Tag: music

Music That Makes Me Answer the Phone

 

Once cell phones began to move beyond merely being able to place calls and became able to store more and more data, we began to see the rise of ringtones.  Beyond the novelty ringers, now everyone could have a ringtone for different callers.

My first phone allowed custom rings, but you had to program in each note.  This was difficult for someone who is close to tone-deaf.  I eventually got a better flip phone that had a decent system for downloading low-quality ringtones, but the selection was very limited.   Once I got my first smartphone (a Palm Pre +) I could really innovate.  All of my most common callers would get their own ringtone.  It took some work because, by default, my phone was unable to play them at sufficient volume.  I had to boost the volume with audio editing software, which hurt the dynamic range and sound quality, but they were loud enough to get my attention.  Some uploading later, I had an ample array of ringtones.

Volume Up, Windows Down

 

Driving around with the volume up and windows down is requisite every summer. Preferably on a wide, open road headed to the canyon, lake, mountains, anywhere except home. Ok, sometimes in town. Here are some of my favorites to listen to.

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A questionnaire of sorts. Your favorite way to drink coffee, beans, pre-ground or instant, and brewing method. And, your favorite coffee songs. Me: Always iced, either immersion cold brew, or the “Dutch” coffee extreme slow cold drip that is popular in Korea. I don’t have a really picky palate, but I like whole beans, either […]

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I Was a Teenage Rock ‘n’ Roller

 

I’m in my dotage now, so old and out of touch that young people look right through me, an invisible man. But there was a time when I was opaque. That was in the 1950s and I was a teenager in Compton, CA, about the same time that teenagers were being invented.

I did my part toward that invention. I put a lot of pomade on my hair and wore a ducktail for a while, and I used teenage slang; words like “made in the shade” (doing well), “going Hollywood” (wearing sunglasses), and “bitchin’” (something that’s good).

But it was music where I helped the most to shape that definition. I listened to Elvis, The Everly Brothers, and Buddy Holly on the radio. I talked smugly about the guitar licks of Les Paul and the shuffle rhythms by Bo Diddley (Bo Diddley). I knew the lyrics, and still do, of “Chantilly Lace” (The Big Bopper) and “Yakety Yak” (The Coasters). And I actually shelled out some of my pinsetting money for a couple of Fats Domino albums. Loved the Fat Man.

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There are plenty of songs from the late 1960s to early 1970s about urban unrest that turned to looting and street violence. There are lots of songs about fire. That is not this list. This list is about beauty and human excellence.  Here’s we get a break in the storm clouds and a clean shot […]

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Ron DeSantis dropped facts and logic all over reporters, and suggested they were indulging “black helicopter” level conspiracy theories and so credulous as to be motivated buyers for a bridge in Brooklyn. That called to mind a few songs on this Wednesday.  Ron DeSantis was talking with reporters as he hosted Vice President Pence.  Preview […]

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The past week ended, and the new week started with birds singing and more sightings of beauty and beast-mode. Thursday, May 14, 2020, Maria Bartiromo got an extended interview with President Trump on the White House grounds. She asked 44 questions in a 55 minute interview and got answers to every question, from coronavirus to […]

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In which your humble correspondent breaks out the disco ball, and then things take a strange turn. The Bee Gees were an Australian trio of brothers: Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. They could actually carry a tune and sing in three part harmony without computer assistance. Their signature falsetto lead was quite distinctive. One of […]

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Catching reports of protests here on Ricochet* and from a scan of YouTube, whilst stewing over Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey, who is no Noem, songs started popping up out of my memory. Here are a few protest songs that are relevant once more: Let’s go back to Roy Rogers in 1944 for “Don’t Fence Me […]

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As we enter the Easter season, after the long Lenten season, and as spring brings some promise of brighter days ahead, how about another play list? We earlier celebrated spring flowers, in song. Here are a few tunes about April, or rain, or spring. April showers may bring flowers, depending on your latitude and attitude. […]

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My husband and I are isolating our household as much as we can.  Given this rainy day, we’re making enchilada soup and talking about the Covid-19 playlist I’m listening to as I stir. We ended up talking about one of the songs on the playlist, “Hands Clean” by Alanis Morissette.    Now, it was a […]

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It has been a weird and wild week on Zoom. My Russian tutorial went online, and I failed to think very much about anything in my background attracting attention, because by the standards of most college students my little room is fairly anodyne (I think the most scandalous thing you could find in here is […]

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I was observing a classroom of teenagers this morning. The lesson was on the American Revolution, and the students had a map quiz. While reviewing for the quiz, one student asked the teacher if there was also a Charleston in Virginia. The teacher answered “West Virginia.” At which point a male student quietly sang “Mountain […]

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