I wish I were more into music like Freak. I can’t go anywhere without my Zune, and I really love all kinds of music, but Freak is one of the few people I know that can really disect a song and find meaning to it. Me? I listen to the lyrics just enough to sing along. I’m more of a beat person (which could explain my love for trance and techno).

Yet with that said, I’ve been thinking awhile about if I were to ever make a playlist, the first one I would make would be one that reminds me of my friends. This thought popped into my head when I was down at my friend’s, Carrie’s, house for a shindig, and we got to talking about the songs we used to constantly listen to when we were teenagers.

So, without further adieu, here’s my playlist dedicated to my friends — songs, that no matter when I hear them, I think of them. After Carrie, there’s no particular order. But I start with her because she plugged the idea in my head.

Carrie:

  • It Takes Two by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock – because we all know what it takes to make a cake taste right.
  • Jet Airliner by The Steve Miller Band – Pretty much any song from Steve Miller Band’s Greatest Hits album has me thinking of Carrie, Melinda, Dave, Michelle, Mike and Joe, but Jet Airliner is all Carrie’s. Bingo Jets always make me smile.
  • Cold Feelings by Social Distortion – Carrie introduced me to Social D in such a way that when I hear them, and I haven’t heard them in a while, I will sometimes laugh. That story is another blog.
  • Hotel California by The Eagles – I distinctly remember grabbing this CD from Carrie’s house and listening it on the way back to mine when my birthday had turned to shit one year. (Carrie, you may not remember that night, but it was the year I came down unexpectedly to your house at college because Mike had fucked me, and turned right around and went home. You came with because you’re a good friend like that. I don’t know if I ever thanked you. Thank you.)
  • Losing My Religion by R.E.M. – Doubting you know why on this one Carrie, but I shall give you the story one day. Not on this blog. 😆

Nicki:

  • I’d Die Without You by P.M. Dawn – I will never forgive Nicki for ruining that song for me. 😆
  • Sand in My Shoes by Dido – Nicki once recommended this song that was just what I needed to hear. I ended up loving the entire catalog.
  • The Stroke by Billy Squier – I hate Billy Squier, but damn if Nicki doesn’t love him enough for everyone.

Mykl:

  • Mr. Jones by Counting Crows – There’s a line in the song that goes Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales. Stare at the beautiful women. “She’s looking at you. Ah, no, no, she’s looking at me. No other song I know vocalizes Mykl and I at the bar than that line.
  • Around the World by Daft Punk – The day Mykl moved to Cali, he’s going out the door and says, “I left something on your bed. Now go do your homework.” He had left me with Daft Punk’s Homework CD. It’s still a favorite band.

Jafo:

  • Self Esteem by The Offspring – One particular line. It wasn’t funny when he pointed it out (by “pointed it out” I meant screaming the line at me when it came on), but, man, once it became funny for me, it was funny.
  • What I Got by Sublime – See above.

Pops:

  • These Boots Were Made for Walkin’ by Patsy Cline – My dad installed a new radio in his truck and I was pre-setting stations for him. I came across this song and said, “Hey, it’s Patsy Cline, I bet you want this as your number one station.” I was sixteen, it was the first time I heard my father say “Fuck you” and it was directed at me. 😆

Mom:

  • Close to You by The Carpenters – My mom used to sing this to my dad all the time when I was little.
  • Mandy by Barry Manilow – Every weekend morning, my mom would blast Barry’s Greatest Hits to start the house cleaning. I used to wake to this song. Puke.

Joy:

  • Shout at the Devil by Motley Crue – Joy introduced me to the music that is Crue.
  • I Would Die for You by Prince – One day, I shall blog about the Prince concert my sister and I went to, and why this song in particular.

Now, if you aren’t on this list, no offense. It just means I haven’t known you for 20 years. Plus, it’s late and I have to go to bed. I know there are songs and people I wanted to add, but it will have to wait.

  • Snooze

    Yay! You posted!

    I love how evocative music is of people and places.

  • David E: Care Bears Theme Song

  • SAM

    My Friend John – while not a fan of novelty songs, the hook is a reminder of good times with Redrum and Freak. Of course, it’s not one that most would’ve heard (‘cept maybe Mykl), but who cares? F the world.

  • Snooze! I’m way behind on both my readings and writings. 🙁

    Franks! 😆 I believe it’s actually David E. & the DKTs.

    Sam! Yeah. I’m with you on that.

  • Carrie

    Loved the list, it got me thinking about what somgs remind me of you and good times we had. Of course, anything from Steve Miller, Body Count / Ice-T, Metallica (that was an awesome concert). I am in the process of listening to my cassette tapes from high school “one last time” and weeding out the ones that truly suck. I came across all the tapes you made me of DC 101, Howard Stern, etc. when I was so homesick at college. Most of them don’t work anymore but I am having trouble letting them go. It’s amazing the memories that music can evoke. I need to add 1 more to the list: the entire New Jack City soundtrack because we were fearless like Judd Nelson!

  • Carrie, FUCK, I had meant to put down “KKK Bitch”. I had even wrote it down, but lost my notes.

    Metallica is a blog all unto itself, so I have to mental note that. 😆

    Same with the midnight showings of New Jack City and the guy who sold the tickets asking us if we knew where we were. 😆

    Damn, thanks, two good blog ideas. You are 3/3 now. 😀

  • I’m a little late to the game. But I was TOTALLY thinking, “I wonder if he thinks about me when he hears “I’d Die Without You” and still hates me.

  • Freak, yes. Yes I do. 😡 😆

  • dorothygale

    You forgot to mention that you made a audio recording on our tape recorder of “Shout at the Devil” Good times.

  • Mom

    I love Close to You.It was playing when we first started dating and I knew I had to marry this good looking, wonderful man.

    These boots are Made for Walking was by Nancy Sinatra. Patsy Cline did Crazy, a real classic, especially ater she got killed. :wub: