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Z is for...Zombie and Zip-Lock

We've done it!  Today is the final post for the A-Z Blogging Challenge and I consider this year's edition a resounding success.  It was a blast!  But on to today's letter...Z.

Z is for "Zombie" and "Zip-Lock"

"Zombie" - The Cranberries
If you're posting about music, how can you not choose this track as representative of Z?  It's so freakin' good!  A protest rock song written in memory of two boys, Jonathan Ball and Tim Parry, killed during the IRA bombings in Warrington, "Zombie" was released in late 1994 by Irish band The Cranberries.  It is beautifully angry and historically significant.  Such a great song.

*Lyrics:  "It's the same old theme since nineteen-sixteen / In your head / In your head they're still fightin' / With their tanks and their bombs / And their bombs and their guns / In your head, in your head they are dyin'"

"Zip-Lock" - Lit
A fun little pop-punk song, "Zip-Lock&…

Y is for...You and I and Your Biggest Mistake

Only one more day to go in the challenge.  Well done, fellow A-Zers!  Today is all about the letter Y.

Y is for "You and I Both" and "Your Biggest Mistake"

"You and I Both" - Jason Mraz
My ears love Jason Mraz.  He's so smooth and soulful and doesn't put out a bad track...seriously.  If you're looking for a chill set of pipes, this is one of your options.  When Mraz released "You and I Both", I had already been a fan for years.  This only solidified how awesome he's a beautiful song.

*Lyrics:  "See I'm all about them words / Over numbers, unencumbered numbered words / Hundreds of pages, pages, pages for words / More words than I had ever heard and I feel so alive"

"Your Biggest Mistake" - New Found Glory
Ah...a little NFG.  I haven't listened to them in several years, but for a while there in high school and early college I loved me some NFG.  They had a few mainstream songs, but most of their st…

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays:  Madame Bovary Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's this week's teaser:
"As to Emma, she did not ask herself whether she loved.  Love, she thought, must come suddenly, with great outbursts and lightnings, -a hurricane of the skies, which falls upon life, revolutionises it, roots up the will like a leaf, and sweeps the whole heart into the abyss." --page 62Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

I've been meaning to read this for years and I've owned it for a while (I really enjoyed A Sentimental Education).  Finally getting around to actually reading it.  Thoughts?

Happy reading!

Bout of Books 13

It's nearly time for another edition of Bout of Books!  Excitement is overflowing in this area :)  This round will begin on Monday, May 11th and run through Sunday, May 17th.  Here are the logistics:
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 11th and runs through Sunday, May 17th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 13 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books teamHere are my goals:
Read...just read.  Think Dory!Don't worry about pages read.Participate in Twitter Chats and Challenges when able to.Have fun! I'll post something outlining what books I hope to get through closer to the start of the read-a-thon.  If this might be something you're interest…

X is for...X&Y and XXX's and OOO's

Welcome to Tuesday and the near completion of the A-Z Blogging Challenge.  Today's post is dedicated to the incredibly difficult letter X.

X is for "X&Y" and "XXX's and OOO's (American Girl)"

"X&Y" - Coldplay
It's such a chill song.  I'll admit, I got over the hype of Coldplay quickly when "Yellow" was so overplayed.  But they've managed to redeem themselves beautifully.  Well done, Chris Martin.  Still not my favorite Coldplay track, but it's definitely got merit and the album has some of my favorite tracks.

*Lyrics:  "Trying hard to speak and fighting with my weak hand / Driven to distraction, so part of the plan / When something is broken and you try to fix it / Trying to repair it, anyway you can"

"XXX's and OOO's (American Girl)" - Trisha Yearwood
Released in 1994, Trisha Yearwood's "XXX's and OOO's" is just a fun country track.  It did progressively well in…

W is for...Who's Crying and Wo Willst Du

Happy Monday, fellow A-Zers.  Let's hope this week, our final week in the blogging challenge, goes out with a bang!  Today is all about the letter W.

W is for "Who's Crying Now" and "Wo Willst Du Hin"

"Who's Crying Now" - Journey
Hands down, this is my favorite Journey song.  My parents had a vinyl copy of 1991s Escape, the album the track is on, as well as a tape of it.  I wore the tape out from rewinding it so much.  Since that time, Journey has always remained one of my all-time favorite bands.  Steve Perry's crystal clear voice is hauntingly really can't go wrong.

