Sunday Scoop: Meet The Music Mamas

GAH! I totally forgot about posting the Scoop today!

(And, it has nothing to do with the fact that my Mother in Law is coming in from Texas tomorrow, and then there’s that little thing about launching The Music Mamas website tomorrow. That’s nothing – I ALWAYS run around ninety miles an hour with no sleep and my hair on fire. Seriously.)

Okay, so when I left you last, you were pondering the matching of the songs with the Music Mamas who chose them. Let’s see who picked what, shall we?  And remember – the criteria posed to them was to pick a song that they thought most described them, or that they identified with…

Track 1:  Livin’ on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

This one is Tiffani (Sound Check Mama) all the way!  She is a die hard, old school, true blue Bon Jovi fan. She’s never lost the faith, and is never hesitant to claim what she likes…regardless of what anyone else things.  (Which is kick ass as far as I’m concerned!)  Here’s an idea about her musical taste, in her own words:

As an ’80s girl, I love big hair, big guitars and big voices. I’m old school with a little Ke$ha and Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights mixed in.

Hell yeah, y’all!

Track 2:   My Baby Don’t Tolerate – Lyle Lovett (with John Hiatt, Joe Ely and Guy Clark at Austin City Limits)

Evidently I'm not nearly as enigmatic as I like to THINK I am. See? This is my "mysterious face". harumph!

Well, as many of you pointed out without hesitation and with absolute certainty – this was my choice.  I really am transparent, aren’t I?  Well, now you see why I wanted to start another blog with more tastes and genres represented…and The Music Mamas was born!

Anyway, I picked this for a number of reasons.  (a) I adore Lyle Lovett, second only to my adoration of Townes Van Zandt. (Guy Clark is just short of adoration:  more like “love him like an uncle” status.)  (b) I love Texas music played by Texas boys.  (See JTNL as example).  (c)  I love notes that are picked on a guitar, not only strummed.  Add that with a bluesy groove and I’m a happy puddle of goo. John Hiatt KILLS it on this song. (d) I’m pretty demanding, and can be fairly bitchy.  Matter of fact – I’m alot like the girl in this song.  Just ask my husband, saint that he is… (e) I LOVE clever lyrics.  Lyle’s are always intelligent and witty, and these are especially pithy and adroitly executed.  Overall, it’s a damn near perfect example of “Ri”!

Track 3:  I Know What I Know – Paul Simon

This one came to us via Lindsay (Rock and Roll Mama)…the Lucy to my Ethel.

Her exact words to me when she sent it over?  “Hmmmm.  My song shall be “I Know What I Know” by Paul Simon because I love it and it’s funny!”

That’s Lindsay – and I love that about her.  Direct and clear, and always with reasons for what she does.  She’s a thinker AND a doer. A super smart cookie, she knows who and what she likes, and she doesn’t hesitate to show it.  Her musical tastes reflect her life – she’s got a favorite genre for every emotion or situation. (Remember the “Soundtrack to Your Life” meme?  Inspired by Lindsay. ;))

(And she knows her music, yo!)

Track 4:  Hip Hip Chin Chin by Club des Belugas

Melisa. (with one s, thankyouverymuch!)  Melisa (Suburban Scrawl) is one of the most reliable, on the ball chicas I know.  And, in true Melisa form, God love ‘er, she sent over her explanation with her song choice:

I adore this song for several reasons. It’s Latin-flavored electronica, which is always a fun combination. It’s very upbeat and joyful (so am I, mostly!), and although it’s got a steady beat, there’s a lot going on in the background. That’s me: steady as she goes, but multitasking constantly. The limited lyrics are all about the rhythm (and the beat) of life, and that’s me too: if my routine gets disrupted I’m always a little uneasy, so I like to keep things moving at a pretty consistent pace.

Track 5:  Tom’s Diner – Suzanne Vega

This one was from our sweet Mishi (Secret Agent Mama).  Now, as she said, she COULD have easily picked a Dave Matthews song, as her love for him is known far and wide throughout the land.  But, she dug deeper and gave us this little gem which I think does describe her SO well.  She’s a Professional Photographer with a great eye for capturing the beauty in the human condition.  She’s an observer…so you can always count on her musical choices (and writing) to be very insightful!

Track 6:  Haunted – Shane McGowan and Sinead O’Connor

Lara, Lara, Lara! (or DiPaola Momma, aka Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom). Don’t let the Italian surname fool you – this blue eyed spitfire is an Irish girl – and like ALL good Irish girls, loves her some Pogues.  And music.  And, obviously, very EMOTIONAL music.  But, that makes sense, because Lara minces no words to tell you how it is – with flowery description, copious use of CAPITALS and punctuation for emphasis!!!!  She’s a hoot most of the time and always laughing, so I was intrigued that she picked this song to “represent” her.

