Going through our CD collection …

June 4, 2008 at 7:00 am 23 comments

My family decided to drag me kicking and screaming into this century by getting me an iPod for Mother’s Day. And because it was Mother’s Day and she had to be nice to me, my fourteen year old daughter set up my account on my computer, while my seven year old hopped all around the room, asking me what songs was I going to get, what songs was I going to get, WHAT SONGS WAS I GOING TO GET ALREADY?

And can I just say … I love that thing. I don’t know how I lived without it, much in the same way I wonder how I ever watched TV before TiVo entered my life. Between TiVo and my iPod … I think I just might cop a squat, order a lemonade and hang out in this millennium for awhile. And yes, Helena, if I could I would marry it but Daddy may have some reservations.

Much to the consternation of both of my daughters, I listen to my iPod all the time now. As if it wasn’t bad enough when they were a captive audience in the car and I’d belt out a song off key at the top of my lungs and flail my arms around, now I’m actually doing it in public. And sometimes when I’m really into it, I’ll move my body to the beat, otherwise known as dance. And this happens in front of real live people, some of whom they actually know. Thank you Jesus for allowing me to fulfill my God given duty as a mother to embarrass the hell out of my kids. Amen.

I’ve also developed an odd habit of shouting instead of talking when listening to my iPod because I can’t hear myself above the clamor of the rock concerts blaring into my brain. I’m not aware of this phenomenon while it’s happening so when I speak to my girls and they roll their eyes and ignore me, I assume they don’t hear me and I raise my voice a few decibels and repeat myself. Like recently in the waiting room of the doctor’s office where I yelled to Zoe MAKE SURE YOU TELL THE DOCTOR ABOUT THE WART ON YOUR FOOT. It’s instances like these that cause my girls to melt into puddles of embarrassment and humiliation, whereupon they immediately stomp up to me, yank the ear phones out of my ears and admonish me to act like the middle-aged mother they’ve come to know and tolerate and not some hip teenage rocker wannabe.

Yesterday I dived into our eclectic CD collection to see if there were any songs worth bribing my daughters to download onto my computer so that I could listen to them on my shiny new best friend. And yes, I did say daughters, as in plural, because my computer savvy seven year old also manages her own iPod account and is constantly irritated with me because I still cannot navigate Webkinz World without supervision.

While perusing our CD collection, I must admit … I was a bit startled to see what Nate and I had amassed.

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Nate was and is a big Beatles fan, so these didn’t surprise me. Actually, I was pretty impressed.

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Helena can’t understand why I would ever want to listen to last week’s dinner. I’ve got nothing but fond memories and respect for that overweight, aging rock’n roll icon with a bad attitude who belted out words and stories that made baseball seem interesting to me. He made me want to run out into the night like a bat out of hell, going nowhere fast and find paradise by someone’s dashboard lights. He left me all revved up with no place to go. All puns intended. I love that man.

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Nate and I went to this concert while we were dating and just had a blast, dancing and singing and screaming alongside people our own age. They really put on a spectacular show and they didn’t need a billion watts of laser lights or amped up sound to do it. Just their music and vocals. It doesn’t get much better than that. Except when Nate and I drove back to the Wegman’s parking lot where we had dropped off my car. We made out like crazy in that parking lot and this CD makes those memories of that new-found love we were falling into come rushing back to me.

Did I mention my fourteen year old sometimes reads this blog? If she’s reading this post, I’m willing to bet she’s feeling a bit queasy after reading that. Since the alternative is going downstairs and doing those dishes that are patiently waiting for her, I’m thinking she’ll stay put and get over it. And in hopes that blogs are conducive to subliminal messages … ***GO CLEAN YOUR ROOM***

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*CHOKE* How’d these get in there? THESE ARE NATE’S. AND YES, I AM WORRIED ABOUT HIM. People, let’s move it along … nothing to see here, nothing at all … let’s move it along quickly please.

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Whew. That’s better. I feel much better now. It’s amazing how a little eye bleach and Peter Gabriel can make you completely forget the last ten seconds of your life.

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Ah, yes. My size two, contact-lens, funky hair, high-heeled, make-up wearing, it’s-only-2:00 AM-where-do-you-want-to-go-next clubbing days. Excuse me while I take a moment to pay my respects.

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My boyfriend. Don’t tell Nate.

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Another one that makes those memories of falling in love with Nate wash over me like waves. I would go over to his house for dinner on the weekends I didn’t have Zoe and we’d spend hours playing this CD over and over. And over. I loved it and I loved Nate and I loved falling in love with him to this music. This CD will always bring me back to that time.

****ZOE, FOLD THE LAUNDRY****

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You just can’t have enough Achtung Baby. Or anything by U2. You just can’t. It’s a law, somewhere.

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And likewise with INXS. Much to my chagrin, this is the only CD I have. I don’t have any with Michael Hutchence. Go ahead and flog me with a wet noodle, I deserve it. But I’m going to rectify that with my brand new shiny iPod, don’t you worry about it.

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Hmmm, looks like Nate has a thing for new age music.

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And piano music. And that’s OK, because I like these too, but where’s the Beatles and Peter Gabriel lovin’ man I married?

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Nope, not here.

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And not here either. Don’t get me wrong … I like that he’s in touch with his sensitive side but I’m starting to miss my manly man. Nate, Nate, wherefore art thou, Nate?

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There you are! Hi Nate! I was getting worried there for a second. WHEW.

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AACCCK!

For the love of God, where’s the eye bleach?

