August 2011

Song of the Day: "She Bop"

There simply are not enough songs out there about masturbation—particularly of the female kind. And why would there be, when it’s free—what is there to promote or sell? Cyndi Lauper, who will be performing at the Ogden Theatre on November 1, knows a thing or two about that. Her ode to self-pleasure, known as “She Bop,” is—perhaps aside from the ever-famous “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls—the most iconic self-touch song known to man (and especially women):

Song of the Day: "Open Arms"

My husband and I used to sit in the dark, listening to my parents’ old Journey albums (among others) when we were teenagers. This was when CDs were just coming out, mind you, so we were weird even back then.

“Open Arms” was one of our favorite songs to snuggle to, and why wouldn’t it be? It has the sappiest, most lovingly delivered lyrics accompanied by slow, heartfelt music:

Song of the Day: "Animal"

As much as I love the song “Animal” by Neon Trees, there is a song by a band playing in Englewood tomorrow that I love much, much more. Def Leppard’s “Animal” is just as primal as “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” and though it’s not nearly as wildly popular, nor does it have as awesome of a dance beat, any song that includes lyrics like “feeling in my blood” (what is it about blood lyrics?) or “I lust” is good in my book.

Song of the Day: "Photograph"

Long before Nickelback made a song with the same title and a completely inferior set of lyrics and music, Def Leppard’s “Photograph” combined their hard rocker slammin’ lyrics with a more complex beat than many of their other songs. Alternating between a smooth chorus and a choppy refrain, it’s a perfect blend of rock ‘n roll—and you can hear them perform it at the Comfort Dental Amphitheater on Monday!

Song of the Day: "Don't Stop Believing"

The very concert that I was dying for tickets to will be in Colorado on October 1. Journey, Foreigner, and Night Ranger will all be performing, and I wish I could be there with a lighter in the air. If you can make it, see them for me, will you?

I doubt I need to introduce one of the most awesome rock ballads ever made, especially since it’s seen such a resurgence from its use on the TV shows Glee and Family Guy. It goes a little something like this…

Song of the Day: “Miss You”

The ultimate love song for gothic kids, modern would-be Cure fans, and generally anyone who enjoys a Tim Burton film, Blink 182’s “Miss You” is a creepy yet soft, affecting song that really gets stuck in your brain whether you want it to or not. Every time my husband and I hear the line about “living like Jack and Sally,” and having Halloween on Christmas, we just have to grin at each other. You know:

Song of the Day: “Stay”

The title “Stay” probably conjures a different song for many different people. For some, it’s the 1960's hit by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs that was made especially popular by the film Dirty Dancing. For others, it’s Lisa Loeb’s ballad from the 1990's. But today’s “Stay” is the soulful version by the country duo Sugarland; if you’re not familiar with it, it goes a bit like this:

Song of the Day: "The Galway Girl"

I must admit that I first fell in love with Steve Earle’s song “The Galway Girl” when I heard Gerard Butler sing it in the sentimental tearjerker, P.S. I Love You. Afterward, I looked it up and had to download Earle’s awesome Irish music-meets-rockabilly song. I’ll maintain that Butler’s version is more enjoyable (and smexy), but Earle’s is fun, too. It goes like this:

Song of the Day: “Iris”

Those of us who were in love with Meg Ryan and Nicolas Cage in the 90’s (and really, they were cute back then, weren’t they?) sobbed bitterly through their performances in City of Angels (not to be considered with City of Fallen Angels). The film wasn’t as great as most of us had imagined it would be, but its soundtrack—whew, it was a pretty amazing soundtrack, wasn’t it? It was sexy, moving, and gorgeous; I went through two copies myself, one on cassette and one on CD.

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