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What's on your iPod?

20080629_57_4We recently had some friends over and after playing the ecclectic mix of songs from John Denver to Sarah McLachlan to Justin Timberlake (it keeps me young) from our iTunes playlist, a friend said, "Alright, I have to draw the line at Celine Dion."  I felt a bit embarassed. But of course it's on the playlist since it was my son's favorite song as a result of his several month long obsession with the Titanic.  After all, music is much a part of our identities, and I felt in that one instant that bit of embarassment felt in adolescence for being perceived as "uncool".  I'm curious, what are you listening to these days?  Have your tastes changed?  Are there artists or songs you'll rarely fess up to liking or we all grown up and beyond caring if we are no longer "cool"?

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I think I know what urbanMama that was.... ;)

Almost any music from the 20s through recent is OK after a few glasses of wine... but Celine Dion... C'MON!

;)

My husband filled his iPod almost immediately, and while he and I probably overlap on 90% of what we listen to, it's that other 10% that was causing iPod friction.

Sure, he threw on Neutral Milk Hotel, Steely Dan, Donovan, and even Fleetwood Mac for me, but he totally drew the line at Supertramp.

I love me some Supertramp, and honestly, I don't even really know why. So finally, for Mother's Day, I got an iPod--and an iTunes gift card, cause there was NO WAY DH was going to be seen buying a Supertramp CD.

So, I have Supertramp, the Music Tapes, TONS of Melvins, Motorhead (mostly for my 3 y/o who loves "Ace of Spades"), Tommy James ("Crimson and Clover"), Steely Dan, Feist, LOTS of Weezer (the kids love "Dangerous" off of the new album), some cheesy George Harrison solo stuff (it reminds me of being little), Vampire Weekend...that's about it for now, but I still have a ton more room on it (You hear that Beta Band, it's not too late for you yet).

James Taylor and the Indigo Girls. I actually have a Zune, which is a new concept for me since I never have time to listen to music, but when my car stereo was stolen in June along with several CDs (3 from the library) I decided to go portable. I have transfered a bunch of Wiggles and Putamaya Kid's music, along with some cheesy toddler songs. I have started going on walks at lunch time and trying to escape myself with a little shuffle music (sans kids stuff)and I find myself zoning to the IGs and JT. I also have Dire Straits and some Mark Knopfler (and JT, "Sailing to Philadelphia," my fav), and Counting Crows greatest hits. I have so many more to transfer, David Wilcox, Pearl Jam, Sanatana, and many others. It just is so time consuming.

Ten hours of Bollywood soundtracks! :) Our family favorites include Omkara, Dhoom 2, Om Shanti Om, Yuva and Guru....

I can't stop listening to The Killers lately. If you watch their videos on You Tube, you'll have a crush on the lead singer, too...

These days (at home - iPod plugged into the stereo) it's Katy Perry, a bit of Lene Marlin and tons of 70s stuff (the really cheesy songs like Sylvia's "Nobody", "Brandy" ... she's a fine girl... and Dr Hook's "When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman").

I admit, the cheesy 70s stuff isn't very easy on my husband. He's more a classic rock kind of guy.

For working out, I load my iPod full of techno, metal and rap.

oh boy... where do I start? My music collection is even more eclectic than my furniture (mostly hand me downs). I listen to pretty much everything. My workout playlist has everything from Queens of the Stone Age to The Cult to Andy Gibb and Juice Newton (Bette Davis Eyes is a great running tune!). Dinner mixes go more S. American, African, Hawaiian and mellow Stevie. But my guilty pleasures are the best! Journey! (what? why?) Xanadu soundtrack is to die for. Magic by Pilot (ooooooo it's magic! you knoooow). Newer faves are Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, Gran Ronde, Wood Brothers, Adele and many, many others. I've got many vices, but my favorite vices are ice cream and music. My husband says I have an addiction and need a support group. "they wanna make me go to rehab, but I say no, no no."

oh boy... where do I start? My music collection is even more eclectic than my furniture (mostly hand me downs). I listen to pretty much everything. My workout playlist has everything from Queens of the Stone Age to The Cult to Andy Gibb and Juice Newton (Bette Davis Eyes is a great running tune!). Dinner mixes go more S. American, African, Hawaiian and mellow Stevie. But my guilty pleasures are the best! Journey! (what? why?) Xanadu soundtrack is to die for. Magic by Pilot (ooooooo it's magic! you knoooow). Newer faves are Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes, Gran Ronde, Wood Brothers, Adele and many, many others. I've got many vices, but my favorite vices are ice cream and music. My husband says I have an addiction and need a support group. "they wanna make me go to rehab, but I say no, no no."

I must admit that I actually dont even recognize most of the recognize many of the singers/bands listed in the previous posts..outside of Debbie! After living in Portland for 5 years and listening ONLY to NPR , I feel like I got very out of touch with current rock/pop/alternative music....

Kate Rusby, Nanci Griffith, James Taylor, Natalie Merchant...

Amy Winehouse was a recent addition after moving to London and discovering her thru the tabloid pages...

Which leads me to ask? Where do you learn about new bands?

Sammy Davis Jr.! Swingin' Sammy!

Dean Martin! Dino!

I ain't ashamed to admit these, but I wonder why people will cop to being so into The Chairman of the Board (Frank Sinatra) while thinking these other 2 are different and cheeseballs.

Also, I spent some time about 20 years ago in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and while there came to everlastingly love the "Texas Supergroup" the Texas Tornadoes -- a group my husband likens to a Tejano Jimmy Buffett. (They sing about guacamole.) Which I believe makes me uncool AND obscure.

I shouldn't have hit "post" without adding that I will also rock out to KISS, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, Black Sabbath, old Ozzy, Joan Jett, and the Runaways... and the "This is Spinal Tap" soundtrack ;)

rockstar mama, are you acquainted with Lila Downs' exquisitely appetizing "Cumbia del Mole"?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR2d3caZIWw&feature=related

Tia: oooh, me gusta! That made my Friday (and is going on the youtube faves list)

Sweet! :)

Am I allowed to hang out if I don't have an iPod??? : )

I just wanted to say to Rebecca... When I'm tired of the music I already know, I use Pandora.com to find new stuff. That website is brilliant, you plug in some songs or bands you like, and it comes up with other stuff and plays it like a custom radio station. It's also good for quickly pleasing guests who don't like any of your music.

I find a lot of new things through friends (some of whom are DJs), the library (just pick out random cds that look interesting, mistakes don't cost a thing!) and used CD stores (I've been known to buy CDs for their cool covers). And ditto Pandora.

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