After taking a exercise breather on Tuesday because we were running all over the place with it being the last day of school. To celebrate, my twins went to see Prometheus and my youngest (not a fan of scary films or TV shows unless they feature the brothers of Supernatural) attended Rock of Ages. Combine that with my wife working and my oldest daughter participating in her high school’s graduation ceremony, and it led to a lot of running around. To make up for the lack of movement Tuesday, Wednesday was a double-activity day, particularly with the Sox winning Tuesday night:
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
2+ mile neighborhood walk to commemorate Red Sox victory #34 of the 2012 season
- Campus–Vampire Weekend
- Can I Have This Dance?–High School Musical
- Can I Sleep in Your Arms?–Willie Nelson
- Can You Be True?–Elvis Costello
- Can You Dig It?–WWE
- Can You Feel It–Timbaland feauturing Esthero & Sebastian
- Can You Feel The Love Tonight?–The Lion King Cast
- Can You Feel The Love Tonight?–S Club
- Can You Find It?–They Might Be Giants
- Can You Hear What I’m Saying?–Toto
- Can You Rock It Like This?–Run D.M.C.
- Can You Tell–Ra Ra Riot
- Can’t Be Seen–The Rolling Stones
Always nice starting off a walk with an artist you really enjoy, and for me, Vampire Weekend certainly fits that description. They seem like the perfect band to discover when you get to college, so “Campus” seems like a apt first-album song. Getting through the High School Musical song as quickly as possible is fine by me, particularly when there’s so many more musical questions that need to be asked, starting with Willie Nelson’s “Can I Sleep in Your Arms?”, followed by Elvis Costello’s “Can You Be True?” It seemed like the start of a nice theme, as the questions (even the High School Musical one) seemed like the type you would progressively ask the same person. Not sure if the next question kept the theme going. I listed the artist as WWE as it came from a WWE album, but it was WWE Originals, a release featuring Superstars performing their own hits,so this was Booker T’s first (I think) and last (hopefully) rap number. Nothing against the guy personally, I just don’t think his talents lay in the musical arena.
I heard a Timbaland number from Shock Value II (which I did not enjoy nearly as much as the first) before getting two versions of the famous Lion King ballad “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” Ironically, neither is the original film version–one is from the Broadway adaptation and one is from one of Disney’s bubblegum pop cover collections. While I know the latter is targeted more at kids, particularly toddlers and preteens, if you’re looking for music for that group, They Might Be Giants is a much better bet. “Can You Find It?” comes from their second “kids” album, Here Comes the ABCs, and is an excellent example of why they’re a much better kid’s act than most–their songs are intelligent and both kids and adults can enjoy them.
After my TMBG, I traveled back to the magical world of the ’80’s for a pair of songs, first the boys of Toto, then the pioneers from Run D.M.C. As a rule, I think I’m going to love any song that uses the term “homeboy” as they do here. Things got a little more modern with Ra Ra Riot, then took a term for the confusing when things went from the positive (“Can”) to the negative (“Can’t”) with the last song on the list, “Can’t Be Seen.” When listening to my songs, I like to quiz myself with the question “who is the artist?” I’m pretty good at it, but this song had me stumped. I figured it must have been someone my wife or kids liked or an obscure artist from a soundtrack or compilation. Turns out I was way off–it was a Rolling Stones number. What threw me is that it’s the rare Stones hit not sung by Mick Jagger, which makes me argue that it’s not a true Stones song (and I’m not just rationalizing because I couldn’t get the song right…well, maybe a little).
2.5 miles on the elliptical machine plus upper-arm weight work at the gym
- Can’t Be Tamed–Miley Cyrus
- Can’t Buy Me Love–The Beatles
- Can’t Buy Me Love–The Beatles
- Can’t Buy Me Love [live]–Paul McCartney
- Can’t Cry These Tears–Garbage
- Can’t Fight This Feeling–REO Speedwagon
- Can’t Fight This Feeling–Glee
- Can’t Get Enough–Bad Company
- Can’t Get Around (Flash Funk)–WWE
- (Can’t Get My) Head Around You–The Offspring
- Can’t Get There From Here–R.E.M.
I don’t have a problem with Miley Cyrus (although I do think singing “Can’t Be Tamed” is a little problematic for someone of her age), but I was happy to get multiple listens of a Beatles classic (2 studios and then Paul McCartney live in concert). My oldest daughter has been on a Beatles run recently, which is always nice to see a new generation of fans get into the greatest band in the history of rock music. After a track by Garbage, it was back to the 80’s and another band my wife would rather not hear, REO Speedwagon. This is the song I use to tease her the most, as I constantly tell the kids that “Can’t Fight This Feeling” was our wedding song, and it never fails to get a rise out of her. It may be to the point where she prefers the Glee version (who am I kidding–it hasn’t gotten to that point!).
Things closed with first a classic hit from Bad Company, a classic wrestling theme, and then music from the Offspring and R.E.M.