*Lyrics:  "It's been a mystery / And still they try to see / Why something good can hurt so bad / Caught on a one-way street / The taste of bittersweet / Love will survive somehow, some way"

"Wo Willst Du Hin" - Xavier Naidoo
Probably my favorite German artist, Xavier Naidoo is a soul and R&B singer/songwriter.  His stuff is beaut…

V is for...Vienna and Vogue

Saturday...I've yearned for you!  I hope everyone is having a relaxing Saturday...basking in your respective activities and modes of relaxation.  Me?  I'm reading...maybe doing some laundry (because I love that).  Perhaps watching a movie or some TV today.  The possibilities are endless.  Aside from that, today is all about the letter V.

V is for "Vienna" and "Vogue"

"Vienna" - Billy Joel
This is a beautiful melodious song.  It's a decadent metaphor for life and Joel presents it so well.  From 1977s The Stranger, Joel has declared "Vienna" to be one of his favorite songs to's that good.  The song was inspired when Billy Joel visited his father, who was living in Vienna at the time.  While there, he noticed an old woman sweeping the street and he questioned this practice.  The ensuing conversation with his father opened his eyes to the way American's tend to push the elderly population to the side and don't val…

U is for...Undone and U Got It

Happy Friday, A-Z participants.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I am very ready for the weekend.  I plan on reading and doing little else.  Yep.  But for now, let's talk about the letter U.

U is for "Undone: The Sweater Song" and "U Got It Bad"

"Undone: The Sweater Song" - Weezer
The first single off Weezer's self-title 1994 debut, the song was meant to be a sad one, but it wasn't taken that way by listeners.  Stylistically, it's a pretty basic song with very minor chord changes.  Because of it's simplicity, it's been covered by multiple people, including The Fray, The Offspring, Angels & Airwaves, and The Bloodhound Gang.  It's a catchy little tidbit.

*Lyrics:  "If you want to destroy my sweater / Hold this thread as I walk away (as I walk away) / Watch me unravel, I'll soon be naked / Lying on the floor (lying on the floor) / I've come undone"

"U Got It Bad" - Usher
From Usher's …

T is for...These Dreams and Til I Hear

Sorry it's such a late post today, dear readers.  I'm catching up at work and today's post has been on the back burner.  But it's here now!  Yay!  Today is all about the letter T.

T is for "These Dreams" and "Til I Hear It From You"

"These Dreams" - Heart
Heart is awesome.  Just plain awesome sauce.  "These Dreams" was the first song by the band to hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It's a gravelly power ballad and we can thank Nancy Wilson for having a cold during recording.

*Fun Fact:  The song was originally offered to Stevie Nicks, but she had no interest in recording it.  Also, though Heart had only previously recorded their own music, they were so interested in this song that they included it on their self-titled album.

"Til I Hear It From You" - Gin Blossoms
I am obsessed with the Gin Blossoms; have been for a long time.  "Til I Hear It From You" was released in 1995 as the lead single off the Em…

S is for...Step By Step and The Seed

We've reached the halfway point of the workweek and I don't think Friday afternoon can get here any faster.  Ugh.  Aside from that, today is all about the letter S.

S is for "Step By Step" and "The Seed (2.0)"

"Step By Step" - New Kids on the Block
NKOTB were my first boy band.  I loved them.  I remember having a VHS tape of one of their concert specials and I watched that thing religiously.  I wanted to be serenaded by Joey.  Mmmm.  I guess Jordan and Donny were pretty steamy too.  The other two...not so much.  Oh well.  "Step By Step" is a fun track.  It doesn't mean much, but it's catchy.

*Fun Fact:  "Step By Step" is the best-selling single for NKOTB.  It was voted #4 in a Smash Hits poll of "Best Boyband Songs...Ever" and is also on the list of's 30 Guilty Pleasures.

"The Seed (2.0)" - The Roots
Such a great song.  Great beat.  Great vibe.  So chill.  I first discovered this song whi…

R is for...Right Here Waiting and Richard Marxism

Hello Tuesday.  I've really got nothing clever or pun-y to say in my intro today, so let's get right to it.  Today is all about the letter R.

