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Ode to My iPod

Walkman and batteries

Musically speaking, the one invention I am really grateful for is my iPod.  It freed me from carrying around a clunky Walkman and about ten cassette tapes.  I loved my Walkman but it was bulky and the batteries never lasted long.  I learned the hard way not to leave the batteries in the Walkman when traveling.  One time the Walkman rewind button was pushed into the on position while in my suitcase and the batteries were used up.  So from then on, I carried an extra two AA batteries with me (as well as leaving only one battery in the Walkman while traveling).  All that added to the Walkman’s large entourage.

iPod Shuffle and batteries

I was skeptical about the iPod because I thought I would be forced to buy again from iTunes music I had already bought on CD.  When I discovered I could import my own CDs onto the iPod, I bought an iPod Shuffle.  What astonished me the most about the Shuffle was the fact that it is smaller than the two AA batteries I used in my Walkman.  I couldn’t believe that something that small could hold all that music.  Even the iPod earphones were an improvement over all the earphones I had before.  I don’t know how people can jog wearing non iPod earphones; I couldn’t even walk without them falling out.

iPod Nano

A few years later, I upgraded to the iPod Nano which allows me to see which songs are playing. I can now make playlists and organize songs by artists and theme.  It’s a much easier way to make a “mixed tape” of my favorites.  I’m so happy with my Nano that I haven’t thought about upgrading it.  The only complaint I have is that every time my non-Apple computer crashed and eventually died, I had to re-import the whole contents of my iTunes playlists on my computer.  I wish I could just synch everything from my iPod back to my laptop.

Excluding my favorites (Gloria Estefan and Huey Lewis), here is a list of my Party songs playlist.

  1. “Walking on Sunshine” – Katrina and the Waves  
  2. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” – Wham! 
  3. “Copacabana” – Barry Manilow
  4. “Neutron Dance” – The Pointer Sisters
  5. “Pump Up the Jam” – Technotronic  http://youtu.be/9EcjWd-O4jI
  6. “Roam” – The B-52’s
  7. “Footloose” – Kenny Loggins
  8. “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
  9. “La Bamba” – Los Lobos
  10. “Walk Like an Egyptian” – The Bangles 
  11. “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” – Simple Minds 
  12. “Gimme Some Lovin’” – Spencer Davis Group
  13. “While You See a Chance” – Steve Winwood
  14. “Back in the High Life Again” – Steve Winwood 

It’s pretty much an 80’s party mix.  I have yet to play it at an actual party.  That is a dream of mine.

Guitar Train passengers, what songs are on your favorite iPod playlist?

Quirky T’s Favorite 80’s Artists

In continuing Guitar Train’s Happy Month in October, this stop offers a quick peek at an era of music that makes Quirky T happy – the 80’s. This is the music I grew up listening to and the music I still listen to. It’s interesting how songs I didn’t really like in the 80’s sound good to me when I hear them now. On one track, it could be nostalgia factor. On another track, it could be that in comparison to some of the music that came after, those 80’s songs weren’t bad.

 

Five Favorite 80's Artists
In addition to my favorites Phil Collins and Huey Lewis and the News, these are my top five favorite 80’s artists:

 
1. The Pointer Sisters
2. Michael Jackson
3. Tears for Fears
4. Wham!
5. Cyndi Lauper

 
All these artists had good songs which make me happy when I hear them. I’ll be looking at them more in depth when the Guitar Train stops for a month long 80’s Month.

 
Guitar Train passengers, who are your favorite 80’s artists? Do you still listen to their music today?

Concerts I Wish I Had Attended

Meet the Beatles album cover

Meet the Beatles album cover

To continue the theme of Concert Month on the Guitar Train, Quirky T is looking at concerts she wishes she had attended. Obviously, the top of that list is The Beatles. Having been born years after they broke up, I didn’t get a chance to see them live. That statement is probably true for many Beatles fans. From the footage I have seen of Beatles concerts, as a concert experience, it probably was not the best. Audio was primitive in the 60’s compared to now so I probably wouldn’t have heard any of the great music over all the girls (including me) screaming. Depending where I sat, I probably wouldn’t have even seen the band as there weren’t any video screens showing close-ups of the stage. Despite all that, just to be at a Beatles concert and experience that atmosphere would have been amazing.

 
Other concerts I wish I had seen are not as monumental as The Beatles. Musicians I had a chance to see in concert but didn’t are Wilson Phillips opening for Richard Marx, The Temptations with The Four Tops, The Pointer Sisters, and Bruce Springsteen.

Richard Marx ticket stub
The Wilson Phillips/ Richard Marx concert in 1990 was too far away for me to attend but I did end up seeing Richard Marx in concert 20 years later. A few years ago, a concert combining The Temptations and The Four Tops was a passing interest that I regret not acting on because it would have been amazing to see the two legendary groups together. They are still touring together so I may still have a chance to see them. Another passing interest that I did not act on was a Pointer Sisters concert in 2006. It would have been fun to hear their songs which I loved listening to in the 1980’s.

 
I will go more in-depth about why I was not able to go to a Bruce Springsteen concert in the Guitar Train’s next stop looking at the agony of Ticketmaster. As a result, I am probably one of the few people in New Jersey that has not seen the legendary New Jersey musician in concert.

 
I can’t go back in time and attend any of those concerts so I have to make sure I don’t miss any concerts which interest me in the future.

 
Guitar Train passengers, what concerts do you regret that you didn’t attend?

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