Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thursday Thirteen - This weeks theme - MUSIC

This week I've decided to choose 13 songs that are near & dear to my heart. Not necessarily the nearest and dearest, cuz I love so much music!! When I decided to do this, I just jotted down the first thirteen songs that came to my mind.

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13. Angel - Aerosmith
Ok, cuz this one is a surprise. My obsession with this song is one of the reasons my nickname is what it is. Steven Tyler is brilliant!

12. Jump - Van Halen
This song brings me back to when I was 17 and had to borrow my cousin's ID to get to the dance floor at a popular restaurant we all used to go to. I used to tear up the dance floor with a friend of mine, and we would clear the floor for this one. Still makes me want to hit the floor every time I hear it.

11. Lorilei - Styx
I was going through a severe depression after the loss of Ruth, and really didn't want to go to this concert (well, those who know me know that I would have to be in a SERIOUS funk to not want to go to a Styx show). My friend Cathie talked me into it, and I'm glad I went. During this song, the bassist (at the time) Glen Burtnick, sang this one right to me, and even threw me a pic - which got stolen with my wallet cuz I kept it with me every day to remind me that I still have a lot of life left to live.

10. Roar - Glen Burtnick
Yes, the same man who gave me that life saving guitar pick. The lyrics on this remind me of what music is all about. They are beautiful, and simple, and his vocals are incredibly pure. From this song comes the one line I use to remind me what life is all about: And God made man to sing. Yes, SHE certainly did.

9. The Great Escape - Nelson
Yes, the guys with the long blonde hair from the 90's (they got haircuts). Yes, Ricky Nelson's twin boys. And yes, the two nicest men I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with. This one particular song is a favourite of mine because of the imagery they use. It is poetry at its' best. I highly recommend bouncing over to their website (linked at the bottom of this post), and checking out their music. Not only did they inherit their dad's good looks, but they inherited their wonderful vocals from him.

8. Bring Me To Life - Evanessence
One word about this song: WOW. It really hit home for me. I was in a bit of a funk when I discovered these guys, and it made me think. A friend of mine pulled me out of the mire and threw me into the fire. I started really living again after I heard this tune, and it will forever remain in my heart (and my iPod - should I ever get one).

7. One Particular Harbour - Jimmy Buffet
If you've never listened to JB (as he's referred to in my house), you are missing out on some of the greatest lyrics (and drinking music) ever created. He holds nothing back. Multiple syllable words are out the window with him. He keeps it simple, to the point, and on this one, makes me constantly wish I was out on a boat somewhere just chilling with my margaritas. Oh yes, one warning, DON'T listen to JB with anyone who's in AA. :D You WILL be inspired to drink - in a good way.

6. Out Here On My Own - Irene Cara (Fame soundtrack)
This soulful tune could have been the soundtrack to my confusing adolescence - wait a second - it WAS! I've listened to this in every mood possible; I've performed it at countless auditions and karaoke nights; I've fallen asleep crying with it running through my head. For anyone who's lost track of their goals, or themselves, it's a great reminder of who you are.

5. Hell of A Day - Taylor Hicks
You knew he had to be on here somewhere. This is the FIRST song of his that I really connected with - it doesn't mean I love it best. Beautifully written and honestly sung, you can feel his passion for the music right through the CD. If you haven't heard it yet (and judging by the people who read this, I'm 99.9% positive you HAVE), I would run over to his site and listen to it. You'll be hooked.

4. Babe - Styx
The first Styx song I ever heard, and the one that "started this whole train rolling" (a DDY quote). It began my twenty five year love affair with Styx. I love the synth and the imagery that he's created. If you're a sap - this one is DEFINATELY for you.

3. Video Killed the Radio Star - The Buggles
Ok, so the first version of this song I heard was the Mini-Pops version. But a great dance tune all the same. It brings me back to childhood, and it never fails to start my feet moving, and I don't care where I am - I will dance.

2. Dancing in the Dark - Bruce Springsteen
The Boss has NEVER looked sexier than in this video (trust me that image stays with you). And the inflections in his voice - WOW. If I keep typing, I'm gonna drool all over the keyboard. number one.....(again, not necessarily - just for today)

1. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
I loved this song when I first heard it, but since I saw the movie ALMOST FAMOUS, I COMPLETELY TOTALLY LOVE IT. Every time I hear it, it reminds me of the movie, and Kate Hudson's character Penny Lane. It also reminds me that had I been a little younger, and a LOT more single, I would have been a Band Aid.

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AMUK said...

I only know one song and four artists on that list. I am so media deprived...:'(

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

WHAT only TWO Styx songs??? That must have been tough for you! LOL

Unknown said...

I love Hell of a Day too. Even if I didn't know Taylor, I still think it would be one of my favorites too!

Coco said...

What's with Styx and the Canadian connection? They were the soundtrack to my first love affair - to this day, I can't listen to "Boat on the River" (I know - wierdly obscure) without tearing up. Love that mando solo ...

Almost Famous - oh, yeah! I'm with you on that, girl.

Anndi said...

So you and I are the same music mode sweetie.. how funny we both post TTs about music.. absolutely LOVE the list.. Do you know I can't hear JUMP in the car.. makes the pedal go down for some odd reason.. maybe my next TT should be songs that make you go VROOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!! LOL..

Love ya Angel.. truly I do..

Angell said...

Lucy: don't feel like that. I know a lot of obscure music that most people have never heard of.

Vinny: yep, maybe next week will do a whole TT on Styx...

Dana: woooooooooooooooooo!

Coco: Styx Rocks! Yes, BOTR is obscure, but Tommy rocks that mandolin don't he? You should see it live in concert - AMAZING.

Ann my friend: great minds dear, great minds....

Rainbow said...

AEROSMITH....oh my...just love them. Great list sweetie! and thanks for tagging me...I had fun creating my list!


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