Back in Business (at least the blog business)

Been a few days since I last updated the blog, as I got sidetracked helping a friend out with a project. But I can’t ignore my public any longer, particularly with my list of songs continuing to backlog. (While I didn’t blog over the weekend, I did get to the gym both days, so the list continues!) So today’ list will blow through the week (or at least the Monday through Thursday portion) of 7/30 through 8/2, which featured a pair ofT gym visits sandwiched around hosting Indiana in-laws. The visit was great–everyone had a relaxed, fun time, so I didn’t mind missing the workouts.

Monday, July 30, 2012

3.10 miles at the gym on the elliptical machine:

  • Cotton Alley–10,000 Maniacs
  • Cough Syrup–Young the Giant
  • Could I’ve Been So Blind–The Black Crowes
  • Could It Be Magic–Barry Manilow
  • Could You Be Love–Bob Marley
  • Couldn’t Call It Unexpected No. 4–Elvis Costello
  • Couldn’t Call It Unexpected No. 4 [live]–Elvis Costello
  • Counterfeit Fake–They Might Be Giants
  • Countin’ On A Miracle–Bruce Springsteen
  • Counting Airplanes–Train
  • Country Comfort–Elton John

Monday began with a selection from 10,000 Maniacs (sort-of) first album. (I know they released Secrets of the I Ching first, but I tend to ignore that album, and I’d argue they do as well, seeing that they re-recorded three of the songs for inclusion on The Wishing Chair.) Things get a little more recent and trendy with “Cough Syrup”, although I dodged a bullet when I only had to hear the original and not the Glee cover. I then got to hear a song from the debut album of the Black Crowes. I’ll admit that for Black Crowes, one album is more than enough for me. I think I’m supposed to like the Black Crowes more, but they’re a group that a little goes a long way in my musical sentiments. That sentiment is also true for both of the next artists as well, although there aren’t many other reasons to group Manilow and Marly.

My next four songs come from three of the family’s most represented artists, starting with studio and live versions of an Elvis Costello number. I am trying to wrap my mind around the title of the They Might Be Giants’ song–is a “Counterfeit Fake” the genuine article? The only thing that might have improved the title was adding the Elvis Costello flair and calling it “Couterfeit Fake No. 4”. My trio of familiarity ends with the Boss and a song from “The Rising”. That’s not to say I’m not familiar with Train or Elton John–I just don’t own the same large percentage of their musical catalogue.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

3.33 miles on the elliptical machine plus upper-body weight work at the gym

  • Country Comforts–Rod Stewart
  • Country Darkness–Elvis Costello
  • Country Feedback–R.E.M.
  • Country Girl: Whisky Boot Hill/Down, Down/Country Girl (I Think You’re Pretty)–Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Cousins–Vampire Weekend
  • The Coventry Carol–Alison Moyet
  • Cover Me–Bruce Springsteen
  • Coward Of The County–Kenny Rogers
  • Cowboy Killers–The Wonder Years
  • Cowboy Romance–Natalie Merchant
  • Cowboy Take Me Away–Dixie Chicks
  • Cowboy Take Me Away [live]–Dixie Chicks
  • Cowtown–They Might Be Giants
  • Coyotes–Jason Mraz
  • Crab–Weezer
  • Crackin’ Up–Paul McCartney
  • Crackity Jones–Pixies
  • Cracklin’ Rosie–Neil Diamond
  • Crank It Up–WWE

I closed the previous section talking about owning a percentage of an established act’s collected works, and my Rod Stewart ownership calculation would be tiny–1 over however many albums he’s released. And again, one is more than enough for me–Rod’s a .0001 on the Simple Minds Scale, particularly once he decided to subject the aural population to his interpretations of “The Great American Songbook”.  I think I’d be far more impressed with him delivering the Great Scottish Songbook. I also made particular mention of three artists in the last section that are significant parts of our library, and as if they wanted to further the point, each shows up again on this list, starting with Elvis Costello. The Bruce and TMBG songs that follow are more familiar to me, as the Springsteen song comes from the first album of his I ever purchased (Born in the USA) and the They Might Be Giants’ number is from their second album, Lincoln.

After an R.E.M. song, I get a visit from CSNY and the appearance of  one of the 70’s more pretentious musical trends–the long songs with multiple parts (popularized by Yes, but then taken to new heights by Rush with songs having multiple parts that straddled different albums). You don’t see that as much these days. That’s not to say artists aren’t self important–they just express it in other manners (Thanks social media!). As I’ve mentioned before, but each Vampire Weekend song I hear mixes my enjoyment of their music and my anticipation of their upcoming third album, which I’ve heard is releasing before the end of the year. The end of the year would have been a better time to hear the Alison Moyet song, but when you listen to an entire list alphabetically, Christmas comes year round!