R is for "Right Here Waiting" and "Richard Marxism"

"Right Here Waiting" - Richard Marx
In the 80s, I was In Love with Richard Marx.  Capital L-O-V-E love.  I remember that my parents went to one of his concerts and brought me back a sticker.  A freaking sticker!  That's it!  So rude.  Aside from that, this song got me every single time.  It's such a great track.  The second track released from his Repeat Offender album, it became Marx's third consecutive #1 on Billboard's Hot 100.  It is his best-selling single.

*Fun Fact:  Between the years of 2000-2003, "Right Here Waiting" was listed in the top 15 of Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents...more than ten years after its initial release.  That's staying power!

"Richard Marxism" - Mest
Hands down, this is my…

Q is for...Quit Playing and Queen of Apology

Good morning and happy Monday...barf!  Is it just me, or was the weekend incredibly fast and way too short?  Sigh.  Regardless, I hope you all had a delightful weekend and are pumped for this week's portion of the challenge.  Today is all about the letter Q...and it was difficult (don't judge me for my choices!).

Q is for "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" and "Queen of Apology"

"Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" - Backstreet Boys
*covers eyes in shame* I apologize for including this...I really do.  This is not my favorite BSB song.  I was never the biggest fan of theirs.  N'Sync was so much better.  But I digress.  This track is off their debut album, Backstreet Boys, and was released as their first US Single.  They had released four previous tracks in Europe before taking a run at the US market.  However, it wasn't until Millennium that the group reached superstar status in the US...technically their third album.

*Fun Fact:  The band …

P is for...Pour Some Sugar and Push

Happy Saturday, fellow A-Zers!  Today I'm heading over to Oregon State University with my dad to watch the spring exhibition football game.  It's kind of our thing :)  This shall be an interesting year for the Beavs as we usher in a new coach and a new era.  Exciting things!  Today is also all about the letter P.

P is for "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and "Push"

"Pour Some Sugar on Me" - Def Leppard
Such a great karaoke song...and stripper song, I guess.  I love me some Def Leppard and have such respect for their drummer, Rick Allen.  How many one-armed drummers are there, really?  If you're looking for some good new wave British heavy metal from the 80s/90s, this is your band!

*Fun Fact:  "Pour Some Sugar on Me" was ranked #2 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s in 2006.  In 1991, the song was ranked number 1 on MTV's Top Videos of All Time.  And AVN magazine ranked it the "#1 song used by strippers during their set" of…

O is for...On Bended Knee and Our Song

Happy Friday, peeps!  Can I tell you all how excited I am that it is nearly the weekend?  So excited!  I need this weekend...and possibly a vacation.  That'd be super nice.'s all about the letter O in the A-Z Blogging Challenge.

O is for "On Bended Knee" and "Our Song"

"On Bended Knee" - Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men...they're just so smooth and so suave.  How can you not like them?  Seriously!  They went on a reunion tour a few years ago and I was so bummed that I missed their stop at one of the local casinos.  Fail on my part!  Regardless, this is a great song :)

*Fun Fact:  This was the first time that a single from an artist replaced a single from the same artist on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US since The Beatles did it.  "On Bended Knee" replaced "I'll Make Love to You" in 1994.

"Our Song" - The Spill Canvas
I just love The Spill Canvas.  There's something that I can't put my finger on, …

N is for...Name and The Night the Lights Went Out

Happy day after taxes, people!  We are plowing into the second half of the A-Z Blogging Challenge and I am no longer completely caught up on posts (and scheduled ahead).  Thank you work for taking time away from my blogging!  Regardless, I'm plugging along.  Today is all about the letter N.

N is for "Name" and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia"

"Name" - Goo Goo Dolls
This was the first hit for the Goo Goo Dolls, though they had two previous released from their debut album, A Boy Named Goo.  I loved this song when it came out.  Still do, actually.  It's a great little track that works in all the right ways.  It's also the song that propelled the previously considered alternative band into the mainstream pop atmosphere.

*Fun Fact:  The Goo Goo Dolls are the only musicians to have three songs on Billboard's "Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012" chart.  These songs are also all in the top 25.  In addition, they are the only musicians …

M is for...Marry the Night and Mad World

Moving along nicely in the A-Z Blogging Challenge.  I think we're halfway through!  Today is all about the letter M.

