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Posted on Saturday, July 1st, 2006

Dave!You would think that the internet age would make travel planning easier.

You would be wrong.

I just spent the past four hours arranging flights, hotels, rental cars, and all the other crap that makes travel so much fun. Nothing ever matches up. Flights always have ridiculously long layovers. Hotel check-in times are always too late and check-out too early. And meetings are never in the most convenient place. The good news is that in-between it all, I get to be in New York for a few days...

New York

Then it's off to Wisconsin...

Wisconsin

And finally back to Chicago...

Chicago

And that's only for the first two weeks. I haven't got the energy to plan the rest of the summer.

   

And now, because it's Saturday and nobody seems to read my blog on Saturdays... AND because I'm a total meme whore... AND because I'm a total music whore... AND because I'm a total whore for Karla's Tales of a Texpatriate... I am stealing this rather cool "Three Songs Meme" from her in an extended entry (because it is MASSIVE)...

NAME UP TO THREE:
The rules are that you can only name a maximum of three, and you have to list specific songs. For your listening pleasure, I've included links to the iTunes Music Store, when available.

  • Songs That I Loathe to the Core of My Being
    1. I Wanna Make Love by Kid Rock. I'm not sure that's the actual name of the song, but it's whatever song that no-talent ass-clown was screaming at the American Music Awards a couple years ago. "I WANNA MAKE LOVE! I WANNA MAKE LOVE! I WANNA MAKE LOVE!" over and over again. The stupidest f#@%ing song I've ever heard.
    2. This is the Night, by Clay Aiken. Actually, you can pick any of Clay Aiken's shitty songs and plug them in the #2 spot... it makes no difference since they're all crap. This one was played on an airline flight somewhere, which is the only reason I remember the title.
    3. Solitaire, by Clay Aiken. In fact, I loathe this little bastard so much you can stick any of his dumbass songs in the #3 spot as well. I chose this one at random, and it sucks ass even worse than that other wretched pile of excrement. This screeching pile of ass is popular WHY?!?
  • Musical Artists That I Loathe to the Core of My Being
    1. Clay Aiken. Yeah. Shocked, I know. I'd rather impale my eardrums with railroad spikes than listen to his "singing"... if that's what you call his whiny droning.
    2. Taylor Hicks. Holy crap! And I thought Clay Aiken was bad! Taylor Hicks makes me want to blow my head off... WITH AN ATOMIC BOMB! This American Idol shit has got to stop.
    3. Neil Diamond. Oh how I loathe him. Oddly enough, he's a good songwriter and has written some decent songs... I just can't stand it when he sings them. Every time he comes on the radio I throw up in my mouth a little bit.
  • Rolling Stones Songs I Love
    1. Paint It Black. The theme song for Tour of Duty, one of my favorite television shows.
    2. Start Me Up. Quintessential Stones song.
    3. Jumpin' Jack Flash. Hey, it's a gas gas gas! And it's also from that cool Whoopi Goldberg film by the same name.
  • Beatles Songs I Love
    1. Help! This is the song that defines the Beatles for me.
    2. Hello, Goodbye. And this is my favorite Beatles song ever.
    3. Here Comes the Sun. I love this song, but am afraid to admit that I like it best when Nina Simone sings it... probably one of the most beautiful Beatles covers ever.
  • Who Songs I Love
    1. Baba O'Reily. Theme song for CSI New York, and my favorite Who song.
    2. Who Are You. Theme song for the original CSI.
    3. Won't Get Fooled Again. Theme song for CSI Miami, starring the worst actor of any generation: the craptastic David Caruso.
  • Reggae Songs I Love
    1. Is This Love, by Bob Marley. Bob had so many cool songs, but I think this is my favorite.
