Music To Turn 22 By: Catch 22

When I turned 22 I wrote a cover letter to a radio station in Madison, Wisconsin, where I was living at the time, seeking an internship. In my letter I framed my wanting to intern with them by the Catch 22 conundrum of being at the age where one wants to get experience but can’t get hired anywhere because he or she doesn’t have said experience. It got me the interview. However, I was so open to getting experience – any experience, my lack of focus caused me to lose out on that opportunity. C’est la vie.

In putting together this birthday compilation I again was still of the mindset that I needed to fill the CD up. A number of these songs I did not feel good about then, and still don’t like them now. And most of the ones I wasn’t sure about were suggestions from my BFF (sorry, Lisa) and were more her taste in music than mine. I’d say 10 of the tracks (1-4, 6, 7, 10-12, and 17) are me.

Brown Sugar (Fine)  ♦  Mos Def

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)  ♦  Stevie Wonder

Love At First Sight  ♦  Kylie Minogue

Fight Test  ♦  The Flaming Lips

Life On A Chain  ♦  Pete Yorn

Harder To Breathe  ♦  Maroon 5

The Questions  ♦  Common

P.S. You Rock My World  ♦  The Eels

Sittin’ Back  ♦  Res

Get Over It  ♦  OK Go

AM to PM  ♦  Christina Milian

Freaks Come Out  ♦  Whodini

Change Your Mind  ♦  Sister Hazel

Wildflower  ♦  Tom Petty

Polyester Bride  ♦  Liz Phair

Milk and Cereal  ♦  G Love and Special Sauce

Escapade  ♦  Janet Jackson

One Moment In Time  ♦  Whitney Houston

LCD Series – Color

Last night half of the CD club showed up for our second exchange since inception. The theme for this CD was “Color/Colors.” Originally, I was going to go the rainbow route, but then a snarky comment made by a fellow club member inspired my ultimate choice of focusing on one color: Green. It is my favorite color and, one way or another, all of these songs lead me to green. Some are very direct connections that are obvious from the title, artist, or subject matter, while others are more emotive or convoluted in linkage. 

Fairytale of New York  ♦  The Pogues

Particle Man  ♦  They Might Be Giants

Say You’ll Be There  ♦  The Spice Girls

Little Weapon  ♦  Lupe Fiasco ft. Bishop G & Nikki Jean

Pretty Green  ♦  The Jam

Juke Box Hero  ♦  Foreigner

Frontin’  ♦  Jamie Cullum

She’s Got You  ♦  Patsy Cline

I Hope Something Better Comes Along   ♦   Kermit and Rolf

Suerte  ♦  Shakira

Tropicalia  ♦  Beck

Pass the Mic (Green Mix)  ♦  The Beastie Boys

Sprite Advertisement  ♦  Kriss Kross

Bennie and the Jets  ♦  Elton John

Romeo and Juliet  ♦  Dire Straits

Slow It Down  ♦  The Lumineers

Kodachrome  ♦  Paul Simon

Brand New Key  ♦  Melanie

Get Over It  ♦  OK Go

Music To Turn 21 By: I’ve Heard It’s Fun To Be 21

**Since publication, I have found my original track listing and the singer of Wasting Time, or Sit Doin’ Nothin’ as I found it labeled, is Mo Mason. Googled her and found nothing so still a bit of a quagmire.

Here is the second installment of my Music To Turn _ By. This was the year following my college study abroad experiences. There are a handful of songs that were popular when I was overseas, despite being mostly American groups. You may also detect the yearning to spread my wings, as I now considered myself a proper adult, but apparently struggling to figure it all out. And I including one of my favorite song of all time, if not the favorite, Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding.

Cabaret  ♦  Liza Minnelli

Young, Fresh ‘N New  ♦  Kelis

Don’t Stop  ♦  Mariah Carey ft. Mystikal

Love Song for No One  ♦  John Mayer

Wasting Time  ♦  Unknown –>I have Shazamed, YouTubed, Googled the chorus of this song and I have come up empty. I don’t even know the actual title.  It came off of some movie soundtrack (I think). It’s RnB and sung by a woman. In the event that one of you out there might know, here is the chorus:  If you sit doing nothing, nothing comes to you. Repeated over and over sung by the backup singers. I don’t even like the song but the mystery is driving me nuts.

Crawling  ♦  Linkin Park

The Dolphin’s Cry  ♦  Live

Wide Open Spaces  ♦  Dixie Chicks

Do Your Thing  ♦  Basement Jaxx

Lapdance  ♦  N.E.R.D. ft. Lee Harvey

Family Affair  ♦  Mary J. Blige

Try A Little Tenderness  ♦  Otis Redding

Part Of Your World  ♦  Ariel (The Little Mermaid Soundtrack)

Just A Girl  ♦  No Doubt

Paid My Dues  ♦  Anastasia

Booti Call  ♦   Blackstreet

Dance Tonight  ♦  Lucy Pearl

Fool of Me  ♦  Me’Shell Ndegéocello

Queen of My Heart  ♦  Westlife

Get Up and Dance Part II

As sequels and follow ups tend to go Get Up and Dance Part II is not as filled out as Part I. I think I assumed everyone would be drunk or at least buzzed by the time the middle of this album played. C’est la vie. The songs are great though. 

