Fall of F & UN (Sounds better than Fall of D & EBUACHERY)

It’s on like Donkey Kong…

Well, not so much, but as the new season starts there’s many, many things to be excited about. For starters I have only 8 more weeks of school. Then I will be a Master of Disaster. It’s about time that I get a fancy preface other than just being a disaster. Also, the time has come for me to put my big girl britches back on. C’est la vie my sweet flip flops, tending bar and sleeping until noon… Mama’s going to be a working girl! Time to shine my heels… (Okay, so the prospect of job hunting and lavishly pursuing a company, makes my skin crawl, but I’m trying to stay positive.)

Also, while I prefer the hot summer sun, I do love me some fall activities: bonfires, Ohio State games, Halloween, Birthdays, Thanksgiving and big sweaters. (Wait. That last one isn’t really an event.) But you get the gist. It’s action packed all the way until January. In addition, my awesome cousin, Andrew, is coming to town. He’s one of those “Full-of-lifers”. (As if that’s an everyday cliche.) He has been doing some amazing work reporting for the American Birding Association on the BP oil spill. We’re mui proud and I’m pretty pumped to see him. So yeah, all signs point upward.

These are actually the things I’m trying to focus on. In reality I just got done creating a R.I.P. Classic iPod playlist that has the most depressing songs you have ever heard of. Yeah, this is the one, for people who like, really love to cry. This is the crying (okay, sobing) in the shower playlist. It’s for people that take joy in watching the movie Precious. I actually don’t want to post it in fear of what it may do to some people —or the intervention that some of my friends might attempt to schedule. So things are, (how do you say?), meh. It’s just your basic laundry list of things that suck: Financial aid continues to play a very time consuming game of cat and mouse with me while I try and sink every moment into school and tending that bar, my car needs $500 of work done, while I’m (how do you say) a little behind on the payments thereof, my DEAR SWEET iPOD is broken (God, give me the will to live!), I’m breaking out like a thirteen year old, rent is due aaaand some clown on match.com wrote me a very long “You’re stuck up” letter just because I didn’t respond to his “wink”… So I’m just saying, if you see me riding a bike with a boombox on my shoulder, please don’t judge me if I might be smoking in transport… Why was this so much easier last January?

So without further ado… The Fall of “F” & “UN” (Sounds better that Fall of ‘D’ & “EBAUCHERY’) playlist:

