Guest DJ: Melisa from Suburban Scrawl

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Melisa (with one s, thankyouverymuch!) from Suburban Scrawl has a heart of absolute gold, y’all.

(Okay, granted, I’ve just met her, but I’m standing by that assessment. And I’m a FABULOUS judge of character. Seriously.)

She’s the one who would go right up to the new kid in school with a big, genuine smile and help them find their locker, save them a seat at the lunch table AND tell them about where the parties were going to be that weekend. Ever seen “There’s Something About Mary“? Yeah – she’s TOTALLY Mary.

Dude – she got so excited about this blog that she emailed her buddies and encouraged them to send me shuffles – and some of her friends emailed me! (Which goes to prove my point that awesome people hang around each other. Hence, the reason you, dear reader, are here. :) ) AND, as if that WASN’T enough…she actually made the playlist FOR me. Right now, she is my absolute FAVORITE person.

But, not for all that. For THIS post. BWAHAHAHAHAHHA! “Do NOT touch my food!” ahhhhh, classic. I love that in the midst of being so wonderfully thoughtful and perfect and all, she’s funny and quirky and real. And then with THIS one, she got all poigniant and sweet on me.

Verily, Melisa may only have one s, but this gem has many, many wonderful facets. And a damn nice shuffle:


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Hiphip Chin Chin by Club des Belugas:
I’m always looking for new music because I teach spinning/group cycling classes. When I found this one, I had just started teaching a spin/endurance class and needed some good songs that were sort of lengthy and had a steady beat. I first heard this one on “So You Think You Can Dance” and I just love it. It’s one of my “Spin songs” that I can also listen to while walking, driving, or anytime. It makes me happy!

Faithfully by Journey:
This is my husband’s and my “song”. Pipe down, haters. First of all, I love Journey. Second of all, I found it very romantic that Jonathan Cain (Journey keyboardist) wrote this song for his wife in honor of their 10th (I think) anniversary. Third of all, my husband was in the navy when we got married and we knew all about being apart for long periods of time and getting to “rediscover” each other over and over again.

Too Funky by George Michael:
George Michael makes my top ten music list anytime. I love this song in particular, just because it’s awesome. The video starred a bunch of up-and-coming supermodels, some of them you may have heard of: Tyra Banks and Linda Evangelista. Oh, and the song makes me think of how my sister and I went to his concert and got to sit in the good seats at no charge. By the way, I use this as a climbing song in my classes and the crowds just love them some George.

Born Slippy by Underworld:
The drum beat in this one is KILLER, and of course: it’s another spin song. I like to blast this one in the car too. I stopped playing it for a long time because another instructor told me that at the end they are chanting the n-word and, well, that’s just not acceptable. But then I searched the lyrics and found out that they’re saying “Mega Mega”, so it’s all good again. Well, except that the rest of the lyrics are totally filthy. But nobody can understand what he’s saying during the bulk of the song, so play on. Shew!

Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5:
A really short song at only around three minutes, but it definitely makes an impact. So angry. I love it. My husband thinks it’s weird that I am a very positive, peppy, happy person who happens to LOVE angry songs like this one, or like Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”, but I don’t think I’m weird. Just because I don’t carry these emotions around with me doesn’t mean that I’ve never felt them or that I should shelter myself from them, right? Can I get a what-what on that?

Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf:
Just a classic. An epic song…though I have a 17-year-old and cringe a little bit nowadays when I hear this one, I love the creativity of the whole thing. I love the performance video. And it’s fun to sing along with it, at the top of my lungs, in the car. Unless my 17-year-old is riding with me, then it’s not so fun.

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Greenday:
I am fairly certain that the first time I ever heard this song was when Jerry Seinfeld used it at the end of his series finale, during the video montage. I love the sentiment. When a close friendship of mine came to an explosive end six years ago, this song brought me a lot of comfort because I thought of that time as a very transitional period in my life. I don’t regret that friendship (mostly!) and have really good memories of the times we had together, but I moved on just fine and even became a better person after it was over.

Drop the Phone by Shy Child:
My sister introduced my kids to this one, and my 14-year-old made a ringtone out of it. When I heard it, I was hooked. It’s just FUN. My sister even found video of a Stella McCartney fashion show during which the models played musical chairs to this song: so cute! She posted it on her blog; here’s the link: http://bigpikchur.blogspot.com/2009/03/maybe-he-dropped-phone-when-he-saw-her.html

New Religion by Duran Duran:
I had to include a Duran Duran song because I just love them. This song was always my favorite; I think I wore out my “Rio” cassette by playing this one over and over and over again. Sure, I could’ve gone with “Hungry Like The Wolf” or “The Reflex”, but “New Religion” is different, and totally awesome. That is all.

Let Me Blow Ya Mind by Eve (feat. Gwen Stefani): Just as it may surprise you (if you know me) that I like angry songs sometimes, I love certain parts of the rap and R & B genres. This one is funky, and it’s got great attitude. Honestly, for song #10 I had a hard time deciding between this one and “Work It” by Missy Elliott, but this one had to win out because it features another of my faves, Gwen Stefani. I remember that the same year this song came out (2001), Gwen also helped Moby out on “Southside”; both Moby AND Eve won MTV Video Music awards…Gwen was their good luck charm!

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