Category Archives: Music

Shake Your Booty Off

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Music can change my mood in a second.  It can make me weepy or it can make me energized.  I’ve tried running both without and with my iPod (RIP, Steve Jobs), and I’ve found that the right kind of music really gets me revving on my runs.  (I also discovered that my running pace apparently has the same beats per minute as Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself” and Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose”!)  Here are some of my favorite workout tunes:

Body Movin’ – Beastie Boys
Sure Shot – Beastie Boys
Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine – James Brown
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
Survivor – Destiny’s Child
Ya Mama – Fatboy Slim
We Got The Beat – The Go-Go’s
Dancing With Myself – Billy Idol
Footloose – Kenny Loggins
Maniac (Flashdance) – Michael Sembello
She Works Hard for the Money – Donna Summer
Stronger – Kanye West

What are your favorite workout songs?

Sing For Your Supper

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If you’re not much of a cook, or you’re new to preparing healthy foods, spending time in the kitchen can be daunting.  I like to turn my cooking sessions into mini-parties to get me in the kitchen and keep me there awhile.  Sometimes I enjoy a glass of red wine while I cook, and I listen to a kitchen-inspired playlist on my iPod.  Here are some of my favorite cooking songs:


 
If I Knew You Were Comin’ – Eileen Barton
Everybody Eats When They Come to My House – Cab Calloway
Cornbread and Butter Beans – Carolina Chocolate Drops
Home Grown Tomatoes – Guy Clark
When I Take My Sugar to Tea – Nat “King” Cole
You’re the Cream in My Coffee – Nat “King” Cole
Sugar Dumpling – Sam Cooke
You’ve Gotta Eat Your Spinach, Baby – Tommy Dorsey
Tea for Two – Benny Goodman
Coffee in the Morning – Terra Hazelton
Hey Sweet Potato – Buddy Johnson
Beans and Cornbread – Louis Jordan
Boogie Woogie Blue Plate – Louis Jordan
Chicken Soup with Rice – Carole King
Peel Me A Grape – Diana Krall
How Do Ya Like Your Eggs in the Morning – Dean Martin
Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee – Glenn Miller
It Ain’t The Meat – The Swallows
Sing for Your Supper – Mel Tormé
Shortnin’ Bread – Fats Waller
Hey, Good Lookin’ – Hank Williams

 

What are your favorite food songs?  What gets you in the kitchen and ready to cook?

Gettin’ Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot

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Yo, word.

Yo man…
Yo I know you see me here dude!!
I’ve been waiting here like 10 minutes, man!
No, no no… this is MY parking space man.
What you need to do is put your little hybrid in reverse,
And go out the way you came in.
WHAT?!?!
Yo its about to get REAL in the Whole Foods parking lot man…
Chorus (with feeling)
It’s getting’ REAL in the Whole Foods Parking Lot
I got my STEEL and you know it gets sparked a lot
Im on my grind homie… It’s on my mind homie!
These fools with clip boards are lookin’ at me like they know me!
It’s getting’ REAL in the Whole Foods Parking Lot
You know the DEAL with the little shopping carts they got…
Check out what I say, it happens every day…
It’s how we LIVE on the west side of LA!!
Verse 1
… Im ridin’ slow in my Prius…
all leather, tinted windows… you cant see us!!
Everybody’s trying to park, you can feel the tension
I’m in electric mode… can’t even hear the engine (Shhhhhhh)
Just then I saw a spot open up,
My timings perfect… Im creepin’ up…
But then this other dude tried to steal it going the wrong way
Yo man, I’ve had a LONG DAY!
Chorus
(same as before)
Verse 2
Now I’m on this inside, looking at my list
Organic chicken, Kale Salad and a Lemon Twist.
Some girl in yoga pants is lookin at me funny
I’m just trying to find a decent Pinot Noir for under twenty!
Then I take it to the cheese counter, Humboldt Fog?
We just ran out sir! Really Dog?
Take it easy man, I try to calm myself…
I’ve been on edge ever since they took Kombucha off the shelf…
Chorus
(same as before)
Verse 3
This Busters on his iPhone talking to his friends,
Picking up some cayenne pepper for his master cleanse.
You’re the most annoying dude I’ve ever SEEN brah…
Could you PLEASE move? You’re RIGHT in front of the Quinoa.
Damn, I’m about to check out.
Pay my 80 bucks for 6 things and get the heck out.
The express lane is moving hella slow…
Man, these fools don’t know… that shit is getting REAL….
Chorus

