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New Mix CD: What The Hell?!

Having a long commute to work again, it takes no time at all for me to compile a list of songs that I try to search the radio dial for, and them am disappointed when I can’t find them.

Then I give up and make a mix CD of them all. I don’t have a car radio with an mp3 input hole or iPod that has a screen/playlists. So, I must burn CDs, like some sort of primitive late 90’s animal.

I think I am going through a mid-life crisis. And Avril Lavigne has a new album coming out. This CD reflects all that.

Warning for sensitive eyes: I buy and quote the explicit versions of all the songs.  And all the best parts are the ones with the swear words.

I have included the iTunes genres so you can see how schizophrenic my musical tastes are. And so that you may laugh at Apple’s classifications.

And that is why they call it a MIX TAPE Photo: gokwala.com

And that is why they call it a MIX TAPE
Photo: gokwala.com

1. Counting Stars-One Republic POP
This is one of those songs that I never noticed until I found myself singing along to it on the radio one day. It rocks, but there is a sound effect in the background that sounds just like my Pointer whining. That bothers me a little.
“Lately I been, I been losing sleep
Dreaming about the things that we could be
But baby, I been, I been prayin’ hard
Said no more counting dollars
We’ll be counting stars
Yeah, we’ll be counting stars”*

2. Over My Head (Cable Car)-The Fray ROCK
I have loved this song since it came out. My favorite part:
“Everyone knows I’m in
Over my head
Over my head
With eight seconds left in overtime
She’s on your mind
She’s on your mind”

3. Over My Head-Richard Marx POP
The local radio station that will play ANYTHING plays this all the time, even though it is from 2012. I bought it because I liked it, I thought it would be funny to put next to The Fray song of the same name, and I feel a little sorry for Richard Marx. Although he probably has more money than I ever will have, so he is probably doing just fine. My crazy friend and my green-haired friend and her brother all went to see Richard Marx once at an outdoor venue in the summer. On the big screen that was broadcasting his performance, I watched a bug fly in his mouth mid-song. He never missed a beat or hit a wrong note. He didn’t spit until the song was over. It really impressed me. He is a class act.


4. The a Team-Ed Sheeran SINGER/SONGWRITER

This is has terribly depressing subject matter, but it is catchy and gets stuck in my head.
“It’s too cold outside
For angels to fly”

5. Speak Life-tobyMac CHRISTIAN
I don’t know why I like tobyMac, I just do. This song is very upbeat and dancey, just like “Steal My Show”, the only other song by him that I know.
“So speak Life, speak Life.
To the deadest darkest night.
Speak life, speak Life.
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why.”

6. We Can’t Stop-Miley Cyrus POP
I have liked Miley since her Hannah Montana days. I think her recent stunts that have attracted publicity are doing just what they were designed to do: ATTRACT PUBLICITY! I think she is a really good singer, although this song doesn’t fully showcase that. Who knew something so cool would come from the guy who cursed us with “Achy Breaky Heart”.
“It’s our party we can do what we want to
It’s our house we can love who we want to
It’s our song we can sing if we want to
It’s my mouth I can say what I want to”

7. Wrecking Ball-Eli Lieb POP
I like Miley’s version, but this guy really rocks it.
“Don’t you ever say I just walked away
I will always want you”

8. Girls Just Want to Have Fun-Cyndi Lauper POP
I heard this song on the way to work this week and it actually made me cry. I am going to blame it on the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder. But some of the lyrics really are deep.
“Some boys take a beautiful girl
And hide her away from the rest of the world
I want to be the one to walk in the sun
Oh girls they want to have fun”

Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars

Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars

9. Up In The Air-30 Seconds to Mars ALTERNATIVE
I have liked 30 Seconds to Mars since they came out with their first song “Capricorn”. I love that Jared Leto is proving that former actors can have successful bands. I love it when he wears eyeliner. I can’t believe I missed going to see them in my concert-going 20’s.
“I’ll wrap my hands around your neck so tight with love, love.
A thousand times I tempted fate.
A thousand times I played this game.
A thousand times that I have said today, today, today.”

10. City of Angels-30 Seconds to Mars ALTERNATIVE
Every time this song comes on the radio, I change it, because the beginning is just so slow. But I love the emotion in the song. The lyrics say “strangers”, but Jared actually sings it like “strangels”. I want to be a strangel for Halloween. Sort of like a strange angel? I could just wear my normal clothes and mismatched socks, and slap on a pair of wings. I have black wings. That would make me more stranger.
“Lost in the city of angels
Down in the comfort of strangers
I found myself in the fire burnt hills
In the land of a billion lights”

11. What the Hell-Avril Lavigne POP
The namesake for this whole CD. I totally love Avril, and I have all her albums. Well, I did, except somehow I missed when “Goodbye Lullabye” came out. I am guessing that was because I was busy with my son’s doctor appointments and trying to find a job. I wasn’t listening to much radio. But my collection is now up-to-date. I would BE Avril if I could.
“All my life I’ve been good but now
I’m thinking ‘What the hell?'”

