Weird Music Mix

Today while eating at Five Guys, DH and I listened to the strangest mix of music.

We started off with a classical music choice which we thought was very strange.

As we sat waiting for our junior bacon cheeseburgers and fries, we heard The Beach Boys singing Good Vibrations. Okay.

As we ate, we heard Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones pounding through the establishment. Strange follow-up to The Beach Boys if you ask me.

Next up was a mellow song from The Beatles.

After that, we were thrown into the late ’50s/early ’60s and had to listen to Mashed Potato. Made us think of potatoes and then fries, I guess.

Last in the lineup while we were sitting there was I Hear a Symphony by Diana Ross and The Supremes.

I dunno. The music mix was just a little to weird for me today. If nothing else, I guess I’ll pay more attention to whatever is being fed to my ears in restaurants in the future.


Missing Segues, or the Trouble with Buying Single Songs

Since it’s officially the Christmas season, I pulled out my Christmas CDs and loaded them up in the car. After all, there’s nothing better to get you in the holiday mood than non-stop carols and seasonal songs swirling about your head.

My favorite Christmas CD of all is Amy Grant’s A Christmas Album. The first song is Tennessee Christmas which is just a nice, homey song. The next five songs are where the cool segues occur. The music flows perfectly from Hark! The Herald Angels Sing to Praise the King to Emmanuel to Little Town (of Bethlehem) to Christmas Hymn.

My favorite segue ever is from Emmanuel to Little Town. Totally cool.

Now it occurred to me as I was listening to her sing to me that people who download single songs and/or never buy a CD miss this musical magic. In fact, I wonder if CDs are even produced using segues anymore in this age of iTunes and one-song downloads.

When I was a DJ, one of our rites of passage was mastering the ability to fade out of one song or into another one without it sounding like a train wreck. I doubt that is necessary anymore. Pity. You haven’t lived as a DJ if you haven’t sweated bullets trying to pull that one off.

Another problem with buying single songs rather than CDs is that you might just miss a great song that never gets airplay. I’ve bought lots of CDs and have grown to love many songs that I have never heard played on the radio.

Try buying a whole CD sometime and see what you’re missing. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

My Top 5 Favorite Christmas CDs

Tis the season, so here are my top 5 favorite Christmas CDs:

  1. A Christmas Album by Amy Grant–I love every single song on this CD.
  2. Cover of "Christmas Eve and Other Stories...

    Cover of Christmas Eve and Other Stories

    Christmas Eve and Other Stories by Trans-Siberian Orchestra–I love the hard-rock sound on this CD.

  3. White Christmas by Bing Crosby–No Christmas is complete without Bing singing White Christmas.
  4. Brad Paisley Christmas by Brad Paisley–Good country Christmas songs.
  5. Christmas Offerings by Third Day–Probably my most favorite group ever.

That Song I Can’t Get Out of My Head

Periodically, I get a song stuck in my head for a day or two or six. However, that song I can’t get out of my head right now has been stuck there F-O-R-E-V-E-R.

If I die young

Bury me in satin

Lay me down on a bed of roses

Sink me in the river . . . 

If you aren’t familiar with this song, it’s If I Die Young by The Band Perry.

Great song, but it is running in my head every single night when I wake up during the night. I don’t know why I can’t shake it. I really like it, but mercy–I’m ready to move on from this one.

Any suggestions on how to make it go away?

My Top 14 Favorite Songs

Third Day

Third Day (Image by Godverbs via Flickr)

I understand that it’s supposed to be a top 10 list, but there’s no way I can limit the list to just 10. Well, I guess there is a way, but I don’t want to.

Actually, there should be more than 14 on the list, but I decided to stop thinking about it at 14. I guess to do song favorites justice, I’ll have to break it into genres, groups, and maybe even decades and/or years someday.

I Will Stand By You—Rascal Flatts

This song stands for me as the anthem for the April 27th tornadoes in Alabama. It should also be a comfort for anyone going through trials and troubles.

This Is Your Life—Switchfoot

I LOVE this song. “This is your life–are you who you want to be? What a question! What if we all lived our lives with this question in mind?

