Just Blog 3


Just a list of the 12 Awesome-est Songs from the Just Dances 2 and 3:

  1. Jump in the Line (Shake Senora) by Harry Belafonte)
  2. Charleston by Mugsy Baloney
  3. Rasputin by Boney M.
  4. S.O.S. by Rihanna
  5. Viva Las Vegas by Elvis Presley
  6. Baby Girl by Reggaeton
  7. It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones
  8. Dynamite by Taio Cruz
  9. Forget You by Cee Loo Green
  10. Land of 1000 Dances by Wilson Pickett
  11. Pata Pata by Miriam Makeba (THE BEST ONE!)
  12. I’m So Excited by The Pointer Sisters

One of my 12 Goals for ’12 (did I mention yesterday there are 12 of them?) is to Just Exercise More.  Yet another goal that carries over from last year – brace yourself for a few more of those as the week goes on…

To achieve this goal, I plan to dance.  Just dance.  2 AND 3.  And just do other things, like Just Wii Fit, Just Zumba, Just Long-distance Walk, and Just Swim (in the summer) but mostly Just Dance.  2 and 3.

I also plan to overuse the word “just” in sentences as often as possible: I am going to just eat dinner – do you want to just join me?  Then I will just shower, after which time I shall just dry my hair.

I was going to embed Youtube videos of the Just Dance routines included on my Top 12 list, but it would make this post very long and it just seems like a lot of work.  You are, therefore, encouraged to mosey onto Youtube and search for videos of all the Just Dance versions of songs I listed.  You might Just Enjoy It…3!

I am DYNAMITE....at exercising regularly!


Do the iPod Shuffle


Welcome to “Hey!  My iPod is on Shuffle Week”, in which I put my iPod on shuffle, and share the first one to three songs that come up, discuss my history with those songs and then try to justify my awful taste (or impress you with my excellent taste, depending on what kind of mood my iPod is in).

what secrets shall my shuffle reveal?

Let’s just jump in, shall we?  iPod’s on Shuffle…and….GO!

Song #1: “That Thing You Do!” by the Oneders (later Wonders) from the That Thing You Do! Soundtrack

My history with this song: Seriously – of all the songs to come up first?!?  I saw the movie That Thing You Do! on a “group date” in 8th grade with my then boyfriend Richard, which was my first date ever (even if it was only a pseudo-date).  We sat close, and he put his arm around me and it was nice.  In retrospect I strongly suspect he was trying to figure out a way to grope my chest (he was unsuccessful), but at the time I was blissfully unaware of any potential hidden agendas.  That night was also the night of my first kiss, which happened outside the Apple Valley movie theater while we waited for our rides; it was really nice – no tongues or anything, just pleasantness.  The next day I went to the mall with the girls  who had also been on the group date with me and we all bought the “That Thing You Do!” single on cassette tape.  Ahhh, the winter of 1997.

Awful Taste or Great Taste?  Tough call, right?  This song has so much personal history for me, and you cannot deny that it is catchy so I can’t see myself having to justify it.  Then again, that movie was pretty awful and it is kind of a silly song – too close to call, I say.

Song #2: “Maid Marion” composed by Michael Kamen off the Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves Soundtrack

My History with this song: When I came up with this theme week, my first thought was, “I bet that iPod is going to spit out some Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Soundtrack music” and lo – out it comes second.  As you probably know about me, I loved that movie when I first saw it at the age of 8 and I still love it, a lot.  I own it on special-edition 2-disc DVD.  I just watched it last night, in fact, in a completely weird bit of coincidence (I was seriously jonesing for some Alan Rickman after watching Harry Potter).  So when I say that I love the soundtrack perhaps even more than the movie, you gotta know that means something.  Apart from the fact that it has my favorite song “Everything I Do [I Do It For You]” on it, the score is beautiful and Robin Hood-y and wonderful.  I actually also owned this one on cassette tape, and then I bought it again on CD before transferring the entire soundtrack to my iPod. The “Maid Marion” theme incorporates the melody from “Everything I Do [I Do It For You]”, initially played on oboe, until the sweeping swell of the strings takes it away.  GORGEOUS!

Awful or Great? I’m sorry, but any haters out there have me contend with – you should be impressed by my great taste right now, and I will defend this movie/score/track till the day I die.


Song #3: “Gimmeakiss” by the Avett Brothers off the album Four Thieves Gone

My history with this song: I like the Avett Brothers a lot, having gotten into them when Tess and I were going to go to the Newport Folk Fest two years ago where they were performing (which we didn’t end up doing).  I really like this song – I like the singer’s rough, shouty voice and I like the lyrics.  I don’t have much of a personal history with this song – I listened to the whole album Four Thieves Gone in the last month or so of school during the first year at my job. As I counted down the weeks until summer, this album gave me a sense of summer-y excitement that I suppose I still associate with it.  Still – I mostly just like it.

Awful/Great?  Great, obviously.  The Avett Brothers are one of the bands that lend an air of respectability to my otherwise sort of silly iPod contents.

And that does it for today.  Tune in later in the week as I delve further into the heart of my iPod and explore my mostly amazing taste in music.

Welcome Back and Themes 3: Movie Themes!


My iTunes is littered with albums whose titles begin “Music from the Motion Picture…”, which is why today’s post is about movie themes*.

Nothing helps me recall the emotion I felt while watching a movie quite like its instrumental score, and a good theme will evoke a genuine response in me long after I have seen a film.  Whether it be excitement or sadness or joy or nostalgia or whatever that emotion is that causes you to sit up straighter in your seat and stare off wistfully into the distance, movie themes often fill me to the brim with…something.

For that reason, I have selected 10 of my favorite instrumental themes.  Not the 10 that I necessarily think are the greatest film musics ever composed, but the 10 that resonate with me on a deeply personal level.

And my 10 Favorite Instrumental Movie (and TV) themes are…

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