Whatcha Listening To These Days?

I think we’re at least periodically supposed to reveal and share personal things about ourselves in these blogs we craft, right?  Lighten up on the subject matter once in a while and slightly peel back the onion that…is…us.

After being inconsistent on my two WordPress sites for most of March…and now realizing a one-year anniversary on both is just days away…I felt it time to put myself out there and let these blogs’ small but steadily declining readerships get some real insight into ME, not just my observations or opinions.  I thought I’d change it up a bit and do a “universal” post for both sportsattitudes and lifeattitudes readers.

So in my infinite wisdom (or not)…I’ve decided to share what I currently have in “heavy rotation” on my iPod.  Twenty songs I “shuffle” from time to time while writing, playing Angry Birds Space…or just staring into space.

I would be remiss if I did not reveal another motive for conveying my current musical tastes.  I want you to comment back to me with yours.  If you’ve taken the time to read this far and haven’t decided to “go your own way” (hold that thought)…please do me the courtesy of dropping off a few of your “constant listens” as well.  I’d like to learn a bit more about YOU also…whether it is your first time to one of my sites…or your fiftieth.

These songs are in no particular order…and include some “fun” facts about how I relate to them.  Please feel free to not only leave behind your current faves…but commentary you’d like to provide on my clearly eclectic tastes.

“Chasing Pavements” – Adele – Believe it or not, I had never heard the song until she performed it at the Grammys.  Needless to say, I haven’t stopped listening to it since.  This woman can flat-out belt it out.

“This Old Heart Of Mine” – The Isley Brothers – In the TV show “Moonlighting” there was an early episode where Bruce Willis (who still had hair at the time) locked eyes…and eventually more…with old flame Dana Delany.  I already was a fan of this song…but every time I hear it now…I think of that scene.

“Expresso Love” – Dire Straits – My college slow-pitch softball team was named the “Sultans Of Swing” in honor of this group, but this cut remains my very favorite of their work.  Starbucks should OWN this song.

“The Scientist” – Coldplay – I know lots of people get ripped for liking Coldplay.  But you might want to hold off the criticism until you get farther down…

“Go Your Own Way” – Fleetwood Mac – One of my all-time favorite bands and songs.  Got to see it live with about 80,000 other folks at an outdoor stadium setting.  Back in the day, Stevie Nicks…that girl could twirl forever.  I thought she was gonna corkscrew herself through the floor of the stage.

“My Life Would Suck Without You” – Kelly Clarkson – This is what my wife has for a ringtone whenever I call her.  That makes me smile.  Possibly one of the best titles ever.

“Love Walks In” – Van Halen – My wife and I disagree about very few things, but one of them is which was better…David Lee Roth-Halen or Sammy Hagar-Halen.  You now know which one I think was best.

“Twilight Zone” – Golden Earring – One of my former co-workers actually wound up “reintroducing” this song to me because he played it so often.  While I wasn’t overwhelmed by it “the first time around” it obviously stirred something in me back then…or it wouldn’t be among my top plays now.

“Raise Your Glass” – Pink – Love most of her stuff…and still can’t forgive NBC for kicking her opening song version on “Sunday Night Football” to the curb in favor of one Faith Hill.  Pink would kick Faith’s butt in football.  Or anything else, for that matter.

“I Want You Back” – Jackson Five – One of the first 45′s I recall owning.  I don’t know if my mother still has it or not.  I know she’s not playing it if she does…but she should be.  Classic.  (You DO know what a 45 is, right…?)

“Dreamtime” – Daryl Hall – Huge Hall & Oates fan.  This is a single from one of Daryl’s solo efforts.  Check it out.  I don’t think a lot of folks have heard it.

“She’s Gone” – Hall & Oates – See above.  A single from one of the first albums I remember owning.  A LOT of folks have heard this.

“Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster The People – The first time I heard this song it was during an episode of “CSI NY.” It was during an autopsy, of course.  Truth be told, if you watch any of the CSI shows you know autopsies are where very cool music goes to be discovered by the masses.

“More Than A Feeling” – Boston – Had tickets to see them in Pittsburgh when their debut album went global.  Their instruments got there…but they didn’t.  Or maybe it was the other way around…anyway…the result – two and a half hours of the Doobie Brothers.  I will not comment as to how many “doobies” were consumed as a result of this turn of events.  I eventually got a turn to see them in Philadelphia a couple of months later…after they were reunited with their equipment.

“Runnin’ Down A Dream” – Tom Petty – In my opinion, this could be the theme song for every sports post-season and I’d have no problem with it.

“Ready To Go” – Panic! At The Disco – Coca-Cola just got smart and started to use a snippet of this song in one of their commercial spots.  “Coke Classic” as far as I am concerned.

“When You Were Young” – The Killers – If I had the courage to Karaoke, you’d see me wailing away on this complete with massive air guitar in hand.

“What’s Left Of Me” – Nick Lachey – See.  Listing a song from Coldplay doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?  Go ahead.  Take your best shot.

“Breakdown Dead Ahead” – Boz Scaggs – Saw him in concert years ago and the guy is a consummate musician.  True pro.  I am proud to say I saw him play.  I am not so proud to say many, many people saw me “play” this song at a college party one night…and let’s just say no one will forget the performance…least of all me.

“One Of A Kind (Love Affair) – The Spinners – Probably my favorite Motown musicians.  Definitely my favorite song of theirs.

So…what are some of your thoughts on these songs…for better…for worse?  What songs are in your “heavy rotation?”

And…on that note…thanks for checking out this post.

