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30 Years Of Songs: Part 3 – The 2000’s

Continuing into the 2000’s! The songs of the year. What was on my mind? What was on my heart? What was on ‘repeat’? What song was really, really, persistent (or annoying!)?
Find out!

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“Graduation (Friends Forever)” – Vitamin C 
Boy did this song get old fast. And boy did we love it.

“Anthem For The Year 2000” – Silverchair
Post-Grunge Alternate Rock-Voice Number 3 at its best. Plus, they’re Australian. Who knew?




“Yellow” – Cold Play
The explanation of the song that Chris Martin has since offered has been underwhelming (“why yellow?”), but at the time this was just a magical song for me.

“Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” – Train 
Yes, I seriously did love this song. I was the master of the 5 hour phone conversation, believe it or not. (At least I thought so).




“The Scientist” – Coldplay
It’s a song about a guy who fantasizes about building a time machine so he can get his girl back. Genius. Unfortunately, in life, there’s no do-overs.

“The Middle” – Jimmy Eat World
This was just a fantastic song. This song helped me get through college. Well…not really. But I really liked it!




“California” – Phantom Planet
This is a pretty loaded one. So this came out just about the time I was getting away to California to get my head straight after a girlfriend decided we “needed to go on break” (dumped), and just as I’m about to leave, she calls that off. So then I go. And then I come back. And then a few months later The Guitar Guy At The Party plays this song at this party we’re at. She later marries that guy. (Good for them, by the way! This re-telling might be unfair, but this is my blog). But this is a pretty good song, anyway.

“Such Great Heights” – The Postal Service
This song was the 2000’s. At the very least, the early 2000’s. Thanks, Clayton, for the introduction. “This is the next big thing”, and he was right. Everyone wanted that sound afterward. I absolutely, positively, love this song just as much as I did when I heard it in a dorm room in 2003. It’s a fantastic road trip song.




“Why Can’t I” – Liz Phair
Boy did this song get played a bunch. 

The Reason – Hoobastank
First of all, what a dumb band name. Second of all – who among us – WHO, I ask, didn’t have 10 friends who put the lyrics to this song on their AIM away message or profile? That said, not a bad song. You couldn’t go through 2004 without hearing this a bunch of times.




“IRS” – Guns N’ Roses
The song wouldn’t actually be released officially for 3 more years, but a low-quality demo tape (from the 1999 version of the song) leaked to the Internet and I listened to it day and night for weeks. This might be the only new song I remember from that year, actually. There’s several from 2003 I got introduced to (Dashboard, etc), though.




“Better” – Guns N’ Roses
Another Internet leak from an album that wouldn’t be released until 2008! When this song leaked it was the first evidence any of us had that Axl could still actually sing. This song would be on repeat for another year. I’m not kidding. I stayed up 36 hours to make it to a concert and get back to work the next day partially because of this song.

“Snails” – The Format
I loved this cute little song.




I’m going to break format here, and reverse…because I caught up on a very important album from 2003:

“Your Front Porch” – The Format
Found it by accident. Fell in love with the song. Shout out to Veronica Mars.

“Give It Up” – The Format
This is just amazing. Captures an intense and specific moment in time. This is the sound of my mid-20’s.




“Love Story” – Taylor Swift
Even I was not immune to her songwriting wiles. 

“Scraped (Lies They Tell)” – Guns N’ Roses
So after 8 years of waiting, Chinese Democracy is finally released. But I’d heard most of the songs before – either in leaks or in concert (or both). This song was totally new and I loved it. This is what all the fuss was about, for better or worse.




“Party in the U.S.A.”- Miley Cyrus 
This was totally my jam. Gotta turn it up.

“At Least I’m Not As Sad As I Used To Be” – fun.
The best thing was – I *wasn’t* as sad as I used to be when this song came out! It was life imitating therapeutic art! “Well, at least I’m not as sad as I *used* to be…”
It’s comforting.




“Fireflies” – Owl City
Yeash. Everywhere. Absolutely everywhere. It just made me want to listen to The Postal Service.

“Weary Kind” – Ryan Bingham
Theme to Crazy Heart, a fantastic movie. Well, actually, it was the same movie as “The Wrestler”, except with country music. But that’s okay because I loved both movies.




Devil Knows You’re Dead – Delta Spirit
The series finale song of Friday Night Lights. Oh my god. “FEELS”.

“Lucky Now” – Ryan Adams
Song used in “This Is 40”. “FEELS”.

“Rivers And Roads” – The Head and the Heart
What’s with it an TV shows and movies and good songs? “FEELS”.




“Miss Atomic Bomb” – The Killers
The best 80’s song I’ve ever heard.

“Carry On” – fun.
Someone said to me, out of the blue, that the “guitar solo reminded them of me”, and I thought that was pretty awesome.




“Cups” – Anna Kendrick 
“Wait, what, she was in Twilight? Oh…not her? Ok!” Really digging this song. I’m not sure I get it, though. But I dig it.

What other songs from 2013 should I get to know? Let me know! Open to any music recommendations! I love new music.


