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The Soundtrack of Our Lives

A Facebook friend posted something the other day that generated quite a few comments and lots of memories.  It had to do with music.  As I think I’ve already pointed out, I am huge music lover.  Everyone in my family will walk into a room and the first thing they do is turn on the television.  Not me; my iPod is the first thing I reach for.  I do some of my best scene development while listening to music.  Unfortunately, I’m usually ironing or on the treadmill so those scenes sometimes get lost before I can reach a computer.  But, trust me, they were amazing. 🙂

Back to my friend’s question. She asked what was the last record (album or cd, I didn’t know people still called them records any more) that you would listen to the whole way through without skipping a track?  The answers were pretty interesting.  They ranged from heavy metal to movie soundtracks.  Of course, I answered—what else—Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run.  It was the first thing that popped into my head.

But then I got to thinking, what if I could name more than one?  Well, my list would be as eclectic as my iPod.  For my second choice, I’d have to go with Prince and Purple Rain(Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town would be a close tie with Born to Run just in case you were worried I’d slipped a little.)  Van Morrison would get a nod for his Best of album.  The Talking Heads with Stop Making Sense would be on the list.  Remember, these are albums that you love every song!  My list would have to include Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall and the sound track to Mamma Mia, the Broadway version, not the movie.

Anita Baker’s Giving You the Best That I’ve Got has to be on my top ten along with Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill.  I did mention my musical taste was eclectic, didn’t I?  Elvis would make an appearance with the album from his 1968 television special—it was the first record I ever got when I got a record player for Christmas! (I was an infant, of course.)  I could go on here, but then I might get down to the Bay City Rollers or something and my kids don’t read this so I’d only be embarrassing myself.

So what albums/cds would you have on your list?  I dare you to share!


A Girlfriend’s Guide to the Super Bowl

It’s almost Super Sunday and I’m getting psyched. I love all the hype that leads up to the big game. Believe it or not, I actually love the game. I also love the food (and drinks), the music and those commercials. It’s Americana at its best.

Unfortunately this year I don’t have a dog—or a bird as it were—in the fight. Both teams playing Sunday defeated my teams. The Giants in a romp over the Falcons (if those guys even WERE the Falcons) and the Patriots in a sick win over the Ravens. Seriously, Billy, you’re a professional kicker. You can’t put a 35-yarder through the uprights? Shankopotomus! But, hey, I’m not bitter.

Both the Giants and the Patriots have talented teams with mega star quarterbacks. So the game should be fun to watch. Too bad neither one of them can lay claim to the cutest QB in the NFL. 🙂Ahhh, those dimples.

Both teams do have grouchy head coaches in common. Bill Belichick looks like he’s a Uni-bomber wannabe in that ridiculous hoodie and Tom Coughlin scowls and pops his gum throughout each game. Two Harbaughs coaching in the two championship games and neither one can advance to the Super Bowl to decorate the sidelines?

What’s a girl to do? Watch the commercials, I guess. This year’s crop promises to be interesting. I still LOVE the Volkswagen ad from last year. This year’s VW offering of dogs barking the Star Wars theme is creative and very amusing to taunt my own dog with, but not as fun as little Darth Vader. Matthew Broderick is recreating his Ferris Bueller role in one of the many car ads. The spot is another really creative one, but it’s for a Honda CRV. Really? Ferrari couldn’t step up? The commercial just makes me feel old. Hopefully the E-Trade baby will make me smile. If not, Anheuser Busch paid for nine spots. Those Clydesdales can always be counted on to generate a smile—or a tear. Remember that 9/11 spot?

If the commercials or the game don’t entertain, there’s always the half-time show. Yeah, it’s Madonna this year. What were they thinking? I know no one can top Bruce Springsteen’s performance from a few years ago, but Up With People would have been a better choice. Mark my words, not even a wardrobe malfunction will save this half time show. Fortunately, Kelly Clarkson is singing the National Anthem. An American Idol winner has held that honor four of the last five years. And we all know what happened when an Idol winner didn’t sing it. I contend Christina Aguilera forgot the words last year because she was so awed by the AMAZING performance Lea Michele gave singing America the Beautiful right before. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have that honor this year, and I am sure they will do the song—and the country—proud.

So, what’s your favorite part of the Super Bowl? The game? The ads? The music? Or Wes Welker’s amazing eyes?

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