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23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Beth Nixon  |  June 4, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Well, since I have the only ipod account in our house, I was actually talked into buying, ahem, Hannah Montana by my four-year old!

    Love the list of music . . . brings back memories! Especially that Madonna/Janet selection!

    Great write-up! As always!

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  • 2. Dee  |  June 4, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Love your humor! I don’t have an ipod..maybe I should get one.

    I love music…I would like to say all of it…but it would seem that we have similar feelings about some of the ones you listed.

    Barry Manilow…..Aaack & double Aack!

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  • 3. Barb  |  June 4, 2008 at 8:52 am

    I get so stoked when I see that you’ve updated. Love your blog.

    I think we have the same collection, seriously. Same old Meat Loaf too. And like Beth above me here, I also have purchased my share of Hanna Montana, The Jonas Brothers, and High School Musical to go along with my Barry Manilow.

    Rock on, Sister!

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  • 4. ckugrad  |  June 4, 2008 at 9:18 am

    My ipod is mostly workout music which is heart pumping, feet stomping, sports anthems…as in Jock Jams and such! LOL! And Daughtry and I must confess…James Blunt…BREAD…America…
    I praise you for your ability to embarrass your kids in such a cool way! LOLOLOL! I feel power when I sing Aerosmith at the top of my lungs in my van with a carload of kids with mine slinking under the seats wishing they didn’t know me! LOLOLOLOL!

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  • 5. Amanda  |  June 4, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I am so wetting my pants here! love your subliminal messages to your daughter, love your music selection (my dh just doesn’t “get” the whole Meatloaf thing!), and I too worry about your husband. Yanni? Are you kidding me? Definitely needs some serious therapy.

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  • 6. Roxanna  |  June 4, 2008 at 9:41 am

    my stomach hurts from laughing so hard!! eye bleach – gotta remember that! for the most part i’d say that’s an outstanding collection of music.

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  • 7. Heather H.  |  June 4, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Congratulations on your arrival to the current century! Isn’t technology great!? I gave my husband an iPod for our anniversary a couple years ago and he still says “I love this thing” all the time. I love iTunes but don’t have an iPod. I just play the music right on my iMAC.
    Great collection of music and associated memories. I love how music can send us down memory lane.

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  • 8. Noelia  |  June 4, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I like kickin’ it old school too! Somehow, saying that makes me feel really old LOL! Anyhow, congrats on the ipod, what colour did you get? My daughter just got hers in a cool shade of blue. I love the minty green one but I won’t be getting one anytime soon. We already have two and I refuse to upgrade because I couldn’t justify it. Those little things are so pricey but oh, who can resist?
    btw, LOVE your photography skills 🙂

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  • 9. Neverland Scraps  |  June 4, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    wow that’s a huge collection of cds!!

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  • 10. Jen Edwards  |  June 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Never stop cracking me up!! Fantastic blog. Your blog is like watching the Seinfeld episodes for the first time!!! Thanks so much!
    Jen

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  • 11. mandalee65  |  June 4, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    This post totally had me cracking up – you have a C+C Music Factory CD – I am jealous! LOL

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  • 12. Aly D  |  June 4, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    wow…brings back some memories. i still haven’t entered this century. no ipod yet…maybe for christmas.

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  • 13. Lynn G  |  June 4, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    LOl! LOVE your blog! Hope those subliminal messages worked. I’ll have to try that on my 14 year old 🙂

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  • 14. Alli  |  June 4, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    hmmm a bit scary… your record collection looks like ours, right down to the enya cd’s and the classical music (they don’t belong to me btw)

    but I have no idea at all who Yanni is but I would be worries too 🙂

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  • 15. Heather S. in VT  |  June 4, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I LOVE Meatloaf! I found your blog from Lisa H.’s blog! Loved the post! Thanks for sharing!

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  • 16. deb wisker  |  June 4, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Too funny!! Ya got me a little worried with the Yani and George Michael stuff!!
    We have a lot of the same stuff on our iPods! Minus the Madonna and Fleetwood Mac!

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  • 17. Kimmie  |  June 4, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    I love your collection of CDs! And I love your humor! I really think I have to add your blog to my favorites. I happen to like it here. ;o)

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  • 18. Sandra Collins  |  June 5, 2008 at 3:46 am

    love the journaling you definitely got me chuckling this morning

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  • 19. Kelsey  |  June 5, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I love the retro collection too and find quite a few similarities to my collection….but where is Deep Purple, Led Zeppellin, Black Sabbath and Status Quo??? lol

    Think I need a little Ipod shuffle with personalised engraving on it!

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  • 20. Rocky  |  June 5, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Ipod? I have trouble with my cell phone! Thank god for grandkids! They fix everything for me and set everything up! My grandson just got my old vcr to work!!!!!

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  • 21. Martha  |  June 9, 2008 at 9:08 am

    omg….i’m seriously crying over here!!!! NATE!!!! umm…excuse me but…..but……BARRY MANILO, GEORGE MICHALE and…….dare i even type it as my fingers just might go even more numb but, but, YANNI???????

    YANNI????? it’s ok andy. you and the girls can come stay with me for awile;)

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  • 22. Michelle  |  June 9, 2008 at 9:21 am

    LOVE your CD collection. Our’s is just as eclectic! Don’t worry about your DH. Mine own’s the Beaches soundtrack! Now that’s something to worry about! And Daughtry….Yummmm!

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  • 23. christine  |  June 20, 2008 at 9:37 am

    I love those handy CD sleeves that you have! Where did you find those? And, do forgive me if you’ve mentioned that on your blog already. I’m a newbie 🙂

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