Friday, April 10, 2009

If I tell "The Secret" to bite me, what does that really mean?

If I stare at this empty draft box long enough, a post will appear. It will be witty and amazing and people will laugh until they weep. It's only a matter of time. I pay my tithing and my skirts are all to my knee and any time I think or say something bad about someone else, I always follow it up with "Bless his/her heart."

It's not like I'm trying to get into Heaven here. I don't even want to win the lottery. I just want my blog to write itself. That's not too much to ask, is it?


Still waiting...


I waited like, ten seconds, and nothing happened. Stupid Blogger. Bless its heart.

You know what? The Secret is a crock.

I guess I have to come up with my own stuff today. You know what I wish for now that my blog won't write itself? I want a central clearing house of blog memes so I can just click on one and change three answers before I post it as my own on days when I can't think of anything.


Given yesterday's dissension in the comment box, I think we should talk about music. Do what you want, but I'm just saying.

Here's what I want to know. For my husband's big 4-0 celebration this past weekend, I made an iTunes playlist of the number one song from each year since he's been born and we listened to it on the way down to Morocco (a la Desert Hot Springs). You can see the list of the top ten from every year here. But anyway, this is my question. There were a few years I had to fudge it because I couldn't bring myself to put the actual number one song from the year and I chose a different one from the top ten. Examples:

1974: "The Way We Were," by Barbra Streisand "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas #5

1977: "You Light Up My Life" by Debbie Boone "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates #8

1980: "Lady" by Kenny Rogers "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd #5

1981: "Physical" by Olivia Newton John "Jesse's Girl" by Rick Springfield

1996: "Macarena" "Give Me One Reason to Stay Here" by Tracy Chapman

Was it wrong that I did that? You know, considering this isn't going to be kept as a historical record? It's not wrong, right?

And just in the interest of being nosy, I think you guys should puke up the name of bands you're embarrassed to admit you listen to. Oh, that I had none to confess. Sometimes I'm embarrassed to say I like Rascall Flatts. But who I'm really embarrassed that I admit liking? Um. Well. The first tape I ever bought with my own cash money was Europe's The Final Countdown.

Carry on.


Luisa Perkins said...

Aha! Fudging! I approve.

I approved of the entire trip, btw, and there was nothing self-congratulatory about posting Kenny's awesome summary. And you didn't look fat; I don't think that's possible, frankly.

First album: Grease! soundtrack
Second album: Saturday Night Fever soundtrack
Third album: Led Zeppelin 4

I don't think I'm embarrassed about any music I love; it's a wildly eclectic list.

The Final Countdown! Heehee, do I have a link for you....

Mina said...

Hey, it's your playlist. Do what you want.

Rather than admit to a embarrassing single band, I will readily admit that the only song on your crossed-off list that I don't like is Macarena. Don't get me wrong, I also like the one's you picked instead, but I have no problem with those first four. In fact, my parents tell a cute Mina story about me singing "You Light Up My Life" in my sleep (back in 77, not recently).

Recently I was overheard humming a Christmas song in my sleep that Larry and I were practicing to sing in sac mtg. He was impressed that I held my key.

Kristina P. said...

Let's talk about how The Secret IS a crock, and I visualize punching it in it's face.

My coworker LOVES The Secret, and decided to show the movie to one of our substance abuse groups. Don't get me started.

I'm all for the law of attraction and positive thinking, but if you have cancer or get into a car accident, did you know you caused it? I know!!! Awesome, The Secret.

Kate said...

I got my first CD player for Christmas in 7th grade and used some of my Christmas money to buy my very first album--Tony! Toni! Tone!'s Son's of Soul. For which my older brother mocked me mercilessly and I sold it back less than a week later. Congratulations, I think you've found a fact about me I've never shared with another person! :)

And I love that "The Final Countdown" was your first single. Have you ever watched Arrested Development?

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

Frankly, some of the #1 songs are lame, so I don't blame you at all. And my first album was Thriller. Either that or Billy Joel. I can't remember which was first.

Annette Lyon said...

I must have missed a broo-haha. Checking yesterday's comment trail . . .

LexiconLuvr said...

I'm ashamed to admit that one of the first cd's I owned was hootie and the blowfish.....don't hate me?

Aubrey said...

I like Rascal Flatts and I'm not even embarassed. What does that say about me?

And The Secret is a crock. That whole thing about physically making room in your life for that perfect someone you haven't met yet? Yeah, leaving empty space in your closet where your hypothetical spouse would hang their clothes ought to do the trick.

kelberology 101 said...

I loved Shaun Cassidy.

Emily said...

First of all, If you need a blog break, TAKE IT!

We all need a break from time to time!

Second, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Rascal Flats! LOVE THEM! So, whatever you do, don't talk trash about them! :)

Melanie's Sister said...

Melanie admitted her first casette, but give me the pleasure of revealing her first CD. First, a preface: When my dad bought the family our first CD player, each of us kids got to pick out a CD to go with it. I can't remember who got what, but they're all equally incriminating:

Mllli Vanilli
Paula Abdul
Barry Manilow.