Rump Shaker ♦ Wreckx’n’Effect

California Love ♦ 2Pac

Whoomp! (There It Is) ♦ Tag Team

Gin and Juice ♦ Snoop Dogg

Baby Got Back ♦ Sir Mix-A-Lot

Me So Horny ♦ 2 Live Crew

Freak Like Me ♦ Adina Howard

She’s Got Skillz ♦ All-4-One

Poison ♦ Bell Biv Devoe

Motownphilly ♦ Boyz II Men

Knockin’ Boots ♦ Candyman

Fantastic Voyage ♦ Coolio

Oooh ♦ De La Soul

Jumpin’ Jumpin’ ♦ Destiny’s Child

Party Up (Up In Here) ♦ DMX

Still D.R.E. ♦ Dr. Dre

Gimme Some More ♦ Busta Rhymes

Get Up and Dance Part I

Freshman year of college was the year of grinding. It was the year I learned how to do it properly, and, more importantly, to not attach anything more than enjoyment of the moment to it (much unlike the world of high school where everything seemed to mean something – and if it didn’t, you would just die). This playlist, along with it’s partner Part II, was made from the songs that taught me to let go and have fun, allowing my childhood love of dance to resurface.

Got Your Money  ♦  ODB ft. Kelis

Hoochie Mama  ♦  2 Live Crew

Just a Friend  ♦  Biz Markie

Rosa Parks  ♦  Outkast

The Humpty Dance  ♦  Digital Underground

Let Me Clear My Throat  ♦  DJ Kool

No Diggity  ♦  Blackstreet

Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang  ♦  Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Dogg

Pony  ♦  Ginuwine

It Was a Good Day  ♦  Ice Cube

Back That Azz Up  ♦  Juvenile

Can I Get A…  ♦  Jay-Z

Doing It Well  ♦  LL Cool J

Touch It  ♦  Monifah

Hypnotize  ♦  The Notorius B.I.G.

Busta Move  ♦  Young MC

Music To Turn 20 By: TwentySomething

Years ago my friend Nicole was driving us around one day during the two weeks or so between her birthday and mine. On the car stereo was a mixtape she had made to commemorate entering her twenties. I stole her idea and made one for my twentieth too thus beginning twelve years (so far) of making a cassette or CD to mark the passing of years. For my twenties, the series was dubbed “Music to turn _ by:_” with the appropriate number and title filled in (once I hit my thirties I thought I’d class it up and just go with a title). The song selection is usually based upon a mix of how I’m feeling at the time of production, how I felt about the prior year, and how I envision the upcoming year to be. First up is Music To Turn 20 By: TwentySomething.

Side A:

Bawitdaba ♦ Kid Rock

Under the Bridge ♦ Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rhythm Nation ♦ Janet Jackson

Roll With It ♦ Oasis

I Have Confidence ♦ Julie Andrews

Tryin’ to Throw Your Arms Around the World ♦ U2

#41 ♦ Dave Matthews Band

MMMBop ♦ Hanson

Fame ♦ Irena Cara

We Can Make the World a Whole Lot Brighter ♦ The Brady Bunch

Side B:

Roam ♦ The B-52’s

Send Me On My Way ♦ Rusted Root

The Circle Game ♦ Joni Mitchell

Don’t Stop Believin’ ♦ Journey

You Got Me ♦ The Roots ft. Jill Scott

Let Me Clear My Throat ♦ DJ Kool

Young at Heart ♦ Frank Sinatra

Dream On ♦ Aerosmith

Smells Like Teen Spirit ♦ Nirvana

Learning to Fly ♦ Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

LCD Series ~ Mix One

The LCD Series a.k.a. Lowest Common Denominator Series is my contribution to this mixtape group I am a part of. The first album has the theme of 2012 as we are just forming and wanted to start with a retrospective of our year and the year in music.

Call Me Maybe  ♦  Carly Rae Jepsen

Everyday (Coolin’)  ♦  Swizz Beatz ft. Eve

Make Some Noise  ♦  Beastie Boys

Daddy  ♦  Emeli Sandé ft. Naughty Boy

Whispering  ♦  Alex Clare

Lover of the Light  ♦  Mumford & Sons

Two Against One  ♦  Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi ft. Jack White

Top Billin  ♦  Audio Two

Waterloo  ♦  ABBA

Someday  ♦  Middle Brother

What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)  ♦  Kelly Clarkson

Boyfriend  ♦  Justin Bieber

Three MCs and One DJ  ♦  Beastie Boys

Insane In The Brain  ♦  Cypress Hill

Domino  ♦  Jessie J

Go Girl  ♦  Pitbull ft. Trina & Young Boss

In Case It Doesn’t Work Out  ♦  Charles Hamilton