Wednesday, March 18, 2009

If a podcast told you to jump off a bridge....

Describing my taste in music as eclectic might be a tad understating. My iPod playlists are a mosaic of genres that even David Letterman couldn't link to a specific stereotype. And, like most people...I just love music. Pop to Pavarotti, rock to religious, Free Bird to funk, classical to country...a little or a lot of each is all on there...and I listen to it all.

Who's Grayson Hugh? Song on my iPod. Have you heard of the Amazing Rhythm Aces? Original version of Third Rate Romance on my iPod. Do you remember Robbie Dupree? Squeeze? The Clash? Ronnie Milsap? The Manhattans? Pablo Cruise? They're all there. LTD or Hot Chocolate ring a sexy thing?

Now before all of you kids born during the Reagan administration or later stop reading, I've got plenty of music released on something other than vinyl too...even that catchy tune by Yael Naim from the Macbook commercial ...'I'm a new soul, I came to this strange world, Hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give and take.' I really like songs with 'la la' or 'hey hey' in them...seems hip.

I sing in the car most days. I also keep a pair of drumsticks with quick access for good grooves or rolls coming up in a song. My thoughtful wife got me a new car stereo for Christmas that syncs with my iPod. Good stuff...keeps my hands free for drumming parts. I don't really embarrass easy, so singing and drumming doesn't cease when there's an audience...say at a red light or on the Interstate. The same principle applies when I sing in the choir at church. Can I sing? Doesn't matter...I do it anyway. Hey...make a joyful noise...the good Book doesn't say anything about melody. Sometimes, I sing while I play drums in our church Praise Team, but I don't do it often. The Music Director gets upset because sometimes I forget I'm the drummer...first and foremost.
Being a drummer draws me to different music styles to some degree. I make fun of the Bee Gees on this blog from time to time, yet the groove of Night Fever is mesmerizing to me...and hard to master. Although I'm not that fond of country music, it was Don William's son who helped me with the switch from guitar to drums while I was in college, so I feel somewhat obliged to keep some old school Nashville around...even though Don Jr. played classic rock in a college band. I also went to school with Marty Roe of Diamond Rio...great guy, great voice...but dances like the white guy he really is. (You young people probably need to google Don Williams)

Are we what we iPod? Hmmm...that's a pretty philosophical question that has great points on both sides of the debate. Music touches and affects everyone....good and bad. I don't think, as a Christian, it's a requirement for me to listen to only Christian music. Besides, it's a little difficult for me and the wife to...well...get 'to know each other' with Ray Boltz playing in the background. Okay, bad choice...let's say Mercy Me. Now Boyz II Men or James Ingram, on the other hand...bow chicka wow wow. I do subscribe to the 'garbage in, garbage out' method of parenting, so I don't want to come across a hypocrite either.

I was forever changed one day when I heard my high school football coach belting Maneater...Hall and Oates style...while he showered after football practice. I need a mental Tic Tac.


Tony C said...

I encourage you to share the song you're most embarrassed by on your iPod (or any other media source).

Mine's got to be 'Sacred Emotion' by Donny Osmond...and you?

Tracy said...

I'm almost afraid to say it, but I have several of those ipod commercial songs...including Yael Naim and Feist. No Bee Gees!

katdish said...

Oooo! Love "Black Coffee in Bed" by Squeeze, "Rich Girl" by Hall and Oates (do you know who that song is about? -- I do), "I'm not drunk" (I'm just drinking) by Albert Collins, I have several classical CDs, even a few country ones (mostly because I love singing "My Ma-reeeeeeeeeeeeee-ia!" by Brooks and Dunn at the top of my lungs. I'm surprised you didn't mention anything by Rush...

Z said...

I don't have an ipod but mine would be so eclectic you'd die laughing! Sadly, I'd probably have very little Christian music...As a Christian, I must admit I only have about 7 CD's of Christian music amid hundreds of opera, Country, JAZZ, Classic old rock, Broadway, Classical, etc etc.........

I LOVE the Bee Gees...HEY HEY HEY!! Ya, I must admit!

I'm trying to think of an embarrassing tune I could tell you I like.........."I love you more today than yesterday"? (Bliss)

Tony..I could NEVER stoop to Donny Osmond! (Smile!) But, seriously....!!

David aka Johnny said...

Hey, hey, my my... that's some taste ya got there Tony. Or is Billy Cobham, or maybe Barriemore Barlow. I'll have to check in the car next to me on the way home tomorrow from work.

AtlantaMama said...

born during the Reagan administration -- that's me!! yea, I hear ya about the ipod -- I CANNOT put mine on a random mix. I have worship play list, musical theatre, Christmas, and Kelly Clarkston. My husband put a bunch of his classic rock stuff on my ipod too... the mix would never work. There are several songs on mine that I'd like to DELETE

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Q-Dog said...
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Q-Dog said...

I think I may have the winners. I've been buying albums the last few weeks to collect/sell.

The funniest/coolest ones I picked up were 'The Muppet Show', 'Chipmunk Punk' (Alvin & the Chipmunks singing punk),& 'Convoy Hits' (Trucker Songs). Haha!

Lula! said...

Pablo Cruise, The Clash, Squeeze, and Ronnie Milsap all in the same post? I so dig you. And yes, all these are on my Pod, too.

I'm not embarrassed by any of the songs on my iPod, unless there's some random "rump shaker" on there that's on a dance CD that I've uploaded. Maybe "Who Let The Dogs Out" or something lame like that.

My pastor and I had the best discussion about music just last week...we started with Journey & Foreigner, mixed in a little dc Talk and Brooke Fraser (she's my favorite Christian artist), and ended up breaking down the virtues of Van Halen, Run DMC, and Kanye West. Yes, it was a lively discussion. Good times.

p.s. I will now be singing "Sacred Emotion" for the rest of the day. Remember Michael "I'm On The Young and the Restless" Damien's version of "Rock On?" Yeah, that's on the Pod, too.

BeckeyZ said...

How cool! And I thought I was the only one with a mish/mash of musical genres on my mp3 player. I never know when to go for Dean Martin or Ricky Martin (I know - the songs are in Spanish and I have NO idea what he's singing, but it sounds so suhweeeeet). Then ther is Petula Clark, Billy Joel, or perhaps Green Day and Live. Right there in the line-up with Third Day, Casting Crowns and Bill Cosby (those early albums my dad use to have still make me LAUGH! Remember Fat Albert playing "buck-buck"?).

Just don't tell the church secretary that I have Cat Stevens on there too - she may take out a fatwa on me.