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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Turn it up...

Looking back at the last couple of posts one could be forgiven for thinking I'm this serious, introspective... even morose kinda guy.  Boy-oh-by would you be wrong with that assessment!  You are simply seeing a lot of the stuff that rattles around my gourd late at night or in the wee hours of the morning. 

Strange stuff wanders, unbidden, off of my fingers and onto the keyboard at that time of day.  But that's not me.  Not really, anyway.

I've been aware of this perception gap for some time and have been trying to jot down ideas for posts during the day when I'm feeling more, er,  bright and chipper.  OK... truth be told, I've studiously ignored most of the things on the 'daytime post list'... but one idea that hit me a couple of weeks ago seemed worth sharing:

I was driving to the airport with my iPod broadcasting to my car stereo when Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Sweet Home Alabama' came up in the shuffle rotation.  During the first 5 or 6 seconds of the song's signature opening guitar riff the singer commands: "Turn it up!"

And I did.  Way up.

I suddenly realized that since high school, every single time I've heard that command to turn up the volume on this song I have complied.

Every. Single. Time.

And this isn't the only song.  Even though there isn't a specific command to crank the volume knob, there are a few songs in everyone's personal life soundtrack that absolutely, positively, MUST be turned up the moment the opening riff leaves the speakers.

These songs make us happy... bring back a flood of memories... or simply make us do that silly head bob that causes drivers around us to smirk and point.

I haven't spent a lot of time thinking about this but here is my short list of songs that, no matter where I am or what I'm doing, will force me to hang up the phone, stop mid-sentence in any conversation and start playing air-drums, guitar or horn:

1.  Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd

2.  Hotel California - Eagles

3.  Joy to the world - Three Dog Night

4.  Late in the evening - Paul Simon

5.  Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin

6.  Dream On - Aerosmith

7.  Let it be - Beatles

8.  California Dreamin' - Mamas and the Papas

9.  Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd

10.  Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival

These aren't my favorite songs... not by a long shot.  In fact most of them are trite, over-played and even a little embarrassing.  But they all share the ability to grab me by the ears, shut my mouth and get me to crank that volume knob waaaay to the right.

Know what I mean?

[Note:  This is not a meme!  If this had been an actual meme you would have been instructed to compile a similar a list, post it on your own blog, and then 'pass the stick' to a pre-determined number of other people.  Once again, this is not a meme.]


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Are we allowed to share? I will anyway! For some odd reason, I must crank the volume when listening to Myserious Ways by U2. It's not my fav U2 song, not even close really, but it must be played at full volume. Also Splitter Pine by Dum Dum Boys... but that's a bit too norwegian for your readers...unless anyone feels like googling and giving it a listen!

Posted by: nrg | Apr 4, 2006 1:45:37 PM

"Holiday" by Madonna does it for me. And at the other end of the spectrum, so does Gershwin's theme from "An American in Paris."

Posted by: Pearl | Apr 4, 2006 2:05:03 PM

i have a number of songs that must be turned up and that i must sing out loud to in the car. i can't actually name them though! i know it when i hear it. and so do any pedestrians or other drivers who may be around while i'm belting out a song with my window open. lol!
other than that, i'm much more quiet, i just don't sing!

Posted by: Sarah | Apr 4, 2006 2:33:41 PM

Amy by Pure Prarie League and Springsteen's Born to Run ...

No this is not a meme

Posted by: Oceanguy | Apr 4, 2006 2:56:51 PM

How can you not include Aretha Franklin's R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

Posted by: westbankmama | Apr 4, 2006 3:35:03 PM

Yes, David, how could you not include Aretha's song? That is definitely one of THOSE crank up the volume songs.

For me, ACDC's Shook Me All Night Long, and Bob Seger's Old Time Rock n Roll.

And don't even get me on the showtunes! : )

Posted by: jaime | Apr 4, 2006 3:48:15 PM

There are so many songs that make me turn the volume up, I just keep my car radio up high. It's almost mandatory since I listen to a classic rock station.

You should see the smirks and points I receive when Mr. Roboto by Styx is playing.

Of course when Jimi Hendrix is playing, I have to refrain from playing my air guitar. You can't do that while driving.

Posted by: seawitch | Apr 4, 2006 3:48:42 PM

I'm with Pearl on her choices! But must add "Heaven must be missing an Angel" by Tavares! (Yeah, disco is me!)

Posted by: Val | Apr 4, 2006 3:50:02 PM

Oh and I forgot "Play that Funky Music by Wild Cherry" ... also a must!

