Chapter XVII

because you never know someone from the very beginning



I Remember

I am not normally one to obsess. I don’t hoard things. I am generally able to move on. But then there are little things that get me. Chocolate pudding. Racerback shirts. That pair of jeans. The opening music of Friday Night Lights (not to mention that entire series – best show EVER). And this song, I Remember by Deadmau5. Listening to that song takes me so many places – it came out in 2008 but because it’s all clubby it takes me right back to London in 1993, some NYC club in 1996 the name of which escapes me, Greece in 1998, Boston in 1999 (I know that last one doesn’t exactly scream “cool hot trendsetting venue” but trust me – Boston had a club scene). You can drive to it. Run to it. Make dinner for your kids while listening to it “Mommy…are you dancing?” My 3am clubbing days might be gone (until the kids go to college) but the dancing days will live on FOREVER.

A Gift and Music Memories

A gift arrived today.  A gift from ABOVE…yes.  Yes, my friends, our upstairs neighbors dropped off a gift (really a loan) that will solve all the world's problems.  The gift is called:

What To Expect: The Toddler Years

Finally, a manual.  Because we are slacker parents, we immediately noticed that we are 346 pages behind already in the book.  We gave up reading after Avery turned 1, feeling glib, and well, have been slowly sliding into a sea of toddler induced chaos.  But now, a manual.  We are saved.

But this is not a post about parenting (not needed!  we now have a manual!).  This is a post about memories.  Music induced memories.  On my way to work this morning I was flipping through my iTouch and as I listened it was like many scenes from my life were scrolling by.  So I thought I would make note of it for the future, whenever I might want to take a trip back in time.  Here goes:

Goin' Back To Cali, LL Cool J: flashed back to 2008 on a flight to – you guessed it – California where I was sitting 2 rows back from the Man himself, Mr. LL.  Oh yes.  At the end of the flight I told him that thanks to him I had been singing Goin Back to Cali the whole 5 hours.  He was amused.  And shorter than you would think.  But just dreamy, in general.

American Boy, Estelle and Kanye West: Watching the 2009 Grammys with my mom.

City of Blinding Lights, U2: Going for a run in LA in 2005 when my husband, then boyfriend, was working on the Crescent Beverly Hills (sweet little hotel).  Had a great run.  Felt like I was in a Gatorade commercial.

Blow Your Mind, Jamiroquai: Summer, London 1993.  My first experience really living in a city.  And wow did we jump right in.  I was there working in Estee Lauder's London office for the summer and my parents had to drag me back (there is a full post to be done about that summer).  But a friend's boss was dating a member of the band, and she said, "You know, I think these guys are going to be a hit."  Oh London.  Such fond memories.  The summer I discovered platform shoes, how to get into a club by skipping the line, that the English really do cover everything with cream and that the word "Brilliant!" really is, well, brilliant.  We saw every show, we danced on tables, I think we worked at our respective internships, we partied very briefly with Kate Moss and we drank champagne in the Kensington Gardens.  I could go on.  I will stop here…

U Know What's Up, Donell Jones: Summer 2000, working at 360HipHop.  By FAR the best job I have ever had.  Where else might you run into Ice Cube on your way to refill your coffee?

I Remember You, Skid Row: 1989!!  High School!  OH, the hair, the men in tights, the white boots and tiny skirts of the pom squad.  Those were the days. 

SOS, Rihanna: 2006, our wedding.  We had a strategy for music – no slow songs, a dance floor slightly too small to make it feel like a packed party, and we dictated the first five songs to ensure everyone was dancing.  This was the winner, SOS.  Even the old ladies were boogy-ing down.  Future brides, take note – NO SLOW SONGS.  Total wedding dancing buzz kill!  And I tell ya, that floor was rocking the whole night.  Worked for us, or maybe it was the liquor…

Country Grammar, Nelly: Actually, I hate this song but it reminds me of a night, Summer 2000, when my friends and I were totally unsuccessful sneaking our way into some swanky all white, or black or gold party out in the Hamptons. After our rejection (FOILED!  So much for that London training) we drove to our local haunt, and well, I met up with my now husband (who had also been rejected from the same party where he was coming to meet me).  See, it was fate 🙂

What are your music memories?  Isn't it amazing how just a few notes of a song can take you right back?  I think that is one of our nicest traits as humans. 

