Guest DJ: Secret Agent Mama

Secret Agent MamaSecret Agent Mama.

She may or may not be today’s Guest DJ. 

(What?  …dude, I don’t want to blow her cover!)

Mishelle Lane – Photographer, aka Secret Agent Mama, is one of my new favorite “discoveries”.  I met her in Asheville at the Type A Mom Conference, and ever since then I’ve been marveling at her overall cool quotient.  Honestly – she’s a one woman dynamo, but in a COMPLETELY chill, non threatening, doesn’t-make-you-feel-like-a-total-slacker-even-though-you-TOTALLY-are-kinda-way!  (Okay, that last part was really just descriptive of me, but you know what I mean…)

  • She takes FABULOUS photos. Holy perfect apertures, Batman!  Just go rifle through her blog and stop anywhere – you’ll be met with unique, intriguing, breath-taking shots.  Natural ability has obviously met hard work and experience to result in a perfected craft!
  • She Blogs creatively.  Yeah, not the drivel that I generally put out – she actually WRITES.  And she’s good!
  • She Blips. That’s right folks – another music lover.  Somehow she finds time throughout her day to share her love of music with us (and her 3,000 odd followers there.)  Seriously…I should shroud my face in shame by comparison.  (That’s a hint for y’all to hie your little tushies to Blip.fm and follow me, yo.  There is dire and urgent need for ego saving here!!)
  • She Tweets. And, unlike many, many others…she’s pleasant, not annoying, and always has something relevant to say.
  • She Speaks. A frequent panelist and speaker on boards and at conferences…she gives “Mom Bloggers”, and Bloggers in general a good name.
  • She Shares.  She contributes to a number of blogs, consults with companies, and is known and loved by EVERYONE.  She’s good folks.

Go – look through her site, and then come back and tell me I’m not right!

(But before that…check her tunes…)


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1. Better than Ezra: Desperately Wanting
A few months back I was reminded about BTE. When I rekindled the love I had for them, I was astounded that I had ever forgotten about them. Since then, I have gotten all of their albums on my iTouch. The love I have for them is strong. My favorite song, though, is Absolutely Still.

2. Chris Mann: NY Time (had to sub ~Ri)
I met Chris Mann in February ’09 at Blissdom in Nashville. Not only does he have a smooth voice, he’s got a smooth personality. I predict that he will be WAY big, and I will be glad to say that I knew him when….

He’s rather easy on the eyes, too:

Chris Mann

3. Rosemary Clooney: Mambo Italiano
This is one of those songs that I remember hearing as a child. I never tire of hearing it. Oh and then my OBGYN was named Calabrese. I sang to him one time, “Go, go, go you mixed up sicialiano/ All you calabraise-a do the mambo like a crazy with a/ Hey mambo, don’t wanna tarantella/ Hey mambo, no more a mozzarella/ Hey mambo! Mambo italiano!”
He blushed!

4. 3 Doors Down: Be Like That
This song is from the first album that I actually bought for Michael, as a birthday present. We’d been together for over five years and music was the one thing I didn’t have to buy for him (he had all the good albums, including Milli Vanilli–I kid you not.) It’s so good to be married to someone who likes the same music as you do. However, now-a-days, there are some artists that he doesn’t get into whom I love.

5. Better Than Ezra: Cry in the Sun
I honestly don’t have to say anything more than these lyrics:

“We dance and sing out
And traced the moon
As it crawled across the night sky
And covered in dew
A lover’s pact
Well here’s to now and don’t look back”


Room for Squares was my first John Mayer album. When I first heard him, on the radio, I knew I would forever be a fan of his. 1) He’s delicious; 2) His lyrics make me tingle; 3) He plays a guitar, and–boy–can he play it well. Seriously, that’s a trifecta of awesomeness.

7. Queensryche: Empire
In my opinion, no play-list is complete without some metal. Queensryche is in good company on my iTouch with Skid Row and Alice in Chains!

8. Train: Meet Virginia
The lyrics of Train songs always make me feel something. That’s one of the reasons I love them. Plus, Pat Monahan’s voice is simply perfect (and in my range.)

9. Foo Fighters: Over and Out
The Foo Fighters are in my top 3. Any song of there’s is a great song to me. Personally, this song holds a lot of meaning for me. You know, most of us have had that relationship that is so solid, that endures, and then it disappears for one reason or another. You claw, you scratch, you writhe in pain, but you don’t feel anything. The loss continues and you hope for something more.