    2. Tomorrow People, by Ziggy Marley. A great 80's reggae song that kind of reinvigorated the genre.
    3. Red Red Wine, by UB40. Kind of a faux reggae song, but I love it just the same.
  • Country Songs I Love
    1. You've Got A Way, by Shania Twain. I don't like Country music, so this pop song by a hot country artist is going to have to do.
    2. This Kiss, by Faith Kill. Ditto.
    3. 9 to 5, by Dolly Parton. Ditto again.
  • Movie Soundtracks I Love
    1. 101, by Depeche Mode. The greatest band of all time had the greatest concert movie of all time from the greatest tour of all time and created the greatest live soundtrack of all time.
    2. Songs of Faith and Devotion, LIVE, by Depeche Mode. The astoundingly brilliant soundtrack to the concert film Devotional. Proving once again that Depeche Mode is the best live band to ever grace a stage (even when lead singer Dave Gahan is coked out of his mind).
    3. About A Boy, by Badly Drawn Boy. Some of the most beautiful music you will ever hear, including I Love NYE which is magic.
  • Musical Soundtracks I Love
    1. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut. How Trey Parker and Matt Stone managed to create a South Park musical that didn't suck is beyond me. Hysterically funny film with really great music. Of course, it was their second musical... Team America which featured the brilliant song America, F#@% Yeah! that took things to another level entirely.
    2. Xanadu, by Olivia Newton John and ELO. The movie was kind of crap, but the soundtrack had amazing Olivia Newton John cuts and one of my favorite Electric Light Orchestra songs ever: Don't Walk Away, which is a crushingly haunting tune.
    3. Grease, by John Travolta, Olivia Newton John, and Sha-Na-Na. Not exactly a favorite, but it's about the only other musical I've ever seen.
  • Cover Songs I Love
    1. Solsbury Hill, by Erasure. A really nice cover of Peter Gabriel's hit.
    2. Super Trouper, by The A-Teens. A nifty bubble gum pop dance version of a great ABBA song.
    3. American Woman, by Lenny Kravitz. A kick-ass version of the Who original track. I really struggled between this song, No Doubt's version of Talk Talk's It's My Life, Billy Idol's version of Tommy James' Mony Mony, and Jordis Unga's jaw-dropping version of David Bowie's Man Who Sold the World for this last spot.
  • Contemporary Top-40 Artists I Secretly Love
    1. Keane. Their stuff is just beautiful, and is in sharp contrast to most of the crap out there now-a-days.
    2. Daniel Powter. I got hooked on his song Bad Day, and then discovered he's got an entire catalog of great music.
    3. Coldplay. They have such massive popularity for a reason... their stuff is amazing.
  • Songs That Bring Me to Tears
    1. Don't Answer Me, by The Alan Parson's Project. I went to an Alan Parson's concert with my best friend before he died, and this song always reminds me of him whenever I hear it.
    2. Storm on the Sea, by The Thompson Twins. A haunting melody that touches me for reasons I cannot explain.
    3. The Scientist, by Coldplay. This song has a kind of longing to it that is painfully beautiful to listen to.
  • Songs That Make Me Shake My Ass
    1. Enjoy the Silence, by Depeche Mode. Every time I hear this song, it takes me back to a Depeche Mode concert and gets me moving.
    2. Brand New Lover, by Dead or Alive. It's a slammin' 80's dance track that never fails to pack the dance floor.
    3. Rock The Casbah, by The Clash. Thrash to The Clash. Killer track that has me rockin' out every time I hear it.
  • Classical Composers I Love
    1. Ludwig Van Beethoven. Powerful, moving, wondrous.
    2. Anotnio Vivaldi. Uplifting, lyrical, inspirational.
    3. Johannes Brahms. Beautiful, innovative, complex.
  • Rap/Hip-Hop Songs I Love
    1. Party Up by DMX. Few rap artists can rip into you quite like DMX. His rap just tears through you like a rusty knife, and this song manages to temper that brutality with a catchy beat you can't get out of your head.
