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40 Songs of Lila Lyric

When hitting a milestone like 40-years-old it can either consume you with thoughts of getting old or it is just another day in your life. I am Team ’73 and this is our year. I won’t say that I’m consumed with the fact that I’m turning the big 4-0, but I’m also not letting it be just.another.day. I want to recognize the years I’ve lived through and what better way to do it than with music!
These are songs that shaped me, songs that had impact on my 40 years of life. They are certainly not my favourite songs and some I even despise *cough*manilow*cough*, but when researching songs released in each year I chose the one that jumped out at me. I went through the songs from each year when I was younger and selected songs that I may not remember in that year, but perhaps later discovered. They were songs my parents were listening to on 8-track in the big gold Thunderbird, they were on the turntable in the basement rec room, they were songs my mother would play on the piano and sing horribly out of tune too.

So here they are in chronological order. Enjoy my 40 songs in all shades

1973 – Elton John “Crocodile Rock” – this song was on a children’s LP that I had later in years and I adored this and would constant play this over and over again.

1974 – Barbara Striesand “The Way We Were” – one of few songs I learned on the piano, because my mother made me!
1975 – Glen Campbell “Rhinestone Cowboy” – I blame all country songs that I know on my grandfather! He was not a glittery cowboy but I think he influenced my mother who then in turn influenced me.

1976 – Barry Manilow “I Write The Songs” – pure torture. I hate this song, but I had to hear it when all I wanted to listen to was Sesame Street Fever. My mother was evil 😉
1977 – Rod Stewart “Tonight’s the Night” – Rod was a staple growing up. I still like his raspy voice.
1978 – The Bee Gees “How Deep is Your Love” – the be all end all of music according to my father. Ask me anything Bee Gees related. Barry Gibb to my father is Ryan Star to me. Nuff said.
1979 – Billy Joel “My Life” – lip sync duo with Kevin, my older brother from a K-Tel album that had this song …it was the first song on the second side of the LP…..the album cover was green. I’m such a visual person!
1980 – Queen “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – I wanted to put ‘Another Bites the Dust’ but that would be the Queen song for my brother’s list. This isn’t my favourite Queen song but I do like it’s groove.

1981 – Rick Springfield “Jessie’s Girl” – Yep. I was born at the perfect time to be one of those Rick Springfield lovers. I thought he was soooo cute, but I was more drawn to Bull Terrier on the cover of the ‘Working Class Dog’ LP.
1982 – Olivia Newton-John “Physical” – so many to choose from this year, but I had the headband, my mother refused to buy me the leotard. Smart woman.

1983 – Musical Youth “Pass the Dutchie” – don’t judge me….81, 82 and 83 were me discovering music on my own with no parental or brotherly influence. Honestly though, I think this was the beginnings of my diversity in music. Such a rap/reggae influence right? 😉

1984 – Van Halen “Jump” – the beginning of the metal years, thanks to my bro. We were just like every other kid jumping from the couch to couch playing this song, swinging out arms playing air guitar.
1985 – Metallica “Fade to Black” – I’m still not over Cliff Burton and still angry that Jason Newstead left the band. Love the bass players, no longer care about the rest of the band!
1986 – Run DMC “Walk this Way” – I was deep in Metallica at this point but intrigued and fascinated by rap, and when Aerosmith did this song with Run DMC it took my breath away.

1987 – Beastie Boys “Fight for your Right to Party” – nuff’ said.
1988 – Leonard Cohen “First we Take Manhattan” – I remember watching the video for this song on Much Music. I wasn’t sure I like the song at that age, wasn’t sure what is was, who he was, but I remember it vividly and came back to it years later.

1989 – The Cure “Pictures of You” – The Cure hold a special place in my heart. My first concert – CNE Grandstand – 8th row center – I could see Robert Smith’s sweat drip from his brow.
1990 – Jane’s Addiction “Three Days” – The 90’s were a great era for Team ‘73ers. A time of self-discovery. Perry Farrell had much much influence over me. Ritual De Lo Habitual is still part of me.

1991 – REM “Losing My Religion” – Again, the age of video. I can visualize this entire video in my head. The song is still great. I am not a fan of REM post Out-Of-Time though. Automatic For the People did so well and people love it, but it bores me.

1992 – Pearl Jam “Jeremy” – Eddie Vedder what a man, what a man, what a mighty fine man. He booted me in the head once – he was crowd surfing and Steph (another Team ’73) and I bounced around the mosh pit.
1993 – The The “Love is Stronger than Death” – god I love this song. If you haven’t heard it go listen. Hell listen to the entire Dusk album.
1994 – Tori Amos “Cornflake Girl” – Girl Power.
1995 – Radiohead “Fake Plastic Trees” – oh Thom thanks for coming out. Thanks for being a staple in my life for 20 years.

