
“I’m Waiting for the Day,” the Beach Boys (Pet Sounds)
“Walk Between Raindrops,” Donald Fagan (The Nightfly)
“Tumbling,” Jefferson Starship (Red Octopus)

Song That Makes You Miss Your Mom:
“Just Another New Year’s Eve,” Barry Manilow. My mom loves Barry, and especially this song.

And there will be more music next Monday! Posting may be light this week but I'll think of some way to get the Internet to work around here, I promise...

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