In my search to find out how this whole Blogosphere actually works, I keep getting sidetracked. I know, I know – you would expect an ex-analyst to be more focused, but when there’s just so much interesting stuff to stop and READ during research, even the most dedicated of us can deviate from a task…or in my case, develop SEVERE “Task ADD“.
It was on one such derailed fact finding mission that I stumbled across John and Steve Are Having A Baby , and a happy stumble it was! I’ll be honest with you…I’m not even sure how I found them, but when I nearly wet my pants laughing while reading Dear Baby Mama , I knew it was gonna be fun!
As you may have guessed from the title, John and Steve are a gay couple who are in the process of using surrogacy to become a family of three. (Or more, possibly? I dunno, I just have the one kid, I’m no expert at this…I asked my best girlfriend, Robert, but he was no help, either…) Regardless of the eventual size of their brood, lemme tell you – Fey and Poehler got NOTHIN’ on Jeve for the entertainment factor.
Their tongue in cheek, humor filled recounting of what has to be an emotional roller coaster ride is at once poignant, refreshing, side-splitting and endearing. You want cutting edge technology? Oh, yeah – they’ve got that, too.
In a world where families take on a plethora of faces, the glue that holds them all together is love. It’s apparent to me that Jeve’s family will have no shortage therein…nor a shortage of good music! Check out this shared shuffle, yo!
(And as always – swing by to say hey, and then buy the music you love.)
John and Steve’s Infinite Playlist
John’s iPod Shuffle:
“If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys:
I sing this soulful tune in the shower like a diva bringin’ people ta church! Then Steve walks in with my reality check.
“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga:
In Tagalog, “Gaga” means stupid, but her message definitely is not. Sometimes all you CAN do is “just dance”.
“1979” by Smashing Pumpkins:
I was obsessed with this song my freshman year of college. I have no idea what the song really means, but I DO know that 1979 saw the death of transparent plastic trousers worn over flamboyant leotards. A good year indeed!
“Syrup and Honey” by Duffy:
In the Philippines, my relatives had a dog named Honey. They kept watchful eye on Honey. Our neighbors thought Honey would go well with syrup.
“The Climb” by Miley Cyrus:
People always ask me, “John, how do you stay so young?” and I say, “Pop music. It’s the fountain of youth.” Yes, the song is better suited for a giggly 12 year-old girl, but it has a great story to tell. It’s all about the journey not what’s on the other side.
Steve’s iPod Shuffle:
“In the Ghetto” by Elvis Presley:
This is just a beautiful song. I saw a video years ago (I mean like 30 years ago!) of a snow swept Chicago ghetto chronicling life in the downtown areas there. They played this song and ever since I associate this with the pathos of inner cities. Its also one of the few songs I can sing at Karaoke – it’s right in my (very) limited range
“Patience” by Guns ‘N Roses:
Ok, so I grew up in the 80s – this was my ‘teenage angst’ song when I went to college. I used to blast this out at top volume from my Ford Fiesta when I was feeling angsty!
“The Killing of Georgie”by Rod Stewart:
Just realizing that all my top picks are kinda depressing – I guess I just like songs with messages. I heard this in the 70’s in the UK when I was sub-10 yrs old and I had a vague awareness that I might be Gay, but had never heard of New York City (except from Simon & Garfunkle – only Living boy in New York). I always thought it was as strong message on parent’s acceptance (or lack of it) and someone looking for acceptance elsewhere – ok its got a depressing ending, but still a beautiful story-song. Who knew that 30 yrs later I’d be living Gay in NYC!
“Tiny Dancer” by Elton John:
No story here – just a classic song that cheers me up whenever I heard it. Knew it from years ago, but never knew it was Dame Elton John singing it until the movie Almost Famous.
“Hideaway” by Erasure:
Another coming-out story here. I loved all Erasure songs from the 80’s – especially their re-mixes on 2-Ring Circus. I could have picked a dozen of their songs that either cheer me up, send me back to childhood or make me think. I think their music has aged pretty well and I frequently find myself going back to their albums. This one has a thumping base and an aggressive message – it probably made me more fearful of coming out to my parents as it talks about being ‘rejected by people he cared for’… but hey-ho it still a song I associate with my teenage years.