Guest DJ: Martini Mom

So…in this Episode, I’d like to expound a bit on a subject that I believe needs more elucidation, entitled:

Just How Easy is it to Submit a Shuffle?

Now, I know that many of you are just itching to be Guest DJs…but you’re thinking

“Well, I don’t know Ri or any of the people who normally post over there – I’m not sending anything in!”

(…or some other such nonsense.)  Now, no – don’t shake your head – you know I’m right.  So, what do you do?  You stay mum, and make ME do all the hard work.  Yes, I realize it’s my blog and I’m supposed to do the work, but I’ve already told you that I’m inherently lazy…were you not paying attention?  So, you see, you’re really doing me a disservice by NOT sending your shuffles.  *sigh*  (I’ll be alright, but I can’t say I’m not just a smidge wounded.  *sniff, sniff, back of hand to forehead, clutching pearls…*heavy sigh*)


Martini MomEnter today’s Guest DJ:  Martini Mom.  She’s one of those sweet, wonderful, surprising gifts sent floating down from Mt. Olympus on gossamer wings, and she shall be my co-star in today’s vignette.

Now, let it be clearly understood that I did not know Martini Mom or her blog from a canned ham on the shelf at Safeway before the early hours of this Wednesday morning past.  When I crawled from my bed –  bleary eyed and weary from the constant pressure of shuffle solicitation…*sigh* – and made my way to my desk, coffee in hand and fuzzy kitty slippers on the wrong feet, I  was surprised and delighted to see the following missive awaiting me:


Martini Mom


Ooh! Pick me! Pick me!

Hi Ri,

I am Martini Mom (, and this is my shuffle:

1. Take On Me by A.C. Newman

This song falls into that rare category of Covers That Don’t Totally Suck.

2. Saturday Waits by Loney, Dear

I think I first ran across Loney, Dear at, and I liked him very much despite that annoying comma in his name.  He’s reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens, but Nordic. Maybe that explains the comma.

3. Billie Holiday by Warpaint

This song is deliciously haunting, and I must give a shout out to my favorite music blog of all time,, for introducing me. Also, I must confess that it took me far too long to realize what they were spelling. Far. Too. Long.

4. Rains on Me by Tom Waits

Tom Waits cycles through the shuffle on my iPod WAY too often to be random. I think my iPod has a crush.

5. Leave Me (Like You Found Me) by Wilco

I once had a dream that Jeff Tweedy and I were related through our dogs. Family reunions don’t get more awesome than that.

6. Blue by Cat Power

Cat Power makes the perfect music for those sad, break-upy kind of nights.

7. Don’t Let Me Down by The Beatles

Uh, it’s The Beatles. ‘Nuff said.

8. Goodbye California by Jolie Holland

Shortly after I met my boyfriend (but before we were dating) we discovered that we shared a mutual love of Jolie Holland. More accurately, I thought her latest album was pretty good; HE loved her.  A lot. Like, waxed poetic about her. They’re both from Texas and I thought he must’ve dated her at some point. Turns out they didn’t date, but he was a groupie for a while. It was a very long time before I could listen to Jolie without getting jealous. Now I can’t listen without chuckling at myself.

9. Endless Shovel by Rogue Wave

Rogue Wave is one of those bands that sounds as good live as they do recorded. And they take turns playing different instruments. This led me to refer to them excitedly as “switch hitters,” but then I realized that everyone thought I was suggesting that the entire band was bisexual.

10. Pink Bullets by The Shins

To me, The Shins sound like freedom. Glorious, sunny, beautiful freedom. This is most definitely a side-effect of listening to them almost exclusively while I was going through my divorce.


I’ve spent the past 6 years as a single mom to my son. For the last 2 years, I’ve been in a very long distance relationship (Seattle to Dallas). A little over a month ago, my boyfriend moved to Seattle and moved in to my place. So I write a lot about parenting and dating, like here:

Sometimes I vent, like here:

And sometimes I waggle bits of my silly psyche, like here:

Hope you enjoy.

Martini Mom

Well, to say that the clouds parted, the sun shone brightly and choirs of imaginary James Brown impersonators broke into a rousing rendition of “I Feel Good” would not be an overzealous description of the excitement I felt at that moment.  So, without hesitating a nanosecond, I fired off this note in return:

On Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 4:59 AM, Music Savvy Mom Blog <> wrote:

Okay, know what?  I officially love you.  I’m forty two, so clearly old enough to be your very hip big sister – consider yourself adopted.

The Tom Waits, Wilco and Cat Power trio in the middle there was enough, but then that first post with the photos of adorableness did me in, dude.

Since you are obviously the awesome, and have giftwrapped a perfect post for me…what say we throw caution/planning/schedules to the wind and run this day after tomorrow?  (‘Cause I’m devil-may-care like that. 😉 )

I’ll let you know for sure tomorrow night, but SOOOO glad you contacted me.  YAY for new bloggy buddies!! 😀


Annnnnnd, SCENE.

That’s it.  It’s JUST that easy.  I don’t bite, nor will I pepper you with questions or make you do research.  One email and whammo – you go from canned ham to family.  Now, honestly – THAT is an offer you just CANNOT refuse!!

So, no more deliberating.  Grab your iPod/Zune/iTunes/Music Library and shuffle it.  Go to “The DJ” page, type the list and a note into the Contact Form and hit send.  Share the love – share the music!

