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

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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

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