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Jammy’s Jam of the Day – November 2, 2011

This song came on my ipod while I was cooking dinner tonight.  Well, it was breakfast for dinner (my favorite!), but I digress. . .

“These Are Days” – 10000 Maniacs

There’s just something about this song that makes me smile and reminds me of good times past and present.  It is a reminder to be in the moment and experience what is going on around you.  Life is a series of moments – things we learn from, grow from, and make us who we are.

Enjoy these moments. Be happy. Don’t let fear stop you. Learn. Grow. Love. Share.



Me: The Playlist

Last night I was sitting in my backyard, reading and listening to music while enjoying the perfect Minnesota evening.  There was a bit of a chill in the air so I had to wear a hoodie and the air was full of fall smells – leaves, a bit of dampness, and bonfires.  All of this in the city too.

As I tweeted last night, “I love when a song just captures my thoughts perfectly” and I must have done something to please the ipod gods, since it kept playing the most perfect songs to reflect the moment and me.  

This lead me to think – what would I put on a playlist to reflect or represent me?  Not necessarily about a specific moment or situation, but me.  Who I am. What makes me happy. What explains a bit about what goes on in my often overactive imagination.  What I think about myself and what I think others think about me.

Fast-forward to this morning and I’ve decided to have a go at creating this playlist.  I’m going to use Spotify to house it for now, and at some point I may publish it for others to listen to.

I think this is going to be an interesting exercise for me.  I often say that my life can be described by a series of song lyrics, so it’s about time I put together the music to do just that.  Plus, it’ll make me do some thinking and reflect upon various things.  As I’ve said before, if you stop thinking, challenging, reflecting or learning you’ve stopped living.  Asking yourself and others difficult questions isn’t a bad thing – it’s a part of the journey we are all on.

Has anyone else tried doing this?  Anyone want to play along at home? 

I hope everyone (in the States at least) is enjoying this holiday weekend.  Enjoy.


Lots to do and a Jam of the Day

I need to buckle down this weekend and get stuff done. I need to buckle down this weekend and get stuff done. I need to buckle down this weekend and get stuff done.

Maybe if I say it enough, I’ll actually get out of bed and do things? 

I digress. . .

Finally, August is over.  Well, technically I still have 1.5 days left in what I consider to be August (there’s a few others that may understand this), but they will be fairly easy, so the major part of it is done.  I think I did pretty well.  Things went smoothly, for the most part, and we got a lot done.  I didn’t do so well with getting enough sleep and eating decent food, but sometimes stress does odd things to us me.  Time to restart and refocus, now that this month is done. 

I also need to do stuff around my house, per usual, and go grocery shopping to replenish my dwindling food supplies.  One can live on Honey Nut Chex and cold press for only so long.

I will also take part in some much needed fun, relaxation, and hopefully some laughter.  Nothing replenishes me after a stressful time like these 3 things.

I’m going to end this post with a song.  Just seems perfect for the clouds that greeted me this morning and for the relaxing weekend I hope to have. 

Fred Jones Part 2” – The Copper Street Brass Quintet



Who rocked it better?

Confession: I’m a fan of Glee. 

Ok, so maybe that isn’t much of a confession to those that know me.

One thing that Glee does – and does well in my opinion – is cover songs.  I am not overly for or against people covering songs.  I will even admit that sometimes I like the cover of a song better than the original.  One example is “Creep” by Brandi Carlile.  It rules. And is better than the original. Trust me. Other examples are the gazillion covers of “Hallelujah”.

Other covers are just awful or there are some songs that should just be left to the original artist and not remixed, resampled, or redone (I’m looking at you Black Eyed Peas for “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”).

In my opinion, if you’re going to cover a song, especially a hit, you need to bring something different to it, mix it up, make it your own.  Anyone can re-do the original exactly, in fact it happens all of the time at bars across the country under the name “karaoke”.  However, there is also a fine line between making a cover your own and totally ruining a song – respect must be paid (again, Black Eyed Peas, take note).

While Glee has tried to do original songs, their staples are covers of a wide vareity of songs.  I’ve had the discussion/debate with folks about which versions are better or which covers they should or could have done differently.  I will also be honest, for some of the songs, I hadn’t heard the original prior to hearing it on Glee (I would say which songs, but I’m sure it would cause me to be judged).  What can I say, I don’t listen to the radio often so my exposure to new music is somewhat limited.

One of these songs is “Sing”.  I don’t think I’ve seen the episode it was in since I have band rehearsal on Tuesdays this spring, but heard it at the concert in June, on Spotify, and in the “Glee 3D Movie Extravaganza Live Experience Concert Thing Movie!” (did they really need as many adjectives in the title as they had?)

I honestly thought this was a song from the episode where they did original songs, I had no clue it was a song by My Chemical Romance.  I like the Glee version better – but am wondering what others think.  I also like the lyrics from the chorus of this song.  But that’s a subject for another post on another day. 🙂

So here’s your chance to weigh in on who rocked it better:

“Sing” – Glee cover

“SING” – My Chemical Romance



Jammy’s Jam of the Day – July 3, 2011

I was tipped off to the 23 This Year: The Sub Pop Amazon Sampler (which is FREE on Amazon! – go get it now!) by a friend, and came across this song while shopping at Target.  Yes, I often to music while grocery shopping, which sometimes leads me to strutting around, bouncing my head, or generally getting into the song, but I digress. . . .

I am thankful that I have decided to expand what music I am listening too – otherwise I would be missing out on some really great music.  Not only am I adding variety to my choices, but also honing in on the genres I really like.  There are some other great songs in this mix too, and it’s free, so get it while you can! 🙂

I present today’s Jam of the Day – “Lost in My Mind” by The Head and the Heart.

Momma once told me
You’re already home where you feel loved
I am lost in my mind
I get lost in my mind