The Soundtrack of My Life

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Heavy time I look at chew I ga-bline.

For many years while teaching chorus, when I couldn't understand what my students were saying, I'd remark, "Ok Hootie!  Move your mouth!" This reference would get laughs, and worked.... until it didn't anymore.Now, Darius Rucker, the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish, is working the Country Music circuit, (after his stint doing Burger King commercials), and I'm rather removed for the pop scene; so I'm left without a kitschy and poignant reference....more

Gaga Ain't No Lady

I’m a little late on this one, I know.  Actually, what I’m about to discuss has been bothering me for a while and really reached a peak at the American Idol Finale a couple of weeks back.  I had decided to just let it go, just move on, but I can’t.  I have to “Express Myself” (note the Madonna reference) and then, hopefully, I can get on with my life. It seems that everybody is ‘gaga’ over Lady Gaga right now.  That is no surprise.  I’ve been on the planet long enough now to recognize a marketing phenomenon when I see one.  They come, some stay, som...more

Yikes, thankfully, I missed that performance.

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Upbeat VS. Downbeat

For those who aren't in the know of reading sheet music, here's a little lesson:Music, when written, is divided into measures.  These measures are typically written in time signatures, that is, how many beats are in a measure. You have 4/4, which most music uses, 3/4 which is typically a waltz beat, 2/4 is a march (think Sousa), and 6/8 is crazy hippie dancing. Anyway, you get the idea.  4/4 means you count the music 1, 2, 3, 4....more

Grow Your Web Business Using Online Reputation Management.

Online reputation management tips are found right here. Easy to apply steps are on effectively managing your online reputation and getting positive results are given in the article below....more

Have iPod, Will Give Birth

The playlist is the one thing about childbirth that I can control. And I'm sure most people reading, especially those who have given birth, are thinking "You won't even remember to bring your Ipod to the hospital, and you'll be so consumed by the Harry-Potter-Cruciatus-Curse-like-pain of childbirth that you won't even be able to hear music above the sound of your own screaming."...more

That's a great list. I'll have to remember some of them for my next one. "New Soul" was on my ...more

gaseous notes from my trench

I had such fierce pain all night-before-last and yesterday morning that I thought I just might be in labor again. You know, like I somehow got pregnant and gestated a baby for the full 9 months without knowing - which makes no sense but neither did the blinding, cramping pain. Which turns out to have been gas. Yes, gas. Sexy gas....more

Music helps me heal...

When my ex-husband told me that he wanted to end our marriage, I spent that night crying to sleep and woke up thinking this was all just a dream. I was so lost. My heart and mind was filled with so many negative thoughts... and how my future felt so bleak and dark.  On the way to work that morning, out of habit, I turned on the music in my car.  It's the same type of music I have on my cd changer that I have been listening to which were varying degrees of trance, house and chillout music.  But on that day, I had an amazing epiphany....more

Give me the music

I am always amazed at the power of music.  How you can hear a song, and immediately be transported back to a different time and place in your life.  How a melody and lyrics can flood you with memories and emotions. Sting’s “Fields of Gold” does that to me.  Whenever I hear it, I can’t help but think of my dog.  Sting released this song the year we got her.  We used to leave the radio on whenever we left the house.  For whatever reason, it seemed, whenever we returned, this song was playing on the radio.  As soon as I hear him sing “on the fields of...more

Wine Pairing Playlist for the Apocalypse

The final countdown is ON.    If I had my way I would be listening to the following playlist while hosting a wine tasting of epic proportions. One song, one bottle (or at least a taste of each).  No one will really care as 6 p.m. approaches.The List: It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)  by R.E. M. with Conundrum California White Rapture by Blondie with Rapture Cabernet Sauvignon (duh) Don't Fear the Reaper by  Blue Oyster Cult with Ghostly White Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley with Redemption Zin ...more