Ben Folds Does Yoga

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Just a reminder to not take ourselves too seriously….

 
Tread slowly from the car to the spa
Like a weary war torn refugee
Crossing the border with your starving child
It’s a struggle just to get to Shiatsu
Present the waitress with your allergy card
And tell her all of your problems
Leave no tip at all
Down to the shoe store with your friends
Speculate who might be f**king the guru
Rock on, rock on with your fashionable frown
Rock on, rock on spread the love around
Rock on, rock on with the fashionable frown
Spread the love around
Or do you remember how we managed before
We could afford regular nervous breakdowns?
Or before the Anthropologie store
Was erected on Indian burial ground?
So, really, don’t you see a little bit of yourself in the bathroom attendant that you just scowled at?
Or the child who’s hiding inside, as you wipe the smile off your teenage barista?
Rock on, rock on with your fashionable frown
Rock on, rock on spread the love around
Rock on, rock on with the fashionable frown
Spread the love around
Spread the love around
Alright
You’re gonna be alright, baby
You’re gonna be alright, baby
Floating back from the spa to the car
State of bliss, and it wasn’t the steam room
Sometimes life’s not so bad
Now we know who’s been f**king the guru
Rock on, rock on with the fashionable frown
Rock on, rock on spread the love around
Rock on, rock on with the fashionable frown
Spread the love around
Smile for us now
Do it upside down

RIP, Tim LaFollette

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It was just a week ago that I posted a link to The Popovers‘ free album and told you about how any donations to the Popovers went to band member Tim LaFollette and his battle against the brutal disease known as ALS (i.e., Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  On Tuesday, Tim passed away at the age of 31, surrounded by his family, friends, and his wife, Kaylan.  His time on earth was brief, but he rocked every minute of it.  The Popovers created the theme song to the Savage Love podcast.  Tim, along with the Often Awesome gang, produced an incredible, award-winning web series documentary about ALS and Tim’s experience.  My condolences to Tim’s friends and family and, as Dan Savage said, ALS can go f*ck itself.

You Can Do Yoga In The Morning After You Listen To This Song

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Poppy beat, infectious lyrics, everything you could want in a song that will perk up your mood and get you ready to dance, sing, or…yeah, do yoga.  Listen to “Yoga In The Morning” by The Popovers at their website.  Bonus awesomeness:  The album is free, but any donations you make go to the Often Awesome Army and Popovers’ member Tim LaFollette’s battle against ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease).

 
Wake up, wake up
I know it feels early but it’s time to wake up
Get up, get up
I know there’s no time but it’s time to shape up
Wake up, wake up
I know that if you start you’ll be so inclined
Get up, get up
Get up and get to it, gotta get there this time
Wake up, wake up
You can do yoga in the morning
Baby you can go belly dancing
You can hop on that weird ellipse stick
I just want you to feel as beautiful as you are
Dress up, dress up
I can see your sweaty body and it’s making me smile
Get up, get up
I’m thinking of your tight shorts and it’s driving me wild
Wake up, wake up
Come on and start to wake up, gotta give it a shot
Get up, get up
Get up and get to it, gotta show what you’ve got
You can do side bends or sit ups, but please don’t lose that butt
You can do yoga in the morning
Baby you can go belly dancing
You can hop on that weird ellipse stick
I just want you to feel as beautiful as you are