    2. Feel So Good by Mase. This guy has a voice like butter, and I am confident that he could sing any type of music he set out to. This song samples Gloria Estefan's Bad Boys in a way you couldn't possibly guess. Brilliance.
    3. Down for Whatever, by Ice Cube. I admit I got hooked on this song (and a few other rap classics, like Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta by Geto Boys) because of the Office Space movie soundtrack. One of my favorites though, is when they beat the crap out of the FAX machine to Still (also by the Geto Boys).
  • 70s Disco Songs I Love
    1. Night Fever, by The BeeGees. How can you have a list of disco hits without The BeeGees? How is it that the iTunes Music Store doesn't sell The BeeGees?
    2. If I Can't Have You, by Yvonne Elliman. One of the few disco-era songs that doesn't make me puke. Much.
    3. Disco Inferno, by The Trampps. If you ignore the fact that it's disco, it almost doesn't suck.
  • 70s Supergroup Songs I Love
    1. The Name of the Game, by ABBA. The ultimate 70's supergroup... was there anybody else bigger than ABBA? I actually like most of their stuff, but this is a favorite (and a lot less embarrassing to admit than Dancing Queen.
    2. Get Down Tonight, by KC and The Sunshine Band. This song is TOTALLY AWESOME and I LOVE IT!
    3. I'm Not In Love, by 10cc. Well, I guess they were a supergroup. I was in grade school.
  • Metal Songs I Love
    1. Walk by Pantera. Whenever I am pissed at the world, the first group I reach for is Nine Inch Nails. The second group I reach for is Pantera. They are a real metal band that knows how to rip the shit out of you with lyrics so tight you'll have no choice but to scream along. I was gutted when Dimebag Darrell was killed, because his guitar slams made Pantera. Walk shows his talents well, almost overshadowing the driving drum beat.
    2. Rainbow in the Dark, by Dio. This is one of those metal songs that almost has an almost pop edge to it... which gave it a kind of cross-chart popularity and brought more people to metal music. This was both bad and good for the genre but, at its heart, Rainbow in the Dark remains a metal classic.
    3. South of Heaven, by Slayer. I rediscovered this album during Day of Slayer, and have found a new appreciation for the title track (great lyrics). I catch some crap for not putting Raining Blood at the top of my list, but have to say that South has an edge over Reign. for me.
  • New Wave Songs I Love
    1. People are People by Depeche Mode. Before they were an amazing alternative band, DM was an amazing New Wave band on the cutting edge of the British invasion.
    2. Until She Comes, by The Psychedelic Furs. Gotta have The Furs on there! This is one of those songs that's actually a very nice ballad in New Wave clothing.
    3. Bizarre Love Triangle, by New Order. After Joy Division dissolved, New Order formed to go on to even greater heights. I love just about everything they've ever done, and they were the corner of a New Order, Depeche Mode, Morrisey triangle that kept me happy through the New Wave era.
  • Soul/R&B Songs I Love
    1. Another Sad Love Song, by Toni Braxton. One of the hottest. Singers. Ever.
    2. Waiting for You, by Seal. I guess this is kind of R&B-ish isn't it?
    3. Got To Be Real, by Cheryl Lynn. This woman could cut through glass with that amazing voice.
  • Power Ballads I Love
    1. Get Right With Me. by Depeche Mode. Dave Gahan has one of the most amazing voices ever, and this ballad fills ever corner of a room when you play it.
    2. November Rain, by Guns n' Roses. Actually, Axl Rose has a number of songs that qualify as amazing power ballads... his voice is all at the same time raw, biting, and hauntingly melodic.
    3. Love Bites, by Def Leppard. This song works on so many levels, and makes for a pretty sweet power ballad with lyrics you can't help but want to sing along.