12. Smile-Avril Lavigne POP
It has a cute music video.

13. Rock N Roll-Avril Lavigne POP
It has a cute music video with Bear-Sharks. And the song rocks!
“I don’t care if I’m a misfit
I like it better than the hipster bullshit
I am the motherfucking princess
You still love me”

14. Undead-Hollywood Undead ROCK
I love Rap/Rock and I was very sad when it went out of style. Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park–I loved them all. I am happy that Hollywood Undead seems to be bringing it back.
“You better get up out the way,
Tomorrow we’ll rise so let’s fight today,
You know, I don’t give a fuck what you think or say,
‘Cause we’ll rock this whole place anyway.”

15. Dead Bite-Hollywood Undead ROCK
Rap/Rock, and REALLY creepy.
“What would you do if I told you I hate you?
What would you do if your life’s on the line?
What would you say if I told you I hate you?
I’ve got something that’ll blow your mind, mind”

16. 4 Real-Avril Lavigne POP
I needed more songs on the CD.

17. Darlin-Avril Lavigne POP
Ditto

18. Goodbye-Avril Lavigne POP
A very powerful song, but kinda slow for my taste.

*All lyrics belong to their respective writers. I am sorry to say I am not that talented.

What I Learned This Week – 11/4/2012

This week I learned that while wearing a wig for Halloween can pretty significantly change your appearance, it is not a pleasant experience. I wore a long blonde wig. My wig would block my vision when I bent down or if the wind blew. The hair was so long, that I had trouble putting my jacket on and sitting against the back of the car seat, because it would get caught.

Wearing that long hair for 5 hours made me realize why chicks like Britney Spears and Miley Cyrus cut all their long hair off and go a little crazy. They get drunk from the freedom! And all that weight not pulling down on their brain!

Crunchtables Pretzel Coated Dill Pickle Crisps


I discovered this a few weeks ago, but still a worthy side note. You no longer have to go to a restaurant to enjoy the taste sensation that is fried pickles! I found Crunchtables Pretzel Coated Dill Pickle Crisps in the frozen vegetable section at Walmart. I make them in the oven, so they are actually more like “baked pickles”, but they are ready in 11 minutes and oh so good!

After my family consumed our third box of them in two weeks time, my husband asked me how much they cost. I told him I had never looked. We agreed that it didn’t matter, they are worth it!

I like Hannah Montana

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I am 36 years old and I like Hannah Montana. Think of me what you will.

I can’t even pass off that my child is actually the one who likes the show. I have a son and he is only 18 months old. He doesn’t have much of an opinion on TV yet. And I have liked the show longer than that.

I heard about the show Hannah Montana long before I ever saw it. I do not have the Disney Channel. But I thought a show with Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter as a secret rock star sounded interesting. And I was under the false notion that she actually lived in Montana.

Then ABC started showing the series on Saturday Morning. It was goofy and simple and made me miss TV sitcoms of yore. Doesn’t every girl (everyone), deep down feel like they could be a rock star? I liked how at school, when she is just Miley Stewart hanging out with her friend Lily, they are losers. (I can totally relate to that.) It is refreshing that she gets both experiences. Although, if a teenager knew that they had a sure fire way to be more popular instantly, there is no way they could resist that. In the real world, Miley would surely have outed herself as Hannah in the pursuit of popularity.

Miley and Lily are supposed to be best friends. But if you watch the show and what they say and how they treat each other, they are very mean. It is meant to be funny, but it really isn’t. If my best friend treated me like that, I think I would find a new friend. Is the Disney Channel where today’s kids are learning to be mean to each other?

I own the Hannah Montana movie. (I may have used nefarious tactics to obtain it. But that is what my husband gets for signing us up for the Disney DVD club.) And the soundtrack. I enjoy spending an afternoon watching Miley rediscover her roots in Crowley Corners. The movie is nice because it has better writing, better production values, and a bigger budget than the regular TV series. I tend to like movies about teenage girls coming of age and young adult fiction anyways. It is what I am drawn to. I have experience in it. Just two decades ago. Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t buying Hannah Montana merchandise. OK, maybe a musical toothbrush. It is not like I am drawn to TV stars who have their own unique style or anything.

ABC Saturday morning drove me nuts, because I believe they were only showing the same episodes from one season of the show. It drove me nuts knowing there were more stories I wasn’t seeing. I wasn’t seeing the kids grow up. After seeing the same episodes for like three years, I quit tuning in.

Recently, I found all four seasons of Hannah Montana on streaming Netflix. I got to see the final season where she reveals her true identity to the world. I got to see the pilot episode where Lily finds out her identity. Now I am trying to recap and watch all the episodes I still have not seen all these years. One problem: I am watching Jem at the same time. I am totally going to get my rock star secret identities all mixed up. Jem, Hannah Montana, Jerrica Benton, Miley Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Destiny Hope Cyrus. Will the real pop star please raise her hand?

More about Jem in a truly outrageous future post:)

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