205 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'music':

Come on darlin', don't be skurred

I'm going to see Mayer Hawthorne and the County in Detroit on December 23rd. Who's coming with me? Here's a video (that I did not take) from the last time I saw them, complete with "rain" action: And some more songs to acquaint yourself with: They are even better live than recorded¹, and I'm sure that's all due to the current drummer (who grew up down the street from me, and who I went to school with from 2nd through 12th grade). Time to buy your tickets and come with me to cheer for Quentin! ¹ Especially Green Eyed Love,...

srah - Wednesday, 1 December 2010 - 5:05 PM
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Please eat your own porridge, and do not steal it from bears

Having a song in your head is bad enough, but I have a tendency to get songs in my head with completely wrong lyrics that seem to pop out of nowhere. For example, when I get "Yankee Doodle" in my head¹, it's never the first verse, but a mangled version of the second verse that goes: Father and I went down to campAlong with Captain StubingAnd there we bought four hundred fiftyFeet of copper tubing I don't know where this came from in the first place, but it has replaced the actual lyrics in my head, to the point where...

srah - Sunday, 3 October 2010 - 8:10 PM
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I don't want you here/ I just wanna dance

At Kroger yesterday, "Hey Ya" was playing over the PA system while I stood in line at the pharmacy. I was tapping my heel along with the beat to keep from breaking out in a full dance and shaking it like a Polaroid picture in the pharmacy line. An old man walked up, cut in front of the family behind me and tried to make conversation by saying, "Boy, this really treads the line between music and noise, huh?" I sneered and scoffed and turned my back on him, so he tried the same opening line on the mother...

srah - Saturday, 27 March 2010 - 2:33 PM

Seven Songs

I have a huge backlog of blog posts in the works, both the simple and mematical. So here's yet another meme, this time via Gretchen: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. "Standing Next to Me", The Last Shadow Puppets"Oxford Comma", Vampire WeekendSongs #1 and #2 have something in common: I saw the videos on YouTube before I heard the...

srah - Saturday, 12 July 2008 - 9:51 AM
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The Random Lyrics Game

Via Jamelah, we have another meme. I'm not sure if I've done this exact one before, but I've certainly done similar ones. The rules this time: Put your mp3 player or music player on your computer on random.Post the first four lines from the first 20 songs that play, no matter how embarrassing the song (Skip repeat artists).Post and let everyone you know guess what song and artist the lines come from. Readers, leave your guesses in the comments. Some will be super easy, but try not to cheat by Googling! Lyrics are after the jump. I have taken liberties...

srah - Thursday, 10 July 2008 - 9:26 PM
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Say hello to Bono and Sandra Day O'Connor!

("Those are the stupidest fist names I've ever heard.") Danny boy, don't be afraid, to shake that ass, and misbehave Danny boy, I know you got time, but what are you waiting for, Anyway the dust may just blow away, if you wait for a windy day But you may find the chance has passed you by; - "Sewn" by The Feeling, who are probably slightly more Irish than the author of "Danny Boy" because at least they've been to Ireland before There is a yearly tradition associated with Srahtown and The University I Work At, wherein local bars start...

srah - Monday, 17 March 2008 - 12:19 PM
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You Are the Music, Parte the Firste

I am running late for Tiff's latest CD Swap, but I thought I would post the beginnings here, with a question for all of you! The theme of this swap was: Have you ever watched a movie or a TV show and though, "wow, this music is really great!" Or, more commonly, "this music is so distracting! Why are they playing Nickelback, I think my ears are bleeding! I could’ve totally done a better job." Well here’s your chance. And you even get to pick the movie. The way many of us interpreted this was "Put a whole bunch of...

srah - Saturday, 2 February 2008 - 11:33 AM
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Song she brang to me

I'm not in a terrifically bloggy mood right now, but I have just noticed that I have blogged on January 23 every year since 2002. That's a pretty good record and I hate to blow it. I wonder how many other days that's true for. So here's a musical meme for you, via J! Bloggity blog! My Top 10 Most Frequently Played Tracks in iTunes 1: Simon & Garfunkel - "America" 2: They Might Be Giants - "Man, It's So Loud In Here" 3: The Beatles - "If I Fell" 4: Mathieu Boogaerts - "Sens" 5: Neil Diamond - "Forever...

srah - Wednesday, 23 January 2008 - 10:00 PM
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Right! Whatever that means!

Hey lady, you, lady! http://youtube.com/watch?v=r-vx4GcjASE I'm kind of obsessed with "I've Never Been to Me" today, after having woken up with it in my head this morning. It's sort of depressing, because I am neither living the kind of boring, discontented suburban life that Charlene longs for, nor have I spent my life exploring the subtle whoring that costs too much to be free. I must be missing out on something. I've never been to Georgia or California or Nice or the isle of Greece¹ or even moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo. In fact, there is only one part...

srah - Thursday, 13 December 2007 - 9:24 PM
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Play with appropriate passion

We went tonight to see the second annual Jeff Daniels and Friends concert at the Michigan Theater, which was basically a huge love song to the state of Michigan. The artists were all from Michigan or had some Michigan connection, and were singing or pattering in between songs about their love for Michigan. We were a couple of rows back from the governor. I didn't realize that Jeff Daniels was so into musical performance, in addition to his acting and playwrighting. I'm always rather proud of him, because he's managed to stay true to his Michigan roots and his love...

srah - Saturday, 24 November 2007 - 11:25 PM
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Sometimes when someone has a crush on you, they'll make you a mix tape to give you a clue

Not that I have a crush on Tiff. It's all part of the NaBloPoMo game, folks. ... or is it¹? Anyway, it's time for Volume 2 of Tiff's Great CD Swap. I found myself unable to make one good mix CD of love songs, so I've made two bad ones instead. The first follows my November theme, and the second one is full of the most clichéd and/or sappy love songs evar. Read on for playlists! ¹ Yes, it is....

srah - Tuesday, 13 November 2007 - 12:22 PM
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Kind Captain, I've important information

I have been tagged, so I bring you: 7 Random And/Or Weird Facts About srah When I was in elementary school, our music teacher, Mr McDonald (who had an imaginary friend named "Boo-Boo McGillicuddy") was the one who introduced me to Oliver! (and therefore to my first fictional-character crush) and I have the impression that he had us sing an awful lot of Three Dog Night. I don't know if it was part of the district-mandated curriculum for elementary-level music classes, if it was in our music book, or if Mr McDonald was just a huge fan of Three Dog...

srah - Tuesday, 6 November 2007 - 12:16 PM
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D - world destruction, O - ver an overture, N - do I need, apostrophe-T - need this torture?

When I was searching for a song in iTunes today, it occurred to me that iTunes might be telling me something. Apparently it's feeling neglected and wants to do things with me. Here are iTunes' suggestions: Let's Get RetardedLet's make a cakeLet's Live for TodayLet's Get It OnLet's Go BlueOpportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)Let's Get It OnDon't Let's Start I am intrigued by a few of these, but mostly disturbed. ITunes seems quite insistent that we should get it on. I think I will shut my computer down before I go to sleep tonight....

srah - Sunday, 14 October 2007 - 6:27 PM

Great CD Swap of 2007, Volume 1

Another post about music! At least it's not a dream. Tiff recently announced a CD Swap where the theme was "My Favorite Songs from the Past 10 Years." I assembled my playlist, then found that it was 63 songs long. Sigh. So I had to do some pruning. Here's the final tracklisting of the CD that's going out to Tiff on Monday (hidden in the extension in case she doesn't want to be spoiled):...

srah - Sunday, 16 September 2007 - 12:56 PM
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Guess Again

My, there's been a flurry of blogging around here today! My blogging process is, like the Internet, a series of tubes. When one post that I perceive as particularly serious or long (like the one about Madeleine L'Engle) is in the works, it clogs everything else up. I don't want to blog anything else before I got that done, so a lot of things just hang around in the idea-stage until I finish. Anyway, here's a little meme I got from pesky'apostrophe and then it's off to bed with me!¹ Here are the [adapted] rules for the meme: Put your...

srah - Wednesday, 12 September 2007 - 10:35 PM
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It's reported you've been Cruciatin' Muggles and elves and runnin' wild

As I have previously stated, my future hypothetical wizard rock band will be called Washing Ron's Underpants¹. I was thinking about Washing Ron's Underpants² as I was driving back down to Ohio on Monday because I was running my mp3 player through my car speakers and "Harper Valley PTA" came on³. Normally this wouldn't have anything to do with Harry Potter, but for some reason when I went to sing the line "This is just a little Peyton Place and you're all Harper Valley hypocrites," it came out "you're all Harper Valley hippogriffs." Then the next song was "Help Me...

srah - Wednesday, 1 August 2007 - 5:38 PM
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Blah blah blah Fergie blah

So is Glamorous (oooh, flouncy flouncy) the best song ever, or am I durnk? Don't answer that....

srah - Wednesday, 25 July 2007 - 7:14 PM
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We're sailing with a cargo full of love and devotion

Hi! I have had about 8 hours of sleep in the last 48 hours! That actually sounds like a lot more than it feels. I have been really stressing out about this trip: packing, making my connections, adjusting to life on the ship, worrying about seasickness, etc... all while dealing with a lot of other stuff like finding a new apartment (done!) and keeping up with students while I'm out of the office and while the university changes email systems during my absence. So with all the things to worry about (and I love to worry!) I haven't been sleeping...

srah - Thursday, 14 June 2007 - 2:45 AM
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This I Believe (At the Moment)

NPR has an ongoing series called "This I Believe" where people share their important beliefs. I've often thought about that segment and what I would say if I were featured on the show. Unfortunately, I've never been able to settle on one theme for very long. And I am also not very good at taking things seriously. So I bring you: This I Believe (At the Moment) I believe that the highest point in the history of recorded sound was when Johnny Mathis recorded "Chances Are." Whatever the motivations were for inventing sound recording technology, they were ultimately satisfied when...

srah - Monday, 28 May 2007 - 5:45 PM
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Sock it to 'em!

In the song Harper Valley PTA, Mrs Johnson says, Well, there's Bobby Taylor sittin' there and seven times he's asked me for a date Mrs. Taylor sure seems to use a lot of ice whenever he's away What is she insinuating about Mrs Taylor? Is it that she has a drinking problem or that she's going through too much ice for one person and obviously isn't drinking alone? I understand the insinuation about why Mr Baker's secretary had to leave town, but "using a lot of ice" isn't a euphemism I'm familiar with....

srah - Monday, 14 May 2007 - 12:56 PM
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Everybody's a critic! Even dogs!

I spent the evening pet-sitting one of my downstairs dog-neighbors, a pit bull named Sandy who apparently believed herself the arbiter of good musical taste for the neighborhood. I tried to convince her that she should take a nap instead of running around the apartment like an idiot, and hummed some Brahms in an attempt to lull her to sleep. She gave me the most communicative look of the whole evening in return, but unfortunately what she was communicating was "Seriously? You call that singing? I am a dog and I thought that was bad. Who did my owner leave...

srah - Wednesday, 18 April 2007 - 8:35 PM
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Did Steve tell you that? What's he got to do with it?

