Playlist Party: 90s Grunge Rock

I’ve been in a total Grunge Rock mood today. Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots…you get the idea. And it occurred to me that I (don’t think) I’ve done a playlist for this particular sort of music. It further occurred to me that that’s bullshit and must change. Now.

So. I’d love if you contribute. You know I love jammin’ out, and it’s a 90s jams day. Preferably not like…you know, the boy bands. They have their place and all, and that place is (generally) not here. So. Wanna rock with me? Show me what you got.

I’ll start us off. (P.S. You can share links if you wish, but last time I tried a meet & greet, it was a straight up bust. But I hope you’ll at least join in the jam sesh. (I said sesh. Which makes me question what has happened to the state of my cool factor.))

Let’s kick it off with what I’m currently listening to.

Pearl Jam – Even Flow

Next up, a little ditty from my (hands-down) favorite 90s grunge rock group. And just look at Layne’s messy 90s hair. Yum. (I realize many of them have it, but this is some of the best. Except blonde.)

Alice in Chains – Man in the Box

Everybody needs some Aussie now and then. They’re next.

Silverchair – Anthem for the Year 2000

And sex. That’s popular, too, right? Yes. Yes, it is. Though the next song isn’t exactly sexy, despite the title.

Stone Temple Pilots – Sex Type Thing

Hmm. What can I say about the next one without being explicit? Nothing. So I shall only say, allow me to present my Bush.

Bush – Machinehead

Speaking of bushes, what about gardens?

Soundgarden – Pretty Noose

I had to be an adult to truly appreciate the next one. Now? Yes, please.

Nine Inch Nails – Closer

You’ll notice the next ones are the last on my list. They deserve to be here, regardless of being influential but highly overrated.

Nirvana – Heart-Shaped Box

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Aside from RHCP, 90s grunge rock is what I listen to more than anything, I think. That hasn’t been the case lately. But today starts another kick of it, I think. Yeah.

Your turn! What would you add to this list?

Playlist Party: An Adventurous Musical Meet & Greet

Howdy Peopleaneous!

Don’t you just love that word? “Howdy”? Probably not, but maybe I can change your mind. My mamaw always used that word in greeting. “Howdy, Steph,” she’d say with a grin, in her warm, gravelly smoker’s voice. Steph. She just had to call me Steph. Hell, everyone did. I don’t know why it bothered me so much. But when Mamaw said, “Howdy, Steph!,” it didn’t matter.

I loved it. Some people teased her for it, but she kept on saying “howdy” anyway. And so I adopted it, early on. But I mostly only greeted her that way. Mostly.

Until she passed.

And now I say it at work, lots. “Howdy, Gary!” “Howdy, Richard!” “Howdy, y’all!”

People laugh, as though the joke’s on me for being weird. And I’m okay with that. Because Mamaw. I tell them about her when I can, but mostly I just grin and let them go on wondering what sort of weirdo says howdy anymore. And in those moments, I’m smirking with Mamaw and feel all warm and wistful.

So there. Howdy Peopleaneous!

An Adventurous Musical Meet & Greet

It’s been ages since we’ve done a Meet & Greet, so let’s do it! You know I like to mix music into them, so if you want to participate on that front as well it would be superduper! I’m thinking the theme for this Playlist Party slash Meet & Greet should be Adventure – Moving On – Starting Over. I need a playlist for songs like that – any genre is welcome. Even if it’s country, I’ll try not to cringe and call you names. Any genre, any time/decade. I’ll start us off in a minute.

But first, the Meet & Greet! Let’s see. These things usually need “Rules,” but I don’t like Rules. So let’s call them Meet & Greet Ideas:

  1. Give us a link to your about or a favorite post of yours or both – and tell us a little about you if you’d like!
  2. Give us a link to a blog you’re crazy about, or a post that touched you in some way, written by someone else – let’s spread the love!
  3. Share a song about adventure or starting over. (If you don’t have a song idea, you’re still part of this Meet & Greet!)
  4. Reblog or link to this post – let’s see how many new people we can meet y’all!

So let’s see. Lemme start us off by following the “rules,” myself:

My favorite recent post of mine: The Wallpaper. This one’s deeply personal to me, but I was also proud of and surprised by how it turned out.

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A favorite blog of mine: Stupidity Hole. Go. Clicky. Now. I’ll wait. Waiting. Have you gone yet? Good. Are you back yet? Good.

Dude is awesome, and his writing and photography are fun, unique and fucking gorgeous. Check out this post where he talks about his photography, and make sure to check out his shop as well.

I own some of his prints, and they’re gorgeous. I’m frustrated as fuck that I can’t hang them yet. Soon! I’m keeping them protected until PNW. Then I can use them to start decorating my new pad. Word.

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Now. Music. I’ll kick us off with a few jams about Starting Over, Moving On, Adventure… you get the idea.

To Starting Over

Promise, by Hey Rosetta!

Float On, by Modest Mouse

Time to Move On, by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

The Getaway, by Leisure Cruise

Road Trippin’, by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Ramble On, by Led Zeppelin

There are so many, but I don’t want to list a couple dozen songs. I’d rather see what y’all come up with!

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So come on. Share your blog links – tell us why you kick ass! Share someone else’s blog – tell us why he or she kicks ass! Share some music – tell us why it kicks ass!

In other words…come kick ass with me! Let’s see how many blog links we can generate this time!

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This post brought to you by:

Asses, specifically those that kick or even those in need of kicking.

Stupidity Hole, because every ass needs a hole. Wait. No. That’s not the best way to introduce him. He’s more than just a hole. Lemme try again.