“Are you there?
Do you read me?
Are you there?
I don’t feel you anymore

Are you there?
Will you give in?
Are you there?
If I give out?”

That’s raw pain. Love can do that.

10. Nora Jones: Cold Cold Heart (had to sub ~Ri)
I went through a Nora Jones phase a while back. I was all about her. I think her sound is so unique and it always draws me in.

11. Dave Matthews Band: Seek Up
#1 on my list. That’s DMB! They will always be #1 in my ears. This song in particular is very vivid. The lyrics speak to me about how we should cherish what we have because before we know it we will all be “swept away”. I’ve been a DMB fan for many years and with every album, every song, I feel something new. That’s how I believe they endure. Plus….DAVE ROCKS!

36 Responses to Guest DJ: Secret Agent Mama
  1. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 14, 2009 | 5:30 am

    Oh, hey – guess what?!? @secretagentmama is Guest DJ today at Music Savvy Mom. Wednesday is officially awesome. http://bit.ly/b8I2f

  2. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 14, 2009 | 8:30 am

    Oh, hey – guess what?!? @secretagentmama is Guest DJ today at Music Savvy Mom. Wednesday is officially awesome. http://bit.ly/b8I2f

  3. T-Loth
    October 14, 2009 | 10:53 am

    I just cleaned the kitchen to your mix. Lots of stuff I hadn’t heard in a while. Very cool. However, I will fight you in a cage if you go near Dave Grohl (he is #1 on my celebrity sex list.)

  4. Starrlight
    October 14, 2009 | 11:57 am

    I have been a Mayer fan for a long long time. Pre-break into the big time even! See him live. He is amazing and funny as hell.

    Awesome list!!
    .-= Starrlight´s last blog ..There Ain’t A Penthouse Christian That Wants The Pain Of The Scab, But They All Want The Scar =-.

  5. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 14, 2009 | 11:42 am

    Oooh! Cage match over Dave Grohl at Music Savvy Mom! (See what happens when we let @secretagentmama DJ? http://bit.ly/b8I2f

  6. Susan Helene Gottfried
    October 14, 2009 | 1:35 pm

    Wow. I just put Empire on my new toy. But metal? That’s actually easy listening compared to the rest of what’s there!

  7. Ash
    October 14, 2009 | 2:47 pm

    So…”Be Like That”

    Does anyone else think it sounds like he is saying “F*ck me like that”???

    cause I totally think so…

    just sayin.

  8. T-Loth
    October 14, 2009 | 3:08 pm

    We could share him or work out a schedule. I’m a lover not a fighter.

  9. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 14, 2009 | 2:42 pm

    Oooh! Cage match over Dave Grohl at Music Savvy Mom! (See what happens when we let @secretagentmama DJ? http://bit.ly/b8I2f

  10. Susan Helene Gottfried
    October 14, 2009 | 3:45 pm

    You guys need to forget about Dave Grohl and help yourselves to my Trevor!
    .-= Susan Helene Gottfried´s last blog ..Susan’s Book Talk: Operation eBook Drop =-.

  11. T-Loth
    October 14, 2009 | 4:29 pm

    I’d go gay for Dave. Meanwhile homeboy has a wife and kids. Did I kill it??????
    .-= T-Loth´s last blog .."Like, Oh My God" =-.

  12. Ri O'Laughlin
    October 14, 2009 | 8:12 pm

    THREE more hits & we roll over to 10,000. I'm a big geek, and that thrills me! (Since the site is only 3 months old.) http://bit.ly/b8I2f

  13. Melisa with one s
    October 14, 2009 | 10:36 pm

    Ri, you forgot something for the list of what Mishi does: She drinks margaritas. :)

    I love my Mishi!

    (and I LOVE Mambo Italiano! :) )
    .-= Melisa with one s´s last blog ..I Cant Drive 55 =-.

  14. Devilish Southern Belle
    October 15, 2009 | 8:53 pm

    Wow….love Foo Fighters & Queensryche…great list!

    You were at Blissdom, Ri? If I had known, I’d have driven up just to meet you :)
    .-= Devilish Southern Belle´s last blog ..There was no WW here yesterday =-.

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