It's Wednesday. And you know what that means? It means it's time for business. It's Business Time. And now some more from New Zealand's fourth most popular folk parody duo, Flight of the Conchords:...

srah - Wednesday, 4 April 2007 - 6:23 AM
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Here in Cincinnati

I went to see The Ragbirds at Stanley's Pub in Cincinnati last night. They were very good. Everyone should buy their CDs and should go see them live. They are fun to watch. They all play about 8 million instruments each and seem to have a lot of fun doing it. At one point, I'm pretty sure Jeff was playing the bass guitar with a fork. My only beef would be that, although I saw online that things got started at 9, the opening act didn't even get started until after 10, so The Ragbirds didn't go on until 11:30,...

srah - Saturday, 31 March 2007 - 11:46 AM
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Yet another installment of Sarah's Misheard Song Lyrics

For years and years, I thought that the pretty nurse in Penny Lane was selling puppies from a train. In fact, I didn't realize I was wrong until the Beatles Anthology miniseries came out and they had some bizarre animated video of all of the Penny Lane activity and I couldn't see the puppies or the train....

srah - Friday, 30 March 2007 - 7:51 PM
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A meme with seven songs - what's so fearsome about that?

Fraulein N did this meme, and when I went to post my own list in her comments, it said I had too many links. So, what the hey. I shall bung it into the ol' blog. The directions are to: List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what they are. They must be songs you are presently enjoying. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to. I went on a mashups-hunt this week, so my current listening-list is heavily influenced by that. Believe It - The RagbirdsAls de morgen is gekomen - Jan Smit...

srah - Wednesday, 28 March 2007 - 8:11 PM
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It's very evident/ These attentions are well meant

Apete gave me an mp3 player for Christmas, so ever since then I've been experimenting with different mixes of music to play on it while I go for my walks. It's pretty obvious that pop music like the Spice Girls and Britney Spears, while not exactly something you want to go around advertising to the world that you listen to, have a pretty good beat for keeping a good walking pace. So as long as you keep the volume low and those earbuds firmly pushed into your ear, no one need know. On the other hand, the tempo of Chayanne's...

srah - Monday, 22 January 2007 - 5:26 PM
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Sancta nox, placida nox/ Nusquam est ulla vox

I am an inveterate list-maker, so here is a list of some of my favorite Christmas songs, inspired by all of the Muzak and All Christmas All The Time radio stations I've been subjected to during my holiday shopping. "Carol of the Bells" "Sleigh Ride" - Instrumental versions only, and especially the one with horse-whinnying at the end. "The Nutcracker Suite" - No particular song within the suite - I pretty much like the whole thing. It's been my cookie-baking soundtrack lately. "O Holy Night" - Choral versions, because soloists get all divalicious and operatic about it and I would...

srah - Thursday, 14 December 2006 - 12:01 PM
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Hello. Is it me you're looking for?

One day back when I was a teaching assistant in France, one of my students called me over to him in class. The students were supposed to be working individually on some assignment, so I assumed he was trying to get my attention to ask me a question about English for the work he was doing. I walked over to him and he quietly asked me (in English, if I remember correctly), "Do you like Lionel Richie?" Of all the things he could have asked me, I think that may be the last one I would have guessed. Lionel Richie...

srah - Tuesday, 5 December 2006 - 8:52 PM
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C3PO, party of two, you are requested to board the Peace Train

How exciting! Cat Stevens Yusuf Islam has returned to the music business! He has released the first single from his album "An Other Cup": a song called "Heaven/Where True Love Goes" which is a very pretty, catchy melodious tune with lyrics that... lyrics... um... the lyrics.... ...The moment you walked inside my door I knew that I need not look no more, I've seen many other souls before - ah but, Heaven must've programmed you The moment you fell inside my dreams I realized all I had not seen, I've seen many other souls before - ah but, Heaven must've...

srah - Thursday, 30 November 2006 - 8:11 PM
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Twinkies and ding-dongs won't do

Last week I followed a link in Dooce's links blog to a YouTubed video by New Kids on the Block. I mostly missed the New Kids train back in the late 80s. I was busy, as is my wont, listening to oldies and musicals instead of The Hip Trendy New Music The Kids Are Listening to. I did not have New Kids dolls or a New Kids sleeping bag or a New Kids Trapper Keeper. I was aware of them, and knew the tunes of their songs and all, but I didn't have <old man voice>the cable teevee</old man voice>...

srah - Friday, 6 October 2006 - 10:35 PM
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Time to put a meme all up in this joint

Leave a comment and I'll give you a letter. Then you must think of 10 song titles that start with that letter (as well as the artist), without using Google or other cheats. I got D. Dreams - the cranberriesDa Da Da - TrioD...rocky Raccoon - The Beatles (I'm stuck)Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover - Sophie B. HawkinsDaydream Believer - The MonkeesDo Your Ears Hang Low - ?Dream Lover - Bobby DarinDavid Duchovny - Bree SharpDrive My Car - The BeatlesDiana - Paul AnkaDon't Throw Your Sushi at Me - Srah and Cher My list of the first...

srah - Friday, 18 August 2006 - 12:06 PM
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You too can Save Ginny Weasley from the Basilisk

Attention Ann Arbor! Harry and the Potters are playing at the Blind Pig tonight with... Draco and the Malfoys. What is this world coming to? Stay away from them, Potters! They are a bad influence! Unfortunately I will be on the road heading to Ann Arbor while they're playing. All y'all go and tell me how it was. [via ghetto of our mind]...

srah - Friday, 7 July 2006 - 12:36 PM
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If only I'd heard it before I burned my summer mix!

My new favorite Nat King Cole song (who has a favorite Nat King Cole song?) is "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer", for the simple fact that you get to hear Nat King Cole say "wienies." MATURE!...

srah - Tuesday, 27 June 2006 - 11:06 PM
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Hot town! Summer in the city

There are only a few days left to sign up for The Summer Burn 2006, a huge international mix CD exchange. You can sign up or get more information on the website. [via B3ta]...

srah - Tuesday, 6 June 2006 - 12:47 PM
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'I'm your main target/ Come and help me ignite'

The second-worst song to have in your head on the way to the airport: "Janie's Got a Gun." And it's in mine. I suppose it could be worse if my name were Janie. Remind me not to sing that out loud as I'm going through security. Oh well, at least it's not #1......

srah - Tuesday, 23 May 2006 - 6:45 AM
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And then Angela Lansbury pulled out her Beretta...

Dear Planet Earth, In going through the list of great characters... few come to mind. Blanche Dubois, from "Streetcar Named Desire"... Willy Loman, from "Death of a Salesman"... Screech, from "Saved By The Bell" and, of course, Big Man from "Trapped in the Closet". If you ever want to see acting at its finest... acting that will make you re-examine your life... acting that will make you see the world for the first time... watch the 2005 hip-hopera raperetta music video serial monstrosity Trapped in the Closet. It is truly scrumtralescent. Yes, this weekend I saw yet another example of...

srah - Tuesday, 16 May 2006 - 9:16 PM
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They must be saving TEH NEIL!!!!1 for later

Acceptable song choices for next week's Elvis-themed American Idol: Always On My MindKentucky RainSuspicious Minds Unacceptable song choices for next week's Elvis-themed American Idol: Everything else Overplayed song that I am almost positive will be sung by someone next week: A Little Less Conversation Horrifying spectre that dost float in my mind's eye when picturing next week's episode: Taylor Hicks gyrating and announcing that he is "itching like a man on a fuzzy tree"Taylor Hicks gyrating and announcing that he is "a hunk o' hunk o' burnin' love" My overall reaction to the thought of next week's episode: Nausea...

srah - Thursday, 4 May 2006 - 5:53 PM
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American Idol never listens to my genius suggestions!

Because I am sick and should be sleeping, instead I have discovered all of the #1 songs on the dates of birth of the remaining American Idol contestants. Tonight's theme is "Music from the year you were born," I am told, so I thought I would use the ol' This Day in Music machine to pick songs for the would-be Idols: Paris Bennett (September 23, 1988) - "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin Katharine McPhee (March 25, 1984) - "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins Chris Daughtry (December 26, 1979) - "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes Elliott Yamin...

srah - Tuesday, 2 May 2006 - 6:48 PM
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'You say I only hear what I want to'

Alrighty, my High School Mix CD is done. My CDs will be going out a day late, but they'll be going out! Read on for the track listing:...

srah - Monday, 1 May 2006 - 10:44 PM
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A sign that I am getting less and less cool in my old age

I spent most of my early life listening to Oldies music. In order to prepare my track list for smg's CD swap, I went and got out my old mix tapes from high school and scouted out which tracks I also had in CD or mp3 form. A mix from 1994 includes "Turn, Turn, Turn" by The Byrds, "Bobby's Girl" by Marcy Blaine, "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves" by Cher, "Downtown" by Petula Clark, "Oh Sweet Pea" by Tommy Roe and "Walk Away Renee" by the Left Banke as well as a smattering of showtunes and some more contemporary songs. I...

srah - Saturday, 22 April 2006 - 7:10 PM
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Pull this thread as I walk away...

it's cd swap time everyone. get excited!the theme this time is music that you loved and/or was popular when you were in high school.frinstance: i was in high school from 1994-1998, so my cd would include things like pearl jam and bush and no doubt because they were popular at the time. it would also include u2, paul simon, and simon & garfunkel because i liked them when i was in high school. get it?this will only be fun if more than 16 people sign up, so pass the word around. Arsesome! Rules and sign-up information are here. Since this...

srah - Monday, 3 April 2006 - 1:00 PM
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Warm, touching warm

Can you feel it? The sun is shining just a little brighter today. There can be only one reason for it... it's NEIL DIAMOND'S BIRTHDAY!...

srah - Tuesday, 24 January 2006 - 6:12 PM

Doo-wah ditty

I was a bit afraid that after all that hassle of trying to figure out what the mystery song was, I would hear it again and be disappointed and hate it. Fortunately, I don't and I've been listening to it over and over again. My favorite line: "We'll collect the moments one by one I guess that's how the future's done..." - Feist, "Mushaboom"...

srah - Sunday, 8 January 2006 - 10:28 AM

Do You Know What I Hear?

There's this song that I kept hearing on the radio and in the malls over the break. I like it and I want to know who sings it and perhaps purchase this song. Unfortunately, I don't have much to go on because I keep picking out snippets of the lyrics and trying to remember them so I can Google the song when I get home. Then I forget. It may or may not have something to do with ice skating or snow angels or something. It's sung by a female. There's something a little old-fashioned about it. I can't remember...

srah - Monday, 2 January 2006 - 4:58 PM

Touch the puppet head!

Why doesn't They Might Be Giants' online store sell mousepads saying "Memo to myself: Do the dumb things I gotta do"? Or notepads or any products with that line, for that matter? I am stuffing envelopes today. It has to be done, and it's a nice break from all the other things I gotta do. Note to TMBG fans: There are new Venue Songs videos on the website and a free podcast available on iTunes. That makes it a very good year for dodecahedrons in a state of wanton uncertainty....

srah - Tuesday, 20 December 2005 - 2:58 PM
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It's like Weird Al threw up in my brain

Songs that I have had in my head so far this morning: Surrey with the Fringe on Top (alternate lyrics)Flintstones theme song (alternate lyrics)Jingle Bells (alternate lyrics)...

srah - Wednesday, 14 December 2005 - 7:40 AM

'Oh help.'

