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A Music Playlist for My Girls

I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately. While exercising to some my favorite artists and tunes, I’ve been strolling down memory lane.  And it occurred to me that it might be worthwhile to list – for the benefit of Chloe and Sophie – some of my all-time favorite songs.

So that when I’m old and gray (and no, I’m not entirely old and gray yet, although I am definitely more gray than I am old), the girls can listen to this music and think fondly of their mom.  And get to know me a little better, through the music I love. And perhaps realize, through this playlist, that I’m much cooler than I sometimes let on.

In no particular order, here’s the Top 20 list, which is very heavy on music I listened to when I was a teen (and which goes to show you how influential those crazy years are).


(1) Young Americans by David Bowie.  Anyone who grew up with me knows how I obsessively idolized him as a teen and fantasized about hooking up with him.

(2) Blackbird by the Beatles.

(3) Layla by Eric Clapton.

(4) Space Oddity by David Bowie.  As I said, I loved him.

(5) Just Can’t Get Enough by Depeche Mode.

(6) Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears.

(7) Songbird by Fleetwood Mac.

(8) The Killing Moon by Echo & the Bunnymen.

(9) Jungleland by Bruce Springsteen.

(10) Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day.

(11) My Sharona by The Knack.

(12) Suzanne by Leonard Cohen.

(13) Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken? by Lloyd Cole & the Commotions.

(14) Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings.

(15) Losing My Religion by R.E.M.

(16) Beast of Burden by the Rolling Stones.

(17) This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) by the Talking Heads.

(18) Logical Song by Supertramp.

(19) With or Without You by U2.

(20) Bonnie & Clyde by Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot.

Forget the Blues Brothers, INXS Rules

The girls have discovered INXS. Let’s face it, the Blues Brothers are so yesterday. So is INXS for that matter, but Chloe and Sophie don’t know that.

Sophie and I were dancing to their music earlier. She’s actually quite good, and she really loves to move. After a few minutes, however, she decided to show off her gymnastic talents – attempting, without much success, to do a headstand.

My brother sent Chloe another CD mix for her birthday. We haven’t yet had time to really delve into the music, but from what I’ve heard so far, the Blues Brothers will truly be a distant memory once the girls get their feet moving to those tunes.

I’m glad to leave the Blues Brothers behind. They’re really quite annoying. Chloe’s also enjoying some of my retro Depeche Mode music. I hope to get her hooked on David Bowie next, but I’m not counting on it. While he’s always been my favorite, I’m not sure she’s ready for him. I won’t give up, however. He’s a musical icon who deserves to be appreciated by the young ‘uns.

Fortunately, Chloe hasn’t yet asked me to take her to see the new Hannah Montana 3-D movie. Having to sit through that would be a penury worse than arts & crafts. She did ask me if she could watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, though. She doesn’t even know what football is, but her teacher told the kids that the commercials are fun and the music at halftime is good. Which actually might be the case this year, since Tom Petty is performing.