Do you ever think about memory–specifically, what stays in your mind and what you’ve forgotten? I ask because when I was a child, we didn’t listen to a lot of music, but one album (actually, 8-track to be precise) that received heavy rotation  was my mother’s Kenny Rogers album (one of his many greatest hits collection). Now I’m not the biggest fan of Rogers, but his story songs were easy to follow to be sure. Now, here it is, decades later and when a song like “Coward of the County” comes up (one I can honestly say that I haven’t heard for years), and I can sing along with it, remembering all the lyrics. I just have to wonder what important dates, facts, or issues have been pushed out of my brain so that “Promise me son, not to do the things I’ve done” can stick around. Moving on, it seems fitting that a Kenny Rogers song would serve as prologue for my “Cowboy…” section of songs, although truth be told, if I’m thinking about artists doing songs about the profession, the Wonder Years and Natalie Merchant do not come to top of mind. Dixie Chicks? They make more sense.

Not a lot to add about the Jason Mraz and Weezer that follow, and the Paul McCartney number almost shouldn’t count as a song–it’s more of a 45 second sorbet from his live album. Now getting a Pixies song is always a treat, particularly when I close the list with Neil Diamond and WWE.

 

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Location, Location, Location

A couple days late with this second double exercise report from the weekend, but again, better late than never, and the key once again is to do the exercising every day, even if I don’t do the writing–I am not as concerned with the mental muscles and fat as I am the rest of my (lack of) muscles and my (abundance of) fat.

Sunday, Jun 17, 2012

2+ miles (actually 3.25!) to commemorate Red Sox victory #32 of the 2012 season

  • Cajun Song–Gin Blossoms
  • The Calendar–Panic! At the Disco
  • Calico Pie–Natalie Merchant
  • California–Hollywood Undead
  • California–Hollywood Undead
  • California–Joni Mitchell
  • California–Metro Station
  • California–Phantom Planet
  • California (Hustle & Flow)–Social Distortion
  • California (Hustle & Flow)–Social Distortion
  • California (WrestleMania XVI Theme)–WWE
  • California 2005–Phantom Planet
  • California Dreamin’–The Beach Boys
  • California Dreamin’–The Mamas and the Papas
  • California English–Vampire Weekend
  • California Girls–The Beach Boys
  • California Stars–Billy Bragg & Wilco
  • Call And Answer–Barenaked Ladies

When they say music can take you places, it’s usually an emotional journey, not a geographical one. However, songs can take you somewhere a little more specific, and one state in particular dominated my walking list today. Before I got there however, I had a regional sidetrip thanks to the Gin Blossoms and their “Cajun Song”, although many probably only think of a style of cooking or an Adam Sandler SNL character when they hear the word Cajun. Panic! At the Disco sings about the entire year and Natalie Merchant follows up her ice-cream flavor festival last letter (“Bleezer’s Ice-Cream”) with another dessert-themed number, “Calico Pie”.

Now it’s time to go west. I’d assume that it’s a fair bet that more songs have been written with “California” in the title than any other state and probably by a wide margin. I actually had no idea that we had so many “California” songs in our library (and this list only includes songs that start with the state–other songs, like Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California” will pop up later). In fact, when I heard the Hollywood Undead song “California”, I thought to myself; “Excellent, I’ll be getting “California Stars” soon, but I had to hear 14 other songs first, and I probably would have guessed 4-6. I clearly was way off, particularly when I have five songs just called “California” and only one is a repeat (we have studio and live versions of the Hollywood Undead track).

When I get two or more versions of a song that share a common title, I like to think about one artist covering the other’s namesake track.  Pairing Hollywood Undead with Joni Mitchell is a humorous combination in either direction, although if I had to pick, hearing Joni perform the Hollywood Undead song would be a surreal experience, as her musical themes seem to be the antithesis of Hollywood Undead’s,

Metro Station’s “California” has more of a pop sensibility before I got to the “California” I most enjoy. I loved The OC when it aired (earning me scorn and derision from an old boss–in a loving way, of course) and so the theme song was I loved as well. In fact, the music of the show was a big part of what made me love it, and we owned four of the soundtracks, as well as purchasing additional music from the artists featured in the show. As a side note, while I loved the original version of the theme song, I did not like the updated version from the fifth soundtrack (“California 2005”, which came later in the list).

