Guest DJ: Meredith from The Green, The Bad and The Ugly

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‘Member way back when I said that DSB deserved a case of beer, or a dozen Krispy Kremes for bringing us Starr? Well, now That Chick from Brutalism is getting a new fishbowl for her car keys. Or maybe a merkin.(What? If you people read her blog, you’d get those references. And you’d be laughing your tushes off right now.)
Anyway…TCFB has hooked me up a few times. Meredith from The Green, The Bad and The Ugly is one such lucky score. She’s awesome, y’all – passionate, enthusiastic and downright fun. Now, those attributes are great in general…y’know, to have in a buddy when, say, drunken bumper bowling is the plan for a Friday evening. But, Meredith actually uses her talents for GOOD!
Her blog is about “going green and staying green, encouraging the good and outing the bad, while keeping a sense of humor.” You know what the most important part of that mission statement is for me? KEEPING A SENSE OF HUMOR. Because seriously – when you open your eyes to the damage that is being done daily to our environment, our Earth and the living things who share it…it’s truly enough to make you cry.
Now, I say this…and I am not green. I’m maybe a sickly yellow, and on good days, I become green tinged, but I have not yet taken up the mantle of “Gardien de la Terre“. (Yes, I totally just made that up. If I’m going to separate my recycling, I’m gonna need a fancy title.) Oh, sure…I recycle when I remember. I have the reusable grocery bags. I use the aluminum water bottle. But, in all honesty? I don’t go out of my way. I should. We all should.
Back to what’s great about Meredith. She doesn’t just TELL me that I need to do more. She does more FOR me. For all of us. And she does it with grace, good humor, important facts and just the right amount of kickyouinthebuttandmakeyouwanttodomoretoo. What she doesn’t do? What she TOTALLY doesn’t do is preach, wag fingers, or belittle. She educates. She brings up very salient points that honestly, I might never have taken time from my busy life to consider…because my brain just isn’t wired with that focus…yet.
But, give Meredith and her blog time with me, and it will be. Because, like any good teacher worth an apple, she does it in a way that makes you want to learn more. Hit me, teach.
And I promise I won’t canoodle in the back row with Rodney Greenstreet like I did in Mr. Burlemachi’s Pre-Algebra class in Jr. High…

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1. Love Somebody – Rick Springfield
Ahhh. Rick Springfield. His was the second concert I went to (Andy Gibb was the first). I was a huge General Hospital fan at the time and in love with his alter-ego, Noah Drake. This is one of my favorite Rick songs! I felt very lucky last year when I got to meet him at his CD signing at The Virgin Megastore and he autographed my concert ticket!!

2. Turning Japanese – The Vapors
This song is so fun! It reminds me of high school. It’s the kind of song that you roll your windows down and blast as you drive on the LA 101 (which I used to do!)

3. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn – Rock of Ages Broadway Show version
I loved Rock of Ages and this version of the song. But I have to admit that there’s nothing like the original. (We’ve got the original ~ Ri)

4. Another Day – Paul McCartney
Need I even have to comment? The brilliant Sir Paul! I just saw him at Citifield and he was fabulous despite the fact he didn’t sing this song.

5. Paper Bag – Anna Nalick
My dad of all people got me hooked on her! Her album is one of those in which every song is good. She’s great to mellow out to!

6. Banana Pancakes – Jack Johnson
I love this guy! I just recently started listening to him. This was the first song I heard and I was hooked! It is romantic and sexy and chill and beachy all wrapped up into one! As if that’s not enough, he’s a cute surfer dude and big time environmentalist supporting organizations like Surfrider Foundation which helps to protect our oceans, waves and beaches.

7. Everyday People – Sly and the Family Stone
I made a CD for one of my friends for her 40th birthday this year. We’ve known each other our whole lives so the CD was comprised of songs that represented different parts of our lives over the years. Everyday People was the #1 song on February 26th, her birthday, which is how it made it into my playlist.

8. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel – Tavares
This song was resurrected on the Charlie’s Angels movie soundtrack. I loved the movie though I’m a bigger fan of the TV show! The song brings me back to the 70’s.

9. Everyday is a Winding Road – Sheryl Crow
I adore her and love all of her songs. She’s an inspiration! When I was living in LA, I worked at The Grove (an outdoor shopping mall with a trolley and dancing fountains). I was friends with the security guards who would stop by my cart and chat with me at the end of the night while I was closing up. One night, one of them told me that there was going to be a concert the next morning at The Grove by some big musician but that he didn’t know who it was. I decided to show up despite having to be there at 8 AM. I couldn’t believe it when she came out, but it was Sheryl Crow and she did a full concert with only about 150 of us standing there on a cool Sunday morning!

10. Ray of Light – Madonna

Definitely in my top 3 favorite Madonna songs. I have been a Madonna fan since I was 13. I started to listen to her because the guy I had a crush on loved her and of course, I wanted to have something in common with him. 27 years, 18 albums and 3 concerts later, I’m still a fan.
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