  • Pre-Rock and Rock-Era Songs I Love
    1. Chatanooga Choo Choo, by Glen Miller. There was music before rock? About the only band I know that pre-dates Elvis is Glen Miller. His music is funky-fresh... in a 1940's kind of way.
    2. String of Pearls, by Glen Miller. Not as well known as the song above, but I actually like it even better.
    3. Little Brown Jug, by Glen Miller. If you've ever seen The Glen Miller Story you already know what makes this song special.
  • Punk Songs I Love
    1. Should I Stay or Should I Go, by The Clash. Probably considered more "rock" than "punk" though The Clash is my favorite punk band, and this is one of my favorite songs by them.
    2. Liar, by The Sex Pistols. The very definition of punk rock is The Sex Pistols. Karla already gave God Save The Queen, so I'm going with Liar.
    3. Beverly Hills, by The Circle Jerks. I just wanted to have a reason to write "circle jerk" in my blog at long last.
  • Singer/Songwriter Songs I Love
    1. Still Fighting It, by Ben Folds. This song is brilliant in every measure, and Ben Folds manages to create beautiful music
    2. Miracle, by Jon Bon Jovi. One of my most favorite songs. Beautiful lyrics, and features amazing guitar work by the incomparable Jeff Beck.
    3. On My Way Home by Enya. There's so many beautiful Enya songs that it's hard to narrow it down to just one. On My Way Home has a hopefulness and spirit to it that kind of sets it apart.
  • MTV Videos I Love
    1. Take On Me. by a-ha. Redefined the brilliance of music videos back in the 80's. It was pretty much all down-hill from here.
    2. Here I Go Again, by Whitesnake. Sorry, but that image of Tawny Kitaen freakin' on the hood of that car has never left me.
    3. Bad Day by Daniel Powter. This is the only contemporary video I've loved enough to buy from the iTunes Music Store. A great song with a cool story makes for an awesome video.
  • None of the Above Songs I Love
    1. Mercy in You by Depeche Mode. This is an amazing song that I never tire of listening to. I have heard it at least once a week (daily, work days) since it debuted 13 years ago.
    2. If You Were Here, by the Thompson Twins. A hauntingly beautiful song from one of my all-time favorite bands. Most people remember it as the song that closed out the film Sixteen Candles when Samantha and Jake are sitting on the dining room table with the birthday cake.
    3. Nothing's Impossible, by Depeche Mode. This song off their latest album has haunted me ever since I first heard it, and has stuck in my head like few other songs ever have.
  • Guilty Pleasures
    1. Erasure. They've stuck by their 80's pop music style and continue to crank out new music that I enjoy from time to time. In-between all the synth-pop silliness, they occasionally crank out a brilliant song like You Surround Me that reminds me all over again why I love their music.
    2. A Flock of Seagulls. Most people dismiss this band as one-hit-wonders thanks to their only real hit, I Ran. But this is really unfair, because they have a great catalog of synth pop music... like You're Mine and The More You Live The More You Love.
    3. The Cure. It's probably not fashionable to like them anymore, but whenever I hear the sublimely perfect Pictures of You, from the equally sublimely perfect album Disintegration that spawned it, I fall in love with the band all over again.
  • Songs to Have Sex To
    1. Closer, by Nine Inch Nails. I gotta go with Karla on this one. Nothing screams raw, animal sex like this killer track. Of course, you could say that about a lot of NIN stuff.
    2. Turn The Lights Down, by a-ha. Mesmerizing vocals by Morten Harket and Anneli Drecker in a dreamy musical score that could put anybody in the mood.
    3. At Last by Etta James. I'll take Etta over Barry White and Marvin Gaye any day. Intrigued? Here's a list of more love songs from a different meme I did.