I got to hear two versions (single and album) of Social Distortion’s 2011 return to the music scene–a fun number that is worth repeated listens. The last California only (with or without parenthetical) was the theme song from WrestleMania XVI (or WrestleMania 2000, as it’s also called). After that, it was time for California to become an adjective instead of a noun, starting with a classic rock anthem, “California Dreamin’ “. The Beach Boys remake comes before the far superior Mamas and Papas version. I love the Beach Boys, but this comparison isn’t close. I  think the male-female dynamic (as well as the outstanding vocal talent of the group) is what makes the song work so well, plus I have fond memories of the song from junior high when we performed the song in vocal ensemble. The better Beach Boys “California…” song comes two numbers later, with their stellar “California Girls”, a song that ironically also was later covered, this time by Diamond Dave, David Lee Roth. The remade song was good, but the video was over-the-top hilarious, a teenaged boy’s dream.

I finally got my Billy Bragg & Wilco song, the song that got me into both Mermaid Avenue and Wilco. Back when I had my first MP3 player, a Nomad that could store 100 or so songs, “California Stars” was a permanent part of my song-list. I wish Vampire Weekend would have taken the time to answer whether the Oxford Comma is a key portion of “California English”, seeing that they’re the only band to compose songs on the subject. The walk closed with a Barenaked Ladies song from the first of their albums we owned, Stunt. We originally purchased the album on the strength of their group-defining hit, “One Week”, but everything on the album is awesome.

3.00 miles on the elliptical plus upper-body weight work at the gym

  • Call And Answer–Barenaked Ladies
  • Call It What You Want–Foster The People
  • Call Me the Breeze–Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Call Me When You’re Sober–Evanescence
  • Call My Name–Prince
  • The Call of Ktulu–Metallica
  • The Call of Ktulu [live]–Metallica
  • Call of the Wild–Tom Tom Club
  • Call on Me [demo]–Elvis Costello
  • Call the Law–Outkast featuring Janelle Monae
  • Calling All Angels–Train

Just as I ended my morning walk with an awesome ballad from Barenaked Ladies, I get to start my afternoon gym time with the same song. When it’s “Call and Answer”, that’s fine by me. The funny thing about the song is that it was also on the soundtrack to the poor man’s Truman Show, the Matthew McConaughey vehicle EDtv (which I’ve never seen). Next up was one of the hits from last year’s sensation Foster the People.  That’s one of the rare albums that every member of the family loves and has added to their personal playlists. I’m probably the only one that has Skynyrd on regular rotation, while my youngest daughter is the Evanescence fan in the family.

The Prince song is from his 2004 album Musicology. I have to admit that I’m woefully behind the times with my Prince music knowledge, as I had no idea that he’s released four additional albums since then. It looks like none of the albums produced top 40 songs, so that may be why I’m so ignorant on the subject. After Prince, it was almost 20 solid minutes of Metallica instrumental glory in the form of live and studio versions of “The Call of Ktulu”, a Lovecraft-inspired title. I enjoyed the Tom Tom Club song from their underrated Boom Boom Chi Boom Boom album (in fact, it’s the opening track). After a demo track from Elvis Costello, I got an Outkast song from their Idlewild album that featured a little-known at the time, Janelle Monae, who blew up this year thanks to her participation in Fun’s everywhere hit, “We Are Young”. Speaking of hits, I got a 2003 Top 20 hit to close my list, courtesy of Train.

Listening to a musical 45 (songs, not a song)

Well, I told you in my last column that I had been walking, and that I’d just fallen behind in the blogging side of the equation. As I went to the gym on Saturday, I did a count of the songs that I’d listened to over the past week, and was shocked that it was 45, representing 8 miles of walking (which still puts me two Red Sox victories behind the pace, but that will be taken care of by midweek. So I could have engineered 4 mini-posts or one mega-post.  As you will see from the following list, I went big, partially due to the cool symbolism of the number 45.