What will this day be like? I wonder. What will my future be? I wonder. It could be so exciting, To be out in the world, To be free! My heart should be wildly rejoicing. Oh, what's the matter with me? I've always longed for adventure, To do the things I've never dared. Now here I'm facing adventure Then why am I so scared? - "I Have Confidence", The Sound of Music...

srah - Thursday, 20 October 2005 - 10:34 PM

'Hey, 98.6, it's good to have you back again...'

Dear WJIM 97.5, Suck it. I don't know what I mean by "it," but I do strongly insist that you suck it immediately. Once upon a time, you were an oldies station - and an oldies station that played a better mix of music than WOMC, now the only oldies station within range of Ann Arbor. (You also had the advantage of not having Tom Ryan on staff, so I could listen to you during the drive-time hours without wanting to punch the radio controls.) Now you have become a cookie-cutter "Contemporary Hits" station, just like every other station on...

srah - Friday, 30 September 2005 - 4:11 PM
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The hills are alive

When I was at the Great Ann Arbor Mix Swap¹ Friday night, someone asked me where I find out about new artists or new music. This is what I've come up with so far (in the order that I thought of them just now): iTunes free download of the week soundtracks music blogs (aurgasm, Music for Maniacs, etc.) mashups (ccc, DJ Danger Mouse, etc.) other CD swaps such as Neurotic Fishbowl's Burn It!s listening to the radio (but since I listen almost exclusively to DougFM or the oldies station, this just brings me old music that's new to me.) How...

srah - Monday, 22 August 2005 - 12:32 PM

Huey Lewis could cover it...

Yet another one to add to the pile of Lyrics That Sarah Can't Sing Correctly Even Though She Knows That These Aren't The Right Lyrics: What becomes of the broken hearted, Who had love that's now retarded? This one's deeply embedded in my memory; I actually had to turn off the radio and sing it to myself to remember what the correct lyrics are!...

srah - Wednesday, 17 August 2005 - 11:04 AM
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'Baby, check this out: I've got something to say...'

Last.fm's got a brand new face and - as far as I can tell - is running a lot faster as well. They haven't transferred their RSS feeds over from the old system yet, but I'm told that it's in the works. Have a look! (If you're not familiar with Last.fm/Audioscrobbler, it consists of a plugin for your favorite computer-based music player which tracks your music statistics and creates a 'radio' stream that your friends can listen to. It's cool - check it out and add me as a friend!)...

srah - Wednesday, 10 August 2005 - 1:16 PM

Far! We've been traveling far!

I'm going to be travelling in and out of Detroit all this week. You know who else is going to be travelling in and out of Detroit this week? Neil Freaking Diamond, that's who! My overactive imagination has already started constructing scenarios where we'll meet up in the airport, despite the fact that he's probably travelling in a tour bus. Shut up, reality!...

srah - Monday, 1 August 2005 - 8:53 AM

Guess what? There's a song in my head!

Why are we always deliberately antagonizing the shareef? Why don't we do something he likes for a change?...

srah - Monday, 16 May 2005 - 12:04 PM

My ongoing love affair with Doug

I think Doug and I have hit a rough spot. He claims to have the Most Variety In The World... EVAR, but I still hear Head Games every single day and sometimes several times in one day. Maybe I should start seeinghearing other stations, Doug. Doug has these fascinating bumpers. I like the one that says, "You can't spell 'variety' without 'Doug.' ... Oh wait, yes you can." That is my kind of humour, folks. That kind of humor and humility is one of the things that made me fall in love with Doug in the first place. But now...

srah - Saturday, 23 April 2005 - 1:13 PM
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Excuse me, what did he do in his hat?

Dear iTunes Music Store, You disappoint me, dear. Really, you do. I expect you to meet all of my music needs and, well, okay, I have to admit that sometimes you come through for me. Thank you for: the Vincent Delerm song, which would have been hard to find in the US if it weren't for you.Dido's White Flag, which was an impulse buy that came at a time when I needed that sort of sentiment. De-Phazz's Jazz Music, which I heard as Muzak at The Limited, asked the manager what it was, she went digging through things in the...

srah - Thursday, 14 April 2005 - 12:32 AM
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Hey, why don't we go?

I heard Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know" five times today, none of them of my own choosing. I like the song, but I have to point out that I did not skew the results in any way by playing it myself. I heard it five times in public. I heard it in my head all the rest of the day....

srah - Thursday, 24 March 2005 - 12:06 AM

I found the secret to life...

I've been waking up to* this for about a week now. Thanks, Frank! It's a great song to wake up to. ––––– * This song is, like, track #10 on the CD. It takes me almost the whole CD to register that there is music playing and that I should start the waking-up process....

srah - Monday, 21 February 2005 - 8:52 PM

Bullying you into trying new (old?) things

Go download this. No, I can't think of a post to write around it. It's the Beatles' Revolver album remixed with other stuff. It's good. Download it already. Go! [via sp3ccylad]...

srah - Monday, 21 February 2005 - 2:36 PM

Go to hell, iTunes party shuffle!

Are there any words that drive you insane for no rational reason? I've got a few; I can't listen to the song "Lightning Crashes" by Live because it has the word "placenta" in it. I can't believe I've defiled my blog by writing that. I know it's natural and I'm too uptight and it's the body so it's beautiful and we should embrace it and all be hippies like that, but ew. I hate that word! Don't say that in a song....

srah - Monday, 21 February 2005 - 2:22 AM

La question que tout le monde se pose...*

So often people ask me, "Sarah, what song do you have in your head? Do you think you could share it with your readers?" For once I think I'll take pity on you clamouring masses. It is "Ding Dong The Wicked Witch Is Dead" from the Wizard of Oz. Unfortunately, it's not even the entire song, but just the warbly part that goes, As coroner, I'll vouch for her. I've thoroughly examined her. And she's not only meeeeerely dead, She's really most sinceeeeerely dead. In related news, did anyone else think that 17-year-old American Idol reject with the cornrows and...

srah - Thursday, 17 February 2005 - 10:37 AM
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The Music In My Kitchen

What does my kitchen have to do with anything??? Well anyway, this is a music meme that's been going around and Jamie tagged me, so I picked and chose some questions from various versions of the meme. Here goes: 1. Total amount of music files on your computer: 2718 files, which translates to more than 7 days of music. What the hell am I going to do with 7 days of music??? 2. The last CD you bought was: I made my mom buy the Return of the Jedi soundtrack. 3. What was the last song you listened to before...

srah - Monday, 14 February 2005 - 5:10 PM

Reason #4589 Why I Should Have Been Raised By A Jealous, Fictional Musical Psycho Instead of My Family

The Phantom of the Opera: "He was bound to love you/ When he heard you sing" "Sing for me, my Angel of Music!" vs. Srahfamily: "She's singing again! Ha ha ha!" *slams door* *sniff* The Phantom would have been so supportive of my dreams. He would have recognized my true talent and-- ... Oh, talent. Drat....

srah - Tuesday, 25 January 2005 - 4:52 PM
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'When vague desire is the fire in the eyes of chicks whose sickness is the games they play...'

I like Best Buy better than Circuit City and this opinion is based solely on the fact that I think it smells better. I don't know why they should even smell different, since they have basically the same products. Maybe it's the employees. Taking this post in a different, only tenuously related direction, I stopped into Circuit City today to browse and window shop and buy some blank CDs. They had a great rack* of $7.99 "Best of" CDs and it occurred to me that I have been meaning for some time to buy a CD by The Association and...

srah - Wednesday, 12 January 2005 - 12:51 PM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: A is for...

Texas - In Demand A special video treat for Xmas. Texas? What does that have to do with the letter A? Watch and see. Dreeeeeeeeeeeamy....

srah - Saturday, 25 December 2004 - 12:28 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: B is for Black Lab!

It's Christmas Eve! I don't have time for a summary! Enjoy the music! Black Lab - Keep Myself Awake...

srah - Friday, 24 December 2004 - 10:26 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: C is for The Cure!

Do you ever sit around the house and wonder what The Cure were up to in 1996? I'll tell you - they were recording the only Cure album that I own: Wild Mood Swings. That's what. The Cure - Mint Car...

srah - Thursday, 23 December 2004 - 10:36 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: D is for Dee-lite!

(Oops - didn't get around to posting yesterday.) At a party, I was once informed by at least two different people that this song reminded them of me. I still don't know why that is, but there are a lot of songs that would be worse. I'm glad that people don't connect me with a dirge or something - at least this one is high-energy! Dee-lite - Groove is in the Heart...

srah - Thursday, 23 December 2004 - 9:55 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: E is for Everclear!

Christopher Brookmyre introduced me to this song. "This is gonna sound a little obsessive..." starts Zal in The Sacred Art of Stealing. DI de Xavia recognizes later that he was quoting Everclear. So srah scoured the Internet, discovered the song, found it and held it to her bosom. And her ears, because it turns out that's where she hears. 'Twas a gift from Christopher Brookmyre's heart directly to me, and now I share it with you, dear friends. Wait, that does sound a little obsessive. Everclear - Unemployed Boyfriend...

srah - Tuesday, 21 December 2004 - 9:37 AM
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Holiday Download Extravaganza: F is for Foo Fighters!

This song was on the soundtrack to the X-Files movie. I don't quite know why or whether it actually played during the movie. It doesn't sound particularly X-Filesish to me - it wasn't written by Mark Snow* or performed by Johnny Mathis. I like it anyway. Foo Fighters - Walking After You ––––– * Is it really sad and nerdy to know the name of the X-Files composer? It is? Oh. :'(...

srah - Monday, 20 December 2004 - 1:28 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: G is for Jean-Jacques Goldman!

BAGPIPE SOLO! Okay, I suck. But this is another lovely lovely French song with great lyrics. I think I like this old standard more every time I hear one of his songs and this is one of my current favorites. Chansons pour les pieds is a wonderful album that - if presented to me for any type of upcoming holiday event - would not be thrown on the floor and stamped upon. Jean-Jacques Goldman - Je voudrais vous revoir...

srah - Sunday, 19 December 2004 - 1:24 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: H is for The Hollies!

At last, ladies and gentlemen, the mystery is at an end. From December 1 to December 25, there are 25 days. And there are 26 letters in the alphabet! I could have left out something like Z or X or Q but no, ladies and gentlemen, I opted instead for I. Because I did. So there. So here we are at H. Once again, a lovely song because I am, occasionally, a hopeless romantic. The Hollies - The Air That I Breathe...

srah - Saturday, 18 December 2004 - 8:53 PM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: J is for Journey!

For some reason, I always have this swelling of pride when the singer says that the boy was "born and raised in South Detroit" even though I am not from Detroit and I don't even know what's in South Detroit. I am retarded like that. Journey - Don't Stop Believin'...

srah - Friday, 17 December 2004 - 12:02 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: K is for Kyo!