Holy crap that was a long-ass meme! Probably would have gone faster if I didn't feel the need to explain everything and then grab all those iTunes Music Store links.


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Comments

  1. LarryB says:

    Dave – Personally, I wouldn’t mind having your travel schedule for a year or two. I look at your blog and I boggle at the places you get to go to. I’ve only had two overseas business trips, one to Tokyo (which was absolutely amazing) and another to Mexico City (where I didn’t get to see anything at all because I spent all my time going from the hotel to cushy offices – for a truly amazing value of sink-to-your-ankle-in-the-carpets cushy – and getting chauffered around.) I’d really like to go back to both places and see more of them.

    Yeah, booking your own travel can be a PITA, but I have to do that using my company’s travel tool which will always try to save $25 by making me change in Phoenix with a 5 hour layover.

    Enjoy NYC and Chicago. Heck, I’m sure you can enjoy Wisconsin if you put your mind to it!

  2. SJ says:

    I read your blog EVERY DAY, even Saturdays! Does that mean I have no life? Or that my life revolves around your blog?

    Yeah, this has got to be the LONGEST MEME EVER, which is why I simply MUST steal it for Chronic Listaholic.

    ABBA, huh? Well, at least you also included “Love Bites,” “Miracle” and Nina Simone. A well-rounded list, indeed!

  3. adena says:

    Holy cork, this is a long meme.

    Of course I agree to all the DM, Erasure, NIN…oh hell, basically ALL the alternative stuff.

    I’m not doing this, tho’, because there are a few categories that I don’t have any favorites in.

    Oh, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE “The Scientist”. Actually, any songs w/ a piano score, because I played piano growing up, so I’m a sucker for it in songs. But, The Scientist is such a pretty song, and Coldplay’s stuff is just so…I dunno, it just kinda takes you over.

  4. delmer says:

    A buddy of mine has seen Neil Diamond in concert a couple of times and says the man puts on a pretty good show.

    Well, that was 20 years ago, which may be even odder as my buddy was in his mid-20’s then. And during that time we’d seen Bruce, Ted Nugent, Van Halen, REO Speedwagon, Bob Seeger, and other non-Neil Diamond types together.

    I’m a big ABBA fan too. And, FWIW, G. Gordon Liddy is one as well.

  5. margalit says:

    But did you ever see FLock of Seagulls live? I did! At the Hamptom Beach Casino in New Hampster and they were great.

    Oh, and the Cure is VERY au currant with the high school kids who don’t listen to techno hiphop crap. My son is a HUGE Cure fan. As am I. It’s weird that my 13 year old kid borrows my CDs. He was listening to Blond on Blond tonight. Dylan. 13. Does not compute.

  6. EDDIE says:

    Do they have Hard Rock Cafe in Wisconsin?

  7. Laurence says:

    Your trips make me dream.
    To tell you the truth, I just know these cities throuh the TV and cinema :
    New-York : Friends, Sex and the City, Fame, “Le parrain”, “Les Affranchis”, Spiderman…
    Wisconsin : That’s 70’s show, James Hobert in Spin City…
    Chicago : Scarface, Al Capone, “Quand Harry rencontre Sally” (one of my favorite movie), “Le fugitif”, “Les incorruptibles”…

  8. Wayne Hall says:

    Wow, there are so many differences between us and yet so many similarities.

    Differences:

    • Neil Diamond
      I like Neil Diamond’s voice even better than his songwriting. I hope that doesn’t scare you. I especially like Red Red Wine by both UB40 and Neil Diamond (Neil Diamond originally wrote and performed the song in 1967).
    • Country
      Like you, I don’t enjoy Country as a genre, but unlike you, I could easily name a bunch of actual non-Pop Country songs that I do like. There’s Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard
    • Xanadu
      Like you, I love Xanadu soundtrack, but unlike you, I also love the movie :) Oh, and Olivia Newton-John had her share of Country cross-overs too.
    • Circle Jerks
      I don’t feel compelled to actually have a reason to write Circle Jerk. I’d just write it. I was going to put it in my comment on your “Salad” entry but couldn’t work it in easily…
    • Knowledge
      A lot of the stuff you listed I’d never actually heard, or heard of. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a Clay Aiken song, but I know who he is. I remember Erasure in high school and I remmeber liking what I heard, but I think mostly my roommate used one of their songs as a good car stereo test song. Never heard of Etta James, Daniel Powter, Ben Folds, Cheryl Lynn, 10cc, Mase, Keane, Badly Drawn Boy, Taylor Hicks.
    • Amount of TV
      You watch a lot more TV. I can see that some of it leads to the knowledge difference given the Clay Aiken ties, and the CSI theme songs, and Tour of Duty, etc. Although not referenced in this blog entry, I’ve already resolved to see about this “Veronica of Mars” thing you write about so frequently. Again, something I’ve never even heard of.
    • What brings tears
      I’m guessing you’ve either never heard “Cat’s in the Cradle” or had a temporary brain failure. I hope it’s not that you can listen to the song and not get all welled up near the end. If so, you’re just plain heartless. In fairness, your reason for the Alan Parson’s song trumps a song’s actual substance to bring the tears.