June 5-8, 2012

8+ miles to commemorate Red Sox victories #24-#27 of the 2012 season

  • Breathe–Taylor Swift
  • Breathe–U2
  • Breathe [2AM]–Anna Nalick
  • Breathe Me–Sia
  • Breathing–Yellowcard
  • Breed–Nirvana
  • Breed [live]–Nirvana
  • Brian Wilson [live]–Barenaked Ladies
  • Brian Wilson–Barenaked Ladies
  • Brian Wilson [live]–Barenaked Ladies
  • Brick–Ben Folds Five
  • Brick By Boring Brick–Paramore
  • Brick By Brick–Train
  • Bricks–Rise Against
  • The Bride–Dirty Projectors
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water–Simon & Garfunkel
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water–Simon & Garfunkel
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water [live]–Simon & Garfunkel
  • Bright As Yellow–The Innocence Mission
  • Bright Red–Laurie Anderson
  • Brighter–Paramore
  • Brilliant Disguise–Bruce Springsteen
  • Brilliant Disguise–Elvis Costello
  • Brilliant Mistake–Elvis Costello
  • Brilliant Mistake–Elvis Costello
  • Bring It (Snakes on a Plane)–Cobra Starship
  • Bring It On Home–Led Zeppelin
  • Bring In On Home To Me–Sam Cooke
  • Bring Me To Life–Evanescence
  • Bring On The Dancing Horses–Echo & The Bunnymen
  • Bring On The Dancing Horses–Echo & The Bunnymen
  • Bring On The Night–The Police
  • Bring Tha Noise–Public Enemy
  • Bring The Noise–Public Enemy
  • The Broad Majestic Shannon–The Pogues
  • Broadway–Old 97’s
  • Broke In Two–They Might Be Giants
  • Broken–Elvis Costello
  • Broken [home demo]–Elvis Costello
  • Broken Bicycles/Junk–Anne Sofie von Otter and Elvis Costello
  • Broken Glass-Cyndi Lauper
  • Broken Man–Boys Like Girls
  • Broken Mirrors–Rise Against
  • The Brokenhearted–Bruce Springsteen
  • Brompton Cocktail–Avenged Sevenfold

The massive catch-up entry starts with pop country star Taylor Swift. I find it a bit funny that Swift is categorized as country, when to me she’s pure pop, just with a southern accent. My second “Breathe” song comes from U2’s most recent album release, No Line On The Horizon. There’s supposed to be a new U2 album, the follow-up to No Line, coming out this year, and with Danger Mouse the producer, I’m very excited to hear it. The Anna Nalick song is one I don’t really know, but that’s the consequences of not listening to current pop radio. For fans of the HBO series Six Feet Under, the song “Breathe Me” played during the series finale of Claire driving to New York intercut with the fates of each major character. I always thought it was one of the better and more emotional sequences to ever end a show, and it convinced me to buy the song.

Yellowcard apparently falls into a genre known as pop punk, and it’s a style I’m getting to know well, as it has become a favorite of my son. Other than the super obvious first choice, “Breed” may be my favorite song from Nevermind, so I certainly enjoyed hearing both the studio and live versions of the track. I loved when 2K sports used the song as part of their ad campaign for their baseball video game–any time a song like that is getting played for the general public is a great thing.

Thanks to our extensive collection of Barenaked Ladies albums, I got to hear “Brian Wilson” three times. It’s one of the rare songs that the live version seems to be more famous than the studio cut (as the live version is on the greatest hits collection we own), so I heard the song live, studio, live. I was looking up the discography of BNL when writing this entry and I was surprised to learn that they’ve only had one top 10 hit in the US (“One Week”), and only one other top 40 hit. Their music is so good? What is wrong with people?

After hearing “Brian Wilson”, a song about a man dealing with depression, three times, I sure needed a pick-me-up, and boy did Ben Fold’s “Brick” really deliver. Don’t get me wrong, I love “Brick”, particularly for the fact that it deals with a difficult issue in a sensitive manner, but that the song directly led me to purchase Whatever and Ever Amen. And my wife and I absolutely love that album. But it is a real bring down of a song and you need to be in the right mood to listen to it. It also is the only “single brick” song on my list, as the next three songs deal with multiple building blocks. Train is more interested than Paramore in masonry I guess, as they go brick by brick without editorializing that said bricks are “boring”. Meanwhile, Rise Against doesn’t believe in taking things one at a time, so they just go for all the “Bricks” at once. My load of bricks ended with a Dirty Projector’s song “Bride.”

Just as I recently had to hear a classic Simon & Garfunkel song “The Boxer” three times, I got it again, this time with three copies of “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, two studio and then one from the classic Central Park show. I once read years ago that Paul Simon originally wrote it as a two-verse song, and that the third verse, the “Sail on, Silvergirl” verse, was added later. That final verse is nowhere near as strong as the first two entries, and while it would have been a shorter song, Simon maybe should have stuck with his original version.