But first – listen to this Shufflefull of Hip Coolness,  and then go check out those hilarious posts over at Martini Mom’s.  Tell her Big Sis says hey. 😉

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41 Responses to Guest DJ: Martini Mom
  1. knowbot
    October 15, 2009 | 11:03 pm

    Ri O'Laughlin posted: Guest DJ: Martini Mom

  2. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 15, 2009 | 11:30 pm

    New post: Guest DJ – Martini Mom! (And, I discuss canned ham and family…) @martinimom

  3. Ri, the MSM
    October 16, 2009 | 2:40 am

    Oh, and you may notice that I had to sub some songs – which, unfortunately does happen, since we rely on what has available. But, I figure you’ll catch those yourselves.

    Like for instance…Annie Lennox is NOT The Beatles. FYI. 😉
    .-= Ri, the MSM´s last blog ..Guest DJ: Martini Mom =-.

    • Martini Mom
      October 16, 2009 | 3:10 pm

      Ha! So true: Annie Lennox is not The Beatles. :)

      Thanks for featuring my shuffle! (And really people, it REALLY is very easy.)
      .-= Martini Mom´s last blog ..On ginger =-.

  4. knowbot
    October 16, 2009 | 2:03 am

    Ri O'Laughlin posted: Guest DJ: Martini Mom

  5. Adrienzgirl
    October 16, 2009 | 3:13 am

    I love Martini Mom. She is great, right? Found her a few weeks ago and find her to be oh so cool and funny. This shuffle rocks btw!
    .-= Adrienzgirl´s last blog ..Think "Anti-SAHM" =-.

  6. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 16, 2009 | 2:30 am

    New post: Guest DJ – Martini Mom! (And, I discuss canned ham and family…) @martinimom

  7. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 16, 2009 | 4:53 am

    New post: Today's Guest DJ = Martini Mom! (Wherein I discuss canned ham vs. family…) @martinimom

  8. knowbot
    October 16, 2009 | 6:03 am

    Ri O'Laughlin posted: Guest DJ: Martini Mom

  9. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 16, 2009 | 7:53 am

    New post: Today's Guest DJ = Martini Mom! (Wherein I discuss canned ham vs. family…) @martinimom

  10. martinimom
    October 16, 2009 | 8:30 am

    RT @MusicSavvyMom: Today's Guest DJ = Martini Mom! (Wherein I discuss canned ham vs. family…) @martinimom

  11. martinimom
    October 16, 2009 | 8:34 am

    I'm today's guest DJ over at Check it out: Thanks, @musicsavvymom!

  12. Theresa C
    October 16, 2009 | 9:10 am

    RT @martinimom – I'm today's guest DJ over at Check it out: Thanks, @musicsavvymom!

  13. Janice
    October 16, 2009 | 10:27 am

    Aha (ok so not their version) but my dh bought that CD for that one song and at the time we hated all the others. When transferring songs to the computer I listened to the CD and I really like it now. I guess they were a little ahead of their time with many of the songs. If you have it in your collection for their only hit give it a whirl again.
    .-= Janice´s last blog ..Grand Canyon – Hermit’s Rest =-.

    • Ri, The MSM
      October 16, 2009 | 9:31 pm

      And, I’m pretty sure I read somewhere this week that they’re finally “calling it quits” after 25 years. (A-ha, not AC Newman…)
      .-= Ri, The MSM´s last blog ..Guest DJ: Martini Mom =-.

  14. Starrlight
    October 16, 2009 | 11:46 am

    Holy Moly I have been angsting myself with that Cat Power song for a month! Excellent shuffle =)
    .-= Starrlight´s last blog ..Um Yeah, Slacker Thursday Thirteen 😛 =-.

  15. martinimom
    October 16, 2009 | 11:30 am

    RT @MusicSavvyMom: Today's Guest DJ = Martini Mom! (Wherein I discuss canned ham vs. family…) @martinimom

  16. martinimom
    October 16, 2009 | 11:34 am

    I'm today's guest DJ over at Check it out: Thanks, @musicsavvymom!

  17. Theresa C
    October 16, 2009 | 12:10 pm

    RT @martinimom – I'm today's guest DJ over at Check it out: Thanks, @musicsavvymom!

  18. Bradi
    October 16, 2009 | 3:06 pm

    Any feedback on the new artist MoZella on Motown?

  19. Martini Mom
    October 16, 2009 | 3:12 pm

    Something really strange is happening with Jolie’s track. At first I thought it was a weird remix of the song, but it’s not even her singing! I checked, and that happens with about half of her songs listed. Weird!

    Out of respect for the woman who stole my boyfriend’s heart (not an easy heart to steal, let me tell you), you should all check her out here:
    .-= Martini Mom´s last blog ..On ginger =-.

  20. martinimom
    October 16, 2009 | 3:30 pm

    RT @MusicSavvyMom: Today's Guest DJ = Martini Mom! (Wherein I discuss canned ham vs. family…) @martinimom

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  25. Devilish Southern Belle
    October 16, 2009 | 9:46 pm

    Yay! A new mom to read! Love Wilco…some of the others are a bit new-ish to me.
    .-= Devilish Southern Belle´s last blog ..I have had it! =-.

  26. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 17, 2009 | 9:07 am

    Checked out @martinimom 's iPod yet? We have.

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    Checked out @martinimom 's iPod yet? We have.

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