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Every iPod Tells a Story

I bet you woke up thinking: Hmm. I wonder what’s on Pam’s iPod. Sure you did!

Well. This is your lucky day, because I’m going to tell you.

But not before I mention how strange it feels to download a single song from iTunes and not an entire album (although I know you can do that, too).

I grew up in the days when buying an album was an event. And once purchased, the album jacket was yours to admire, especially if it included song lyrics. Because then, you realized the lyrics did not consist of one-syllable sounds such as: huuuuuuh or laaaaaaah or duuuuuum da-di-dum-dum (yeah yeah yeah, I know, that last example exceeds one-syllable). The songs actually included words that told a story or expressed a feeling or hankered for sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll.

Aaaaaah. Now I see why I never remembered the lyrics, epitome of innocence I was.


Today, I primarily listen to music in my car – thank-you, XM radio. Or while I am on the treadmill, using the songs on my iPod as a motivational tool. Because there really is a relationship between music and movement, whether it’s dance or gearing up for a big basketball game in the high school gym or in my case, keeping my arse moving on that fitness machine in this here basement of ours.

So, without further ado, here are a few things I’m listening to right now. Until I get sick of them. Click on the song title if you’d like to take a listen. 

1. Brand New Key by The Dolly Rots – Thank-you XM Radio’s Underground Garage for introducing me to this punk-pop version of Melanie’s 1971 classic novelty song. Yeah, it’s fun to listen to and it’s fast.

2. Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen – I have no idea what the critics think of this one but I like the Canadian Idol semi-finalist’s current hit single; it’s especially good treadmill material. I may hate it next week.

3. Chains of Love by Ryan Adams – Again, another nugget I heard on XM Radio. Probably The Spectrum. Do they play this guy on FM radio? Anyway, it builds nicely and it’s not overdone. BTW, he’s married to Mandy Moore, a late ’90s pop princess who could sing.

4. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger by Daft Punk – Kanye West borrowed Daft Punk’s riff from this song for his hit Stronger. I liked the Daft Punk part best.

5. Old Enough by The Raconteurs featuring Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe – My sister likes to make fun of me because I like bluegrass, but Jack White does too. Take that, sister! I love this collaboration between his group, The Raconteurs, Skaggs and Monroe.

6. Put the Gun Down by ZZ Ward – Who IS this broad?? She’s new to me, and so is this song – which is great!!! Found a live version of the song on You Tube. 2 minutes, 15 seconds. You have time.

7. Too Much in Love by Chris Willis – Starts out with that incredible Are You Gonna Go My Way-Lenny Kravitz riff, but is actually a great pop dance song, perfect for working out. Get your track shoes on!

8. What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction – Oh, hipsters, let me plead my case! This is fun-fun pop music. First saw them on Saturday Night Live, expecting to hurl a pillow at the screen. But they bounced around like The Sex Pistols without the heroin addiction. And they could sing! This particular song makes sweating-it-out-on-the-treadmill easy-peasy.

9. Soul-Salvation of Love by Cocktail Slippers – How could you not love a band with that name? I have a bunch of their songs on my iPod. This is the latest from an all-female band that hails from Oslo, Norway.

10. Never Close Our Eyes by Adam Lambert – Remember: I need songs that keep me moving. Which I why I’ll never download anything by Pink Floyd. This ditty by the American Idol finalist delivers. It’s also the first Adam Lambert song I’ve ever owned.

What’s on your iPod? Share your songs!

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June 17, 2012 - 8:25 pm

Eve - Lots of good tunes Pam! I also do most of my listening while moving…I consider my iPod a piece of exercise equipment! The treadmill isn’t the same without it…I love love love pop’s the best for working out..Adam Lambert is the bomb!

June 17, 2012 - 9:19 pm

Pam Houghton - Glad you enjoyed the selection, Eve! I am surprised at how much I like this particular Adam Lambert song – apparently, I hadn’t been paying him – or his music – much attention! But the song is great!

June 18, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Cindy L - Pam, I am ashamed to admit that I don’t have an iPod. I do have a ton of CDs and listen to them on the stereo or in the car. I enjoy playing music for dinner parties, when I am cleaning house, and so on. But I also enjoy my quiet time, especially outdoors. No music when I garden, walk or ride my bike — just birds.

June 18, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Pam Houghton - Not sure when I got out of the habit of listening to music in the house – but I like my quiet time, too. Maybe because I grew up listening to so much music, at high volume! 🙂

July 7, 2012 - 2:04 pm

Harvey Gist - First let me admit that I too enjoy bluegrass. Must be related to going to high school and then college in Indiana.

May I recommend you take a listen to Avenue Q? Aside from the Sesame Street-lie tunes, I think you’ll really dig the story line and song lyrics. Did I just say “dig”? My gray hair must be showing.

July 7, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Pam Houghton - Thanks for the Avenue Q recommendation. That’s the play with the Muppet-style puppets, right? I will keep my ears peeled for that. I’m sure I would enjoy the music. Thanks for reading!

October 25, 2012 - 2:27 pm

Ellen - Hi Pam,
The whole Trespassing album is terrific, and most of the songs will keep you moving. And from an opera singer’s point of view, the technical vocalism he has is very impressive. He also sings with a lot of heart.

October 25, 2012 - 2:42 pm

Pam Houghton - Yeah, he has that operatic quality to his voice, doesn’t he? Theatrical, technical, what-have-you; he’s fun to listen to. Thanks for the recommendation on the rest of his album. 🙂

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