Okay, Barry Manilow was actually my mom's, but Phil Collins is actually still kind of cool and ruins the effect, so let's just look the other way and tease Melanie about her closet mania for Mr. Manilow.

Heather of the EO said...

Linda Ronstadt

Kazzy said...

Yeah, some of those number ones are kind of weak, huh?

I was/am a huge Journey fan. Also, Boston, Kansas. You know, back when bands really sang, harmonized, played real instruments, etc.

Lara said...

It is completely wrong that you got rid of "You Light up My life." Seriously, how could you?

Macarena is a different story altogether, but is it weird that I don't remember the one you did use at all?

Never mind. Just realized I was on my mission that year. In another country. That would be the reason.

DeNae said...

I spent every afternoon of 7th grade dancing in my bedroom to my Bay City Rollers record.

That was the peak of my hipness.

Even when I did the little Foreigner dealio, you may have noticed I didn't say I had ever heard any of their songs...

Queen Nerd of the Universe. That's me.

nano*ink said...

I bought a record for my brother for Christmas, probably around 1958 - I thought it was so cool! A "45".
It was Sixteen Tons.
You are doing great!

Sue said...

I'm too uncool to even know what music is uncool. I listen to everything, but I have no idea who sings what. I could not name a Nickelback song if you held a freaking gun to my head, but I'm sure if you played one for you I'd be all - oh YEAH, that song!

I loved Milli Vanilli back in the day. I am not ashamed. I still think they should've gotten the people who really made the music to make an album.

Speaking of Hootie, I really like the new Hootie country songs. It's like - this shouldn't work - but then it SO. DOES.

Actually, wait, I lied. I KNOW I have uncool musical tastes because I usually really like the songs TAMN puts on her music player. So I guess I'm cliche and pedestrian, but I'm totally o.k. with that.

nevadanista said...

But 'The Secret' was featured on Oprah... ;-)

Yeah, 'The Secret' pretty much sucks. I just tried it your comment box, and it didn't work for me either.

Okay, the historical record on #1 hits is already in the books. But your favorites from each year are not. I think you should redo the entire thing to reflect your own taste!

I have 'Up Up and Away' by The 5th Dimension on my i-pod. I know I should be embarrassed, but I'm not :D

I am embarrassed about Mariah Carey however. And I still have 'You Light Up My Life' on vinyl :)

Debbie said...

You are to be applauded for not putting You Light up my Life on there. Whoever produced that song should be publicly flogged. Or made to listen to it for several hours straight.

Heidi Ashworth said...

I would have made those same changes. Also, I am having a hard time coming up with blog posts too. Good thing I'm going on a blogcation next week . . .except when I get back, my brain will be an entire week older. This could be a bad thing.

wendy said...

I am not embarassed about any of my music from Barry Manilow to Donny Osmand to Rascal Flats to Il Divo to Tom Jones ----yup. love it all. and YES the Secret is a crock.

Erin said...

Great, I have a blog post in draft form about music I am embarrassed to listen to. So your blog post about nothing (a la Seinfeld) trumped my silly post in draft.

You are awesome. And I promise I don't mean that in a sarcastic way. You really are awesome.

CaJoh said...

I have a lot of things in my head but no way of putting it down when I think of it. Typically when I don't have something and want to post, I reach for a poem or a recipe. But now that I started my own feature post called Friday's Feast, I have to save the recipe's for that… Arrrg.

My listening tastes are so eclectic anyway that it's hard to be embarrassed about who I listen to. I have an iLike account and am trying to add to it to give people a perspective on what I listen to. I may add it as a link on my page when I think I have enough listed.

That Girl in Brazil said...

There are few Jesse McCartney songs I like.

My first CD ever was Ace of Base.

I love Rascal Flatts.

I think I'll go die now.

Anonymous said...

I love Michael McClean's "Forgotten Carols" (my then-boyfriend sent me the cassette on my mission and I listened to it for lack of anything else.) In fact there's one song on there I can't listen to without crying.

I'm glad no one will see this comment. :)

Anonymous said...

(Completely randomly, or anyway pertaining only to my own comment and not to your post: My brother jokes about making an album called "The Forbidden Carols," which makes me snicker every time I think of it.)

Eowyn said...

I'd have changed "You Light Up My Life" too.

~insert gagging sounds~

New Kids? Milli Vanilli? 1 song by Boyz to Men?


(So glad I read these comments. I think I'll skip The Secret.)

elesa said...

I'm just surprised that the number one songs for those years were so sappy. Who listens to that stuff?

That being said, I spent most of my high school years rockin' out to FM 100. Yeah, I was pretty wild.

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

LOL...that is a brilliant Idea!!! I need to copy that...and can't believe you FUDGED on Macarena??? Come on...don't tell me you don't groove to that when it comes on!

Chas Hathaway said...

That's okay. Growing up, my favorite band was Air Supply.
Now I'd have to side with your Rascal Flats fan-ship.

- Chas