1996 – The Wallflowers “One Headlight” – this is likely not the best song Jakob Dylan has ever recorded, but I still throw this one on my running playlist. It still has a hold on me.

1997 – Hanson “mmmmBop” – i put this in to see if you are still reading….actually it’s Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” but I didn’t want to repeat a band 😉
1998 – Matthew Good Band “Apparitions” – this is my CRTC Canadian Content. No, I do love Matt Good and thankfully he continues to put out great music!
1999 – Moby “Natural Blues” – how can you not crank this tune and drive fast?
2000 – Coldplay “Yellow” – I’ve always had a thing for Brit Pop. Coldplay are like U2, they are consistent and well loved by the masses. This song reminds me of the favourite yellow t-shirt I once had.
2001– Nickelback “This is how you remind me” – this is only here for the pure fact that it showed that 2001 and was a terrible year in the history of music. Ick.
2002 – Damien Rice “Cannonball” – and we recover with Mr. Rice. “O” is a fantastic album, and it needs to be listened to from beginning to end.
2003 – The White Stripes “Seven Nation Army” – this is where I begin my love affair with a weirdo.
2004 – The Killers “Mr. Brightside” – I don’t care what you say this is the best running song ever.

2005 – Imogen Heap “Hide & Seek” – Oh the song from The OC (as show I never watched). I love Imogen and her weird hats. Especially love her collaborations with Jeff Beck.
2006 – Ryan Star “Back of Your Car” – and so it begins. Rockstar Supernova airs and I fell hard. I know that BOYC isn’t a 2006 song, but it is for me. I don’t think it was Ryan’s first original I had heard, I looked him up previously to him rockin’ it out on the show – but I chose it here because I love every form of this song I have heard. I adore Ryan acoustic, on the piano and being all mellow – but I love love love when he gets all nasty and rocks it out.
2007 – Radiohead “Reckoner” – Radiohead swooped in and stole my soul in 2007 with this song, this album.
2008 – Portishead “Magic Doors” – brilliance comes around again! I chose this song because the beeping at the beginning. Every time it came on in my car I thought my car was alerting me to something wrong. Every.Time.
2009 – Florence + The Machine “Rabbit Heart” – Lungs is a great album and this song is my favourite. The lyrics are fabulous.
2010 – Ryan Star “Breathe” – A worthy repeat of an artist wouldn’t you say? 11:59 was released in this year and I may have listened to it a wee bit.

2011 – Bon Iver “Flume” – I know Bon Iver puts people to sleep. I was being put to sleep from early on in the release of this album. I also adore Peter Gabriel’s cover.
2012 – Jack White “Love Interruption” – This song makes me appreciate a different sound out of Jack, also makes me want to have love bite me, and slam my fingers in a doorway. Kinky.

2013 – Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Sacrilege” – can’t get enough of this song so far this year and anticipate the album release later this month!!! Woohoo new music!

There were so many songs I could have chosen, so many that had impact in certain years and then there were years where pickings were slim! So odd. There are artists that didn’t even make the list, like Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Love and Rockets, Iron Maiden to name few. I wouldn’t call this my Top 40 songs, as there are many songs that were made pre-1973 that I adore, and there are likely many songs released in one year that would fill spots.

So as I prepare to turn 40 in 2 days….I do hope to remain young at heart in my music tastes. Is that possible or am I delusional?


Penny for your Thoughts?

As it happens, we have a lot of time at work.  Time to talk of everything and nothing.  And time to make most of it relate to music.  When discussions at the beginning of the week turned to the demise of the penny, naturally, thoughts turned to idioms and songs that could provide tribute to the little copper coin that was going to leave our lives.

Think of the penny like an old band.  Past its prime, no longer seemingly useful and prepared to die a slow and, at times, annoyingly painful death as it makes its way down the road of obscurity.  You have some good memories of it, but on a day-to-day basis, it is just not providing any value.

Or so it seems.

However, let us take a moment to honour the penny and consider how removing it from our lives actually may have a lasting impact. This is where the questions began.  (And this is where I point out the irony of a Steel Man discussing the demise of a copper coin and I could make a Metal joke here, but, really, I’m on afternoon shift and I’ve not yet consumed enough coffee to make the joke as hilarious as it could be.. )

Allow me an indulgent moment to pose exactly how the disappearance of the penny will inevitably affect our lives.  For about a week.

