What has crawled into my iPod and died?

So for the past five years or so, my daughter and I have played a game on the way to school where I tell her a “story.”  Unfortunately, it’s not good enough to just tell her some re-hash of a story already in existence.  That would be too easy!  It has to be a brand-new story made up on the fly, and, oh by the way … it better be fit for national publication.  She’s worse than a critic for the New York Times.

As much as I pride myself on being creative … this is a pretty tall order.  Her stuffed bunny is usually the main character, and he’s been everything from a baker to a runaway to a member of the circus.  Last week … the well ran dry.  I went completely blank.  No more stories.

After a few days of relentless badgering on the way to school, my eyes darted around the car to my iPod sitting lifelessly in the seat next to me.  Ah-ha!  A new game was born.  I told her she could be the DJ!  From now on, every morning, she could entertain us with her spinning skills from the back seat.  She was ECSTATIC to have some measure of control over the radio, but I’m starting to feel the creative juices flowing again after realizing what a preposterous mix of songs I’ve given her to choose from.

I told a friend the other day that it feels like someone ate the iTunes store and threw it back up into my Nano.  How some of this stuff made the cut … I’ll never know.   So far, the darkest moment came when she decided to hit shuffle, and the Rocky IV soundtrack came on.  Seriously?  A movie soundtrack circa 1987!  Is that really the BEST utilization of my gigabyte space?

Realistically, you have to wonder why there are ANY songs on our iPods that we truly don’t like.  I mean, we loaded it.  It’s our music, so why do we listen to the same 10 songs over and over again?  Now that I think about it … I’ve been doing this for years!  My first “mix” CD I ever compiled had 20 different songs on it, but I played Tupac Shakur’s “Dear Mama” on a 24-hour loop.  Don’t ask me why.  Much like the rest of my personality … it’s complicated.

So, for your entertainment, I’ve decided to give you a few of the “interesting” songs that made my play list.  Feel free to weigh in … as I know you will anyway.  😉


Top 10 Random Picks:

1) Chris Gaines:  What?  Doesn’t ring a bell?  It’s because that guy doesn’t EXIST. It was really Garth Brooks “posing” as a fictional alternative rock star.  My girlfriend and I loved this so much we went as Garth Gaines for Halloween the year it came out.  One half of our body looked like we had stepped straight off a CMT special, and the other half was solid black.  Best I can recall, we cut up a bunch of her detached hair extensions to create the crazy rocker look.

2) E-40: I know you’ve never heard of them, so let’s go with the name of the song: “U and Dat.”  All class … all the time.  That was actually a big club jam.  I’m sure I thought it was just hysterical when I added it to my list, but now that my 8-year-old is blasting it from the speakers … I’m scrambling for the mute button.

3) England Dan Seals and John Ford Coley: Ah… “Love is the Answer”… such a kickin’ 70s love ballad.  We just lost England Dan Seals last year.  I can’t take that one off!

4) The Fat Boys: See what I mean?  It’s just the most random ridiculous group I’ve ever witnessed.  That one’s gone!

5) MTUME: I don’t even know what in the heck that is.

6) Crystal Waters: I think this was a one-hit wonder.  She did that song “Gypsy Woman” that was popular for like … one minute.

7) The Alan Parsons Project: I KNOW I didn’t add that one.  I just played it, and I don’t even recognize the song.

8) The Beastie Boys: Summer of 1986.  I know I’m dating myself, but my friends and I blasted this “cassette” all the way from Destin to Panama City that summer for an entire week straight.  You just can’t turn your back on those kinds of memories.  That one stays!

9) Bell Biv DeVoe: What did they sing again?

10) Tone Loc: So the name of the group is stupid, but can you just throw out a “Funky Cold Medina” tune with the trash?  I don’t think so.

OK … enough fun facts.  I have a show to do.  Clean up your iPods.


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  3. You know, I’ve always been pretty good about cleaning up the “crap” on my iPod/iPhone, but I have a 4 year old that has become a master at working it!! He thinks he’s hot stuff because of it too… And while I am impressed that he can successfully navigate his way through it to find the Osborne Brothers rendition of ‘Rocky Top’, I begin to wonder what I was thinking! So as a 35 year old grown woman, I find myself scrolling through to find such ‘hot’ artists as The Wiggles, Big Time Rush, and other such childrens favorites. Nice. 😉

  4. I don’t delete old tired tunes – I mean, what if I suddenly want to listen to Coolio one day?!? But I do uncheck old songs to get them out of my playlist.

  5. I hear you Steph… “Gangsta’s Paradise” is one of the greats. I own it myself. LOL

    When that movie came out I thought I WAS Michele Pfeiffer! Have a super week.


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