A pair of primary colors follow in their “bright” form. First, I got yellow from the Empire Records soundtrack in the form of “Bright As Yellow” by the Innocence Mission, a fun alternative song from an awesome soundtrack. I tend to overlook some of the other tracks on the album because of my undying love of “Free” and “‘Til I Hear It From You” but everything is on the album is worth listening to over and over again. The red entry is part of a bizarre number from Laurie Anderson, “Bright Red”. Listening to her music leaves me with a “what the hell did I just hear?” feeling, and this song was no exception. Just as Paramore joined the brick brigade, they also wanted in on bright, with their song “Brighter”. It’s too bad they couldn’t add the color blue to their title, which would have given me all three primary colors. While they don’t have a color in their title, they do try to top the other songs by going superlative, and “brighter” than “bright”.

It’s not that I don’t love Elvis Costello, I just don’t feel as passionately about his work as my wife. I have, however, noticed that if he’s singing a “Brilliant…” song, I am definitely on board. The first of these is his cover of “Brilliant Disguise” by Bruce Spingsteen, a song that came off the first Bruce CD I ever purchased, Tunnel of Love. I always liked the Boss’s version of the song, but I actually enjoy Elvis’s cover even more. He makes the song more mournful than the original. I also really like the Elvis original “Brilliant Mistake”, which I got to hear two times. It does remind me of a funny story. When the computer book company I worked for in the 90’s was originally purchased by Pearson, they had a consultant come in to discuss future direction. As I sat with her and told her of our publication plans, she kept saying “brilliant”. I thought she was really impressed by what I was saying–after all, “brilliant” is such a superlative term. I later found out she was saying it like I might say “ok” when hearing a long presentation. My ego, after being so pumped up, was popped like a child’s balloon.

After the Elvis section, the list began to zig and zag a bit, starting with a band my kids love, Cobra Starship. That’s probably not fair, to pass them off on my kids, where I enjoy them as well, but if you don’t think they’re cool, I can say “oh, they’re a band for my kids.” The new of Cobra Starship gave way to a couple of classic acts, first the hard rock of Led Zeppelin and then the classic soul of Sam Cooke. Both come from me, and I’ve got to say I tend to listen to the Sam Cooke music more out of the two. Then I got one of my youngest daughter’s favorite acts, Evanescence, contributing their biggest hit ever, “Bring Me To Life”, followed by two copies of the song that introduced me to Echo & The Bunnymen. The first copy came from an album I owned first on cassette and then replaced with CD, the soundtrack to Pretty in Pink. My interest in Echo was always limited to that song and their cover of “People Are Strange” from the Lost Boys soundtrack, but I recently added two of their albums thanks to my local library.

The Police’s “Bring On the Night” came next and this song was one I always associated more with Sting (as he named his live solo album this) than the Police. I love the two versions of the Public Enemy song, both Public Enemy on their own and with Anthrax. The pure Public Enemy version talks about “…The Noise” in the title, while the Anthrax collaboration is “Bring Tha Noise” so I have to wonder about the bad grammatical influence Anthrax had on Chuck D and his mates. It’s odd hearing “The Broad Majestic Shannon” as it was always a special song my wife sang to our youngest daughter at bedtime when she was young, so I identify the song more with her than the official version. Speaking of my youngest daughter, she’s such a big fan of musical theater that I need to take her to Broadway some day to see a show, but if that doesn’t work out, I can always play the Old 97’s song for her. I don’t think she’d find it to be remotely the same, however.

I believe we have more They Might Be Giants songs than any other musical act (if not, they are definitely in the top 2-3), but it feels like awhile since they’ve made an appearance on this list. “Broke in Two” comes from The Spine, an album that gets lost in the shuffle for me, as it’s not as beloved as the group’s early work, different like the children’s albums, or in the rotation like the last two albums. It’s unfortunate and it calls for an entire album listen sooner than later. After raving earlier about Elvis Costello’s “Brilliant…” songs, I get three more by him (well two by him and one where he’s like the supporting actor for an Annie Sofie von Otter. Of the three, Annie’s song is the one I enjoyed the most. I really enjoyed the Cyndi Lauper song “Broken Glass”, which was one I really hadn’t heard because I’ve given her third album, Hat Full of Stars, short shrift (well, technically, it’s her fourth album, but I got a three pack of Lauper CDs from work, and Lauper’s third album, A Night To Remember, was not included in the pack–so that album is really getting the short shrift from me.