Lost our internet connection last night, so this one's a little later than usual. This is a song by a French rock group. It's kind of funny to see French rock videos because they get all kitted out like they're Limp Bizkit or Korn or something and then they sing a song that's rather sweet and poppy. Poor dears can't help it - it's the chanson tradition which seems to pervade all French music and force them to sing intelligible lyrics. Not rockish at all, those intelligible lyrics! Anyway, this one is about teenaged angst and wanting to run away...

srah - Thursday, 16 December 2004 - 10:40 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: L is for Lovin' Spoonful!

I dunno. You know, it's kinda nice. I think it's rather a sweet song. Hee. The Lovin' Spoonful - You Didn't Have to Be So Nice...

srah - Wednesday, 15 December 2004 - 12:01 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: M is for Mr Mister!

In Scattergories, that would be worth two points! These kids today with their hippin' and their hoppin' and their bippin' and their boppin'... they don't appreciate a good song with Latin in it. Mr Mister - Kyrie...

srah - Tuesday, 14 December 2004 - 2:43 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: N is for Nina Persson!

The editing of Information Architecture continues. Tired. Need sleep. Can't think of a commentary. This is from the soundtrack from Boys Don't Cry. Nina Persson was the lead singer of the Cardigans. Song is pretty. Night night. Nina Persson - Bluest Eyes in Texas...

srah - Monday, 13 December 2004 - 1:36 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: O is for O-ZONE!

Do you want to be hip and sophisticated and European? Well, you can't. So instead, just check out one of the big European hits of the summer - a completely retarded song from... Moldova, I believe. Thanks to my three Romanian co-workers this summer, I have learned a whole lot of useful Romanian. Namely, I learned how to say "Kiss me," then forgot it. Now, thanks to this song, I can say "happiness" and "Hello, it's me, Picasso." That will surely come in handy! The lyrics (and their English translation) can be found here. O-ZONE - Dragostea din tei...

srah - Sunday, 12 December 2004 - 1:42 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: P is for Pop Project!

Here's a tune from a local band that Matt introduced to me last spring. I hope they don't mind me posting their mp3 for WORLDWIDE CONSUMPTION FROM MY MASSIVE READING AUDIENCE! If this makes them rich and famous, I hope they will buy me a bubble tea. *rolls eyes* Pop Project - Feel Nine...

srah - Saturday, 11 December 2004 - 12:42 AM
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Holiday Download Extravaganza: Q is for Queen!

I went bowling last weekend with SOCHI and SAA. There were an emcee and a DJ at the bowling alley (he spun, she announced), both of whom were quite awful. I couldn't tell if the emcee was a retarded Australian or a stupid American pretending to be Australian or a stupid American pretending to be British and coming off as vaguely Australian. Anyway, the music they were playing was pretty awful, but we soon caught on that you could request things from them and that once in a blue moon, they would stop with the country music and actually play...

srah - Friday, 10 December 2004 - 2:33 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: R is for Raspberries!

I have completely forgotten what my little commentary was going to be, to go with this download. Rather disappointing, actually, because I'm sure it would have been... well, kinda mediocre. But it seemed slightly good-ish at the time I came up with it, which was tonight, on Packard somewhere between Stone School Road and Platt. I know exactly where I had this idea, but not what it was! Argh! Anyway, here's an oldie but a goodie. The Raspberries - Go All The Way...

srah - Thursday, 9 December 2004 - 12:18 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: S is for Squeeze!

Squeeze r4wkz. Or some such l33t-sp34k. I think I first became aware of them through the Tempted '94 version on the Reality Bites soundtrack. I then heard Pulling Mussels From a Shell on the radio and liked it enough to go out and buy a 'best of' CD: Singles: 45s and Under. Man, I love 'best of' CDs. Anyway, here's a track that I discovered on that album: Squeeze - Black Coffee in Bed...

srah - Wednesday, 8 December 2004 - 12:01 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: T is for Twisted Sister!

I couldn't have timed it better if I had done it on purpose, which I didn't. Here I am, cramming for the final in my programming class - the last assignment between me and freedom... from that class anyway. You know what will be true, as of 5pm tomorrow? I'm not going to be taking that class anymore. I'm not going to take it. I'm not going to take it. I'm not going to take it anymore. Twisted Sister - We're Not Gonna Take It...

srah - Tuesday, 7 December 2004 - 1:27 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: U is for Usher!

This song is bad. Seriously, it's bad. It's dangerously bad. It's so bad that I will be removing it from my server at the end of the day today because I'm afraid it will get around that I have a copy and everyone will want it. This is, apparently, a song by Usher that isn't on any of his albums. I can't fathom why, with lyrics like: I wanted to link up with you baby at first sight with you I get to use my f keys...yeah.. I can't wait to give you megabites I got all the memory you...

srah - Monday, 6 December 2004 - 12:34 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: V is for Vincent Delerm!

Vincent Delerm - Tes parents This is a nice little French song about a fellow fantasizing about how horrible his girlfriend's parents could turn out to be... (And hey - as long as you're here... have you voted for me yet today?)...

srah - Sunday, 5 December 2004 - 1:31 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: W is for World Party!

Another song that reminds me of a movie... This one comes from The Matchmaker, a little-known romantic comedy with Janeane Garofalo and David O'Hara. It is used in the scene where two of the movie's characters have broken their legs, then they get into a car accident that results in a third character breaking hers. Not that the song has anything to do with broken legs or anything. Sigh. What a great introduction. Anyway, here's the song. World Party - She's the One...

srah - Saturday, 4 December 2004 - 1:33 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: X is for XTC!

C'mon... how many options do I really have for X? Now we come to the reason this music is ordered Z to A... I kinda felt it might not be appropriate to present this one so near to Christmas. I am nothing if not thoughtful! XTC - Dear God...

srah - Friday, 3 December 2004 - 12:09 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: Y is for Yaz!

Yaz - Only You This song came out in 1982 so everyone who's a little older than me is going to hate me when I announce that I've liked it since the first time I heard it - in the last scene of the classic film Can't Hardly Wait ("Why y'all gotta waste my flava? Damn!")....

srah - Thursday, 2 December 2004 - 10:48 AM

Holiday Download Extravaganza: Z is for Zenaida!

'Tis December today! I have decided that from December 1-25 I shall offer an mp3 a day. Lucky you! I'll be starting with a song in some way related to the letter Z and working my way to A. Today: Zenaida - Gymnopédies by Erik Satie. It's a lovely mellow classically sort of song....

srah - Wednesday, 1 December 2004 - 12:09 AM

I didn't listen long enough to find out the real song...

I was listening to the radio in the car the other day and the DJ, in his radio-bantering fashion, announced that one of the next songs up would be a song by Badfinger that always makes him think of Michael Jackson. Wha? I took a mental trip through the Badfinger lyrics that I know: No matter what you are I will always be with you Doesn't matter what you do, girl Ooh girl, with you No matter what you do I will always be around Won't you tell me what you found, girl Ooh girl, want you (No Matter What)...

srah - Friday, 26 November 2004 - 1:15 AM

Compendium epistolaritus

Dear WNIC, All this fake-ass pre-Thanksgiving Christmasery is driving me nuts. It is harder and harder for me to resist decorating the blog for the holidays. Your somewhat loyal fan, srah Dear Stupid Band On The Radio Who Used The Phrase "supersize our tragedy," Oh my god, you suck. What the hell was that? srah Dear Saleswoman at Ann Taylor, I'm sorry I argued with you. You said the coat I was returning had been paid for with a check and I argued that it had been bought with a credit card and went on and on with my...

srah - Wednesday, 17 November 2004 - 6:25 PM
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Fame is fickle, and so are reindeer

"You know Dasher and Dancer And Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid And Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall The most famous reindeer of all?" At some point, someone had to hear this song for the first time. And they didn't know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. They didn't even know the most famous reindeer of all. I wonder if they felt like they should. "Donner? Oh yeah, I know him. He's that... guy... who did that thing. Everybody knows about him. Don't you worry - I know Donner. And...

srah - Saturday, 13 November 2004 - 8:02 AM
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Uh oh, here comes the Walter

Thanks to my old chum Mr B------, I have been endowed with a moniker that evokes great poetical talent. Playing upon my last name and my fondness for a certain song that is popular on the radio, he has decided to start calling me Nitty. I am only too proud to be connected with the genius that brought us such beautiful verse as: We're standin face to face, uh I knew right where to take her That private room called the bathroom Uh oh, here comes the waiter I am so amused that rappers are now sampling The Archies. What's...

srah - Saturday, 16 October 2004 - 9:41 PM

'It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw...'

Enough of this music-posting shiznit! I declare one week sufficient, although now that I've done it, I may throw something in unexpectedly if it relates to a post. I leave you with a few works of genius, like the great bursting grand finale of a fireworks show: Teh NEIL - September Morn Gilbert Bécaud - C'est en septembre (sound familiar?) Teh NEIL - Forever in Blue Jeans Teh NEIL - Hello Again And a few for anyone who may be arriving on a new continent within the next two days: John Linnell - Michigan Simon and Garfunkel - America Teh...

srah - Friday, 15 October 2004 - 12:55 AM

'Since many years, I haven't seen a rifle in your hands...'

I am cleaning my room in preparation for Jez's arrival on Saturday. Unfortunately, by "cleaning my room" I mean "making no visible progress on cleaning my room because I spent a lot of time organizing my CD collection instead of dusting and clearing up the piles of clutter." The only advantage is that now my CD collection is nicely ordered and I got to listen to a few things while organizing. So I bring you a selection from various mix CDs I made in college: Sarah MacLachlan - I Love You Coldplay - Everything's Not Lost REM - Everybody Hurts...

srah - Thursday, 14 October 2004 - 11:59 PM

'Sad smiles are strange' 'He can be very strange'

For no reason (other than they're good and I'm too lazy/busy to come up with a related post/music choice today) I bring you: Kismet - Stranger in Paradise Kismet - And This is My Beloved All of the songs in the musical are lyrics set to music originally composed by Alexander Borodin. I lurves him. I lurves Kismet. Have an earful. Also: I am maniacally dancing in my seat to these. (Thanks, Jez!)...

srah - Monday, 11 October 2004 - 6:54 PM

Silly, but it's true!

Here is your challenge. Download today's musical selection: The Hollies - Bus Stop then listen to it and tell me why it makes me giggle. (Hint: I am very mature.)...

srah - Friday, 8 October 2004 - 11:59 PM

'Til Twosday?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Matchbox 20 suck and are, in fact, the same group as Third Eye Blind. Are there any good* bands with numbers in their names? All I've come up with is Three Dog Night. ––––– * Note: wrong answers will be mocked mercilessly....

srah - Wednesday, 29 September 2004 - 12:52 PM

'I wish I were like you/ Easily amused'

I am a grown-up. I have arrived. I am now part of that money-making age segment that radio stations pander to: the 20-something young professional. Ha ha, stupid radio stations! I have no money! Fooled you! So suddenly the music of my youth* is actually being played on the radio again. And the radio is exactly where it belongs. For the radio is played in my car, when I am all alone in the vehicle. And believe me, I really ought to be alone when this music is played. I am well-known as a mishearer of lyrics, making up new...

srah - Friday, 24 September 2004 - 9:54 AM
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'There is nothing brings it round/ Like the trumpet's martial sound'

Went to see Wynton Marsalis. I don't think it's something that ever would have occurred to me to do - bothering to buy the tickets and all, but Robin suggested it so I went along with the plans. It was very nice. I am rather fond of brass instruments and think that woodwinds should shrivel up and be replaced by them (sorry Matt). Afere the concert, we went to Red Hawk, where they were out of CO2 for the soda fountain thing. That was insane. I really wanted a baked potato but they didnt have that on the list so...

srah - Saturday, 18 September 2004 - 1:34 AM

Because I am sure you will be fascinated by anything having to do with me

I've been listening to iTunes and noticed the smart playlist that shows my Top 25 Most Played songs. I'm kind of interested just because I don't think I could have guessed them. They are:...

srah - Friday, 17 September 2004 - 12:58 AM

Ear culture?

