Booking Through Thursday on Monday: Behind the music (and lyrics)

Booking Through Thursday: Sing! Sing a Song… But, enough about books … Other things have words, too, right? Like … songs! If you’re anything like me, there are songs that you love because of their lyrics; writers you admire because their songs have depth, meaning, or just a sheer playfulness that has nothing to do with the tunes. So, today’s question? What songs … either specific songs, or songs in general by a specific group or […]

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Holiday Songs, plus 5 more

My husband and I got into a little debate over this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Favorite Holiday Songs.“ HIM: “You know they mean Christmas songs. Who even knows ten songs for Hanukkah?” ME: “Well, there are the popular, secular songs that some people don’t really consider to be about Christmas – they’re about Santa Claus, or winter…and then there are the traditional church songs and carols about Jesus’ birth. They’re two very different […]

Ten on Tuesday: I’m with the band

This week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Bands/Artists that Remind You of High School,” is one where it’s hard for me to stop at ten – so I didn’t. I spent most of my adolescence glued to the radio, and there’s a lot of music associated with my high-school years (which, for the record, were 1978 to 1982). I still listen to the music of some of the performers on this list, but they made […]

What’s that sound on my radio?

If you’ve seen any of my iPod Random Ten posts, you know that my musical preferences are a bit hard to classify, and I like it that way – which is one reason I tend to find radio so frustrating. I’m old enough to remember when radio stations weren’t locked into as specific formats as they are now. Granted, the “Top 40” stations frequently did play the same songs every few hours, but there were […]

Ten on Tuesday: Favorite Movie Songs

Ten on Tuesday: Favorite Movie Songs

I’m all about the soundtrack. I’ve often wished my daily life had one. Maybe I can get some ideas for it from this week’s Ten on Tuesday topic, “10 Favorite Movie Songs.” For the purposes of this assignment, I’m sticking with songs that were written specifically for, or were heard for the first time in, a particular movie. A lot of recent movies have made use of existing music for their soundtracks, which is fine […]

Weekend Assignment #226: A musical interlude of sorts, or “Jukebox Brain”

This week, Karen asks the musical question: Weekend Assignment #226: Is there a song that you’re particularly enjoying at the moment, that’s on heavy rotation on your iPod, the CD player in your car, or just in your head? If so, what is it? If not, what was the last song you were really into? Extra Credit: What song, if any, has been playing in your head today, and you really wish it would stop […]

iPod Random Ten, holiday weekend edition

Since my iPod reset itself overnight and I had to find a new place to start my playlist, it seemed like the right time for a Random Ten. (For the record, nothing was skipped this time!) “R.O.C.K. in the USA,” John Cougar Mellencamp, Scarecrow “Nights on Broadway,” Bee Gees, Bee Gees: Greatest “Talk of the Town,” The Pretenders, Greatest Hits “This Love,” Maroon 5, Songs About Jane “Cool Jerk,” Go-Go’s, Greatest Hits “Big Me,” Foo […]

The iPod Random Ten, back again (again!)

The iPod Random Ten comes via Karen from Verbatim, and was recently discovered by another Karen, the one from Planet Books. I haven’t done it for awhile myself, but now I’m trying to keep up with the Karens, so I’m bringing it back. Original Karen makes it a Friday feature at her blog, but I think it’s going to be more random here in terms of the day it appears – I think that’s fitting, […]

A quirky Ten on Tuesday, plus ten more…

**Holy moly – this is post #500! Where does the time go?** I think this week’s Ten on Tuesday is a bit like the “7 Random Things About Me” meme (which I’ve never done, by the way) – it’s asking for “10 Superstitions, Traditions, and/or Personality Quirks.” That’s a topic with potential and a lot of wiggle room. I do not like to rush in the morning. I need time for my morning grooming/dressing routines, […]

It’s the same old song, and it’s getting older

One thing that can make a person particularly aware of the passage of time: songs from your own past – which you didn’t think was all that distant, maybe 20-some-odd years ago – are getting played on the “oldies” radio station. We’ve noticed tunes from our college years cropping up on K-Earth 101 (KRTH, LA’s “greatest hits on earth” station), and it looks like it’s official: 1980’s songs are the “new oldies.” “New oldies” sounds […]

iPod Random Ten 2-15-08

The soundtrack of my drive to work this morning, with commentary: “Mr. Blue Sky,” Electric Light Orchestra, Out of the Blue(An all-time favorite of mine, and a great alarm-clock wake-up song)“Gypsy,” Suzanne Vega, Best of Suzanne Vega: Tried and True(Another all-time favorite, and not just because it shares a name with my dog; I enjoy the story and love the melody)“Cool,” Gwen Stefani, Love, Angel, Music, Baby(I’m pretty sure this one has autobiographical elements for […]

iPod Random Ten 2-9-08

“Hotel Majestic,” Fountains of Wayne, Traffic and Weather“Hazy Shade of Winter,” Bangles, Greatest Hits“All the Roadrunning,” Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris (from the album of the same name)*“What a Crying Shame,” The Mavericks (from the album of the same name)*“Leave the Pieces,” The Wreckers, Stand Still, Look Pretty“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” Miranda Lambert (from the album of the same name)*“Addicted,” Kelly Clarkson, Breakaway“Oh, Atlanta,” Alison Krauss & Union Station, Live“Trouble River,” Bruce Springsteen, 18 Tracks“My Valentine, ” […]

iPod Random Ten 2-1: Serve ’em up!

“If music be the food of love, play on…” I’ve mentioned that I like putting my iPod-selections posts into a framework. I came up with his one all by myself! Here’s what we’ll be serving up today at Café del iPod: Breakfast –“Traffic and Weather,” Fountains of Wayne(Always a good idea to check both of these first thing in the morning, I say) Morning coffee break –“Hold on Tight,” ELO Lunch –“I’m Looking Through You,” […]

iPod Random Ten 1-25-08

No “framework” meme this week – just ten songs. “These Are Days,” 10,000 Maniacs, Our Time In Eden“Lost Cause,” Beck, Sea Change“Raspberry Beret (Extended Mix),” Prince, Ultimate“I Can’t Get Next to You,” Annie Lennox, Medusa“Back for Good,” The Concretes, Guilt by Association (a collection of pop-song covers by indie acts; this one was originally recorded by British boy band Take That)“C’mon, C’mon,” Sheryl Crow (from the album of the same name)“Shot Through the Heart,” Bon […]


This is a variation on the iPod Random Ten that gives the results a little bit of structure, and I thought I’d try it this way for a change. As happens so often around here, it comes via Literary Feline. If your life were a soundtrack, what would the music be? Here’s how it works:1. open your library (iTunes, winamp, media player, iPod)2. put it on shuffle3. press play4. for every section, type the song […]