Music my wife and children brought into our household collection closed the list, with the first selection coming from Boys Like Girls, an act primarily liked by my girls. Now all of my kids love Rise Against, and it’s a band my wife and I both enjoy listening to know, so that was an excellent reverse osmosis musical effect. (I think the musical education has generally traveled in  the opposite direction with the two of us exposing our kids to different styles of music.)  While I spoke earlier of buying Bruce Springsteen albums, make no mistake–my wife is the truer and deeper fan of the boss. I did purchase The Promise, the recent album that produced “The Brokenhearted”, but it was a Christmas present for her. After such a long and diverse collection of music, it is always nice to kick back and relax with a cocktail, although the Avenged Sevenfold song is many things, relaxing is probably not the best term to describe it.

 

Pretending to be Zac Efron

Another month is here and it’s another opportunity to push my exercise routine and hopefully finish the “B”s. That’s actually my secondary wish. My primary desire is that I obtain gainful employment before the month ends, so I can go back to enjoying three-day weekends just in time for Independence Day (the holiday, not the movie).

June 1, 2012

3.23 miles on the elliptical machine plus upper-arm weight work at the gym

  • Breakdown–Breaking Benjamin
  • Breakdown–Guns ‘N Roses
  • Breakdown–Scars On 45
  • Breaker Breaker–Peter Bjorn and John
  • Breakfast in America–Supertramp
  • Breakfast in Bed–Train
  • Breakin’ At The Cracks–Colbie Caillat
  • Breakin’ Up–Rilo Kiley
  • Breakin’–The All-American Rejects
  • Breaking Free–High School Musical Cast
  • Breaking Free [instrumental version]–High School Musical Cast
  • Breaking Point–Eric Clapton
  • Breaking The Girl–Red Hot Chili Peppers

Just as I closed yesterday with multiple interpretations of a single-word title, I open today with three (instead of two) versions of “Breakdown.” The first is the most obvious, as a group named Breaking Benjamin doing a song that begins with “Break…” (In fact, it’s so obvious that this is the second Breaking Benjamin song to begin that way, as I got one yesterday.) The Guns ‘N Roses “Breakdown” is a 7+ minute opus from the Use Your Illusion CDs, and once again, seemed like a no-brainer as Axl, Slash, and company seem like the type that would “break” things. The last “Breakdown” is the most recent and my favorite of the three, a Scars on 45 single from their self-titled album release this past April. This song was the free iTunes song of the week awhile back and I was already hearing Scars on 45 on our local alternative radio station and liking what I was hearing, downloading this song convinced me to get the entire album.

The Peter Bjorn and John song makes me think of my childhood. Not the sound–they are distinctly modern–but the title. I remember there being a bit of a CB radio craze in the late 70’s with music (“Convoy”), movies (the Smokey and the Bandit series) and TV (BJ and the Bear) among those contributing, and I remember if we’d play CB radio, you had to start your transmitions with “breaker, breaker…” (or “breaker 1-9…”). Keeping the 70’s theme was Supertramp with “Breakfast in America”, a song today’s kids more readily know as “Cupid’s Chokehold”. I hadn’t heard the Train song before, but really enjoyed it. The same can be said for just about any Colbie Caillat song–her voice is just soothing and enjoyable; it’s the embodiment of Light FM.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I’d read that Rilo Kiley is no more, which adds a level of sad irony to their song “Breakin’ Up”–it is clearly written about a romantic coupling, but there’s really no reason the lyrics cannot be about a musical bond as well. I guess that makes all of us music fans the children of this messy musical divorce.  I’d say that happily for my kids in particular, the All-American Rejects are still together, but currently none of them are into the band these days. That can obviously change, as we all have musical acts that, while I don’t want to say that we fall in and out of love with them, we do have periods when we listen to their songs intently and other periods where we ignore them.  For some acts, they are lost forever.

I’m guessing that “Breaking Free” was considered one of the big hits from the first High School Musical as our CD of the soundtrack had two versions. I got to hear the normal (with lyrics) version first before then getting an instrumental version (according to the description, it is a karaoke track, so if I ever want to break out the karaoke machine we got some years back as a Christmas present, I could do my best Zac Efron impersonation, and who wouldn’t want that? Luckily I got to close things with an Eric Clapton song from him Journeyman CD and an awesome Red Hot Chili Peppers number. Perhaps I should pretend to be a member of the Peppers, but then again, I think it would be better for everyone if I kept my shirt on.