Wednesday, May 25, 2005


Well, I just got tagged by the lovely and talented Modigli. She knew that Tuesday was all about Los Mexicanos. Viva Mexico y Viva La Raza! This is all about my musical tastes, so here goes .....

1. Total Volume of music files on my computer:
Well, let's see .. hopefully I get this right because most of my MP3's I transferred onto compact discs so that I could free up some room on my computer (old piece of shit). I should have roughly only about 600M of music on my computer. BUT ... I do have everything backed up onto MP3 CDs, each holds about 140 songs, I have about 20 of those .... so roughly about 2800 songs.

2. Last CD I bought was:
Wow ... this one is tough because I either use iTunes or Napster. The last physical CD I bought was a special order from, Jarabe de Palo "Bonito". Great Spanish band; if you love DMB, this is essentially the Spanish/Latin music equivalent. Check out the sound bites. You might like this track and this one especially.

3. Song playing right now:
Courtesy of my Launch station; "Seed" - Sublime; great song and great melody.

4.Five songs I listen to a lot or that mean a lot to me (in no particular order):
Wow .. only 5? That's damn near impossible; I'll try to do it within reason.

Yeah, I know the poster is for a different song, but it's still BOB

"No Woman, No Cry" - Bob Marley
When I was in the Army and my ex-fiance had broken off our engagement, I was a mess. I became the biggest asshole on the face of the earth (yes, even bigger than the one I am now ... heh-heh); I was bitter, hurt, and just moped about. Luckily, we had a 24 hour gym on post and I was working out at nights. So after working out I went for a run in that cold Korean fall. This song was playing on my Walkman as I ran ... and when that chorus hit ".... everything's gonna be alright .... everythings gonna be alright now ... ", I just felt the weight of the world gone for a few fleeting moments. Now whenever I get too down, I just listen to the whole song and all is good.

"Volver Volver" - Vicente Fernandez (I prefer the Los Lobos version)
This song is my grandparent's song. My abuelito (grandfather) loved Vicente Fernandez, a mariachi/ranchera singer who is a living legend in Mexico. This was his and my grandmother's "song". At their 50th anniversary, my aunts and uncles threw them a huge party and a band of mariachis serenaded the two with this song. My abuelito passed away that year at X-Mas, so whenever I hear this song, I think of him. If you're curious, the lyrics and translation are here.

The ever cheerful Robert Smith of The Cure

"Just Like Heaven" - The Cure/ "Bizarre Love Triangle" - New Order
Probably 2 of my fave songs ever. I grew up in a small hicktown in eastern New Mexico that had an air force base. One of my friends grew up in California before her folks were stationed at the base. She always swore she would turn me on to "new wave" or "alternative" music and I vowed to resist. We started college together at the University of New Mexico and when I heard these 2 songs at a dance/party, that was it. Eating crow never tasted or sounded so good.

"Puto" - Molotov
My only real spring break is when I was at ASU. We all headed down to Mexico for a couple of nights. In Mexico, they'll show Americans the way to nasty, dirty, hole in the wall clubs but won't clue you in to where the nice clubs are. Well, we went down, met some girls who clued us in, and went to a great night club. They played this song like 4 times that night while my friend DR and I got lit on free tequila, Coronas, and Carta Blancas all the while singing this at the top of our lungs. Driving back the next day, we must've played "Let Me Ride", "Ants Marching", "What's My Age Again" and "If I Had A Million Dollars" a hundred times.

"Love Train" - The O'Jays
If you've read my post about Motown and bleach, you'll know that Motown and 70's R&B remind me of my good ole' mom. So this song, which is in every other commercial it seems, reminds of her.

SOOOOO ... now I get to pass this on to 5 people ... we'll see if they still read me!!!
Pirate Bride: She's always posting lyrics to great songs on her blog, so hopefully she'll regale us with some of her musical taste here.
Trixie: She listens to the greatest internet radio station in the world,, so I know she'll have some great music.
Barb: Having lived in Colombia and faced guerillas, Barb definitely will have a hold on some great world music. So Barb, let's have it!
NML: Just a sweet Irish lady trying to make it in the world today. Between her skirt blowing up and the odd lad leading her on, she still manages to keep her chin up and all of us laughing. Plus, her mom totally played Motown growing up as well.
Cammie: My fave Tennessee lady. An artist and one of the funniest people in the world out there. She says she in sort of a funk lately, so hopefully she'll snap out of it with this.

Hey .. why stop at 5?

Alan: This guy has a great blog. Seriously, one of the best out there. He's up on his music so any insight he gives will be smart and witty.
Mark: This guy is a hilarious Brit. Hopefully he'll update soon and get back around to reading blogs.
JHD: Hilarious lady here. She hasn't updated in a while, so maybe this will inspire her! She is always good with the lists!


Ruben said...

That song " Love train" is awesome. I think my parents used to play it when they were being frisky( that just stimulated my gag reflex). lol

MoDigli said...

Great post. Especially since you said I'm lovely and talented! haha...

I love Bob Marley, too!

PS. Now I really have to get my butt to Mexico!

Cincysundevil said...

"Love Train" is one of those great songs, although I hate that corporate America has this way of cheapening everything in order to make a buck
You definitely need to get to Mexico. We had a blast and I know you will too.

JHD said...

Consider me inspired...

And I too hate that my favorite songs are now used to hawk diapers, cars and other assorted products. Some of which is ironic considering what the bands stood for. (See the Clash and the car commercials for best example I can think of right now) My music is sacred, get your filthy paws off, Corporate America!