I have been on a real classical music kick as of late, as it's less distracting than the modern, wordy kind when I'm trying to work. Unfortunately, I didn't bring my classical CDs with me, so I only have a few songs I ripped or downloaded. Among these, I think my current favorites are: Borodin - String Quartet #2 in D major Canteloube - Bailero Chopin - Etude opus 10, #3 Offenbach - Barcarolle Satie - Gymnopédie #1 What are some of your favorite pieces?...

srah - Friday, 2 July 2004 - 8:32 AM

Little plastic castles embedded in her skull

I like to think that I am the kind of person who grows and matures as she ages and learns to accept things that I used to hate, recognizing some intrinsic value in them that I hadn't noticed before. But then I went to the office and someone is playing Ani Difranco, whose music I have hated for about six years but haven't heard again in two or three... and I want to gouge my ears out. Stupid stupid Ani Difranco! With her stupid breathing and her stupid screeching and her stupid guitar! So... still waiting on that state of...

srah - Wednesday, 16 June 2004 - 7:54 AM

'When you sleep I will creep into your thoughts like a bad debt...'

For some reason, I decided to pull out one of my old mix tapes today, cleverly titled "Mix Tape #2" because it's the second mix tape I made. I listened to it a while, enjoying the music, then looked at the date. It's from 1994. How can this music be ten years old? Where has the time gone? I am old. So here's what I was listening to ten years ago......

srah - Friday, 21 May 2004 - 2:29 PM
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'Is there a canopy in store for me?'

Dear srah, You are in a computer lab, not at home. You have lots of nice musicals in your CD player, but you oughtn't sing along, lip-sync or dance or you will start to draw attention. You haven't done it yet, but I forsee it in the near future. - Starving in the SHEEPDIP P.S. to other readers: Come and see the show! Bring food! P.P.S.: Or just bring food!...

srah - Sunday, 18 April 2004 - 7:47 PM

Karaoke bus... of DOOM!

This morning on the way to work, I was treated to a musical delight! Our bus driver is some kind of aspiring singer and spent the entire voyage singing along with the radio. I couldn't decide whether to be annoyed or amused and proud that he sang with such force and abandon throughout the trip. Part of me was happy that he could sing and sing and sing and enjoy himself while driving. Another part of me realized that he was trying to harmonize and not always succeeding and that he didn't know all of the words and that he...

srah - Tuesday, 13 April 2004 - 12:02 AM

'My supperdish, my succotash wish'

At the party on Friday, two people revealed that the song "Groove is in the Heart" by Dee-lite makes them think of me. I have no idea what it is about the song that reminds them of me. I hope it's not the lyrics, because they make no sense. On second thought, that's probably exactly it....

srah - Tuesday, 23 March 2004 - 1:38 PM

Random music meme

Step 1: Open your mp3 player. Step 2: Put all of your music on random. Step 3: List the first ten songs it plays, no matter how embarrassing. srah's results: Renaud - Hexagone Barbra Streisand - Memory Everclear - Wonderful (radio edit) Herman's Hermits - Can't You Hear My Heart Beat? Hall and Oates - Sara Smile John Mayer - Comfortable Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney - The Girl Is Mine Elwood - Sundown The Youngbloods - I Think It's So Groovy Now Queen - You're My Best Friend [via KFlood Dot Net]...

srah - Sunday, 29 February 2004 - 2:55 PM

'We'll be rocking 'til the sun goes down'

The Darkness will be at St Andrews Hall on March 28th! Who wants to come with us?! Hurry up and let us know so we can buy tickets before they sell out!...

srah - Monday, 9 February 2004 - 9:25 PM

If you believe in forever, then this is going to be in my head till then

When I woke up this morning, I had the following phrase in my head. I groaned and turned back over, but it was still there when I woke up again and has been popping into my head all day long. If you believe in forever, then life is just a one-night stand. If there's a computer nerd heaven, then you know they've got a hell of a LAN. It's a curse, folks....

srah - Tuesday, 3 February 2004 - 11:30 PM

Humour! Get your humour! Step right up!

I would like to meet a short, titian-haired person who was once in the Marines, just so I could call them a little red Corps vet. Ha ha ha! I have been thinking that one up for days....

srah - Monday, 2 February 2004 - 10:36 PM

Srah's Musical Quiz IV: A New Hope

Alfie inspires me. A delightful collection of quotes from a combination of Broadway- and movie-musicals are to follow. Guess the song/musical! Whenever they say you're slightly unconventional/ Just put your thumb up to your nose [Mame - Open a New Window] Play with appropriate passion [Kismet - Night of My Nights] He is equally cunning with dice [Cats - Mr Mistoffelees] For those old honky tonk monkeyshines [Singin' in the Rain - Make 'Em Laugh] Deep down you know tomorrow is your toy [Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - Cheer Up Charlie] Silver spoons were used for feeding us...

srah - Thursday, 15 January 2004 - 8:59 PM

I believe in a thing called... rock?

Dammit, Justin! It's a good thing it's Winter Break, because I don't feel like going to class or going to work. I just want to sit at home and watch The Darkness videos....

srah - Monday, 29 December 2003 - 8:40 AM

'Our need for presents is really dire/ Oops I set myself on fire'

I like to remind my family every once in a while why they don't like to take me to church. It's because I am too endowed with the Spirit of Christmas! That is, of course, if the True Meaning of Christmas is to sing all of the foreign-language lyrics to the carols instead of the ones everyone else is singing. Six verses of O Come All Ye Faithful? I'll just sing Adeste Fidelis six times! And Stille Nacht and Sainte Nuit instead of Silent Night! Unfortunately, I didn't have with me the alternate lyrics to the Advent Song that Alfie...

srah - Thursday, 25 December 2003 - 12:47 AM
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'You're a fine piece of real estate/ and I'm gonna get me some land'

Christmas music was a lot better when it was limited to one station. I could listen to real music on other stations, then switch to WNIC for guaranteed Christmas music. Now WNIC is still All Christmas, All The Time but the other stations have started playing some as well. I shouldn't have to flip through the dial four times in search of "real" music and have to settle for Shania Twain!...

srah - Thursday, 4 December 2003 - 10:40 AM
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'The man was a Beatle, for god's sake!'

Alright, you guys win. Paul McCartney's stupid "Wonderful Christmastime" is on the radio every time I turn to WNIC so I, too, hate it with a burning passion. My new favorite Christmas song o' the moment (because we can't "Stab into Christmas" at every moment of the day*) is "Feliz Navidad". Hearing music in Spanish on Detroit radio is so rare that I get waaaay too excited to be able to sing about felicidad. * ... or can we?...

srah - Monday, 24 November 2003 - 10:51 AM
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Hold me/ Love me and feed me/ Kiss me and free me

I keep hearing Michael Jackson everywhere. Getting arrested for pedophilia is almost as good a publicity stunt as a very public breakup just around the release of your movie. The word is out You're doin' wrong Gonna lock you up Before too long, Your lyin' eyes Gonna tell you right So listen up Don't make a fight - Bad...

srah - Saturday, 22 November 2003 - 10:39 AM

Do you hear what I hear?

As I drove into work this morning, I flipped through the dial, looking for a radio station that was playing actual music on a morning show. I came across WNIC, which has already begun playing non-stop Christmas music. I actually enjoyed it because they played this rock medley of Christmas songs that was harder than anything you would usually hear on the lovely Detroit adult contemporary station. I don't know whether to be excited or disgusted by the "holiday season" beginning weeks before Thanksgiving. I generally like Christmas carols until I've heard the same one fifteen times in a row,...

srah - Monday, 17 November 2003 - 10:24 AM
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Is it a breakup if it never had a chance to get started?

I hate it when Neil Diamond has the words for my situation, because I don't want to become that person who endlessly quotes Neil Diamond, thinking that he's some kind of god of lyrics-writing when he really writes a lot of crap. Oh wait, I already am the person who endlessly quotes him, so I might as well keep going. I feel like The Neil is singing to me: But I got an emptiness deep inside And I've tried But it won't let me go And I'm not a man who likes to swear But I never cared For the...

srah - Sunday, 16 November 2003 - 12:44 PM
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Facts of the matter

I work in the Overseas Opportunities Office. I am the peer advisor responsible for teaching abroad information. One of the largest teaching abroad opportunities is the Japanese Exchange & Teaching program, a teaching assistantship sponsored by the Japanese government. The Japanese Exchange & Teaching program is abbreviated "JET". Every time I hear the word "JET", I think "I thought the major was a lady suffragette." Seriously. Every time. Make it stop....

srah - Monday, 27 October 2003 - 3:28 PM
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Il pardonnera ses caprices jusqu'en soixante-dix

When I went to get my hair cut this week, I talked to the hair-cutting lady about how I felt like I was betraying my usual hair-cutting lady by going to her. She said she doesn't mind when people do that, and that the customers often get really worked up about it and it's all business to the hair-cutting ladies. Was this comforting? It really should have been, but I have this terrible over-dramatic streak that decided she was only telling me this in order to keep me from feeling guilty and lure me away from the usual one. Scheming...

srah - Sunday, 26 October 2003 - 9:25 PM

Taedet me in diurnis legendi/ planas clunes gratiores iudicari

I would like to dedicate this one to my sister. [via little.yellow.different]...

srah - Monday, 13 October 2003 - 7:47 PM
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Boost me up my ladder, kid, and I'll boost you up yours

Thanks to smg's Quintessential Burn CD, I have had When You're Good to Mama from Chicago in my head all morning. I can hardly think of someone less appropriate than myself to sing things like, They say that life is tit for tat And that's the way I live. 'Cause I deserve a lot of tat for what I've got to give. Oh wait, I can think of someone: my old friend Mrs Nobody. Yes, I am five. Who let me come to work today?...

srah - Monday, 29 September 2003 - 11:19 AM
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Remember, children: real culture before pop culture

I went with my parents to Amadeus, a lovely restaurant specializing in eastern and central European food. Like many restaurants in Europe, it is a small place and is served by only one waiter. The decor is somehow old-fashioned enough to seem authentic and they have cans and glasses instead of fountain drinks. It's a very nice, familiar atmosphere. My family quite enjoyed our potato schnitzel, pierogi and salads while listening to the live piano music. I recognized a few pieces and went on with my meal, then heard what I have now been able to identify as Chopin's Étude...

srah - Sunday, 14 September 2003 - 3:48 PM
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Country music what now?