Brought to you by Stupidity Hole, because Pensive Pug. And also because he said I have to post something today. So I dragged his ass into it!

Playlist Party: A Fanfunkingtastic Musical Meet & Greet

Gather round, Peopleaneous, for it is time for another Playlist Party. It’s been a while since I did the last one, and it was a blast. So let’s do it again, shall we? Again and again and again…wait. Sorry. Got a little carried away.

Also, we’ve had lots of new additions to the kickassingest community on WordPress, so let’s make this a combo punch: The Funkiest Meet & Greet Playlist Party on the block!

I’m in a total funk mood this morning. And I don’t mean like, “I’m in such a funk.” I mean, Can’t Stop the Funk! So here are the rules, except I hate rules, so here’s the gist of how I’d like things to go down. But y’all are your own people, so feel free to wing it:

  • I want your body links! Drop a link to your about page or one of your favorite posts and maybe a little about you. However you wanna shake it down, go on witcha bad self. Feel free to shout-out one of your favorite blogs, too.
  • While you’re at it, it would be fanfunkingtastic if you got funky with me. My funk playlist is woefully inadequate, so why don’t we build one together? Y’all are awesome and seem to love boogying down with music posts. So let’s do this thang chickenwang!
  • Oh! Oh! Also! Feel free to drop a link even if you don’t have a song – I know we don’t all dig the same music!
  • Oh! Oh! Oh! Also! Again! It can be current or oldschool funk. Can ya dig it?

I’ll get us started off with a few off of my current playlist. This isn’t all of them, but I’ll give you some of my current faves.

A FANFUNKINGTASTIC MEET & GREET

The one I was listening to this morning on the way to work. Because of this burning in my soul:

Because sometimes a white girl gotta play that funky music:

Because sometimes you believe in things you don’t understand:

Rock me again and again and again and again and again…

Because it’s slippery when it’s wet:

Let’s set this bitch on FI-YAH!

Because I’m a bayou girl and I got fire, too!

Because I wanna get down, get down:

Because I want you to funk my life up:

Because who can get enough of The Commodores?

And this list is not complete without a little James Brown. Good God!

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Your turn, y’all! Let’s get funked up!

Playlist Party: Help Build an Upbeat Playlist

‘Sup Peopleaneous?

Brief Update on Diane, The Wackadoodle Counselor

I know some of you are curious as to how my second session with Diane went. Let’s say it went poorly, and I will not be back to see her. For now, let me leave you with this tidbit: There were a few moments in the new “feelings” journal that had words like: hyper, smiley, playful, mischievous. She latched on to “playful” with a vengeance. And, knowing very little about me, said that any time I ever felt hyper and especially playful that it was at least as negative as my hopeless moments. She said any time I demonstrate playfulness that I’m doing either one of two things: manipulating people into laughing so that they would give me positive reinforcement that I didn’t get as a child or trying to cheer someone up like I always did with my mother.

It is a mistake to see playfulness as positive. You need to work on that at least as much as your depression.

I found it highly irresponsible of her to tell me that all of my brighter moments were at least as negative as moments when I’m wishing I hadn’t woken up that day. How much of a fucking moron does one have to be to say that to a woman with known suicidal ideation? Good thing I mostly heard it for what it was: the ravings of an absolute fucking moron.

Oh, oh, oh! I almost forgot this one!

You revealed a lot in few words. Next time, I expect to hear about how your childhood led you down the path of becoming a sexual deviant.

I nearly laughed in her smirking, self-satisfied face. I refrained. With great difficulty. I wanted to march to her bookshelf, grab the nearest bullshit textbook she was spewing this nonsense from, and chuck it in her face. Again, I refrained. With only slightly less difficulty.

In the effort of full disclosure, those aren’t exact quotes. But I did record that bitch this time, so I can go back and listen if I wanna. Right now, I don’t want to hear any more out of that woman’s mouth. Suffice it to say those words are at least very close to exact quotes.

My mood ever since has been dark…empty and numb when I’m lucky. It’s not all her. Work is a son of a bitch right now. More specifically, Queen Bitch must have something sharp and rusty stuck up her asshole. It’s the only thing that can explain her psychotic behavior these last two weeks. (And yes, I do know the definition of a psychotic.)

So. As a giant fuck you to both of those bitches, I’d like to intentionally change my mood for tonight (and hopefully the entire weekend).

~ PLAYLIST PARTY ~

I’ve had the idea to ask y’all to help me work on my playlists for some time. But Chevvy8 crystallized this for me in a conversation we had about those times you need some good ole music therapy. I believe Chevvy called those the times when you “just gotta shake it!” So that’s what I want to do now!

I’ll start us off with several of the songs I keep on hand to kickstart some fast-paced, upbeat funtimes. Not all of mine are exactly dancey songs, but those fit in extra-well on an upbeat playlist!

Please, please please join in and drop your upbeat tunes in the comments! Let’s party, Peopleaneous!

First up, Chevvy starts us out with a little OutKast. Can’t really go wrong with OutKast!

My #1 stand-by for times just like this: Hump de Bump!

She Wants to Move (Yes, yes she does.)

A little Swedish House Mafia never hurt anybody.

And now I gotta cut loose.

Usher Baby

Here’s to shit getting a little Out of Control.

Because it’s been a bitch of a week.

Uptown Funk (me up)

Bounce Baby! (Bonus points for being local.)

I Wanna Dance with Somebody (I really do!)

Let’s start a Quiet Riot.

And last but certainly not least: Feel Right, y’all.

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Alright, Peopleaneous! YOUR TURN!