Radio at Work

I listen to music at work.  I use a couple of services, but my favorite is Yahoo’s Launchcast.  Right now Stevie Wonder’s You Are The Sunshine Of My Life is playing.  What a nice treat.  This was our first dance song at our wedding.  AHHH, nostalgia.

I recently set up a new station on Launchcast.  It’s genres are Alternative Rap, East Coast Rap, Mainstream Rap (do we sense a theme here?), Old School Rap (can you say Kid ‘N Play), Underground Rap, West Coast Rap, Hip Hop, Soul, Neo Soul (Jill Scott, India Arie), and Funk.  This is my new favorite station.  I get Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder, Wyclef, Tribe Called Quest, Earth Wind and Fire, 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, many many others. 

Perhaps I should go into the music business.  Start my own label.  Add this to the list of dream jobs.

New List! My New Profession…

For any who have ridden with me in a car, it’s obvious I cannot sing and therefore, will never win a Grammy. However!  I have new hope for my music profession.  I have determined I should be a DJ. 

I am thrilled with this revelation.  What fun – late nights, partying until dawn, getting paid to play great music.  I am all over it.  The People (capital P) shall call me Lady Slim Shady.

Not that all of the music will be GOOD.  But it will be memorable and dancable.  Here is are a few songs to get started…get your playlist ready (if I were a truly advanced blogger, I would send this playlist our via Podcast.  But I am over 30 and therefore not a totally advanced user of the Internet.)

Hung Up (Madonna)

S.O.S. (Rihanna)

If I Can’t Have You (Saturday Night Fever)

Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)

Get Down On It (Kool & The Gang)

September (Earth, Wind & Fire)

Respect (Aretha Franklin)

Stayin’ Alive (Bee Gees)

Let’s Groove (Earth, Wind & Fire)

Shake Your Booty (KC and the Sunshine Band)

Boogie Shoes  (KC and the Sunshine Band)

That’s The Way I Like It (KC and the Sunshine Band)

Get Down Tonight (KC and the Sunshine Band)

Lay Down Sally (Eric Clapton)

ABC (Jackson Five)

One Way or Another (Blondie)

Best of My Love (The Emotions)

Mickey (Tony Basil)

Rock this Town (Stray Cats)

Hippy Chick (Soho)

Whip It (Devo)

Freedom (George Michael)

Take Me Home Country Road (John Denver)

Devil Goes Down to Georgia (Charlie Daniels Band)

Friends in Low Places (Garth Brooks)

Callin’ Baton Rouge (Garth Brooks)

Redneck Woman (Gretchen Wilson)

You Shook Me All Night Long  (ACDC)

I Got You ( I Feel Good) (James Brown)

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson)

Beat It (Michael Jackson)

Love Like This (Faith Evans)

Hey Ladies (Beastie Boys)

Jump Around (House of Pain)

The Way You Move (Outkast)

Let Me Clear My Throat (DJ Kool)

Anything Can Happen (Wyclef)

Stayin’ Alive (Wyclef)

Hypotize (Notorious BIG)

Rapper’s Delight (Sugarhill Gang)

The Choice is Yours (Black Sheep)

Nothin’ (Noreaga)

It’s Tricky (Run DMC)

It’s Like That (MC Mario / Run DMC)

Since You’ve Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson)

Senorita (Justin Timberlake)

U Know What’s Up (Donnel Jones)

Get It On Tonite (Montell Jordan)

No More (Ruff Endz)

Vertigo (U2)

Sweet Child of Mine (Guns and Roses)

Livin’ On A Prayer (Bon Jovi)

Pour Some Sugar on Me (Def Lepard)

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