Thanks for all of you who have commented and/or subscribed to these blogs over the first twelve months of their existence.

Thanks for just…listening.

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27 Responses to Whatcha Listening To These Days?

  1. Dire Straits. Fleetwood Mac. (And the others, cool but not so high on my list) Sounds like you’re a keeper…uh, worthy blogger. Just keep throwin those idea through the hoops!

  2. patton26 says:

    Excellent stuff man! You took it back with the Isley Brothers. Two songs that are my favorites are Camp Lo- “Luchini” and 8Ball and MJG- “Space Age Pimpin”. I’m more into R n B and Old School Rap.

  3. chappy81 says:

    I’m not sure why, but this Classified song has recently come up and been added my playlist. I used to listen to it when I was a little down, but forgot about it until it came on the ipod shuffle a week or two ago…

    BTW, Classified is one of my favorite white rappers of all time, he’s got a lot of other great songs if you liked this one…

    • Chappy, thanks for sharing as always! Did a little research on Classified as a result of your link. Guy’s from Nova Scotia and did not realize he has been around for quite awhile. Hadn’t heard this song before. Going to check out some of his other stuff soon.

      • chappy81 says:

        Yeah, I knew he was Canadian not just because he talks about it in songs, but more because sometimes he pronounces about (ABOOOT) hahaha!

  4. I’m digging your balanced selection of music Bruce, especially like that you have Foster the People on the list. I’ve also got Young the Giant “My Body” and Neon Trees “Animal” currently on mine as well as Cash, Zeppelin, Cake, and a local from Philly Huffamoose…ever heard of them?

    • SG, wife loves Neon Trees and Cake. And we not only are familiar with Huffamoose…but consider them among the best-named bands of all-time!

      • Then you know how to make the Huffamoose singal with your hands. Seriously though, I’ve always considered Kevin Hanson to be one of the best guitarists to see live. Amazingly I used to work with their former rep in the music industry and he had nothing but good things to say about the group. Shame that they never made it.

  5. Old school. Dig it.

    Don’t think I’ve hit any of those on the karaoke stage but I may have to try out that Golden Earring.

    This is a mad house, feels like being cloned.

    Oh… and happy anniversary.

    • Chris, old school indeed. In fact, the wife says last night when I told her of the post…”You do realize how OLD you’ll sound?” Hell, considering my age I thought my list was rather “hip.” (OK, that’s a lie) Thanks for becoming a regular contributor! Perhaps I’ll get some tips from you if I ever get the nerve up to stand up on a Karaoke stage?

  6. Longworth72 says:

    A classic list there – Some solid gold and a few from left field. Bonus points for Dire Straits, Boz Scaggs and The Killers.

    There’s a good live version of Expresso Love on the 1984 release Alchemy. That whole album is Dire Straits magic come to think of it.

    Oh, and declining readership be damned – Keep ‘em flowing.

  7. tophatal says:

    While at work mostly an eclectic mix of rap , reggae and jazz . Brought up on the latter (jazz) because of my father. I’ve a collection of The Marsalis’s (first family of jazz ) Allen Toussaint , Charlie Parker , Miles Davis , Dave Brubeck , Dave Grusin , Quincy Jones and some Ella . What more can I say ? But also love U2 , Coldplay , The Police and some classical . It’s that English upbringing and when in high school it was either taking music appreciation or taking German . Already fluent in French because of living in the country for a two year period while working there . My three favorite female artists in no discerning order Lauryn Hill , Alicia Keys and Adele . !

    “Groovin’ High” ………. one of my favorite Parker pieces !

    tophata ………

  8. Tophatal, I do have a love for jazz…often when it comes to Christmas time. I love what some of the classic and current musicians do with traditional and non-traditional Yuletide fare alike. Maybe it goes back to being a huge fan of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack was one of my earliest musical memories. I had a heck of a time mastering French as my chosen language in high school – you obviously did much better than I. Thanks for always stopping by…and dropping some Charlie Parker for us to enjoy!

    • tophatal says:

      sports’

      I should’ve included the “baby making “ music as in Al Green , Marvin Gaye , Smokey Robinson , Maze and Luther Vandross. Absolutely nothing works better than either of that grouping of artists , as it sets the tone for one’s expectations . Well that’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it !

  9. tophatal says:

    “Bird” was one of a kind as too was Miles Davis !

  10. tophatal says:

    Harry Connick Jr and Michael Buble` seem to have cornered the market you mentioned as it concerns that crossover appeal .

  11. Hey, we all have times when we’re not blogging up to our usual standards. No worries, just come back strong. I’m a Coldplay fan, and I love “Talk”, I’m sure you’re heard the rhythm of it. Also love “Rocketeer” by Far East Movement. Bunch of songs I’ve seen in the comments that I like, including “Animal” by Neon Trees. Big fan of Keane and OneRepublic, love both bands. “Soul Meets Body” by Death Cab for Cutie is also a great song. Matchbox Twenty is a great band as well, I love “Unwell”. One last song I absolutely love: “The Reason” by Hoobastank.

    • Thanks for becoming a regular, TNOS. Like several of those songs you mentioned but I will have to “play catch up” to Far East Movement and Hoobastank. As I stated earlier, the wife is a big fan of Neon Trees. Great list you have there!

  12. Happy Anniversary as well. Hope you’ve had a great time writing on both sportsattitudes and lifeattitudes. I’ve enjoyed reading your stuff.

  13. I love to listen to Green Day and Coldplay. Those might be my two favorites.

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