Thursday, December 4, 2003

It is out of sheer laziness that I (tia) don't back date this. I wrote this 3 days before Thanksgiving and never really got around to posting it. Besides, would you really scroll down to read this, especially since you wouldn't know that it's there.

This is the LONGEST day ever. It’s 3 days ‘til gluttony, I mean Thanksgiving, and I’m stuck in the office. Bored, Bored, BORED I am. So I figured since Oprah was doing her favorite things show today, and I’m not going to front like I don’t wish I was there, I figured I would do some of my favorite things of the year.

I guess I’ll start with favorite songs of the year.

Favorite Cheesy Song
Beu Sisters – Seventeen
I LOVE this song. Toya LOVES this song. It is easily one of the WORST songs of the year. It is the epitome of a cheesy 80’s song. (Think Tiffany "Could’ve Been" and Debbie Gibson “In Your Eyes” ) These girls MEAN it when they hit those notes. It’s one of those songs that is so dramatic for no particular reason. And the video…OH, it is a must see. There is running, and tearing of garments, and water thrown in random Italian men’s faces. It is so choice. I’m listening to it as I type this and let me tell you, I am caught up. If female teenage angst had a theme song, this would be it.

Favorite Party Song
Thicke – Brand New Jones
We deserve a collective slap on the wrist for not making this song a hit. We have so few party anthems and this song was poised to be the “Summertime” of 2003. Sadly, shortsighted individuals slept on the song and it never saw the light of day. I can’t listen to this song in the car. When it comes on, I immediately want to start clapping my hands thus taking them off of the wheel. If this song doesn’t move you, you’re dead inside. This is a picnic/barbeque song. You could play Brand New Jones, Summertime and Outstanding and no one would look at you funny. You’d probably just see a bunch of hands in the air and a chorus of “AwwYeahs.”

Favorite Rock Song that made me want to run hand in hand on the beach with a movie underdog like Ralph Macchio in Karate Kid
Anberlin – Readyfuels

I remember the day Toya made me listen to this song. She said, “If you don’t feel this song, I may have to seriously question our friendship.” Of course as soon as I heard it, I had to hear it again and again and again. This is not a song. This is a mini-soundtrack. So much could happen in 3 minutes and 37 seconds. Here’s how it plays out in my mind: Daniel-san is on the beach and he’s about to fight. He and Johnny, the blond antagonist, are about to go to blows, when Daniel-san flashes back to a happier time. A time when he and a beautiful black woman were running on that very same beach holding hands. He draws strength from that memory and proceeds to rip that blond twerp a new one. During the guitar solo/crescendo/bridge the fight becomes most intense. And as Readyfuels ends and the scene draws to a close, an exhausted but triumphant Daniel-san walks away in the arms of his woman. OHHH that would have been FRESH!!!!!! Once you listen to the song this may make more sense.

Favorite Theme Song
Beyonce – Crazy In Love

Oh the horns, the horns, the horns. I was a Beyonce hater back in the day. I’m not going to lie. I thought it was shady the way DC did those other two girls. I didn’t really care for Beyonce’s voice and I certainly didn’t think she was all that. Well, in light of recent events, I don’t believe much of what I see on the news so I don’t know what really happened with the former members of DC. I must admit B is a bad chick and after the last VH1 Divas special, the girl proved she CAN really sing.
Anyway, I still have Crazy in Love on my cell phone. And best believe that I walk like the bad chick that I am every time my phone rings. You can’t tell me NOTHING…and I have Beyonce to thank for it.

Favorite Song to sing at the top of my lungs with the windows rolled up
Kelly Clarkson – Low

You cannot tell me that I can’t sing when this song comes on. Granted, I can hold something of a tune, but not like last year’s “idol.” But you would never know it the way I scring (scream/sing) the song in my car. I mean I get into it with the Xtina hand and everything. I am so glad that for the most part my car is soundproof. And I know the people in the car next to me are too.

Favorite Song that makes me mad that I haven’t started drum lessons yet
Dave Matthews Band – Fool To Think

Okay, I went into a DMB slump. I was a diehard fan in college and a couple of years after. But then there was that whole Lilywhite Sessions fiasco and things just started to change. So I didn’t acquire Everyday until late last year/early 2003. So “technically” this song came out last year, but I didn’t start rockin’ it until not too long ago. Anyway, the drum transitions in the song are SICK. I can emphatically say that Carter Beauford is one of the greatest drummers who ever lived. If I only learn to play half as well as him then I’ll be satisfied.

Favorite CD
There is a three-way tie for first place:
John Mayer – Heavier Things
John Mayer – Any Given Thursday, disc 1
John Mayer – Any Given Thursday, disc 2

Are you seeing the pattern? This was a good year for John, and for me. I am a HUGE JM fan. The only other person that comes relatively close would be Toya. She is steadily catching the vision and beginning to understand my fascination with Mr. Mayer. John has the ability to articulate the subtle nuisances of the post-college, pre-midlife, 20-something existence in a way that doesn’t make you feel…well…stupid. The proverbial pat on the back that he’s giving you is not a condescending, “suck it up” kind of thing, it’s more of a “I feel you. I know what you’re thinking. I’m just cool enough to articulate it in the form of melodic poetry or prose.”

I was disappointed that Breakaway and Why Did You Mess With Forever didn’t make the cut on any of the cds, but I guess I shouldn’t complain. Y’all aren’t ready for Forever, anyway.

I think that’s going to be all for now. I have to run to the store and fight my way through the holiday shoppers. I offered to help my mom cook this year for Thanksgiving. She was so shocked she was speechless. And THAT is a feat in and of it self. If we don’t talk before then…Have a Great Thanksgiving.

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