Johnny Cash died this morning. This is a sad day for the music world and he will surely be missed... but here's the thing. I thought Johnny Cash had died, like, 20 years ago. I knew he was up for an MTV Video Music Award this year... but I thought it was something where someone had taken an old Johnny Cash song and made a video out of it. Oops....

srah - Friday, 12 September 2003 - 7:05 AM

Hannibal the Information Professional

As you may or may not know, this past Saturday's halftime show at the Michigan-Houston football game was a tribute to the School of Engineering, which will be 150 years old in 2004. It was clear that there was some engineering influence on their music choices, as the songs they chose made engineering sound like a wild and dangerous discipline. Although I have resigned myself to the fact that it ain't gonna happen in reality, I can still dream of the marching band's Salute to the School of Information. Unfortunately, I can only come up with one song that would...

srah - Wednesday, 10 September 2003 - 10:24 AM
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And no one heard at all/ So I ate a pear

I have heard "Help Me Rhonda" three times this weekend. I normally like it, but due to overexposure, I have come to listen to it is as though it were about Harry Potter turning to Ron Weasley for comfort after being dropped by Cho Chang (apparently Hedwig was none too sympathetic). Consider, therefore: Well since she put me down there's been owls pukin' in my bed Come in late at night and in the mornin' I just lay in bed Well, Ron you look so fine (look so fine) And I know it wouldn't take much time For you to...

srah - Monday, 8 September 2003 - 1:16 PM
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Can't stand still while the music is playin'

I really expected Saving Silverman to be just like all of the other gross-out buddy movies that are churned out every year, all of which seem to star Seann William Scott*. And yet it stood head and shoulders above the crowd of buddy movies. And why, you may ask? I can tell you in two words. And if you've already seen the movie, I think you know what those two words will be: NEIL DIAMOND. I don't think I ever would have thought to watch this on my own, but I got it as a birthday present from Robin. Five...

srah - Sunday, 31 August 2003 - 1:27 AM
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Like the words of a song I could not forget

An article I read in the Detroit Free Press (though, unfortunately, it doesn't appear in the Freep's online version) talks about earworms: songs and jingles that get stuck in your head and won't leave. The best thing about the article is that they went right to The Master for his opinion on the matter. Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond says those repetitive notes that won't go away have spawned some of the greatest hits of his career. "If I wasn't in the business of songwriting, I'd probably be seeing a doctor," Diamond said. "I've tried everything from cold showers to listening to...

srah - Thursday, 21 August 2003 - 4:14 PM

I'm not an addict, baby, that's a lie

You know, as much as I talk about Neil Diamond, I'm not really a Neil Diamond Fan. I mean, sure, I own three Neil Diamond CDs, but I'm not one of those Neil Diamond fans... I like Neil Diamond in an ironic/humorous sort of way, and people who like him for real scare me quite a bit. The first musical artist whose albums I actively collected was Weird Al Yankovic. The second was They Might Be Giants. Then I was introduced to The Neil by Dave Barry. That should tell you something right there. Dave says of Mr Diamond's excellent...

srah - Wednesday, 6 August 2003 - 8:23 AM
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There is no Jekyll, only Hyde

I think one of the most damaging things you can do to yourself is to read The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Having read that, my rigid little mind can't accept people pronouncing Jekyll "jeck-ull" (it's "jeek-ull") or conveying Hyde as a huge green monster, and it makes me completely insane. Ding ding ding ding ding ding ding! I saw Jekyll & Hyde today at the Croswell Opera House and was extremely disappointed because a) it wasn't anything like the book, b) it wasn't very well written, and c) it wasn't a very good production. This was...

srah - Sunday, 3 August 2003 - 10:09 PM
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And yet more of The Real World

It was the third of June On that younger day Well I became a man At the hands of a girl Almost twice my age - Neil Diamond, "Desiree" For those of you who moved back to France just to avoid watching this show, I will torture you with the latest: Leah is mean and no one likes her. She has a brother named Pascual who is in 10th grade and who comes to visit. Christina and Mallory fight over Pascual. Mallory and Simon (!!!) smooch around in a club ("You know, Simon, you're a really good kisser." "Thanks. You're...

srah - Thursday, 24 July 2003 - 8:51 AM
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Language Week: Wednesday

No tengo muchas cosas que decir en español, y no tengo más vocabulario en chino, entonces hoy voy a escribir en el idioma francés, lo que conozco bien porque lo he estudiado desde la media de mi vida. J'aime bien la chanson Mon fils, ma bataille de Daniel Balavoine. C'est une chanson qui parle d'un père divorcé qui risque de perdre son fils, comme dans le film Kramer vs. Kramer. Mais ce qui me gène, c'est le refrain, qui raconte « Je vais tout casser/ si vous touchez/ aux fruits de mes entrailles/ fallait pas qu'elle s'en aille ». En...

srah - Wednesday, 2 July 2003 - 7:12 PM
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Come, potential victims

I don't know how skilled I will be at picking out "make-out music", but I'm joining The Neurotic Fishbowl's Burn It! CD Swap. If you, too, would like the chance to receive a CD that could possibly include some Neil Diamond, go sign up!...

srah - Monday, 30 June 2003 - 11:26 AM
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Je n'attends pas de toi que tu me comprennes

I think Nature needs more music. None of this birds chirping nonsense - when I am romping and frolicking on rolling green hills, I want Jacques Brel's Quand on n'a que l'amour playing on large invisible speakers and soundtracking my life. In other French music news, I bet ma place would be a good song for teaching the subjunctive....

srah - Monday, 16 June 2003 - 4:25 PM
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What's a siede?

I finally got back the CDs I left in Bob's car in Virginia, so I can listen to all of the lovely music I've missed for weeks. Listening to this CD again makes me want to cry. But that's also because I'm insane and because MY BOYFRIEND IS MISSING IN MEXICO!!! This is the boy who makes me call him whenever I make the 10-minute journey between our houses, so that he can be sure I got home alright. He had better be dead, or he will be when he gets home....

srah - Monday, 16 June 2003 - 4:20 PM
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I dreamt that I was in a parking structure, driving my old car, Roger. Alex was in the passenger seat, and I laughed at him because the attendant was on his side, so he had to pay. I hate paying parking attendants, then quickly trying to get myself together to drive under the bar. So Alex had to do it, but as soon as we'd left the attendant, we came to a barricade where some kind of agent asked me to shift my weight back and forth from one butt-cheek to the other. When I did it and the car...

srah - Friday, 13 June 2003 - 8:59 AM
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Except for the names and a few other changes, my story's the same one

Robin, Cheryl and I went to Meijers last night, blasting the Road Trip CD Robin burned, which contains all the music we enjoyed on our trip to New York. I bet that you do not own a CD with 50 Cent, R. Kelly, Sean Paul and... Neil Diamond. Continue the entry for full track listing......

srah - Wednesday, 11 June 2003 - 10:23 AM
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No one? No one? Bueller?

Sigh. No one got the ultra-tricky song #3 in the Musical Trivia Quiz. The song was "Up There", from South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut. Well I consider it a musical!...

srah - Tuesday, 3 June 2003 - 4:41 PM
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srah's Musical Trivia Quiz III: The Return of the Quiz

Becky has inspired me to start again. The research for the latest edition of Srah's Musical Trivia Quiz (which always seems to happen when I am musical-soundtrack-and-Discman-clad at work and have nothing better to think about) was grueling. It took great effort to stop from bursting out loudly in song and dancing around in my chair. 1) What I give, I choose to give 2) Look in your mind/ I'm there, nothing's new 3) Up there where skies are ocean blue 4) No one can make us give our rights away 5) Let's all stroke together like the Princeton crew...

srah - Monday, 2 June 2003 - 12:00 PM
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Imagine radio DJs who knew their music

I was listening to a local oldies station yesterday and the song Imagine was playing. When the song ended, the idiot DJ said something to the effect of, "What a perfect song for this Memorial Day. Imagine, imagine, imagine no... freedom. No freedom. Whoa, heavy. So remember all the men and women who died for your freedom. Because freedom is the most important thing in the world. Go USA." Okay, maybe not the "Go USA" part, but the rest was pretty much what he said. He took a great song and took a bit out of context, and mangled it...

srah - Tuesday, 27 May 2003 - 1:28 PM
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Better late than never

I get so proud of myself when I suddenly understand things I didn't understand the first five hundred times. I was just listening to Up the Junction by Squeeze, which starts with the lines "I never thought it would happen/ with me and a girl from Clapham" and only just got the connection... Clapham Junction. I still don't know what Clapham Junction is, besides a London Underground stop, but I am very pleased with myself for having finally made the connection. Sometimes I have to share these things in my blog because I know no one cares and I don't...

srah - Thursday, 22 May 2003 - 2:22 PM

As if I haven't quoted enough songs lately

I hadn't missed speaking French as much as I thought I would. I hadn't had a nervous breakdown and taken to wearing a tinfoil hat and muttering to myself in the corner. Then I listened to La pêche à la ligne on my headphones. ... C'est à peine l'aurore/ Et je tombe du plume/ Mon amour dort encore/ Du sommeil de l'enclume/ Je la laisse à ses rêves/ Où je n' suis sûrement pas/ Marlon Brando l'enlève,/ Qu'est c' que je foutrais là ?/ Sur un cheval sauvage,/ Ils s'en vont ridicules/ Dehors y a un orage,/ Y sont mouillés...

srah - Wednesday, 21 May 2003 - 4:00 PM
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Young man, are you listening to me?

My new phrase is going to be "that's so jive". We really don't hear this phrase enough....

srah - Wednesday, 21 May 2003 - 9:43 AM

I must exorciiiiiiiiiiiiise the demons

Money talks but it don't sing and dance and it don't walk. And long as I can have you here with me I'd much rather be forever in blue jeans. Honey's sweet. But it ain't nothing next to baby's treat. And if you pardon me I'd like to say we'll do okay forever in blue jeans. I am in such pain. I've had this song in my head sans cesse for at least five days now, I think. I hope that by inflicting it on you and listening to something else, I can get it out. Pray for me....

srah - Wednesday, 21 May 2003 - 8:45 AM
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Cars on the New Jersey turnpike: more than nine

It's hard to count when they keep moving and I can't tell who I've already counted. Yes, we have set off to look for America. And despite the fact that we were there yesterday, Michigan seems like a dream to us now....

srah - Friday, 16 May 2003 - 12:56 PM
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Dirty old man

My friends and I are such nerds that not only did we not eject Cheryl's dad's Neil Diamond 3-CD set, but we listened, sang along, and totally got into it. In other news, I only brought two pairs of pants on this trip, so I will be Forever in Blue Jeans....

srah - Thursday, 15 May 2003 - 4:25 PM
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A year ago, I did the band meme. So I will do it again today, but in French. This year's victim is, of course, Renaud. 1. Are you male or female? "Femmes du monde ou bien putains/ qui, bien souvent, êtes les mêmes/ Femmes normales, stars ou boudins/ femelles en tout genre, je vous aime" (Miss Maggie) 2. Describe yourself: "Moi j'étais rien-du-toutiste." (Socialiste) 3. How do they feel about you? "Arrache toi d' là t'es pas d' ma bande/ Casse toi tu pues/ Et marche à l'ombre" (Marche à l'ombre) 4. How do you feel about yourself? "J' peux...

srah - Tuesday, 6 May 2003 - 8:55 AM
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Pop idle