Posted by: jaime | Apr 4, 2006 3:54:53 PM

Ok, who do you pretend to be when you are listening to Proud Mary, are you Ike or Tina. ;)

Posted by: Jack | Apr 4, 2006 4:42:05 PM

Madonna - Ray of Light
Rolling Stones - Sympathy For The Devil
Resurrection - Stone Roses
How Soon Is Now - The Smiths
David Bowie - Heroes
Edie Gorme - I'll Take Romance

Again, none of these - except Edie - are real faves, but all must be played loudly (just to cover up my dreadful screeching if I'm honest though)

Posted by: siobhan | Apr 4, 2006 5:53:45 PM

David - you just redeemed yourself regarding your taste in music. Switch RESPECT (thank you westbankmama) for "Free Bird" and "Bad Moon Rising" for "Proud Mary" and I think I can pretty much concur.

Pearl - Holiday?... Holiday?

Posted by: Lisoosh | Apr 4, 2006 6:57:52 PM

I'm glad it's not a meme, but I'll still put mine here and run away.

Bizarre Love Triangle, True Faith - New Order
Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe
Layla - Derek and the Dominoes (but I turn it down when it gets all instrumental and lame at the end)
Galilleo - Indigo Girls
Everything I Need - Melissa Ferrick
Father Figure - George Michael

these are especially good if you're in a convertible

Posted by: StepIma | Apr 4, 2006 7:11:02 PM

There are too many to list - but here are a few that really get my emotional motor revved up:
* "Jungleland", Bruce Springsteen
* "Roll Me Away", Bob Seger
* "My Little Town", Paul Simon
* "I've Got A Name", Jim Croce
* "Miracles Out Of Nowhere", Kansas
* "Brown Eyes", Fleetwood Mac
* "The Letter (live version)", Joe Cocker
* "Blue Collar Man", Styx
* "Crazy On You", Heart
* "Whipping Post", Allman Brothers
* "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", Elton John

Posted by: Elie | Apr 4, 2006 7:40:39 PM

I laughed so hard when I saw Val's answer! I LOVE that song ("Heaven must be missing an Angel" by Tavares). I sing it to my girls all the time. In fact, it was the first song my 2-yr. old ever sang.

I liked your picks. "Free Bird" does the same to me.

I am a huge Beatles song, but I detest "Let It Be." (I know, sacrilege)! The "let it be's" just drone on and on. I heard Eleanor Rigby on the radio yesterday and I had to stop what I was doing and crank it up. Awesome song!

And ok, this is hugely embarrassing, but I will admit I heard the theme song from "The Goodbye Girl" on the radio this a.m. I LOVE that song. I cranked it up and all of the sudden I was 10 years old again.

Posted by: Stacey | Apr 4, 2006 7:55:56 PM

I don't listen to pop music.

What's a meme?

Posted by: Scott | Apr 4, 2006 8:24:16 PM

My all time favorite is the Doors LIGHT MY FIRE. Music is great LOUD, LOUDER and LOUDEST. This was the staple of my high school dances.

Posted by: Helene | Apr 4, 2006 8:27:12 PM

Ray Charles- What'd I Say and Hit The Road Jack
Johnny Cash/June Carter- Jackson
Led Zepp- Kashmir
Springsteen- Tunnel of Love
Rush- Tom Sawyer

I know that I am forgetting a lot of songs, but that should do for now.

Posted by: Jack | Apr 4, 2006 9:39:06 PM

My [afterthought] songs that get me going:

Dust in the Wind -- Kansas
September -- Earth, Wind & Fire
Bohemian Rhapsody -- Queen
I'm Coming Out -- Diana Ross

Posted by: Pearl | Apr 4, 2006 10:25:36 PM

There's a song called I'm a Mirror that gets me every time.

Posted by: Irina | Apr 4, 2006 10:26:03 PM

nrg... Of course you can share. I just didn't want anyone to feel pressured to pass this along. I'd be interested in a link to the second song.

Pearl... Meh on the Madonna but I'm right there with you on the Gershwin. That opening clarinet glissando in Rhapsody in Blue also grabs me by my ears.

Sarah... If you think of any let me know.

Oceanguy... No, it really isn't (but thanks for the link). Good songs both.

Westbankmama... for the same reason that I don't sing 'YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE A NATURAL WOMAN...' in the shower: I'm not a G-I-R-L! :-)

Jaime... And here I had you pegged for a Billy Joel girl. :-)

Seawitch... Please tell me you don't do all those jerky dance moves... I'll so lose respect for you. :-)

Jack... Did you miss the part where I said I like the Creedence version. :-)

Siobhan... OK, so I knew half of the songs... not bad.

Lisoosh... Until I switch teams I am not going to be singing RESPECT.... but I love Bad moon rising.