  1. Animal, by Neon Trees
    This song is great in so many ways. For starters: It’s a pretty great work out song. I want some more… “Excuse, me waitress, I’d like my abs aaand my thighs to burn tomorrow. Can we kick it up a notch?” Plus I love the phrase “Say Goodbye to my heart tonight”. As if it comes out. “Hey guys, I’m leaving my heart at home tonight, everybody say peace out.” Any who, good jam.
  2. Paris (Oh Oh la la), Grace Potter and the Nocturals
    Baller. End of story. Here’s the studio version. Impressive. It’s really hard to find a jam that says (from a lady’s perspective), “I’m gonna getcha” without a school girl pop artist. I hate those little pop music divas.
  3. Come on Over (All I want is You), by Christina Aguilera
    I lied. Pop music has it’s place under the sun. I don’t care who you are. So I resorted to listening to some old CDs in lie of my broken iPod. This song is off the “My Hetero-lifemate Mix” gifted to me by my college roomate, Merideth, circa 2003. We worked at a little Mexican Restaurant at the time. At the end of the night, after all our customers left and we strapped on that massive vacuum pack to clean the place, we’d blast this song on. I think Merideth even had the Spanish version. Oh the fond memories…
  4. Ready to Start, by Arcade Fire
    I have got to get my hands on this album. I love this band. (Of course I do. Yeah, I’m going to pimp out a bunch of music by bands that I hate.) While this song may not be super upbeat in content, you can’t help but move. You’re welcome.
  5. Gotta Have You, by the Weepies
    Ah, the cool down. This is definitely one of those fallsy-pull-back the covers songs. Deb Talan’s voice is simply intoxicating.
  6. Dylan’s Hard Rain, Ryan Bingham
    If I could drink someone’s voice I’d be toting his around in a 2 liter. It gives me goosebumps. But seriously, I’m not one for expletives in songs, but in this case it’s completely appropriate. With election time flooding every channel with vicious campaigns, I think it’s essential to have a song about problem solving. “Maybe one day our friends will be American farmers.” I’m not a pot smoker focker, but it just makes sense.
  7. Maggie’s Farm, by Bob Dylan
    Speaking of… So with jobs looming, one of my favored customers told me to make a list of companies that I would kill to work for. It’s not just about seeing what’s out there, it’s about having a fulfilling career with a company you love. Of course my buddy Jimmy Fallon was at the top along with Rolling Stone’s Magazine. We’re dreaming big, right? Well, yesterday I was watching my favorite late night show, and Jimmy’s guest was Jann Wenner, the Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine and the President of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Foundation. He was the guy that recently interviewed President Obama for the magazine. When discussing the President’s playlist he mentioned Bob Dylan. He assumed, of course, that the President’s pick was ‘The Times the are a Changing‘. I sat on my couch saying, “Don’t say my favorite Dylan song, Maggie’s Farm, which is about no-longer working for the man.” Needless to say, it was this very song that my two favorite prospective employers were raving about. So I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks trying to figure out a perfect package that will blow Mr. Wenner’s mind. The coincidences are just too eerie to not react to. What am I Chandler, of Friend’s interning with 20-somethings? We’ll see what happens…
  8. Ordinary, by the Alternate Routes
    This song of course, is amazing. It’s a little opposite of the big dream of the previous song. It poses the question of whether you’d be happy with an ordinary life. It talks about the people at your funeral. It’s just so touching. Life is about the people you touched (not literally), not your FINANCIAL AID FORMS. I’m just saying. This song is about perspective. I have a feeling that if I were to trade my car and iPod for a bike and a boombox, I’d still have countless people cheering me on. This song always reminds me of my best friend’s dad. I just attended his 65th birthday party. While attended by many, it was a pretty intimate party. He’s a pretty simple guy. Growing up he had like a twelve pack of these ‘rust’ (maroon-reddish) shirts and he wore them to work every day. It was quite the running joke for us in high school, but now as adults, we marvel in the simplicity of it all. Anywho: He likes his donuts, gambling in West Virginia and most importantly, his family. I’m very lucky to be a part of it. That is what this song is about. If I could have a smidgen of that kind of value at the end of the day, I’d be a very lucky person.
  9. Hotel Yorba, by the White Stripes
    Back to fun already. Isn’t that what this playlist is about anyways? Listen to this song while watching this video of Disney’s Robin Hood muted. Timeless classics, melted together. Again, you’re welcome.
  10. Debra, by Beck
    This song is very near and dear to my heart, as it takes me back to simpler times and simple crushes. I want someone to step to me with a fresh pack of gum. (Nicorette gum is expensive, bitches!) 7 minutes of a Beck falsetto. Does it get any better than this?
  11. Bring It on Home to Me, by Sam Cooke
    This is baby making music. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
  12. Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise, The Avett Brothers
    Seriously, if you don’t have this album, I have no words for you. (Marly, I’m carrying around a copy in our identical purses, just for you.) There are so many nuggets of goodness on this piece. This song is definitely about hope. I’m a little “man down” right now. I don’t know what I’m going to do with all my work if financial aid doesn’t come through (Again!), nor if I walk out my very tiny apartment to find my broken car getting seized…  However, I’ll get through this time. I have a head full of doubt, in a lot of aspects of my life, but a road full of promise. I’m like Cleveland, with all the cards down, there’s gotta be a joker soon… That is what this song is about. Sometimes that’s all you got, —a song. Even if you have to call it into a radio station and wait patiently by your boombox to record it…

Seriously, this is way better than my R.I.P. Classic iPod Playlist. One day soon I’ll unveil my “Bomb Ass Rap Mix” from my college days and we’ll all be smiling then…

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1 Response to “Fall of F & UN (Sounds better than Fall of D & EBUACHERY)”

  1. 1 zero to shine May 30, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    This design is wicked! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job.
    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that,
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