Pete Seeger

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I grew up listening to Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Peter Paul & Mary. Their voices are a permanent part of my personal soundtrack. I’ve seen Arlo Guthrie and Peter Paul & Mary in person, but I never got the chance to see Pete Seeger in person and now I never will.

There are a lot of articles out there that will tell you all about how he was an activist, a singer, and all the wonderful things he did. You should probably go read them–he was incredible. I can’t tell you all that stuff, I just grew up thinking he sang some pretty cool songs. I was too young to really understand his songs and what they really meant. Now that I’m old enough, well, I think he sang some pretty cool songs that meant a lot to a lot of people, people who are going to miss him.

(Including this one because it has a cute story about Pete in it and frequent camera cuts to him laughing.)

Janelle Monáe

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You know how a song and a music video can get stuck in your head and you can’t get rid of it? Furthermore, you don’t want to get rid of it? Much love to Janelle Monáe for making such fabulous videos and music.

Hello and welcome to Tightrope from The ArchAndroid:

I have a feeling that once Tightrope releases its hold on my brain, I’ll then get stuck on Q.U.E.E.N. feat. Erykah Badu from her new album, The Electric Lady:

That Thing You Do

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I’ve been thinking about That Thing You Do lately, which means it’s time for a re-watch.

I fell down the Wiki rabbit hole and discovered that the person who wrote the title song was Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger. (Don’t know Fountains of Wayne? Go watch Stacy’s Mom and Hey Julie and then come back here.)

Schlesinger and Mike Viola are who you actually hear singing in the movie and you can see them sing it in the clip below.

Here’s a clip from the movie of The Wonders playing a big crowd after they’ve started to gain a following.

You guys look great in red, have I told you that?

When I was looking up the song, I discovered that there have been several covers. I know some people can’t stand covers (hi Mom!), but I love them.

Next up, let’s check out a boy band covering a fictional boy band’s song. Be sure to bask in the glory of the velvet pants worn by NSYNC.

I know that sometimes, you just need to go punk. Am I right? Sadly, there’s no footage of New Found Glory actually playing, so enjoy the cheesetastic picture that appears to be from some time around the late 90s.

Next up we have a rock band, The Knack, who I always associate with their first hit song My Sharona and the movie Reality Bites (Netflix link!). My my my MY SHARONA!

Ever heard of Shakalabbits? Me either, but they’re a Japanese rock band who decided to make a video of their cover. I have to say, this was the cover I was most unsure about, but I actually like it quite a bit.

Last, but not least (we’re going to give the title of least to New Found Glory) is Bubblegum Lemonade, a Scottish Indie Pop group who has a slightly dreamy feel.

List 4: Today’s Playlist

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Truly, my playlist is a zany and mental sort of thing. I’ll see if there’s some way I can export it from Winamp into an html file so my musical choices can be properly mocked/appreciated. Instead of listing my playlist for today, I’m instead going to give you my earworm songs.

1. Tom’s Diner – Suzanne Vega

(Please note that Marisa Tomei runs around in a bra and panties for part of this clip from the opening of Untamed Heart)

2. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles

3. Jolly Holiday – Mary Poppins

There’s an excellent chance that I am walking around with one of these three songs stuck in my head. If I get something else stuck in my head, I’ve taken to singing one of these songs to myself to clear out the other song.

I may be mental.

Also?

We all live on a yellow submarine
yellow submarine
yellow submarine

Green Day

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In short, they were awesome.

In detail…

I bought my friend Elizabeth a ticket for her birthday in May and we’ve been looking forward to the concert ever since. We got there about half an hour before the show was supposed to start and were greeted inside the door by a man asking where we were sitting. When we told him we were in section 232, he told us to go upstairs to get a seat upgrade.

Wha…?

OK.

So we go upstairs and stand in a long line and get new tickets–section 121. Much better. :-)

We got seated after Franz Ferdinand had played a song or two. I’ve not heard of them before, but they were a lot of fun and I’ll probably be getting a few of their MP3s soon.

After FF played, we wandered the concourse a bit, I got a tote bag (of far more use to me than a t-shirt, no matter how cool the shirts actually were) and we kinda had a “OMG WE’RE AT THE GREEN DAY CONCERT!!!” moment.

*ehm*

Moving on.

We got back to our seats and entertained ourselves by watching people text message the jumbotron.

There were three proposals of marriage. Let me tell you, after the first one, it kinda loses the awesome factor.

At some point, a mention of a pink bunny goes up on the screen. Looked on stage and sure enough, there’s some dude dressed up in a pink bunny costume and a Green Day t-shirt, clowning around.

Finally, the lights went down and the show started. Billie Joe got the crowd going within five minutes. Additionally, I think I’ve now come across someone who says the f-word more than I do. It was hilarious.

We were on our feet the entire time the concert went on and it was a long concert! Two and a half hours of fun, singing and dancing. I’m writing this two days later and my voice is still hoarse and I’m still sore.

So freaking worth it, however!

They started out with music from their new album. I must say, I didn’t really like the new album that much when I first heard it, but after seeing them perform it live, I love it.

After a bit, they started singing some of their old stuff and it was like a gigantic Green Day singalong. Fantastic!

Instead of taking a break and leaving the stage, they started singing Shout! and laid down on stage. At that point, they sang music from other bands for about 5-10 minutes and then got back up. We got some Doors, Beatles, and just a fun mixture of good music in there.

When they got back up, they kept of the mixture of old and new music. They pulled two fans up on the stage to sing Longview. The fans were terrible singers, but it was fun to watch them run around on the stage and you could just see them saying in their head, “I’m on stage with Green Day and that’s Billie Joe and Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool and AAAAGGGH!!!!!!!!!!!! the awesome will make my head explode!”

There were two encores, but I liked the second best when it was just Billie Joe, an acoustic guitar and Good Riddance.

Check out Back to Rockville for my favorite review of the evening and some fun pictures of the show.

PS: Billie Joe is so totally on The List now.

Evolution of Dance

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Now, I’m sure you’ve all seen this, but still…Who can not love this video? It’s definitely at the top of my list of videos created by individuals. It’s like a little bit of prozac, wrapped up with some music.