Stepima...OK, you basically just announced your age to everyone here. :-)

Elie... Wow! Any of those songs could go on my list as well.

Stacey... To be honest there aren't too many Beatles songs that don't get me to stop and listen. Oh, and the Goodbye Girl song is full of emotional stuff for me too.

Scott... What a shame... there has been a lot of good music. Here is a good working definition of meme.

Helene... Yeah, that opening organ riff is a grabber.

Jack... Great songs. Kashmere is one of my favorites, It was big while I was in basic training and always takes me back there.

Pearl... All but the last ones could be on my list.

Irina... I don't know that one... who sings it?

Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 4, 2006 10:35:29 PM

ah, dream on, i love that song.

go mets!

and red sox too i guess.

Posted by: Tonny | Apr 4, 2006 10:39:40 PM

Late as usual...
When I'm alone in my car, I crank up the radio like I was 16. (my kids get in the car next time and can't believe the radio is so loud, since I, of course, always tell them to turn down the radio!) Stacey you made me laugh...When I hear Goodbye Girl, I crank it up and feel 22 again!

Posted by: Randi(cruisin-mom) | Apr 4, 2006 11:38:53 PM

Gosh, why is it that every time I post here, it seems like I'm revealing an embarrassing past secret?

Okay, it's *censored* years ago, summertime of my sophomore year in college. My friend and I are moving furniture into his new apartment before his wedding. The radio in his car is playing at background music levels. All of a sudden, on comes:

"Ha ha ha ha, wipeout!"

and two pairs of hands shoot towards the dashboard to crank that thing to the max...

Two Jewish kids drumming (waay off-beat, naturally) to that thing going down Ocean Parkway... I still shudder at my mind's image of the sight...

Posted by: efrex | Apr 5, 2006 12:15:47 AM

It's so great to hear that other people make fools out of themselves by cranking the volume and drumming on the steering wheels too. There's just something about driving down the open road with good traveling tunes blasting.

Like many other people here, "Sweet Home Alabama" is the song I turn up the most often. Granted, I'm a Northern and have never been to Alabama in my life, but when that song comes on, I can feel a little bit of that "good ol' girl" emerge. Tres fun!


Posted by: Kate | Apr 5, 2006 2:18:28 AM

Ah, but I do love Billy Joel, but not sure he is something I would crank up the volume way high for, but Garth Brooks, People in Low Places, now that is a fun song to listen loudly too.

My hubby's fave tunes to rock out to would be songs from Henry Rollins, Nine Inch Nails, The Violent Femmes, and Phish.

Posted by: jaime | Apr 5, 2006 3:32:31 AM

oops, that should be "Friends in Low Places"

Posted by: jaime | Apr 5, 2006 4:19:36 AM

I always, always turn Sweet Home Albama up on command - glad to hear that I'm not the only one!


Posted by: gilly | Apr 5, 2006 7:15:41 AM

The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Modern English - Melt With You
Psychedelic Furs - Ghost In You
B-52's - Rock Lobster
Midnight Oil - Kosciosko

And the songs you listed...from when I was a wee lad. :-)

Posted by: christopher | Apr 5, 2006 7:50:08 AM

I'm not going to write my entire list, but your top two are on it, and Bohemian Rhapsody and Guns n Roses Sweet Child of Mine must be mentioned!!!

Posted by: aliza | Apr 5, 2006 8:33:24 AM

The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Modern English - Melt With You
Psychedelic Furs - Ghost In You
B-52's - Rock Lobster
Midnight Oil - Kosciosko

Another person from my era- You must be old. ;)

Posted by: Jack | Apr 5, 2006 8:51:30 AM

Thanks everyone... I don't feel nearly so old anymore!

Posted by: Ben-David | Apr 5, 2006 2:33:54 PM

OH, and Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes! And I must concur on Gallileo by Indigo Girls and Melt with You by Modern English. Groove is in the Heart brings back great Uni memories and must be played loudly. And Vincent of Jersey by Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Am trying to find a link to Dum Dum Boys music.. will forward when I locate!

Posted by: nrg | Apr 5, 2006 3:11:13 PM

oh, and throwing stones by the Dead... I keep coming up with songs as I engage in SWA (serious work avoidance...)

Posted by: nrg | Apr 5, 2006 4:38:54 PM

I was still thinking about some more songs this morning, and was going to add Rock Lobster, by the B'52's but I see others have already beat me to it.

Twist and Shout by the Beatles, Shout by the Isley Bros., and one my favorites that I always sing to my two kids - You're the First, the Last, My Everything by Barry White

I concur with nrg and stepima ... Galileo is an awesome song!

