Thursday, December 17, 2009

Music

I have had a lot on my mind lately, but I haven't really had the time or energy to sit down and write it out either for my blog or for myself. I really do need to start keeping a journal, but some days that's just too much to ask of me. And if I did go back to journaling, do I go back and cover the last eight years of my life, or do I just start with today and go forward?

Lets touch on some of the "things" going on in my life:

First of all, I have been wanting to write a post about music. Or most notably, the lack of it in my life for the last few years.

Note: As many of you may remember, the Creator and I stopped listening to the radio back in December of 2007 when my favorite DJ vanished from the airwaves. I still will not listen to 101.9, but my opinions about the radio are changing.

Since we stopped listening to the radio I have had more time in my life to peruse my 400+ CD collection and rediscover some old ditties that I have missed over the years, but I have also discovered that there are a lot of songs I miss that I don’t (or didn’t) own. Here is where iTunes comes into play.

Note: iTunes is dangerous.

I have also borrowed a lot of different music from siblings and friends to complete my collections. I have discovered a lot of music I love, but a lot of music that I can’t stand.
I like to think of myself as a well rounded music connoisseur, however there is a limit to my love.

Due to recent developments, though, we have been forced to turn back on the radio and see what else is out there.

What recent events you may be wondering?
For starters, the CD player in my car refuses to eject the current CD. Thank Heavens that the disk in there is an MP3 disk with 160 song on, or that would be annoying… but than again, listening to the same 160 songs again and again and again also gets annoying….
Secondly, the Creator and I had discussed a few months ago that we needed some new music to spice up our regular hum-drum selections.

Tangent: I hate Hate HATE not being able to eject the CD that’s in the player. I wish I could listen to MY Christmas music in the car. I want to make a CD of all MY new music so I can listen to what I want. But the stereo is built into the dash in this crazy square shape. Can I buy a replacement for it that wont bee to small or to wide or to big that will look right and be self (or brother) installed. Or do I have to take it to the freakin’ dealer and have them charge me an arm and a leg to get it fixed?? And why on earth is there and AUX button if I can’t hook anything up to it? I’d like to just be able to plug in my iPod and call it good, that way I wouldn’t have to worry about a stuck CD or what station I was listening to.

Since it came down to only having one CD to listen to in the car, one day I pushed the AM/FM button and opened myself up to the world of new music.

FYI: What stations do I listen to now:
My 99.5
Movin’ 100.7
The Mix 107.9

There is a lot of pretty good new stuff out there that I have missed over the last few years.

When Lady GaGa opened for the New Kids on the Block last November I was unimpressed. She looked like trash, and the music was terrible. Since then I have decided that it may have just been the acoustics of the E-Center because I like most of her music that I have heard. It fun, catchy and it’s got a beat you can dance to (even though I do not dance.) It’s the kind of music you can jack up the volume on the stereo and just enjoy the beat.

Sad to say a Miley Cirus song has also been added to our repertoire. It started out as just a fun song on the radio that we would mock every time it came on. And soon we found ourselves singing along and enjoying it, and then it needed to be added to the iPod so we bought it. I didn’t know, until I clicked the “buy” button in iTunes, that the song belonged to Hanna Montana herself. But we like it, and are proud of it.

Another song that I have struggled with liking is “Tik Toc” by Ke$ha. It’s a dumb song, but I find it gets stuck in my head all the time…



But one of the most annoying parts about that song is how it perfectly transitions into L’Trimm and “Cars That Go Boom”



Note: I find myself saying all the time “We're Tigre and bunny and we like the boom. We like the cars, the cars that go boom”

Tangent: Tigra and Bunny take me back to the days of “The Boom Box” and my older brother installing car stereos. It seemed there was always a car on the lawn and a speaker box half constructed kicking around the house. But most of all it takes me to the sound. I like the “boooom” give me a subwoofer any day over the tinny sound of a factory issued car stereo. I secretly loved to ride in the back seat of Z’s old blue and tan Mustang when the subwoofers were thumping. I love the feeling of my teeth rattling and feeling the sound rumble through my chest. To this day I love going to movies that are so loud you can feel the noise. When the explosions are so loud it rumbles your entire body. Love it. Those days are the reason I put out the extra dough for the Subwoofer on my computer. “Cars That Go Boom” makes me smaile every time.
Sub-Tangent: I recall a car ride in the back of previously mentioned Mustang with a song thumping in the back ground. The only words to the song that I can remember are “Milk and Cereal” can any of my brothers fill me in on what that annoying song was?
Sub-sub-Tangent: Speaking of annoying songs, Periodically I also get the Korn version of “Knick Knack Paddy-Whack” stuck in my head. Ugh! But then it turns to The Blood Hound Gang and it alternates between “The Roof is On Fire” and “Why’s Everybody Always Pickin’ on Me”

And then, just yesterday, after a great moral struggle, I purchased “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. I don’t want to like them. I don’t want to listen to their music, but this song got stuck with the Creator after the U2 concert and it was a must buy for him. He likes it. And I will begrudgingly admit that I like it too.

Well, This blog is getting super long so I’ll stop with the music discussion for now, but you can expect it to continue at some point further along the way because I recently acquired a lot of music from my brother-in-law and the CD’s that used to belong to Lariann. Right now they’re in plastic grocery bags that keep getting moved from one end of the house to the other… as of last night they are sitting in the doorway of the spare room and the black abyss that becomes for anything that gets put in there. I’ll have to get to them soon before they are swallowed up.

3 comments:

Becky said...

My CD player stopped working but I purchased a adaptor for my I-pod that uses a radio station to play from my I-pod. It works really well so I can always listen to what I want. Then you can just download your Christmas CD's to your I-tunes and listen in the car.

Lindsay said...

It still catches me off guard when my iPod plays one of Lari's CDs. I went from one U2 song (I know, blasphemy) to a whole bunch.
Nice musical blog entry!

Scarlet said...

i hvae one of those radio tuners, but it doesn't work so well except between provo and st. george... but that's only sometimes.