Well, that’s it! 30 years of songs that came, went, stayed… even though we wanted them to leave ! What you didn’t find on here are the, uh, “classics” I discovered in my teenage years – not the albums I dug up from the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s, and not songs I later came back to and loved. This was all about the music of the times as I lived them. Those other bands, albums, and songs that became the theme of my brooding adolescence and melancholy? The time I listened to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” over and over again? The time I listened to “Dark Side Of The Moon” while reading Ecclesiastes? My favorite songs to put on during a 2 week cross-country roadtrip? The songs that make you drive 15-mph over the speed-limit automatically? The best album to listen to in the fall? The first 10 MP3s I ever downloaded?

That’s a whole other bag of worms. And tricks.



Musings About Weddings

I think I’m Facebook friends with somewhere between 3 and 4 wedding photographers. One of them, I think, is really, really good. She’s brilliant.

So all that said I see a bunch of wedding photos and engagement photos stream by on Facebook each month. Plus, well, everyone I know has gotten married.

I’ve also been in two weddings. So I think about weddings from time to time. I’ve formed some opinions. You could even say I’ve brainstormed a few ideas!

Some opinions might be rude. Some ideas might be unorthodox. Some of these things might be the reason why I’m still single. But more optimistically, some of these might get me hitched someday! Because I’m awesome!



Must haves:

Must NOT haves:

  • Please, please, no “put a ring on it”, please.
  • Please, please, no “Chicken Dance”, please.

Pretty Sweet if:

  • “Hey Beautiful” by The Solids (How I Met Your Mother theme) is used for entrance of the wedding party, with a photo montage on projection screens. All timed so the “ba ba ba ba ba” part starts for the bride and groom’s entrance. A spotlight, if possible.



Must haves:

  • Something on every table that can be a conversation piece so there’s less awkward conversation and silence between guests who don’t know each other.
  • Giant cards (posters?) for people to write well wishes, thoughts, advice, or semi-crude comments on. This also gives single people something to do. Other than drink. A lot.
  • 20-dollar dance. Seriously. Get with it, people.
  • Bridal purse. Cash, please. Worked in “The Godfather”…

Must NOT haves:

  • Please, please, can we do something better than the garter/bouquet toss? Can the bouquet be tossed from a moving car? Can the women and men be spun-around dizzy like “Pin The Tale On The Donkey” before we do the toss? Something? Anything?
  • Giant wedding party table on a stage riser. Can we do something better than the wedding party being put on display for everyone to stare at while the catering people catch up? It’s weird. And terrible for conversation.
  • Cheap catering. Suffering through a bad meal at a restaurant is bad enough. It’s worse when it takes all night, you can’t leave, it’s really expensive, and you dragged 100 of your friends and relatives there to suffer through it with you, too. Ugh. Don’t do that. Go homemade or potluck. You can’t go cheap with “catering”. Anything but cheap “catering”.
  • 2 or 3 hours of posed photographs with every conceivable family member combination before the reception. It’s anti-climatic. And they usually suck. Posed photos with groups usually suck. Figure out another way to get that photo with Grandma Moses and Uncle Jim.

Pretty Sweet if:

  • The Ex-Dance. They have dollar dances, old people dances, father-daughter dances, why not an Ex-Dance? This would be interesting. Divorced family members, wedding party people dancing with the bride or groom, random ex-boyfriend from high school. It would be magic. Participating ex-couples get a bottle of wine.
  • Jr. High Dance. Girls only. The guys stand in the corner and look bored.
  • The Rat Pack Dance. Everyone dances with a martini glass in their hand (filled with water). The person with the least spillage gets a bottle of wine.
  • The Frat Party Dance. Everyone dances with a red Solo cup. Same as above.
  • The In-Law Dance. Mother-in-law dances with Dad. Vice versa. Drama? Crazy photos? Perhaps!
  • How about making DANCE CARDS for the single people, maybe who don’t know each other? Anything to help them not be wall flowers or be awkwardly drinking alone.
  • There’s an “after party” involving the wedding party and 10-20 other close friends. There could be secret invitations given via text message or secretly exchanged note cards.
  • Tux->Suit, Gown ->Cocktail/party dress. Wardrobe change!



Must haves:

  • Great photography.
  • A “no photography from the audience” rule. Seriously. Put your lame Point-And-Shoot away, please. Also, put your phone down. Actually…
  • A “no electronic devices” rule and a check-in box. Seriously. BEEP BEEP DOOT DOOT. Because nobody knows how to silence their phones. In a room of 200 people, 10 percent won’t know how to do it. 15 percent will have forgotten. That’s a lot of phones. So leave them in the check-in box. Or in your car. You’re not that important.
  • Some freaking violin.
  • Candles.
  • Some light and shadow in the room. Does it have to be ALL BRIGHT during a ceremony? What’s the point of the candles if the room is completely flooded with light?

Must NOT haves:

  • Unity candle. I mean, if you do it, don’t mention it. Let there be some MYSTERY to it. “And now we will have the Unity Candle lit to blah blah blah”.
  • That… sand thing. Same as unity candle. How about unity dirt from the two cities the bride and groom grew up in? Or…not. Or anything else.
  • Speech about the ring being a circle, yada yada yada. Let it go, pastor.
    Let it go.
  • Prom-songs to Jesus.
  • “Special” Music.

Pretty Sweet If:

  • The wedding program was a full-color brochure. I mean, why not?
  • Video. Like, a video essay on why they’re getting married and how their relationship got started including interviews with friends and family. That’s just golden.
  • Air-conditioning is blasting. Please. God. Air-conditioning. Old churches. Hot day. Tux. Nerves. Air-conditioning.