Wednesday, May 22, 2013

You are the music while the music lasts. ~T.S. Eliot

One of the things MFD hates about me the most: I am a skipper. I skip songs at the beginning, at the end, in the middle. When I'm done, I'm done. I just go on to the next. If I'm flipping through radio stations and hear something I like, I will check every other station to ensure nothing I love more is on. I skip through my ipod, and MFD is always saying "This is YOUR iPod. Why is it on here if you don't like it?" I like it...I just don't feel like listening to it right then. 

My taste in music is eclectic. I tend to fall in love with the story the lyrics tell. As a musician, MFD will declare a song crap if the music is crap because he doesn't really pay attention to or retain lyrics. So you can see why he sometimes freaks about songs I skip. We have music in common, but also music in opposition.

Some songs have spoken to me since I first heard them, some grew on me through the years, some  remind me of a person or an experience. There are songs I only like to listen to in winter, spring, summer, fall - I call it seasonal listening. 

But then there are some songs that I will just not ever turn off regardless of my mood, what season it is, or if the people around me like it or not. I had to severely limit myself to get this list down to 25. There are so many more that I love but that I'll turn off if I'm not in the mood for. These I don't turn off. 
  • Soon Forget - Pearl Jam
  • Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
  • Til it Shines - Bob Seger
  • Gypsy - Fleetwood Mac
  • Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
  • Keep on Lovin' You - REO Speedwagon
  • My Old School - Steely Dan
  • Picture - Kid Rock / Sheryl Crow (I will also usually send Michelle a text when I hear this song)
  • Oh Darling - Supertramp
  • Read My Mind - The Killers
  • Hallelujah - I prefer the kd lang version, but I'll leave any version on
  • Don't Stop Believin' - Journey
  • Shama Lama Ding Dong - Otis Day & the Knights
  • Ain't Even Done With the Night - John Mellencamp
  • Drops of Jupiter - Train
  • Harvest Moon - Neil Young
  • Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
  • I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic at the Disco
  • Mrs. Potter's Lullaby - The Counting Crows
  • Need You Now - Lady Antebellum
  • Sex on Fire - Kings of Leon
  • Overkill - Men at Work
  • Solsbury Hill - Peter Gabriel
  • Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John
  • Miami 2017 - Billy Joel
What are your never turn off songs?

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Terminy and her boys

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  1. haha i'm the same way. i also do this with tv shows (we record them) so i skip over all the boring talk and get to the good stuff. my hubs hates it.

    anything by depeche mode will play on and on...same goes for old school house and 90s rnb.

  2. Miami 2017 is my most favorite Billy Joel song of all time.

    To list all the songs I always leave on would take too long but a few include Meet Virginia by Train, Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf, anything by Rush, The Middle by Jimmy Eat World, Good by Better Than Ezra, Maybe by Sick Puppies, and early P!nk songs.

    I'm a flipper, too. I want to listen to what I want to listen to and not suffer through crap.

  3. Oooh, that's a tall order to narrow my faves down to a list, but I tried with a few of the below. I'm probably forgetting a ton, but, oh well. :)

    (Random Order)
    1. Love Reign O'er Me - The Who
    2. Hallelujah - Rufus Wainwright
    3. Girl Named Tennessee - NeedtoBreathe
    4. Ain't No Other Man - Xtina (that's a don't judge me one...)
    5. You Are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
    6. Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
    7. Squeezebox - The Who
    8. Long White Robe - Ben Harper
    9. Everybody (Backstreet's Back) - BSB
    10. Beat It - MJ OR Fall out Boy

  4. I used to be a king, by Graham Nash, PS I love you, by the Beatles, Galileo, by the Indigo Girls, I'm Amazing, by Keb Mo', On the road again, by Willie Nelson, It's a wonderful world, by Louis Armstrong, You've got a friend, by James Taylor, Summer highland falls, by Billy Joel, Beginnings, by Chicago, Oh Holy Night, by Andy Williams, Alice's Restaurant, by Arlo Guthrie, I am a rock, by Simon & Garfunkel, Amazing Grace, by Willie Nelson, At Last, by Etta James, Imagine, by John Lennon, Merry old sun, by Louis Armstrong, Adagio, by Samuel Barber, Does anyone really know what time it is, by Chicago... dear, dear, dear - now you've got me going!!!

