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Twisted Mix Tape: Non-Guilty Pleasures

25 Feb

This week’s challenge — “Guilty Pleasures — songs you hate to admit you love” — was really hard for me and I just could not  figure out why. Everyone has bands they like or songs they love that embarrass them, don’t they? After sifting through my memory banks and struggling to bring up any “I can’t believe I love that song” feelings… and coming up dry, I asked for help.

My Skewed View

My husband came up with some great songs but my response was, consistently, “Why should I be embarrassed that I love that song?”. Honestly, why should I be embarrassed about anything that I love or that makes me feel or just makes me smile? I guess that is one of those gifts of aging gracefully and comfortably in my own skin.

What to do? Sit out the week – FAT CHANCE!  So… here is my “twist” on this week’s  Guilty Pleasures play list…

“Songs I Love That I Guess I Should Be Embarrassed About But Totally Am Not”

I love happy, sappy, feel good songs. Yep, the entire soundtrack from Curious George (the movie) is on my iPod but I particularly love this song. I guess I should be embarrassed but, really I totally am not.

When this song/video/website went viral, my son sent me an email saying “You are going to love this” and a link to www.24hourofhappy.com.   The next several days were filled with texts and emails saying things like “did you see 11:42 AM?” or “check out the guy at 2 PM”. I guess I should be embarrassed that I love and can’t get enough of this, but…totally not! I picked a particularly interesting part of the 24 hours of period to share with you!
24 Hours of Happy

I am a feminist through and through — one of those old fashioned, to the core feminists  from the 60’s and the 70’s. My favorite shirt when this song came out had “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle” sprawled across the front. I guess I should be horrified that I absolutely love this song…but…how could I not love a song that makes me want to get up and move?

I absolutely love my life and am not sure I would, given magical powers, change a single thing. I work, each day to elevate the experience of living to new heights.   I rarely feel oppressed or beaten down or limited by “the man” or anyone else  so, seriously, I have no business loving a song that talks about people trying to hold me down… but I do. So, my non-guilt filled gift to all of those people who feel down trodden is this incredible sentiment from an even more incredible singer.

The last song departs from everything that anyone who will read this knows about the me I put “out there” so technically, that should at least make me a bit uncomfortable but…totally not! Just go with it ….

A Sweet Twisted Mixed Tape Tuesday: Pour a Little Sugar on It Honey

18 Feb

After 2 weeks of insanity, I am back to loving Tuesdays!!! Bring on the brain stretching challenge of finding the right music to fit a theme! And as an added bonus, this week’s Twisted Mix Tape theme is dealer’s choice!

My Skewed View

Valentine’s Day and all the love flying around in my life has me thinking sweet thoughts. Why not embrace the sweetness, make it nostalgic, and elevate those thoughts just a bit…to a sugar rush. So… here we go… a trip down memory lane with songs about sugar!

My first selection will most likely predate and no doubt “date” me).. This song takes me back to this little girl standing in front of the mirror singing at the top of her lungs, hips swaying, hair swinging to the beat… Sugar Pie Honey Bunch, you know that I love you. “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops….

And then I grew up just a bit – music still innocent and full of dancing and singing. I saw myself as Veronica plinking away on the keyboards and dancing a mean version of “The Pony”. This song makes me smile oh so deeply. Pour a little sugar on it honey….

Bring on the 1970’s with my hair down to the back of my knees, elephant leg hip huggers, and moccasins…. Still dancing in front of the same mirror, hair brush in hand, but jumping around Mick Jagar style…Just like a young girl should!

I guess the early 1970’s were my pivotal years – forming personality, style, habits, and of course musical tastes and dance styles. This video cracked me up. Do you see that dancing silhouette in the video? That is exactly how I saw myself circa 1972!!! Oh how times have changed….It used to be No Sugar Tonight in my coffee… now it is no coffee past noon !

One more stop in the 1970’s – this one from 1979 to sweeten the pot just a bit more. Be still my heart… Neil Young really did sing about all of us didn’t he? I still love this song but in a very different way! Oh to live on Sugar Mountain with the barkers and the colored balloons…. Ahhhh.

It is nice to be back to loving Tuesdays because it is Twisted Mix Tape Day!

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