Life’s Indispensables and Melodies to Live By

Tagged.  Again.  With a double whammy this time.  Mike over at Port 16 decided to add me to the list of people who wouldn’t protest too loudly.  Actually, this is a relatively easy one.  Let’s see, first of all I’m supposed to list the three things that I wouldn’t live without or make it through the day without.  Hmmm… I guess I can’t live a day without:  

  • My cell phone
  • My computer
  • My shower

Not necessarily in that order.

Then I’m supposed to comment on how “Our Players Don’t Lie.”  (No, not football players.)  While I could live a day with my iPod, I must say that this statement is pretty accurate; those players don’t lie.

I fell madly in love with the lyrics of Alicia Keys music. Although not my usual genre, I ended up buying two of her CD’s and putting them on my iPod.  My usual genre? I grew up looking for and loving Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and various other country ladies whose lyrics and melodies could send me into emotional melt-down.

More recently, the pop stars have shifted to weepy ballads and I’m loving some of their lyrics. You can throw Alica Keys together with Shania Twain and sprinkle in some Faith Hill and I’m left wondering if they lived my life instead of me!  Josh Groban is my token male vocalist. Here’s a man with contemporary power, lyrics and melodies that yank at my heart strings. Some of his songs aren’t even in English but the melodies are enough.

My biggest shock to myself? Christina Aguilera. This young lady has just about stepped over the line of “decency” (by today’s social standards) with songs like, “Nasty Naughty Boy.” But, it’s on an iPod or on a car stereo with the windows rolled up, so who’s to hear it?  Hey, I never said that I stopped breathing!

When I need to snap out of it all, I switch to Shania Twain. Sassy woman with a lot of attitude — she’s always good for a snappy pick-me-up.  πŸ™‚

What’s on my iPod does tell it all, now that I think about it. All that being said, this is the best I can do to let my iPod incriminate me.  I can’t list all the songs because for each artist there are several songs that have found their way into my heart for one reason or another. 

In no specific order:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Celine Dion
  • Christine Lavin (you’re saying, “Who?” uh, contemporary folk music (oxymoron) but don’t worry, I’ll share some of her stuff down the road)
  • Faith Hill
  • Josh Groban
  • Lorrie Morgan
  • Reba McEntire
  • Shania Twain
  • Kelly Clarkson
  • Christina Aguilera

Yep, much like everything I do, it’s a very eclectic list, and a peculiar mesh of genres, to say the least.

So now I’m supposed to tag some other poor, unsuspecting people.  I think I’ll bother the people that I have lost touch with recently:  Hart (who needs to watch his mail), Ilker (who’s probably almost ready for her finals again), Tom (who has been missing in action recently), Cheryl (whose personality I would love to “hear” more of) and Sheila (who I actually have been in contact with but I think she’ll find it fun).

Okay, I hope Mike is happy and, for the record, Matchbox 20?  Unwell is my theme song!  Okay, I used to tell people that through the drama of life, but that’s another one that would never have been on my list a few years ago, but it’s on my iPod now!    

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Sheila // Nov 4, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    It was interesting to read the kind of music that you like. I always like getting to know my favorite bloggers better. πŸ™‚ I’ll try to get around to this by next weekend.

  • 2 Evelyn // Nov 4, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    Okay, so you found it before I could tell you. πŸ™‚ Sorry about that but I’m kind of happy you did find it this way. Hugs and have fun!

  • 3 Mike Scott // Nov 5, 2007 at 3:26 am

    That’s great Evelyn! Thanks for responding, like Sheila said, it’s a neat way to get to know people a little better.

  • 4 Evelyn // Nov 5, 2007 at 4:40 am

    Hi Mike, it just dawned on me as I was writing that it’s just that — a way to see inside the people you talk to all the time but may not know all that well. As meme’s go, this was relatively easy — I think that’s because we all know what we like. πŸ™‚

  • 5 - [The Blog] » 3 Things To Die For and oh, yah .. my Top Musical picks! - A Website For All Earthlings, Who Love Animals // Nov 7, 2007 at 5:29 am

    […] the Homespun Honolulu blog has unsuspectedly tagged this poor PetLvr in a double meme called “Life’s Indispensables and Melodies to Live By“. Now, I’m not sure where this originated, but Evelyn was tagged by Mike over at the Port16 Blog […]

  • 6 HART (1-800-HART) // Nov 7, 2007 at 5:38 am

    In case you don’t get the trackback ..

    Pictures at 11~ πŸ˜€ I’m too old fashioned, and don’t have my own iPod yet .. but, I do listen to music alot!

  • 7 Evelyn // Nov 7, 2007 at 5:55 am

    We got it all, Hart! I like the addition of the music! Nice touch! Glad you’re still talking to me! πŸ™‚

  • 8 HART (1-800-HART) // Nov 7, 2007 at 6:41 am

    well, you know how I am with emails πŸ™‚ hehe

  • 9 Evelyn // Nov 7, 2007 at 7:29 am

    You’re not the only one! I’m not like that… much… I don’t think. Ahem. Okay, stopping while I’m ahead. LOL!

  • 10 Candace Salima // Nov 10, 2007 at 5:10 am

    First time I’ve ever seen Christine Lavin’s name. The first song I heard of hers was Prince Charles. I own, I think, all her CDs now. She makes me laugh so hard. Love her music!

    My husband is Samoan — you are?

  • 11 Evelyn // Nov 10, 2007 at 5:50 am

    Hooray! Another blogger who knows Ms. Lavin! She makes me laugh, she makes me cry, she makes me think. She’s just been there, done that.

    When people ask me about my ethnicity I tell them my mouth is Portagee (because I talk a lot), my feet are Hawaiian (’cause I went barefoot a lot growing up), and the rest of me is haole (sometimes used to describe white, although it actually mean stranger or foreigner). I am strange though, I’ll give you that! πŸ™‚ But then, you knew that!

  • 12 Candace Salima // Nov 10, 2007 at 6:45 am

    Evelyn – Christine Lavin is wonderful. I’m so glad our found her, because she does all the same things for me.

    Haole — me too! And strange is all in the eyes of the beholder. My eyes don’t really behold strange much. Quirky? Yeah. Strange — gotta have hair sticking straight up, multiple piercings, goth makeup, black ripped clothing, sneer at the world and have the eyes of a child. Now that’s strange to me.

  • 13 Jay ( // Nov 10, 2007 at 6:47 am

    you can’t live without your cell or computer? technology nowadays, huh? but you have an interesting mix of music taste, though, i definitely have to agree with the alicia keys… though, i have listened to some of the other artists you’ve listed, i’m more of a rap and r+b guy… but thanks for the read!


  • 14 Evelyn // Nov 10, 2007 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Jay! I could just never quite get into rap, only once in a while when one comes out that I can relate to. πŸ™‚

    Thanks Candace! Okay, I’ll go with quirky. πŸ™‚

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