  5. I'm an iPod skipper, too! It drives Steve crazy.

    We have a few of the same songs.. Hey Jealousy, I Write Sins Not Tragedies, but many of the same artists, just different tunes.

    I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues- Elton John
    Tiny Dancer- Elton John
    Sullivan Street- Counting Crows
    Einstein On The Beach- Counting Crows
    Porch- Pearl Jam
    Back To You- John Mayer
    All I Want- Toad The Wet Sprocket
    Angry Young Man- Billy Joel
    Beautiful- Christina Aguilera
    City- Sara Bareilles
    Little Wonders- Rob Thomas
    Pardon Me- Incubus
    In Your Eyes- Peter Gabriel
    Bohemian Rhapsody- Queen
    Never Tear Us Apart- INXS

    Oh my gosh, LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. I could go on and on. This mademe so happy!!!!

  6. I'm a huge song skipper too! and that e-card sums my ipod up perfectly.

  7. I love this happy post, too! Ditto on your first paragraph. Oh Darling-SuperTramp, Isn't She Lovely, You are the Sunshine of my Life, Crush-Dave Matthews, Maybe I'm Amazed, Don't stop Believin', We will Rock you/we are the champions, I'll stand by you- The Pretenders, Solsbury Hill, I saw her again -Mamas & the Papas, Dream a little dream- same. Oh I love this!
    I could go on and On.
    Thanks for a happy post!
    Love your MOMMA

  8. I am the same exact way when flipping through songs and stations. It drives Ross crazy!!! And girl, I LOVE your taste in music...I mean Bob Seger?!? Love you more today. I will always listen to Prince, he never gets skipped! ;) Music is my soul food for sure.

  9. Yay, Mrs. Potter! I'm a skippER too and I sometimes think "why do I keep this song on that playlist?" Well, because just like you said, I just don't feel like listening to it at THAT moment.

  10. SKIPPER! That is a perfect term. I too am a chronic skipper!

    Sex on Fire will never ever ever get old!

  11. oh love this list! and you are eclectiv, i like to think i am too. although im not a skipper, michael is, it makes me want to hurt him

  12. I can listen to the same song 27 times in a row and be totally ok with that. John wants to kill me.

    Mine are:

    Bennie & The Jets
    I Want You to Want Me
    Into the Mystic, of course
    Pretty much anything by Dave Matthews Band

  13. I agree with quite a few on your list. Mine is third eye blind's semi-charmed life. Everything else is fair game based on my mood, but that one never gets turned off.

  14. I do the same thing with songs, if you aren't in the mood for aren't.

    If you added some country and old school rap onto that list we would the exact same music tastes lol I love pretty much ALL music!

    You need to listen to Kate Voegele's version of Hallelujah!

  15. I love Van Morrison!

    My Never Turn Off Songs include (but are not limited to):
    Ain't too proud to beg - Marvin Gaye
    I won't back down - Tom Petty
    We Belong - Pat Benatar

  16. That E card is 100% me! I too flip all over the place. I will also get really into one style of music for awhile, and then I will change to a whole new style.

  17. Oh man..I'm a skipper too. Sometimes you're just not in the mood for a song even if you like it!

  18. I am like you - a skipper. Sometimes I'm in the mood - other time NO! I also very a very eclectic taste I won't turn off

    George Strait - any of his songs - he is King you know

    Wolfmother - Joker
    Sara Haze - Addiction
    Salt n Pepper - Shoop (don't judge)
    The Civil Wars - To Whom it May Concern

    Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn

    Toby Keith - She never Cried in Front of me

    Great post! :) I'm singing away!

    Midnight City - M83

  19. Music junkie with super eclectic taste. I was be-bopping through my ipod today. I broke it out after using my nano yesterday. I'm so used to streaming at my desk. Now I have LOTS of options again!


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