Then I realized.  She FEELS things, and expresses those feelings.  Not all writers do, or can.  😉

Now, since I came up with this idea, oh…LATE Thursday, I missed getting two of the Mamas songs in.  That’s no reason for you to MISS them, though!

Track 7:  It’s My Life – Talk, Talk

Okay, Aimee (Greeblemonkey) just came onboard (yay!!) so I haven’t had a chance to absorb her “music vibe” yet.  But, omigod, how much do I LOVE that she chose this – and that she chose the original and not the No Doubt cover?!?!

I think we’re going to get along FAMOUSLY.  This chick rocks. 😉

Track 8:  Rock and Roll is King – Electric Light Orchestra

I saved Belle (This Belle Rocks) for last, because you can always count on her for a rousing, rocking good time!  She’s normally our resident Death Metal – Hair Band girl, but she can also pull out the Outlaw Country and the straight out traditional when the occasion suits. She’s been around since the very beginning of my online musical blog adventure, and has rocked right along with me throughout….

And, to finish up a post introducing The Music Mamas?  This one is friggin’ PERFECT! (Just like her. 😉 )


So, there you have it!  A lil’ “Intro to The Music Mamas – 101”.  We hope you’ll join us MONDAY, JULY 19 (that’s today or tomorrow, depending where you are) at 9:00 EST on Twitter, for our big kick off party!  Tunes, guest artists “tweeting” and LOTS of great giveaways.  Head over to the site to RSVP so you’ll be in the drawing for swag even if you can’t tweet with us!

(And we hope you’ll keep visiting often.  This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship…;) )

OH, CRAP! The ten Music Bucks – almost forgot!  Okay, running to…hang on a sec…

Well, shit.  Only oh-pook and mari are eligible, and I’m not gonna CHOOSE!  I am such a softie – you each get ten bucks worth of tunes.  Lemme know whether you want Amazon.mp3 bucks or iTunes bucks, k? 😉

15 Responses to Sunday Scoop: Meet The Music Mamas
  1. This Belle Rocks
    July 18, 2010 | 11:28 pm

    Aw, thanks so much for your sweet words! I just loved the lyrics to this song, and felt it best represented me in general, not to mention my love for music. Thanks so much for using it as the “closer”!

    P.S. Jeff Lynne is amazing!
    This Belle Rocks´s last blog post ..Everyone- meet…Bibi!

  2. Melisa with one S
    July 18, 2010 | 11:33 pm

    Melisa with one S´s last blog post ..Five Guys and a Baby

  3. Aimee Greeblemonkey
    July 19, 2010 | 12:25 am

    *OF COURSE* I picked the original – that’s a whole post in itself how lame No Doubt’s cover was – in that it was an EXACT COPY of Talk Talk’s song. Also, there is an emotional turning point back in college related to that song that I should divulge – some time. And THEN when I saw the video (I guess I never saw it before), paired up with my recent experiences swimming with about a million fish in Puerto Rico, there was NO WAY not to pick that song.

    Long long long story short, thanks for having me! :)

  4. Aimee Greeblemonkey
    July 19, 2010 | 12:29 am

    Oh, and I am gonna be a brat and add the video link with the animals. 😉

    • Ri, the MSM
      July 19, 2010 | 6:06 am

      Ooh, y’all should watch the one with the animals! (Aimee sent that to me originally, but they had embedding disabled for some reason, so I just grabbed another. But yes – watch the one with the animals. 😉 )
      Ri, the MSM´s last blog post ..Sunday Scoop- Meet The Music Mamas

  5. MariFarthing
    July 19, 2010 | 3:49 am

    RT @MusicSavvyMom Whew! Got the Sunday Scoop up just under the wire! "Meet the Music Mamas"! // HOLLA!

  6. ThisBelleRocks
    July 19, 2010 | 5:01 am

    Meet @TheMusicMamas on @MusicSavvyMom 's "Sunday Scoop": Then come party w/us tomorrow night! Details:

  7. Secret Agent Mama // Mishi
    July 19, 2010 | 9:00 am

    You so got it with why I picked mine!!

    So happy to be apart of this venture, Ri! xoxooxx
    Secret Agent Mama // Mishi´s last blog post ..Weekly Winners The Monochromatic Delight Edition

  8. oh_pook
    July 19, 2010 | 9:31 am



    I think this is the only place I ever win anything!

    iTunes would probably be best here… Thanks Ri!!!

    excited to tweet tonight

  9. mari
    July 19, 2010 | 10:22 am

    I’m having a “Whip It” moment … I’m #2! I’m #2! (you know, out of 2 teams …)
    I’ll take prizes won by default! iTunes, please. TYVM awesome rocker mama! Can’t wait to meet the rest of the gang tonight!

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