{in my ear}

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Last night when Eric got home from work I made my big escape.
Grabbed my purse and grocery bags and made a bee-line for the car.
Got in the car and put in Nirvana.
I was in the mood for this and turned it up. Loud. 
And then this....louder.
After a long couple days at home with a sick one,
 although there is nowhere else I would want to be when one of my kids is sick,
a brief escape is just what I needed.
And music. Loud music.

So many memories and emotions and feelings are tied up in music for me.
Certain people and places and times are brought back to life.
Concerts and tapes and albums...
Cd's and ipods and listening to bands in bars.

Today and all week really, we have been listening to Stevie Nicks, Charlotte and I.
We listen to it in the living room so there is plenty of "dancing room" 
for Charlotte to do what she calls her dancing/ballet moves.
Our favorite lately has been Free Fallin'. 
I love Tom Petty's version and I love this version just as much, maybe more. 
I will never get tired of listening to that song.

And yes, I can go from Nirvana to Patsy Cline to Ryan Adams to Prince 
 Fats Domino to Notorious B.I.G. (wait-did I just admit that?)
 to Stevie Nicks and  Fleetwood Mac to Stevie Wonder and Pearl Jam
 to Jack Johnson and Black Sabbath, the Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson 
to Blind Melon and The Grateful Dead,
Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris and Blondie.
...all in a day.

For me music is relaxing and calming and inspiring and necessary.
Tell me, what is playing in your ear lately?
Old, new, a song, a group, a favorite music-related memory...anything.
I'd love to hear.
But first I think you should go listen to one of your favorite songs or your favorite bands... really loud.


  1. Jack Johnson!!! love:)
    Jars of Clay is playing right now....one of their older albums.

  2. At the moment I'm listening to Madeleine Peroux to calm me... but if I'm in the car (on my own), then it's either Foo Fighters... Kasabian...Oasis (reminding me of my youth in the UK), Chili Peppers (reminds me of my surfing days) or anything that I can just yell along to.. The hubby and I have a huge appreciation of music (he was in a band... pre kiddies)... I think we have lived our lives with a constant soundtrack playing! Lx

  3. The memories are flooding back for me...Black Sabbath and Nirvana. I remember head banging in my paraboots at the heavy metal nights when we were at college. How I've changed! you've made me want to dig all those old cd's out now :)

  4. I love me some old school Jimmy Eat World.(I said old school cause their new album is AWFUL :() All of my old high school fun carefree days come flooding back! I love being in the car are alone with the music cranked! It is the best! :) Glad you got to unwind after being stuck inside with sickies! :) What a nice hubby!

  5. great post....
    music is such a powerful entity.
    can have such a tremendous effect on our moods and memories.

    i just recently made a playlist with hip hoppin songs like jump around~ run dmc and tootsie roll~ 2 live crew. my girls and i crank it up and dance like crazies.

    but bluegrass and indie is my go to music.
    love it.

  6. Amy, I'm with you...exactly. My musical tastes are all over the place. I'm listening to the Sound of Music right now while doing dishes. Does that old record player really work? Love it!

  7. Jackson Brown, James Taylor, Eva Cassidy, Counting Crows, U2, Sting, The Police, Mumford and Sons, Jack Johnson, John Mayer, PAUL SIMON, Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline, Lois Armstrong, Ben Sollee, dramatic soundtracks like Braveheart or Legends of the fall....i could go on all day!

  8. This is a post after my own heart. Music in all forms and varieties makes life so much richer! It can kill a bad mood and make a good one even better!

  9. i think the list of music i don't like would be shorter. guns n roses- the end. right now though i'm loving the roots, she and him, elizabeth mitchell, feist, ingrid michelson, amos lee, matt costa...just to name a few.

    i have to tell you a funny story about stevie nicks- she used to live in az not far from where i lived and a million years ago i worked at bed, bath, and beyond and she came in to get a new bedroom set and i helped her. at the time waterfall (her version of course) was my favorite song so i don't have to tell you that i might have peed my pants just a bit that sunday afternoon.

  10. I didn't marry a drummer in a rock band for nothing.

    I have many music memories. Many. The first that comes to mind wouldn't be appropriate to share in the comments section. If you're curious, I'll dish to you.

    Good tunes: M. Ward, Jenny & Johnny, Beulah, Guided By Voices, the Shins....and the list goes on forever.

  11. LOVE this!!! I have Beastie Boys Ill Communication in my car, and my other favorites are Joni Mitchell's Blue, and Bon Iver- especially all of the album For Emma Forever Ago.


  12. Ooooh dahling you are speaking my language. About once every season on my blog I have to give a shout out to all my beloved tunes. The song I cranked on high: A Little Respect by Erasure.

    And I could crank out to all of whom you mentioned but my list right now includes:

    Johnny Cash, Elvis Perkins, Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, Roger Miller, Psychedelic Furs, Tom Petty, Eminem (yup I just admitted that), Ozzy, Whitesnake, Warrant, The Statler Brothers, Muse, Jennifer Hudson, LL COOL J, Tesla, Bob Marley, Sam Cooke, Tears for Fears, INXS, The Weepies, Temptations, Otis Redding, Elvin Bishop, The Coral, Beck, Brooks & Dunn, Muse, Fuel, Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Linkin Park, and Tennessee Ernie Ford... just to name a few ;)

  13. I have a very wide range in music taste as well. And so many songs remind me of certain times in my life...when I was a kid my dad always played and sang Eric Clapton's "Layla" on his guitar, so I always think of him with that song. I just saw Tom Petty in concert a few weeks ago, I have always wanted to see him and he did NOT disappoint. Have you heard John Mayer's version of "Free Fallin"? John Mayer is someone I can always listen to no matter what, never get sick of and know every lyric to every song.

  14. I'm a sucker for old school pearl jam. It brings back so many memories. I love it.

  15. I have never really listened to that much music. My family didn't, so I wasn't used to it. But I have found it very soothing and perhaps distracting lately. I have it on all the time. I hope to be back for coffee next Tuesday...hopefully my life will cooperate :).

  16. I love to listen to every musician/group you just named.

    Currently in my car: Beach Boys, Sinatra, Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, Lily Allen. ;)

  17. I have been listening to Christmas music. Already. lol. I love Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Doris Day... But as far as my 'daily routine', I love Michael Buble, Alexander Desplat, Toby Mac, Casting Crowns, and anything from the Twilight Saga. ;)

  18. Love this post about music! I actually just wrote about a similar thing yesterday...


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