Thursday, March 23, 2006

Thursday 13, Music Edition

My favorites playlist on my Rio Karma has 142 songs right now. Here’s 13 of them.

1. The Girl I Knew Somewhere – The Monkees. I can’t hear this one enough. On my favorites playlist I have three versions on it. One live, one with Mike singing lead and the one from the single with Micky singing lead. My favorite is the one with Mike because in the backing vocals near the end of the song Peter’s voice stands out with a really funky quality.
2. For Pete’s Sake – The Monkees. This is my blog’s theme song. I love Micky’s drumming in the background.
3. Little Guitars – Van Halen. Atypical for Van Halen, it has a romantic quality to it.
4. I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone – The Monkees. Protopunk from the Prefab Four. Someone said The Monkees ought to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just for Micky’s voice alone. It’s certainly one of the great pop voices of the 1960’s.
5. A Pirate Looks at 40 – Jimmy Buffet. A mid-life crisis where you realize you were born 200 years too late. Bummer.
6. Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season – Jimmy Buffet. “Whitecaps on the ocean and I’m looking for waterspouts” hits me every time I look out my window onto the Pacific. Now I also think of the Arizona Cheeshead!
7. My Old School – Steely Dan. I don’t know why, I just love the tune. I wish the song just kept going on and on.
8. Go Where You Wanna Go – The Mamas and the Papas. You shouldn’t have to name just one Mamas and Papas song, but this is the Thursday 13, not the Thursday 1300. Layered vocals and wistful lyrics.
9. Old Man Harlem – Hoagy Carmichael. It’s from the 1940’s, it’s got a fast beat and it’s about hangovers. What’s the question?
10. Defeat You – Smash Mouth. Hard beat, tough guy lyrics, just a cool song.
11. Revolution Earth – B-52’s. I love the B-52’s. They are fun concert band. Almost every CD has an instrumental and they are always beautiful. That’s the only word that fits them for me. Poetry in sound. This isn’t one of them, but it’s a got that feel with a great mix of their innovative lyrics and poetic sounds.
12. Shake It and Break It – Preservation Hall Jazz Band. You can’t serve your Jambalaya at your New Orleans Saints party without the Preservation Hall Jazz Band playing.
13. Ole Buttermilk Sky – Hoagy Carmichael. In a day and age when “It’s Hard to be a Pimp” wins an Oscar, it’s cleansing to turn on Hoagy’s 1940’s innocent, sweet song about a fella asking his girl to marry him. “Gonna ask her the question, that question, do ya darlin’ do ya do? It’ll be so easy, if I can only count on you. Ole buttermilk sky…”

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Master Enigma said...

Your first comment of the day on your 13. I am priveledged.

And amazed at how many of my favorite tunes were ones I really like. I was one of the few boys I knew that admitted to liking the Monkees when they were popular. I even liked their dorky tv show.

Jimmy Buffet is one of my fav current artists. I am a closet parrot head.

Steely Dan and Van Halen rock.

Who doesn't love the Mamas and the Papas - Go Where you Want To Go so makes me want to stand up and dance.

And Hoagy Carmichael his music makes me drift.

My own 13 is busy singing along with Cass Elliot over at

Chaotic Mom said...

Thank you for visiting my T13!

I am in LOVE with your music list, have printed it out, and will be listening to some of it on my Rhapsody account while working in my office tonight. Thanks for posting it, AND for the commentay. ;)

Mama Kelly said...

love the list
love the tunes

my 13 are up

Anonymous said...

Two good Buffett choices there!

I was soooo in love with the Monkees. Peter was my fave because he was kind of a dork. I guess like goes to like.

Anonymous said...

What do you mean?