Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Santa brought the kids a recorder and some bath tub water flutes. This is what led to me playing “Ode to Joy” on a plastic flute during bath time last night. If this portion of my life had a soundtrack, it would involve a lot of harmonica, drum, kazoo, tambourine, and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.

Which, of course, caused me to think about the soundtrack of my life in 5-year increments.

Second Half of the 1970s: “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”, Bee Gees, Pink Floyd

First Half of the 1980s: “Gimme Three Steps”, “Borderline”, "Eye of the Tiger", Care Bears on 45s
Second Half of the 1980s: Bon Jovi, Poison, Skid Row, Def Leppard (on cassette)

First Half of the 1990s: Guns-n-Roses, Metallica, Nazareth, Meatloaf, Pink Floyd
Second Half of the 1990s: Counting Crows, Deana Carter, Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes, Meryn Cadell, They Might Be Giants, Garth Brooks, “The Macarena”, and “Lightning Crashes” by Live

First Half of the 2000s: Kenny Chesney,  Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Rafferty “Right Down the Line”
Second Half of the 2000s: 4 Seasons, Albert Hammond, Jackson Browne, “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad”, “The Erie Canal Song”, “Happy Birthday”, “Jingle Bells”

What will the first half of the 2010s bring? Who knows? Maybe I will have to start listening when Chuckles starts listening to….I was going to write the name of some currently popular singer but I don’t know any currently popular singers. Everything I came up with is lame and probably not cool at all (Miley Cyrus, Justin Beiber, Train, Katy Perry (on whom Chuckles has a crush ever since he saw her singing with Elmo on youtube)).

So, what is the soundtrack of your life?


  1. Right now, the predominant soundtrack in my life is inane Chinese songs that go along with the Chinese lessons we're getting Pumpkin. She loves them, though.

    Also, the specific songs she listens to before going to sleep.

    Since I'm not working right now, I can blast music while I work on stuff at home. I've been playing with Pandora, and maybe I'll have more of my own music in my soundtrack, soon. I have to say, the Violent Femmes station I built on a whim was surprisingly awesome.

    Do you have any of the They Might Be Giants kids CDs? We really like the one that Santa brought us last year. This year, he brought us the Barenaked Ladies kids CD. It is pretty good, too.

  2. Oh goodness. I can't think back that far. Early 90's - U2, Depeche Mode. Late 90's - Rage, DMB, Blues Traveler, OutKast. Early 2000's - Bitch Rock, for sure. 10,000 Maniacs, Natalie Merchant. And Ben Harper, Cake and Soul Coughing. Late 2000's - Killers, White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, Keane, Jack Johnson...mostly indy/college rock. Always liked Classic Rock, so that permeates all eras. Huge Radiohead fan since forever. Now? I really like Pheonix right now. But I only get to listen to adult music when I'm running or snowboarding. Mostly we listen to Caspar Babypants (so fun!), Frances England, Renee and Jeremy, Sara Hickman and some other kid bands that I found through Zooglobble. And I hate to admit this, but I actually really enjoy kid music. It's one of those reliving/rewriting my childhood things that I unabashedly indulge in.

    Good post. I might have to come back and add an addendum.