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April 22, 2012

My Top 20

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Today, I’m sharing my Top 20 most played songs, according to my iTunes account.

Mind you, I do a lot of DJ-ing for my peeps in the nightclub (read – for the monkeys in the kitchen) so many of these are combined favorites, but I don’t play music I can’t get into, so if it’s being played, I’m liking it.

1.  In My Head – Jason Derulo

2. Dynamite – Taio Cruz

The first two are the most frequently requested from the monkeys.  In particular, from Baby Monkey.  I could play Dynamite 20 times in a row and he’d ask for a 21st.  He loves to dance to this song.

3.  Not Over You – Gavin DeGraw

We all love this one.

Case in point:

4.  Tonight Tonight – Hot Chelle Rae

This was our favorite in the fall.  Dance Party in our house in the fall was completely made possible by this song.

5.  Sk8er Boi – Avril Lavigne

This one is all me.

I love it.

Love the idea of an underdog making it big and sticking it in the faces of all of those who thought they were better than him.

6.  TikTok – Ke$ha

I like it.

Monkey Girl likes it (despite it’s inappropriateness).

We like to dance to it.

7.  Only Hope (Karaoke) – Original by Mandy Moore

This is all Monkey Girl.

She is dying to sing this for a talent show or something.

She sang a bit of it, unaccompanied, for her American Idol class, after school, but she’s still dying to do the whole thing.


8.  Ours – Taylor Swift

A sweet, sweet little girl sang this at my school’s talent show, about a month ago, and it stuck in my head.

I played it for Monkey Girl and she fell in love with it, too.

So, now we sing it as often as possible.

9.  Spiderman Theme Song

10.  Theme from Batman

Can you even begin to guess whose requests these are?

11.  Mr. Brightside – The Killers

This song has always stuck in my head.

Just something about it.


12.  Golden Age of Chocolate

This is one of the songs from Willy Wonka, which was the play that I was the musical director for, in early March.

The kids love the soundtrack, and this song was their favorite.

13.  In Love With a Girl – Gavin DeGraw

It’s Gavin DeGraw.

Not sure what else I can say about that.

14.  Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey

Such a fan, such a fan!

Early work only, though.

Something happened after she made it big.

The rest of her stuff just didn’t reach me as much.

15.  You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift

Monkey Girl owns the rights to #15’s placement.

16.  DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love – Usher

Another one that is all Monkey Girl.

This may actually be the one song in my Top 20 that I don’t love.

But she does.

So, we listen.

17.  Hook – Blues Traveler

I believe I’ve shared, previously, how this song has calmed all of our babies.

We have another baby.

We listen to this song.

18.  Jar of Hearts – Christina Perri

I love her voice.

She’s got the cool, low, scratchy voice thing going on and I love it.

Also, who can resist a lyric like “You’re gonna catch a cold from the ice inside your soul?”

19.  Chew It

Another Wonka song that the kids enjoyed.

20.  God Only Knows – The Beach Boys

One of my favorite Beach Boys songs.

Added Bonus –

Song #21

Come Go With Me – The Beach Boys

Because, apparently, just one Beach Boys song never really does it for me.

Gotta have two.

April 12, 2012

Power of Music

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My Grandpa suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

It was hard to watch.

Harder for my father, to whom my Grandpa said, “My wife and I weren’t able to have kids.”

It’s a terrible, terrible disease.

So, you can imagine that my interest was sparked when I found this video on Reddit, last week.

It brought me to tears.

I’ve always known about the power of music, but to see it put to use in this way…


The video is about 6 minutes long.  It is well worth it.

July 2, 2010

What Gets You Going?

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Even if we are all grumpy.




I know that if we play this particular song, the whole family can’t stop moving.

Baby Monkey sings along in this high pitched squeal.

Monkey in the Middle plays the heck outta the air drum.

Monkey Girl tries to pretend she’s too old for this nonsense, and by the end of the first 30 seconds, she’s boppin’ along with the rest of us.

Give it a listen and I dare you not to start tapping those toes!

(You may need Quick Time to listen…or not…I haven’t mastered the audio thing yet)

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