Posted by: jaime | Apr 5, 2006 4:51:44 PM

Hubby also wanted to add

Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
Walk This Way by Aerosmith

Posted by: jaime | Apr 5, 2006 4:58:11 PM

"Thunder Road" - Bruce Springsteen. Must be played at wallboard-cracking volume.

Posted by: Elisson | Apr 5, 2006 7:31:53 PM

guess, I'm not too late, afterall. Elisson, that's true for ALL Springsteen songs :)

Posted by: Randi(cruisin-mom) | Apr 5, 2006 7:38:21 PM

Thanks, Stacey. ;) Not too many people own up to liking that Tavares song...

I'm also a huge Beatle's fan.
I also have to add to my list and 2nd the people who suggested them: the Indigo girls "Galileo" and Elton John's "Funeral for a Friend/Love lies bleeding"

Posted by: val | Apr 5, 2006 7:45:40 PM

The lead singer is Leo Sayer.

Posted by: Irina | Apr 5, 2006 7:57:39 PM

I love that Tavares song! The Beatles, well, that's a given.

Posted by: Randi(cruisin-mom) | Apr 6, 2006 1:31:54 AM

Tonny... Your mom is too young to remember Dream On! :-)

Randi... Nothing wrong with that... your kids will secretly think you're cool. Just don't let them know what you're listening to. :-)

Efrex... SO what's the problem. It's practically a law that if you're a guy and Wipe-out come on the radio you have to play drums on whatever hard surface is nearby. I don't see a problem here.

Kate... We're all rednecks when Skynard comes on the radio. :-)

Jaime... [sigh] Garth Brooks? I had such high hopes for you. :-)

Gilly... Pavlovian to the core.

Christopher... Yeah, I'm sure you remember your parents listening to them (wink, wink).

Aliza... Yeah... that Queen anthem gets under my skin as well.

Jack... Now, now... glass houses and all. :-) Oh, and thanks for reminding me. Midnight Oil's 'Beds are burning' is a must blast song for me.

Ben-David... No, we only feel old when these classic songs finish and the DJ says "You've been listening to classic oldies... and now for a station break". :-)

nrg... Don't get yourself in trouble at work on my account. :-)

Jaime... How could I have forgotten Black Dog???

Elisson... And you need to put on a mental bandanna while you're singing along.

Irina... Thanks.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Apr 6, 2006 1:37:01 PM

"I will survive"
I was driving on the PCH from San Diego to LA in a cute little convertible and this song came on the radio. Needless to say, we turned it WAY up and had a blast!

Posted by: Essie | Apr 6, 2006 2:34:19 PM

So now that we have had "music you turn up in the car" how about "music to get stoned to" (not that I ever would of course).

Start with anything by Pink Floyd.

Posted by: lisoosh | Apr 7, 2006 1:14:05 AM

I think all Lynyrd Skynyrd songs need to be played at car shaking volume, it brings out the inner redneck in all of us.

Posted by: Max Power | Apr 7, 2006 6:53:23 PM

Lisoosh - when I was 16, I was in boarding school in Jerusalem. School had just started and we really didn't know each other very well yet. A group of us from school were hanging out in the pubs and I overheard a conversation about going to the wall and getting stoned. I naively piped in that I knew exactly what they meant. When I went to the Wall, I thought I would get stoned too for wearing shorts.

At first they looked at me like I was crazy and then they burst out laughing. Little did I know they were talking about Pink Floyd's movie The Wall and getting stoned from pot.

Oh, such innocent days.

Posted by: jaime | Apr 7, 2006 8:16:59 PM

Ah, yes - my blast-dat music list - the list that will forever come back to haunt me (gulp) - thank G-d it's at the tail end of an old post & nobody will ever read it - one hopes - anyway, here goes:
Don't Bring Me Down - ELO
Africa - Toto
Jenny Take a Ride - Mitch Ryder
Anything by Bruce Hornsby (with or without The Range)
Take Five - Dave Brubeck
Do It Again - Steely Dan.
So far, so good. Here's where I get in trouble -
Jack & Diane - John Mellencamp
Walk Like an Egyptian - The Bangles (I so don't want to like that song!)
And, yes, alas,
Piano Man, by you-know-who.
Also (also..also..) Also Sprach Zarathustra, but only the first minute or so (does anyone actually know the rest?)
Oh, and Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street used to be on that list - until the three-thousandth time I played it as a fanfare.
BTW - Hi! I've been following your blog for a few months now with great enjoyment. Gteetings from Ye Auld Country (Joisey!) - and keep it up!

Posted by: Psachya | Apr 10, 2006 2:51:30 AM

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