Best question asked:  What will become of the penny loafer?  I suppose we could call them “Dimebag Dawdlers”.  However, that immediately makes me think of Dimebag Darrell (Pantera guitarist that was assassinated by a fan upset at the rumour of Pantera’s impending breakup.. true story…).  So, goodbye Penny Loafer.  An entire generation of preppy hipster dressers (who I’m certain only dress “preppy” as an ironic nod of the head to their prep-school leanings) will have to go without the addition of a penny to their tasseled tootsies.

I suppose no longer will bad pennies turn up.  Because it seems they always did.  What will happen to these “bad pennies”? Conversely, those deemed a “pretty penny” will likely be stuck in the same circle of hell as the bad ones; where they will likely spend eternity finding other pennies, picking them up and never finding the good luck claimed they would inevitably find.  It is very sad to realize that those of us walking around won’t stoop down to pick up that one little lucky penny in the hopes that our fates will be transformed.

And since penny candy hasn’t been around in decades and I’ve completely dated myself talking of it, we are just going to pretend that buying little brown bags filled with sugary goodness was something someone once read in a book or saw in a movie.  Move along.  I’m not that old.

And what will the penny pinchers in life pinch now?  Dimes and nickles seem in direct contrast to the spirit of being a “penny pincher”.  I imagine that those cheap enough to pinch a pretty penny will have to give up their stingy natures.

Oh, wait.  This is about music.

You wouldn’t think that the penny would have shown up in many songs over the years, aside from the obvious choices (which are indeed included in the list below).  It was an innocuous little coin, it seems.  But the references are there and we took the time to find them.  And thus became the Top 10 Penny Tribute Songs.

#10:  Hot in Herre – Jenny Owen Youngs

Okay, I know I’m starting out a list that doesn’t really include the word “Penny” in the title.  Bear with me.  It’s a 50 Cent cover done beautifully and one of my all-time favourite cover songs.  Get it? 50 Cent.  Fine.  A stretch at best, but it’s a damn good song.

#9:  Coin in the Pocket – Joni Mitchell

It’s not really a song, but rather what I would call a bridge between songs.  A preamble.  And it’s Joni Mitchell, so regardless of relevance or the fact that it’s not really a song, it is great.

#8: A Bad Penny – Cat Stevens

1974. Cat Stevens.  A fool and a train.  Classic.

#7:  Penny Sparkle – Blonde Redhead

From their last studio album (2010) of the same name.  An excellent tribute to Penny.

#6: Pretty Penny – Stone Temple Pilots

A favourite from STP. Sing along.

#5: Pennyroyal Tea – Nirvana

You all know my Grunge leanings.  That this was included is hardly a surprise.

#4: Pennies from Heaven – Billie Holliday

There are two songs that automatically had to be included in the list.  Songs that have been covered more times than I care to even Wikipedia.  Forgive the predictability.

Although, be surprised at my inclusion of Christopher Walken cover…. oh, yes.  I did.  Best thing I’ve watched today:

#3: Penny Lane – The Beatles

Thoughts of classic Beatles tunes, the movie Almost Famous and my hunt for a great cover of this obvious choice. I still like Bowie’s version: 

#2: 10 Cent Pistol – Black Keys

I know it is 10 times more than a penny.  But it is 10 times more great as a song.  (oh, that was cheese….)

#1: Dollars & Cents – Radiohead

For Pete – a Radiohead number one choice.

Honourable Mention:  Anything by Pennywise.

Of course, to choose their song “Fuck Authority” is my way of encouraging all of you to collect your pennies and find some use for them.

Did you know that you can use a penny instead of a screwdriver (no, don’t add it to your vodka and OJ…)?  Ever thought of giving someone money owed entirely in pennies?  The currency act states that no one is obligated to accept more than 25 pennies as payment.  Ha! So there Kramer. 

Still, I believe we should continue to offer a penny for someone’s thoughts.  Because, honestly, there are some thoughts roaming around out there that aren’t worth rounding up to a nickel.

(Side note – can we do away with the nickel next? I’m thinking the obliteration of Nickelback would be a good place to start…)

Adieu Little Penny.

p.s. Much gratitude, as always, to a Steel Man for the idea and collaboration.  Another great inclusion.

Getting High

So, let’s not get too excited. This isn’t another one of those “Hits from the Bong” type lists where we’ll toss out glorious amounts of Marley and Cypress Hill.

Rather, this is a tribute to a grandiose adventure Lila and I went on (with our co-conspirator, Linds).  Imagine it: Friday the 13th; 1800-ish feet in the air; and, we decide to dangle.  EdgeWalk.

