Friday, March 19, 2010

A - Z Music I Love, K is for Kenny Loggins

Yes..Kenny Loggins. Footloose, Danger Zone, I'm Alright, ect...

But one song haunts me. My mom said in passing that she wanted this song played at her funeral. I am not sure exactly why, but this song means something to her. Every time I hear it, it reminds me that I am going to lose her one day. It breaks my heart. My mom really means everything to me and becoming an adult child and having to come to terms with losing your parent is heart wrenching. It's a beautiful song and my mom really is a beautiful lady.

A - Z Music I Love, J is for Jimmy Eat World

Back when I first got internet access (like 1999/2000), I was in a random chatroom when a girl named Melanie sent me an IM. For some reason, we clicked. She lived in Jersey and was amazing. She introduced me to bands like Alkaline Trio, Jets to Brasil, and The Juliana Theory just to name a few. Her and I emailed and wrote letters back and forth for several years. When Derek and I got married, she wrote to me that I Derek was a lucky guy and she loved me. She called after that, but I missed the call. When I tried calling back, it was disconnected. I don't make friends with girls easily. Let's face it, girls are bitches. Melanie wasn't, she didn't want anything from me but to be a friend. I miss her. And she introduced me to this song and I will always think of her when I heard it.

A - Z Music I Love, I is for INXS

There is not a whole lot I enjoy as far as music goes that starts with the letter 'I'. But then I was struck with a memory from my youth. My aunt used to watch my sister and I during the summer while my mommie was working. She used to turn on MTV and we would rock out to the videos. Although the song I selected is not a video that would have been on heavy rotation during those summers, INXS always reminds me of my aunt and how she encouraged us to find our inner rock star at the age of 10 and 6.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A - Z Music I Love, G is for Garth Brooks and H is for Hole

Yup, that's right. I said Garth Brooks. I am not a huge fan of country music, but I can appreciate entertainment. When I was 19, maybe 20, I saw Garth in concert with my very first gay. His name was Alex and was the first openly gay man I had ever met. We would go to Hillcrest and hang out, I learned about drag queens and how you could probably tell a top from a bottom.

The concert was great and Alex and I had a great time. I miss Alex. He moved to San Francisco to be with his boyfriend and I never saw him again. I hope where ever he is, he is happy and doing well.

It is surprising to a lot of people that I would like Hole. Yes Courtney is a train wreck, but aren't we all at some point? Hole was different from anything I was listening to at that point and taught me that women can rock, that they don't have to be soft and dainty. Women don't have to be quiet and shy. Train wreck as she may be, Courtney gave me a different look on how a talented woman can be.

Friday, March 12, 2010

A - Z Music I Love, E is for Elliott Smith and F is for the Fire Theft

Of Course E would be for Elliott. Elliott is my heart. I was a late comer to the Elliott game. He was already gone when I fell in love. The majority of his songs speak to me, as corny as that sounds. It is like he is describing to the world how I feel, but was too afraid to say on my own. Sometimes when I get sad, listening to Elliott reminds me that I am not alone in that pain, and I find solace in that. This might not make sense to a lot of people, but that's OK. Another extraordinary artist gone entirely too soon, and I miss him. And to quote Elliott, "I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow."

The Fire Theft is my selection for F for one song. I haven't heard a great deal of the Fire Theft, but where ever I heard this song, it resonated with me so much that I can't forget it. I know I first heard it shortly after Derek and I got married. I just found it to be a beautiful song and sometimes I just listen to it over and over again.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A - Z Music I Love, D is for Def Leppard

There are actually a few "D" musical acts I love, but Def Leppard has the distinction as being my first concert. I was 15 and my best friend Janessa (cute right) went with my mom and her best friend. I also saw them a second time a few years ago when they toured with Journey (another guilty pleasure). I love my 80's music, it holds a special place in my heart. Mostly because it's what my mom listened to. If it weren't for my mom, I don't think I would have the music appreciation I have today. This is my favorite Def Leppard song.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The A-Z Music I Love, C is for Coldplay

Now before anyone groans, let me explain. I am actually not a huge fan of Coldplay; however, I am a huge fan of one of their songs.

Back before Derek and I were married...hell before we lived in the same country, Derek sent me the CD single of this song as a gift. I am not sentimental about material items; however, I still have this CD packed away and will never get rid of it. This song reminds me of falling in love, how exciting it was to have someone adore you, and it reminds me of possibility.

On and on from the moment I wake,

To the moment I sleep,

I'll be there by your side,

Just you try and stop me,

I'll be waiting in line,

Just to see if you care.

Did she want me to change?

But I change for good.

And I want you to know.

But you always get your way,

I wanted to say,

Don't you Shiver? Shiver, Shiver

I'll always be waiting for you,

So you know how much I need ya,

But you never even see me, do you?

And this is my final chance of getting you.

Monday, March 8, 2010

The A-Z Music I Love, B is for The Bird & The Bee

I first hear The Bird & the Bee on Jimmy Kimmel's show singing Love Letter to Japan. The next day, I purchased two of their albums and fell in love. This song I posted is in my top 5 favorites. I could and have listened to this band all day long.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The A-Z Music I Love, A is for The Airborne Toxic Event

I stole this idea from my pal Walt. I always steal the good things from him :)

I heard The Airborne Toxic Event on the radio about nine months ago...maybe longer. I instantly loved it. I bought the album based on one song and was very happily surprised that I loved the whole album.