Living Musically – Scatterbrained Edition

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A: I think my iPod is trying to tell me something.

D: Um. . . you are aware that it is an inanimate object, correct?

A: Says the character in my head.

D: My point still stands.

A: All right, so I know just hitting “shuffle” on all songs is problematic, as it is likely that I will hear the same song twice – but twice in once week?

D: You know the trick, right?

A: Yes, follow Jack Flacco’s suggestion and make a smart playlist that only plays songs I haven’t listened to in over X-amount of days.

D: Oh, I was going to say . . . well, never mind. Jack is right.

A: No, what were you going to say?

D: No, really, it’s okay, A.

A: Tell me.

D: Wow, did you know your eyes get all funny and –

A: D.

D: Fine, I was going to mention something about pipers and a fiddler and (voice gets quieter) maybe some pan pipes

A: . . . Yeah, Jack’s suggestion works better. Be that as it may, I Found a Reason to verily and voraciously vaunt the veracity of vindictiveness.

D: Wow, I was going to taunt you for not making your alliteration make sense . . . but you did it, A.

A: Yeah. I did.

D: I bow down to your greatness.

A: Oh my god, are you dying?

D: No. I don’t even think Bjork is dying during that track A.

A: Maybe not, but it’s pretty.

D: You know what else is pretty?

A: Ponies?

D: No.

A: Butterflies?

D: No, A—

A: How about Pearls?

D: A!

A: (Grins) Yes, D?

D: You are hopeless. And obviously have had too much sugar.

A: Or not enough.

D: Did your iPod ever forgive you for giving it the Blues last week?

A: Sort of. It keeps taunting me though.

D: How so?

A: With this:

D: (Snicker) Oh, that’s not very nice. Anything else?

A: Well, this one made me smile a lot – even if it was wishful thinking.


D: Right, because you’re closer to the Heart of the Ocean than you are to summer.

A: But if I were in the ocean, I would have to ask a very pertinent question.

D: What’s that?

A: Where Are We Now?

D: Oh boy, this is getting a little ridiculous, A.

A: You know what that’s called, D?

D: I’m afraid to know.

A: Friday. That’s what it’s called.

D: (Eye roll) Do you have any other music you’d like to incorporate into our dialogue?

A: Only that I intend to go ‘Rock’n Me’ butt off tonight?

D: Really?

A: Does it count if it’s at the YMCA?

D: Are you quite finished?

A: Yes.

D: Finally.

A: I mean no – there are two honorable – or not-so-honorable as the case might be for the second one – mentions for this week.

D: You know, you were supposed to limit these lists to 5 songs, right?

A: Yeah, well, when have I ever followed the rules, even my own?

D: Right. Never. So, these mentions?

A: The Woodland Realm. One, because it is beautiful and two–

D: I know, I know, it came from the Hobbit Soundtrack. You really do need to implement Jack’s suggestion. You listen to that all week long.

A: I know, but when it comes up in “all songs” I have to list it. It’s required.

D: Uh huh. And the other one?

A: Super Freak.

D: There’s no need for that kind of language, A.

A: No, it’s the song.

It came on just as I was pulling into work – that was the biggest grin I’ve had at 7am in a long time!

D: . . . .

A: Don’t give me that look. Helena had Pornographers on her site (and some incredible music that I cannot wait to go home and listen to!)

D: Uh huh.

A: Smile, Druid – you know you want to. Happy Friday everyone. Hope you enjoyed my musical adventure this week – thank you for stopping by, reading and listening! 


Published by Katie Sullivan

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, Katie Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in Milwaukee with her daughter, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). Her first series, The Changelings Saga, a young adult historical fantasy trilogy is available on Amazon. She can be found writing with said character at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

20 thoughts on “Living Musically – Scatterbrained Edition

  1. I need some quiet time to listen to your list. These are great, Katie. For me, it’s a blend of familiar music with unfamiliar … although I wish Rick James was unfamiliar for me. For some reason, that guy freaks me out 😉


  2. I’m flattered knowing you both are talking about me! lol The don’t play in x amount of days works brilliantly on my iPod. Okay, so I listened to all your songs. Yes, all of them–not just saying that either! You have my taste in music, Katie! “I Found a Reason” is incredible. I love that video. It goes with what I was feeling all last week.

    Gosh, playlists are my favorite. I’m always playing with them. I have a playlists of albums that are great except for one or two songs. So I’ll make the album a playlist without the songs. Makes it all the more better not having to skip them every time I’m playing them. And I can loop the playlist, too!

    What else? Hmm… coincidentally, I’ve written a blog about playlists for this week’s Freedom Friday post–that’s kind of weird considering we’re talking about playlists! LOL Okay, I better get back to writing! 😉


    1. Great minds, Jack – Great minds!
      I could spend hours – hours – on playlists, and often have. I can’t make music of any note (at least music that isn’t off-key and totally lacking in rhythm), so listening and compiling are my next favorite things!
      That’s a smart idea with the albums – of course, I’m always buying partial albums now, and I’ll do playlists just by artist – but sometimes its nice to listen to an ‘era’ of an artist as well! Can’t wait to see Friday’s post!


  3. Kama Sutra put out a lot of great tunes in my day. They are right up there with Motown, Columbia, and Capricorn Records…(of course, that’s an opinion…I just happen to like Charlie Daniels).


  4. A great combination of songs. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ella Fitzgerald, David Bowie, and Rick James in the same lineup. Though I always think of Dave Chappelle when I think of Rick James.


    1. 🙂 When I’m not writing, and I’m listening to a wider playlist, it’s not unusually for Ella Fitzgerald and David Bowie to be on the same list – but probably not Rick James! I have eclectic tastes!


      1. I have more jazz and big band than I know what to do with – some of it’s prohibition era stuff, and I don’t listen to it very often, but a little bit of Frank, Ella and Bing always makes me smile (I’m pretty bummed I missed out on the 40s and 50s).


      2. I listened to a lot of Ellington and Armstrong when I was younger. My parents had a tape set of them, which was always in for long car trips. Then I got my hands on a set of Billy Joel and that took over.


      3. I can understand that – I have some of his stuff too, and it always makes me smile! I think the only thing I don’t have any of (or rather, much of) is rap and country – although I do have a few bluegrass and 12 & 6 string guitar things rumbling around itunes somewhere.


      4. No country, but I have some rap. My friends in college introduced me to a few songs that became part of our group’s soundtrack. Mostly Busta Rhymes. I have some Eminem too.


  5. I love that Cat Power version of the Velvet Underground song. And there’s a brilliant duet with Thom Yorke on that Bjork album called “I’ve Seen It All” that one of my favourites of hers.
    Joe Jackson does a fantastic cover of Summer In The City if you can put your hands on it.
    I think we need to raid each others’ music libraries.


    1. I think we do – and I love “I’ve Seen it All!” – and when I found out it was Thom Yorke, it made me even happier. Also, adding Joe Jackson/Summer in the City to my list. It’s a very big list, now!


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