First things first – cue the Theme Music:

(Theme Song selection was one made en route to our adventure – of course, the provider of the inspiration and Lila share aged memories… I, being the veritable youngster – and I use that term with my intrepid tongue shoved firmly in my cheek – can barely remember the show, but indulge these moments of hilarity because, well, they’re funny as hell.  And we needed a theme song. )

As Lila and I sat at our delicious Cora’s breakfast (an overloading of carbs and sugar, which was ingested in Brantford.. of all places…) we determined that an adventure of this magnitude warranted a list.  Because, when do we not make lists of songs? Thus the Top 10 Songs to Walk the Edge To was born.  We solicited help from one of my favourite music purveyors (who has mad Google Skillz, far faster than my trusty BB Browser), scoured our iPods (which are always at-the-ready) and debated.

And with full bellies and the anticipation of hanging hundreds of feet off a perfectly good building, our list was complete.

Betty Beat Hangs Out









5. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix

4. Falling Down – Muse

3. Wish I Could Fly Like Superman – The Kinks (my lists are never complete without a Steel Man reference…)

2. Hold On – Alabama Shakes

1. Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters

Leaning Lila









5. Fall on Me – REM

4. Falling or Flying – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

3. Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty

2. Up Up Up – The Givers

1. High and Dry – Radiohead (I’m certain there are 2 people in particular who will be happy to see a Radiohead inclusion…)

As great as all these songs are and as good a soundtrack they made for an amazing adventure, I have to say – there is one single video that encompasses the sheer joy you can find at the “top of the world” (or as close to it as $200 will pay for…)

We conquer.

So You Think He Can Dance

Christopher Walken came up in conversation today.  You may be wondering what exactly this has to do with music.  It was his dancing.  More specifically, his dancing he did several  years ago in the Fatboy Slim video for Weapon of Choice.

What brought about this seemingly random conversation of Walken’s dance stylings? It is thought, quite accurately I must say, that Christopher Walken is long overdue for another video featuring his dancing.  But what song to choose?

Before I launch into yet another Top 5 list, let’s reflect back to the early 2000’s. Fatboy Slim was huge.  The video for Weapon of Choice was an instant classic. Thanks, in large part, to Walken’s inclusion and the direction of Spike Jonze. Of course, the song itself featured Bootsy Collins, who provided lead vocals.  Interesting side note: Bootsy also collaborated on Dee-Lite’s Groove is in the Heart, which was featured on my last Top 5 list.  And so my world of interesting coincedences continues. Apropos.

On to the list.  The Top 5 Songs Christopher Walken Should Get Down To:

#5 Foster the People – Pumped up Kicks

It is synth-pop at its finest and it’s current. Both which I am enjoying lately.  But this song got picked for no other good reason than a whistle solo.  My storyboard would include Walken pausing in dancing in his own pumped up kicks and whistling along. I want to see the Walken whistle. Call me odd.

#4 Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

First of all, a fantastic dance-able beat. Second, it’s a kick-ass song.  Third, who can deny great little coincidences?

Arctic Monkeys say: “Dancing to electro-pop like a robot from 1984..”

One of my favourite Walken scenes in film? True Romance. Best moment: when he shoots Dennis Hopper. His line? “I haven’t killed anyone… since 1984.

The song was a given.

#3 Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise

Walken needs to reprise his role as The Bruce Dickinson (classic SNL More Cowbell moment) and pull out some cowbell of his own with this dance. Will Farrell is already on YouTube with a cowbell in a viral video of this song, why not Walken’s own version? Dancing, Beastie Boys and cowbell.  It doesn’t get any better than that.

#2 Radiohead – Lotus Flower

My only request for this song would be to produce it as a dance-off.  Thom Yorke versus Christopher Walken.  Who would be more eclectic and compelling in their eccentricity.  I’m fairly certain Walken wins.  When doesn’t he?

#1: The Black Keys – Lonely Boy

It was the original choice that prompted the discussion, so it gets first place on merit alone.  It’s also a song that inspires toe-taps and great choreography.  A bit of a rock-out for Walken. You know the dance that is done in the video –  a lot of those moves need to be kept. I’m laughing just at the vision.  Classic.

I think this is where we thank Wikipedia for telling me that Christopher Walken trained as a dancer in musical theatre at Washington Dance Studio early in his career.  And now it all makes sense.

Side note – collaborative gratitude to the Man of Steel for a superhero-sized idea for a Top 5 list. Extremely well played. I’d gush, but he’d hate it.

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