    Similarities:

    • Attention to detail
      We both spend time on what we want to do, even when others might look at it and say “why’d you waste time on THAT?!?!?”. Take the itunes links for example – I for one respect the extra effort you took and also recognize that when people say things like that, it’s usually because they’re thinking it took you the same amount of time it would have taken them. But on some things (especially formatting and additional easy-to-parse detail) it probably takes you 1/100th the amount of time.
    • ABBA
      I think I knew you liked ABBA, but I didn’t know the similarities ran so deep as to have “Name Of The Game” be a favorite! To me, it’s _the_ favorite. What a song. And, the video has extended lyrics. The beginning of the song always has me close my eyes and just experience the whole thing. This is why I don’t keep ABBA in the car.
    • Grease
      Well, it looks like it took 3rd place on your list out of lack of competition. I loved Grease the move and the music. Plus, I’ve probably seen way more musicals than you. Oh crap. What am I saying?!?!?! (examples that might need to go here would include “Sound of Music”, “Moulin Rouge”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Tommy”, “Muppets Take Manhatten” and “Mary Poppins”. And I don’t know if Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” is a movie soundtrack or a musical soundtrack.
    • Enya
      Yup. Just about everything by her is great.
    • Flock of Seagulls
      I thought it was just a one-hit thingy but then some time ago my brother was in a band and Kansas came to town, and Flock of Seagulls opened for them, and then my brother’s band opened for both. Anyway, I was able to hear more FoS songs and I liked them. Although, I couldn’t name them now.

    So what I’ve learned from this is that I think I want to expand my musical horizons a little and not be so boxed in. The stuff I like, I like very deep. By that I mean once I got into Rush, I bought every album. Every single album. And the VHS videos. And bootlegs. And when they came out with another album, I was the first to get it.

    Led Zeppelin? bought it all. The group `Yes`? Ok, that was a bit expensive given that there’s 40+ albums if you count all the solo projects of all the 12+ members over the last 38 years. Steely Dan, Moody Blues, Mannheim Steamroller, Ozzy/Black Sabbath, Sting, Depeche Mode, Steve Vai, Duran Duran, Def Leppard, ABBA, Enya. I’ve bought every album for each one of these artists, and usually the videos as well. Oh, and ignore the fact that a lot of them I started with albums on some, buying all of them on cassettes, then re-buying them on CD’s and with some, re-buying a few of them again on DVD-Audio, when available. (tip: if you really really like your music, try buying one of your favorite albums… you know, an album you know inside and out, left and right, backwards and forwards, and then buy a DVD-Audio version of it. It’ll likely blow you away. My examples here would be Donald Fagan’s _Kamakiriad_ and Steely Dan’s _Two Against Nature_.

    So maybe the reason I don’t get into artists that other people like, like Coldplay, Smashing Pumpkins, Eminem, Creed, [insert other popular bands here] is that I fear the investment.

  9. jodi says:

    ooo… you know, i am working on a cd of covers for a friend and needed just a couple more song ideas. she sent me 80 songs and i wanted to give her back 80, but we had a lot of the same sources. that erasure song was just the ticket! :)

  10. Dave2 says:

    LarryB… I thought you had been to Starbucks in China and Germany?? Layovers are the worst. I usually have a 4-hour on the way back home and I hate it.

    SJ… Ooooh… but it’s more than 10 questions! What will she do? What WILL she do??

    Adena… I love the video for “The Scientist” too. Coldplay is genius, and that album remains my favorite.

    Delmer… ABBA is one of those groups that people tend to dismiss outright… or really enjoy. I used to dismiss them until I started really listening to their music. It’s amazingly complex and brilliant, and now I can’t imagine how I had ever disliked it.

    Margalit… It’s nice to know that The Cure still has a following. They are not my favorite group, but there is simply no denying that “Disintegration” is one of the most brilliant albums of all time. It’s genius on a scale that most bands can only dream of.

    EDDIE… Sadly, no. They don’t. I have no idea why Milwaukee isn’t given a shot at a cafe… but, then again, Seattle hasn’t ever had one either, so I guess there’s no understanding it.

