Category Archives: Music

What music flow are you feeling?

I’m notorious for posting random lyrics across my various social media accounts. And I have a very select few friends who get all of the lyrics, memes and other funny music-related photos that span all genres and years.

Here’s a few of my favorite flow charts we’ve shared among each other over the years.

Have a great musical Monday!

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Awesome band, awesome venue: Papa Roach at House of Blues, New Orleans

What is power? Holding an office? Being the boss? The one in charge? Maybe so.

Or maybe it’s pumping your fist in the air and having hundreds of people mimic you. Anyone who has ever seen Papa Roach knows Jacoby Shaddix has that power and then some. Whatever this guy is on, I want it.

Papa Roach at House of Blues New Orleans

Papa Roach at House of Blues New Orleans

The House of Blues New Orleans show in May 2015 was my third time to see them. This is my absolute favorite venue, but after seeing Papa Roach at the coliseum in Biloxi and the Verizon Center in Birmingham, I didn’t know how their show would work in a small location.

These guys use every inch of the stage in one of the most high energy shows I’ve every seen. This was no exception, and Shaddix even made his way through the crowd at one point.

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Running Playlist for Shorties

I’ve never run unless it was while crossing the street from bar to bar to avoid being hit by a taxi. But somewhere between divorce #2 and quitting smoking, I somehow became a runner.

776e369a7f1081cc56f9b49812e535d6I’m not a serious runner. I keep up with my distance and time, but only for my knowledge. I don’t do 5Ks. I don’t have a running buddy or a run schedule. But I love the feeling of decompression I get running out all of the stress of a very hectic career — I can only take so many deadlines and dead people.

Where I get serious about a run is the music. If I don’t have the iPod and Bose noise canceling headphones, I ain’t running.

I have found that having the right playlist is critical to being able to push myself beyond my limit. It has to be upbeat, but not too fast, otherwise, I wear myself out too quickly.

At 5-feet, 2-inches, my leisurely pace is about 5 to 5.5 miles per hour or about an 11 to 12-minute mile average. It’s steady and I can go six or seven miles without feeling like death, Jello maybe, but not death.

I know it’s complete randomness, but here’s my short-leg, steady-pace, playlist. Some angry, some gangster, some old, some new — just shows it’s more about the beat than it is the song. Continue reading

That awkward moment when you Shazam a song only to find out it’s OneDirection

Yeah, it happened to me. When “Story of My Life” first hit the airwaves, I had to add it to my iTunes. I Shazamed it, and much to my chagrin (and surprise), it was OneDirection. Who does this tween band think it is putting out a song with meaningful lyrics instead of just bubble gum, autotuned crap?

I was torn. Do I immediately clear the app and pretend it never happened? Or do I indulge and go ahead for the download?

I indulged because I am not ashamed. I am a music junkie with thousands of songs on the iPod ranging from Three Six Mafia to Dwight Yoakam.

I have dozens of songs on the iPod that most people would be mortified to admit having in their collection. I didn’t truly realize this until singing along audibly (and rather loudly) to the Neil Diamond track blaring through my earbuds while on the elliptical at the gym one day. Boy, did I get some funny looks.

In thinking back on the dozens of road trips I’ve taken over the past year or so, there are a few songs that I never skip on the iPod, no matter what the mood. I don’t refer to them as guilty pleasures, because there’s no reason for guilt. And not being able to carry a tune in a five-gallon bucket does not deter me from turning it up and singing along at top volume.

1. “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins

In traffic, it turns my four-cylinder into a Lamborghini. It also turns the cruise control into the nitrous oxide button.

2. “California Love” by Tupac

Guaranteed to turn any skinny white chick who grew up in the 90s to straight up thug gangsta.

3. “What is Love?” by Haddaway

Can’t sing this one without the head bob from Saturday Night Live.

4. “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey

Top on every bartender’s “Most Hated” list.

5. “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

No explanation needed.

6. “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys

My generation’s OneDirection.

7. “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” by Meat Loaf

What the hell is “that” anyway???

8. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

Another no explanation needed, but click the link for the “literal” interpretation of the video. Freakin’ hilarious!

9. “The Boys of Summer” by Don Henley

The original is obviously best, but if it’s the Ataris or DJ Sammy’s versions, still top volume worthy.

10. “In the Air Tonight”

My steering wheel, dash and arm rest become a set of drums.