There is a series of vidéo clips showing on the plane. Jennifer Love Hewitt should not act, let alone sing, and looks disturbingly like Gene Simmons. What kind of horrible pop music have I missed in the last seven months? How has America changed in my absence?...

srah - Monday, 5 May 2003 - 5:57 PM
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Parfois, je suis heureuse

I am forcefully introducing Sophie to Cabas by making her download all of his songs. One of these is "A veces soy feliz". But if it's a veces, shouldn't it be estoy rather than soy? Temporary condition and all that? Remind me to stop thinking, especially in Spanish. I have no idea what langue I'm parling anymore....

srah - Saturday, 26 April 2003 - 1:20 PM
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Another fun day at the cybercafé

LOVE CATS! LOVE! CATS! Make it stop......

srah - Tuesday, 22 April 2003 - 9:37 AM
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Renaud was so adorable in Wanted that we squealed whenever he came onscreen. I was in a Renaud mood when I got home, so I put on the Best of '75-'85 CD I burned from Renata. In Dès que le vent soufflera, Renaud sings "La mer, c'est dégueulasse/ Les poissons baisent dedans." In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, after Indy bluffs to the Germans that Marcus Brody will blend in and disappear in Egypt, it flashes to Marcus in Cairo, looking for someone who speaks English or ancient Greek. When someone offers him some water, if you listen carefully,...

srah - Sunday, 20 April 2003 - 5:46 PM
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Undebatable fact o' the day

The only Cure song worth listening to is "Love Cats". And then only once a year. I feel like I've been deluged with Cure songs recently. They're following me everywhere I go, giving me the opportunity to finally realize that while I own a Cure CD and have just checked one out of the library, the lead singer's voice has an Annoying Level second only to that guy from The B-52s. When I am Queen of the Universe, there will be quotas for these kinds of things. I swear that as I typed up this post, written in my little...

srah - Friday, 11 April 2003 - 4:25 PM

I've been waiting all week for this

The lyrics to Madonna's awful American Life song are finally online. Let me warn you in advance that it includes the section I do Yoga and pilates/ And the room is full of hotties/ So Im checking out the bodies/ And you know Im satisfied which, although it looks stupid, is nowhere near as bad visually as it sounds rapped by Madonna. [link to VH1 via Anna, who has some thoughts of her own on this song, as well as a very informative lesson on telling the difference between a rose and a spoon]...

srah - Thursday, 27 March 2003 - 10:29 AM

Do the doo-doo

There is a French-English bilingual song that plays on the radio here, which rather bothers me. I'm hoping that it was written by a French speaker and that no Anglophone would write the chorus: "I love it when we do what we do 'cause we do what we do till it's done. I love it when we do what we do 'cause we do what we do and it's fun." Every time I hear it, I think it's going to be a Mountain Dew commercial....

srah - Saturday, 25 January 2003 - 5:10 AM

Perhaps perhaps perhaps

Mr Unnamed Cybercafé Employee sang to me as I paid him for my time online. He sang to me as he gave me my change. He sang goodbye to me. Next time, I have been informed, I shall be forced to sing Brassens' pornographer of phonographs song, so I must hurry up and learn the lyrics....

srah - Thursday, 23 January 2003 - 8:45 PM


There are only two customers tonight, so the cybercafé employees are forcing me to sing along with the music. Brassens, I refuse. Cake, I will add my little "Perhaps perhaps perhaps" just to please them. Woo woo! Thursday night karaoke party at the cybercafé!...

srah - Thursday, 23 January 2003 - 5:24 PM
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Podriá 'nar gitar las vachas ame vosautres?

Traditional folk songs have stupid lyrics. Are we agreed? No one will argue that Camptown ladies singing this song (doo dah, doo dah) or hats with feathers in them called Macaroni (is the hat or the feather Macaroni?) are lyrical masterpieces, I hope, but I don't think we really think about that while we're singing them. I've checked out from the library one of the volumes of Canteloube's Chants d'Auvergne, orchestral arrangements of Auvergnat folk songs, sung in the original Auvergnat language by Kiri Te Kanawa. You may know "Baïléro", the most famous of the songs, which is very beautiful...

srah - Monday, 20 January 2003 - 5:19 PM
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Then again, some songs are just written like that

As you may know, I am completely deaf when it comes to song lyrics. Which, I hope, explains why I am hearing, "Wish there was a way to give back homework" and "Mistaking together our underwear"....

srah - Sunday, 19 January 2003 - 6:20 AM
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Mariah Carey is stalking me

Yes, the billionaire has-been had nothing better to do than follow me around all weekend. She was one of the guests this week of the Star Academy, a sort of American Idol-Big Brother hybrid where young French people are locked up together in a château for intensive pop star training and eliminated one by one by the audience and each other until someone wins. The Star Académiciens are visited from time to time by various pop stars who sing with them or offer them pearls of wisdom like "Always follow your dreams." This week the académiciens and the public at...

srah - Sunday, 17 November 2002 - 8:46 AM
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Weekend plans

Apologies to Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan. For I'm going to visit Antoine (Antoine) I'm going away and I'll go to Angers and we'll eat a whole lot of avoine (avoine) It's hard to find rhymes for that name! I'm going to visit his coin (coin coin) I hope that it isn't trop loin (trop loin) And we will see what there's to see in the départements de la Loire. And we will see what there's to see in the départements de la Loire....

srah - Tuesday, 12 November 2002 - 3:16 PM
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'I want to play all the parts, including Mabel'

One of the things that I have found myself missing during my two extended experiences abroad is the ability to kick out the jams and sing. Ha ha, I said "kick out the jams". I am so not cool. As you may already know, I am by no means a singer of any talent whatsoever. The only places I feel comfortable singing are in the car - because I can be in an enclosed space all alone and no one need hear me when I sing at the top of my lungs - and in the privacy of my own...

srah - Friday, 8 November 2002 - 4:14 AM
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Ick ick ick ick ick

I have found the lyrics to the Drifters' song Under the Boardwalk online, on a site for teachers of English as a Second Language. My first thought was "how inappropriate". Then I thought further, and my second thought was "ick ick ick". Exactly who were the Drifters trying to attract, with their appealing offers of a love nest that is sandy, has people walking just above, children on a carousel nearby, and - best of all - the scent of hot dogs in the air? I am not seduced....

srah - Wednesday, 6 November 2002 - 10:57 AM
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The most disturbing song in the whole wide world

"Oh virgin..." began the Muzak song as I was grocery shopping. What an odd beginning for a song, I thought, Maybe I misheard it. It was a song in the style of Bobby Vinton, or any one in a number of 1950s-early 60s male singers. It felt very familiar to me, but I couldn't quite put my finger on it until it got to the chorus: "Like a virgin - that's right! - touched for the very first time..." Infinitely more hilarious and disturbing that the Mike Flowers Pops' version of Wonderwall was this bouncy little version of Madonna's song....

srah - Monday, 28 October 2002 - 5:54 AM


I don't usually mind her, but if I hear Shakira tell me one more time that there's an endless story underneath my house, I will track down the station managers of NRJ and burn them alive. What is Shakira talking about, anyway? My basement? It's not very endless. What's the man she chose doing down there, anyway? Did she choose him to hide there and attack me? I always suspected that of my basement, but I didn't know Shakira was behind it all. Sigh. Yes, I know the real lyrics. But it's more fun this way....

srah - Monday, 21 October 2002 - 1:38 AM

"If you think this country's bad-off now, just wait'll I get through with it"

"What type of music do you like?" my students have asked me. "I like lots of different kinds," I usually answer. Which is true, as evidenced by my choices at the library's discothèque: Satie's Oeuvres pour piano, Vanessa Paradis' Bliss, Echoes of Chile, and The Marx Brothers Sing and Play. My book selection ranged from Persuasion to A Clockwork Orange, so that's not much better....

srah - Saturday, 19 October 2002 - 10:00 AM
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It's beginning to look a lot like... October (12.10.02)

I'm getting bored with the CDs I brought to France and today I have actually resorted to listening to the Christmas CDs I brought along. I wonder what the neighbors are thinking. What is your favorite Christmas song?...

srah - Monday, 14 October 2002 - 4:18 AM
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Packing? Whazzat?

One of the hardest things about packing is going to be deciding which CDs to bring and which to leave behind. I am a very picky kind of person who can't listen to the same CD two days in a row, except maybe these two. Maybe I should just take nothing and buy all-new CDs at the Fnac in Vichy... oh wait, there isn't one. I always thought my CD collection was pretty small, but that's because I lived with Roommate, who has the largest CD collection on earth. Mine, apparently, pales only in comparison with hers. People would come...

srah - Friday, 6 September 2002 - 11:21 AM
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Open message to Eleanor Rigby

First of all, it's really creepy that you keep a face in a jar by the door. But then you go and wear it? No wonder you're a lonely person....

srah - Friday, 6 September 2002 - 11:16 AM


...Stop placin, time wastin I gotta a friend with a pole in the basement (What?) I'm just kiddin like Jason (Oh) Unless you gon' do it... - Nelly, "Hot in Here" This song is so dumb. The only reason I liked listening to it was because I didn't understand why the girl in the song sounded upset when he told her his friend had a phone in the basement. I figured she was Amish or didn't want to have phone-sex with him. Now that I realize it was a pole and I can understand her objections a bit more. Who...

srah - Tuesday, 3 September 2002 - 1:41 AM

How about a nice boot in the ass?

I heard this song on the radio the other day and hoped it was some kind of sick joke, all the while knowing that it was serious. This is the kind of "patriotic" garbage that America is listening to. [article via reenhead]...

srah - Friday, 30 August 2002 - 4:41 PM
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The Love Frigate

Last night's post reminded me about one of my most annoying (to myself) habits. Sometimes I change the words to a song, either by accident or just as a joke, and then that version forever sticks in my head. The example I'm thinking of right now is Yankee Doodle, where the lyrics to the second verse, to me, will always be: "Father and I went down to camp along with Captain Stubing, And there we bought three hundred fifty feet of copper tubing." Aaaaah. Now I am going to have that in my head for the rest of the day....

srah - Wednesday, 28 August 2002 - 10:43 AM

My four favorite things about Antonín Dvořák

1. ř 2. á 3. í 4. Slavonic Dances Why don't I have accents in my name? From now on, you may address me as şřåħ....

srah - Thursday, 22 August 2002 - 2:44 PM
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I've always wondered

What is a fille de joie exactly? Is it a prostitute, or is it something more subtle than that? It's these subtleties that I don't understand in the language. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?...

srah - Monday, 19 August 2002 - 4:47 PM
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Grant Avenue, San Francisco, California, USA

Why can't I sing? Yesterday, after a lovely evening of playing with penguins on Becky's delightful new computer, I put on my newly burned copy of my mom's Flower Drum Song CD and started belting out "Grant Avenue" and dancing around the house. And what was the reaction from the audience my family? They laughed. Not at my ridiculous performance, as I'd intended, but at the atrocious quality of my singing voice. It was very painful....

srah - Monday, 12 August 2002 - 3:19 PM
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Srah's Musical Trivia update

Correct answers to the ones that have already been guessed are posted and the only one that hasn't been guessed is #2. Any takers?...

srah - Friday, 17 May 2002 - 4:44 PM

Yet another Michigander to be proud of...