    Laurence… It is nice to see cities through the eyes of those who create movies, television, and song… especially if you cannot visit them for yourself. :-)

    Wayne… I’ve heard “Cats in the Cradle” but it has no emotional tie to anything real for me. All I can muster is that it’s a nice song. It’s just like Eric Clapton’s song for his dead son “Tears in Heaven” that most people have on their list. Yes, it’s a sad song, and made a great tune for the Lethal Weapon 2 soundtrack… but I don’t get all worked up over it because it takes more than sad songs to work me into an emotional state. I need something real in my life to attach it to. This doesn’t make me heartless, it just means I am not an overly-emotional person (and there’s nothing wrong with that). ABBA’s “The Name of the Game” is about as brilliant as a song can get… so many complex overtones and beautiful shifts in the melody as it builds to an amazing finish. Even if somebody hated ABBA, they should still be able to appreciate how wonderful a job the group did in creating it. I don’t like musicals at all, and absolutely LOATHED “Moulin Rouge” and “Evita”. I will admit that “The Sound of Music” was very well done… better than most… but it’s still difficult for me to enjoy it. Oh… and fear of investment is a very valid reason to want to stay away from something. I understand perfectly, because I have an addictive personality! If I like a group, I don’t just want one album, I want ALL albums! :-)

    Jodi… As much as I like Erasure, their albums of covers was pretty terrible except for this one song and maybe two others. Still, I am glad to have it, because “Solsbury Hill” is a great effort, and I listen to it frequently.

  11. Ok, firstly, I am stealing this meme.
    Secondly, what’s a girl gotta do to get you to fill her iPod?

  12. Eve says:

    Yeah, I can tell how nobody reads your blogs on Saturdays!!!

    I could comment forever about the songs you put, but I don’t have the energy right now (just finished an all-day cleaning of the house). But, yeah, SLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ah, just had to say that.

  13. LarryB says:

    Dave – China and Germany were on my dime not my employer’s, and wow, you’ve got a good memory!

    FWIW, the week after next, I’ll be in Boston on business. I won’t have much in the way of free time, but it should be a nice change. It’s only my second business trip this year, but at least I managed to score non-stops with one way in First (last seat on the plane). Of course it was (just) more than 10% over the cost of cooling my heels in dopey places for 3-5 hours each way and I’m sure to hear from the finance people about it because it’s outside of travel policy.

    Also, I’d have had a heck of a hard time doing your music meme because I do such a good job of ignoring music I hate that I can’t tell you titles and artists. I am a big fan of The Cure, though, and I’m happy that a new generation is discovering their magical brand of up-tempo mopiness. (Yeah, and Depeche Mode is pretty great, too.)

  14. Dave2 says:

    Frances… Steal away! You probably don’t want me filling any iPod as I have questionable music tastes. You could be listening to the sweet tones of Nina Simone one minute… then BAM!! It’s the A-Teens or something. It’s not pretty. :-)

    Eve… Hah! For you, every day is Day of Slayer!

    LarryB… It’s hard to forget about the guy who told you about “Forbidden Starbucks!” I love Boston. I think I was just there last year wasn’t I?? Hmmm… some memory! :-D

  15. karla says:

    My dear friend Bookhart made up that meme…and it is an ass kicker. It took me three days of thinking before i even attempted it. She’s way cooler musically than I am….my general muscial rule is that if my ass don’t shake rattle and roll when I hear it, then I don’t buy it.

    I agree with most of your musical choices except Neil Diamond. yeah he’s weird, but damn that Cracklin’ Rosie can make me smile! I even have him on 70’s vinyl from my mom’s collection. She was a Neil Diamond FANATIC.

    And I love the little cheesehead Dave. He’s SO CUTE! He might be my favorite Dave ever. Because there’s COWS.

  16. Deb_LA says:

    Ok, that was a long ass meme. I don’t even know if I can attempt that one. I forgot about “Brand New Lover”! I LOVED that song. Can anyone over the age of 11 stand Gaykin?

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