Summertime—Kenny Chesney

Right now, I’m glad that summertime is over, but Kenny’s song always makes me smile and sing out loud. Love it!

You Save Me—Kenny Chesney

DH is the one who saves me. I would have no balance in my life without him.

If I Die Young—The Band Perry

At this point, this I almost have a love/hate relationship with this song. When I wake up in the middle of the night, I hear, “If I die young, bury me in satin, lay me down on a bed of roses . . . .” I love the song, but it needs to leave my brain song loop for awhile.

Jesus Freak—DC Talk

DC Talk is one of my all time favorite bands, and I still haven’t recovered from their breaking up. I have most of their CDs, so I should compile a top 10 or 20 list of their songs. Everything in this song is fantastic.

Revelation—Third Day

I love Third Day even more than I love DC Talk. I’m pretty sure I have 95% of their CDs. I can sing every song by heart, and all of them speak to me. On a scale of 1-10, Third Day gets a 10 every time.

Revelation Song—Phillips, Craig, and Dean

We sang this in church on Sunday. Revelation Song is my favorite worship song, hands down.

Wire—Third Day

“Oh, it makes me wonder
What if I slip, will they catch me
Or watch me fall?”

Awesome lyrics.

Yesterday—The Beatles

I was totally in love with Paul McCartney when I was a little girl. John was weird, Ringo was ugly, and George, well, he was George. I was pretty sure I was going to marry Paul if only he would get rid of that Jane girl. Then, he married Linda. Darn.

Remember When—Alan Jackson

DH and I cry almost every time we hear this song. Dear Lord, where does time go?

Will You Go With Me—Josh Turner

Now this is a strange song for me. I love it, and sing happily along with it in the car. However, if I watch the video, I cry like a baby every time. That scene at the end does me in.

Legs—ZZ Top

Oh my, how I love the guitars in this song. Killer.

Addicted To Love—Robert Palmer

“Might as well face it you’re . . . ” Palmer all decked out and weird guitar-playing girls in the background. What’s not to love?

Almost anything by Brad Paisley

I understand that this is 15, but truly, I love most of Brad Paisley’s songs–that is Whiskey Lullaby and later. You must understand that I’m a johnny-come-lately to the country music scene. It had to start sounding like rock-n-roll before I would convert. I grew up listening to ’50s and ’60s country, and vowed I would NEVER listen to George Jones again! I’m still amazed that I will listen to country music!

So there you have it–my Top 14 + Brad Paisley songs.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance (n.) or Entrance (v.)?

This weekly photo challenge is entrance which seems simple enough. But is it an entrance (noun) that I am looking for, or something that entrances (verb) me?

If I were to put up photos that entrance me, I would have images of bison, sunsets, family, beaches, and mountains. Since I think that’s not exactly what’s expected, I went with the more traditional notion of an entrance.

Entrances entrance in and of themselves.

Spooky Entrance

Take this spooky entrance. Many would be entranced with this entrance because they love to be scared and would happily anticipate what awaited them on the other side.

Scary Gate

This entrance would also entrance those who like bone-chilling adventure because they might experience a frightening good time.

Church Entrance

An equally entrancing entrance such as this could calm the petrified soul of the one just emerging from the scary entrances.

Fun Entrance

Sometimes an entrance can just be fun. Entering this entrance guarantees both joy and excitement. Many a little girl is entranced after passing through this entrance.

Mystery Entrance

You get bonus points if you can identify this entrancing entrance. If you are a music guru, you probably already know where it leads.


Congratulations if you knew, and more congrats to anyone else who knows what this building is. You don’t?

The entrance to this building leads to the entrancing beginning of The Muscle Shoals Sound, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, and The Swampers. Remember the reference to them in the Lynrd Skynrd song Sweet Home Alabama?

Legendary music was recorded in this building by such artists as The Rolling Stones, Cher, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart, Bob Segar, Bob Dylan, and Lynrd Skynrd just to name a few.

Now I would call that an entrancing entrance.