Eminem has a new song out that I have to listen to every time it comes on the radio, because he talks about my beloved Moby and it shows how stupid Eminem is. Plenty of people listen to techno - just not Americans. And I don't know if what Moby does is really techno anyway. I remarked to my mom that Eminem is Americentric and she replied that he's more Eminemcentric than Americentric. This is true. If you listen to the refrain of his new little ditty, the last word of the four lines are "me", "me", "controversy" and "me"....

srah - Friday, 10 May 2002 - 10:15 AM

My beloved Shirley

My beloved Shirley has come back! She was hiding in Samata and Ligia's room and has finally returned. I missed you, my sweet....

srah - Wednesday, 1 May 2002 - 2:57 PM

Go ahead, call it a cocoon crash

My roommate is funny. She always turns music on right before she leaves, as if to say "There isn't enough music in your life, srah, so here is something for you to enjoy." Hee hee....

srah - Monday, 29 April 2002 - 1:08 PM

Lucky me, I'm one of my favorites

My Dave Matthews Song is... This quiz was created by Krazy K. Take it here!...

srah - Thursday, 25 April 2002 - 7:51 PM
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Some of my best creative ventures come from making fun of people

When Becky was in elementary school, she liked this kid named Ben and I made up a song to the tune of Michael Jackson's "Ben" (which I believe is about a man-eating rat) about him eating this kid she didn't like. I am very disturbing. The last name has been removed to prevent a sticky ego-surfing situation. Hint: It rhymes with "on". Ben, why did you go eat Adam Sw**? Ben, why do you have that bib on? Ben, put down that knife and fork He’s not a piece of pork He’s just poor Adam Sw** ‘Though we’re all glad...

srah - Monday, 22 April 2002 - 1:05 PM

Free French music!

Rémi at Idiote.org is offering daily French mp3 songs for every letter of the alphabet. Unfortunately I caught on after "Melody Nelson", but I'll survive. Have a visit and have a listen!...

srah - Wednesday, 17 April 2002 - 12:57 AM
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Moulin Rouge

I finally got around to seeing the thrilling, award-winning film Moulin Rouge this weekend. Huh. It was entertaining, but I don't quite see why it seems to be everyone in the world's favorite movie at the moment. It was funny and it was different, but it was lacking in many ways. It didn't really pick up at all until the "Like a Virgin" sequence and by then, almost all of the music was over. It was like: First half: Many musical sequences that have nothing to do with each other or what's going on onscreen. I thought it was really...

srah - Monday, 1 April 2002 - 1:47 PM
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Inexpensive mayo

I am famous for misunderstanding song lyrics. Since I ran into another one this weekend, I thought I would blog about it. The one this weekend was "Your Song" in Moulin Rouge. Apparently he says "I kicked off the mask" (how are you going to kick off a mask?) but I've always said "I kicked off the mud." In Barenaked Ladies' "The Old Apartment", I sang "Why did you plaster over the whole apartment door?" insted of "Why did you plaster over the hole I punched in the door." Which obviously makes more sense. One of my most famous mistakes...

srah - Monday, 1 April 2002 - 8:39 AM
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And on a related note...

Weird Al was a favorite in middle school, so I bought almost all of his albums. I've also got almost all of the albums by The Beatles, Dave Matthews Band, K's Choice, They Might Be Giants, and Michael Penn. Who are the favorites you're "collecting" (or have collected)?...

srah - Monday, 1 April 2002 - 8:17 AM

I'm taken with a notion

I kept hearing Amy Grant's "Baby Baby" on the radio all weekend. Then I got out my old Weird Al Yankovic tapes. It has been a journey to the past. Amy Grant's "Heart in Motion" was the first tape I ever bought. And Weird Al was one of my first "favorites" (after the Beatles), so I have all of his albums up to about 1994. What was the first tape/CD you bought and are you now ashamed of the purchase?...

srah - Monday, 1 April 2002 - 8:14 AM

Graduation countdown: 46 days

46 days. I prided myself on never watching Survivor or any such "reality" series and never giving in to popular American culture. Then I went to France and along came "Loft Story". It was the French version of Big Brother, with a twist that the last male and female who remained in the house had to live there together for a month. The contestants were young and beautiful. When the show first started out, Sophie and I were addicted and would watch all of the updates. Our interest waned after a while, but I have to admit that I was...

srah - Tuesday, 19 March 2002 - 9:21 AM
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You can't get rid of me

One last thing before I go. If you have the soundtrack to Moulin Rouge handy, listen to "Your Song" (track 6, I believe). I swear the opera-guy in the background says "Eggnog for all" the first time he enters. Listen to it and tell me I'm wrong....

srah - Sunday, 17 March 2002 - 1:02 PM


My latest mix CD has the funeral address from Four Weddings and a Funeral directly followed by "Mack the Knife". What a tasteless accident....

srah - Monday, 11 March 2002 - 6:20 PM

If you're fond of sand dunes...

I got my other Ebay purchase today - "At the River" by Groove Armada. I originally liked it so much because I was in a really Wordsworth-and-Coleridge period at the time and I thought the words were "If you're fond of Xanadu". But I still like the song after finding out the error of my ways. Nap time....

srah - Saturday, 9 February 2002 - 1:09 PM
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I was just listening to...

I was just listening to Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" and was about to blog about how I had no idea what the lyrics meant, but then I found out. Darn. The song reminds me of the "Dead People Game" which I used to play freshman year with Carl. The entire point of the stupid game was to try to come up with a longer list of dead people than the other person. So mostly we would just email each other lists of People Who Are Dead whenever we thought of it. If you leave some Dead People...

srah - Friday, 25 January 2002 - 3:53 PM

I like blogs that offer me...

I like blogs that offer me daily mp3s. Thanks to Xkot and Blogatelle respectively, I am listening to Ewan McGregor (Your Song) and The Hollies (The Air That I Breathe). The Ewan McGregor song makes me want to finally watch Moulin Rouge with Alfie. I don't know if she's interested in seeing the movie, but I think she's the most appropriate person for me to watch it with....

srah - Tuesday, 22 January 2002 - 6:22 PM

Last night, Joe Whatsisface was singing...

Last night, Joe Whatsisface was singing and said something along the lines of ...I'm sorry that I let go of your hand/ I'm sorry that things didn't work out the way we thought they would... The obvious thing to say there would be that "things didn't work out the way we planned". I've been thinking about this ever since he said it, and I can't figure out if I am upset or happy that he avoided the obvious rhyming next line. Sometimes I like rhymes. Sometimes I don't. I am opinionless on this one....

srah - Saturday, 12 January 2002 - 8:42 PM

Our Belgian suitemate, Christianna, brought us

Our Belgian suitemate, Christianna, brought Roommate and me each a copy of this CD, which was, until recently, only available in Europe. Two CD set. Good deal. Merry Christmas. I notice they (CDNow) got the title of the first track ("Cocoon Crash") wrong. As Jonathan in The Mummy would say, "Americans!"...

srah - Tuesday, 8 January 2002 - 3:32 PM
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What song was playing when

What song was playing when I woke up this morning? Brazil. How odd... am I really awake yet?...

srah - Friday, 28 December 2001 - 10:04 AM

I keep hearing this song

I keep hearing this song on WNIC (Nice Soft Hits for Old People) that's rather blatantly about a passenger on one of the hijacked planes from September 11th and how he's a hero and an angel and blah blah blah. I'm glad it hasn't spread to the other stations because it's not a very good song and it isn't very subtle at all AND it starts out with him picking out socks which seems to be just so they can rhyme it with whatever the next line is. I wonder if the lyrics are online....

srah - Monday, 17 December 2001 - 11:43 PM

Travis' "The Man Who" CD

Travis' "The Man Who" CD is full of rhyming. I like rhyming as much as the next gal (maybe more), but they go a little overboard on that CD. Between the cliches and the incessant three-in-one line rhymes, it gets annoying. But I didn't notice that until the day I went to work with only one CD and had to resort boxes in a room all by myself with my Walkman on. "But here/ Closer every year/ So near/ The fear is coming clear/ My dear/ The fear is here" - "The Fear"...

srah - Sunday, 9 December 2001 - 7:39 PM
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Emmenez-moi au bout de la terre [Take me to the ends of the Earth] Emmenez-moi au pays des merveilles [Take me to the land of marvels] Il me semble que la misère [It seems to me that misery] Serait moins pénible au soleil [Would be less painful in the sun] - Charles Aznavour, "Emmenez-moi" This has nothing to do with my current mood, but it's in my head and I feel like singing it at the top of my lungs. Wouldn't you all like to share your results from the LOTR or James Bond character quizzes? Do you even take...

srah - Monday, 3 December 2001 - 2:02 PM

RIP George Harrison

RIP George Harrison (February 25, 1943 - November 29, 2001) I've always meant to buy a George Harrison solo CD but never got around to it. Maybe I ought to today. Does that sound superficial or commercial? I can't decide. What can you do in these situations, anyway? I can't bring him back - so I might as well celebrate his talent in the way I can......

srah - Friday, 30 November 2001 - 10:44 AM
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I have always been confused

I have always been somewhat confused as to who The Walrus is. Ricky Nelson's "Garden Party" song says that "Yoko brought her Walrus" so I always assumed it was John, but later I heard the Beatles' "Glass Onion", which says that "The Walrus is Paul". I'm going to assume the Beatles know better. Who does Ricky Nelson think he is, confusing me like that?...

srah - Thursday, 29 November 2001 - 4:49 PM

When she walks, she swings her arms

"When she walks, she swings her arms instead of her hips. When she talks, she moves her mouth instead of her lips." - Cake, "Let Me Go" Have you ever tried to imitate the girl in the song? It's rather amoosing....

srah - Wednesday, 28 November 2001 - 12:02 PM
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Should it be worrying

Should it be worrying that I am totally grooving to an mp3 of Barry Manilow's "Mandy"? Or using phrases like "totally grooving"?...

srah - Tuesday, 27 November 2001 - 7:11 PM

I am listening to Johnny Mathis

I am listening to Johnny Mathis. My roommate is going to think I'm cracked out like a villain. "Wonderful Wonderful" always makes me think of that very disturbing "X-Files" episode. Consanguinity=bad....

srah - Monday, 26 November 2001 - 1:06 PM
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Last night as I was driving home

Last night as I was driving home from Alex's, I heard Billy Joel's "For the Longest Time" on the radio. Normally, this would not have bothered me - indeed, it would have been a pleasant experience. But last night, it was playing on the local oldies station. Billy Joel? On an oldies station? Am I old enough that the music of my childhood is considered "oldies"? AAAAAAAAAAAAH, sigh lament....

srah - Saturday, 24 November 2001 - 11:55 AM
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I don't know why

I don't know why this line jumps out at me every time I hear it: "You can dress up like a sultan in your onion-head hat." - Cake, "Comfort Eagle"...

srah - Tuesday, 6 November 2001 - 11:04 AM
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I'm having fun playing

I'm having fun playing with my friend Molly's random movie quote generator. ANNIE ARE YOU OKAY? ARE YOU OKAY? ARE YOU OKAY, ANNIE?...

srah - Friday, 26 October 2001 - 11:09 AM
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