M is for "Marry the Night" and "Mad World"

"Marry the Night" - Lady Gaga
No list is complete without Lady G.  She's a genius.  Genius!  Though not my all-time favorite Gaga song, this song is brilliant and the video is a storytelling slice of awesome.  Critics and fans alike praised the song.  Though it's not one of her "dance songs," it is a stand-alone track that deserves every praise it's been given.

*Lyrics:  "I'm gonna marry the night / I won't give up on my life / I'm a warrior queen / Live passionately tonight"

"Mad World" - Gary Jules
A beautiful, heartbreaking song.  Jules' "Mad World" is actually a remake of the Tears for Fears track from twenty years previous.  He took the fairly pop tune, slowed it down, and made it even more awesome.  This is my go-to version…

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays:  The Men Who Stare at Goats
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's todays teaser:
"The existence of these hundred goats was known only to a select few Special Forces insiders.  The covert nature of the goats was helped by the fact that they had been de-bleated; they were just standing there, their mouths opening and closing, with no bleat coming out.  Many of them also had their legs bandaged in plaster" --page 7The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson

This is so far...

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Inspiring Bookish Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
Today's topic is:  Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books.  I am a quote fanatic...even have a special notebook where I write my favorite quotes down.  Most of them are from books, so this is perfect!

Here are my favorite quotes:

"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!  How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." --Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

"The only thing worse than a boy who hates you:  a boy who loves you" --The Book Thiefby Markus Zusak

"They thought to use and shame me but I win out by nature, because a true freak cannot be made.  A true freak must be born" --Geek Loveby Katherine Dunn

"All penguins are the sam…

L is for...Little Things and La Cienga

Greetings, Tuesday and fellow A-Zers!  Today we're moving on to the letter L for the challenge.

L is for "Little Things" and "La Cienga Just Smiled"

"Little Things" - Good Charlotte
The debut single for GC, this was the first song I heard by them back in 2001.  It also led to my first "real" concert (Good Charlotte, Slick Shoes, and MxPx).  I have been a fan ever since; even when they went mainstream with their The Young and the Hopeless album.  Eventually they were able to redeem themselves with their next three follow-ups, especially Good Morning Revival.

*Lyrics:  "Yeah, this song is dedicated / To every kid who ever got picked last in gym class / To every kid who never had a date to no school dance / To everyone who's ever been called a freak / This is for you"

"La Cienga Just Smiled" - Ryan Adams
When I was living in Austria, I had about an hour or so commute at about 5:30 in the morning that involved two subways, …

K is for...The Kill and Kryptonite

Good morning, Monday!  Nice to see you again...I guess.  It's the start of the third week in the A-Z Blogging Challenge and we're moving along to the letter K.

K is for "The Kill" and "Kryptonite"

"The Kill" - 30 Seconds to Mars
This is a great song and video.  It's like a mini-movie.  So awesome!  It's creepy and reminiscent of The Shining and I love it.  Also, Jared Leto is pretty nice to look at.  Mmm hmm. 

*Lyrics:  "What if I wanted to fight / Beg for the rest of my life / What would you do? / You say you wanted more / What are you waiting for? / I'm not running from you (from you)"

"Kryptonite" - 3 Doors Down
The first single released by 3 Doors Down was "Kryptonite" and it was so good.  It had a great build up and was really catchy.  Not too shabby for a song written by a fifteen year old kid.

*Lyrics:  "You called me strong, you called me weak / But still your secrets I will keep / You took for …

J is for...Jessie's Girl and Jealous

Happy Saturday, fellow A-Zers!  I hope you're all enjoying a well deserved weekend and patting yourself on the back for making it through week two of the challenge.  Today I'm heading over to Cherry City Comic Con (not my choice...the BF is kind of a nerd), so it shall be interesting.  I know exactly 1 name on the list of attendees...Naomi Grossman aka Pepper from American Horror Story.  Regardless, today's all about the letter J.

J is for "Jessie's Girl" and "Jealous"

"Jessie's Girl" - Rick Springfield
This is my 80s jam of choice.  I built a Pandora station around it.  I bought an 80s compilation disc because of it.  I crank the volume up on the radio whenever it comes on.  I watch 13 Going on 30 (which I love) and can't wait for the scene in the cab when this song plays.  Basically, I love "Jesse's Girl". 

*Fun Fact:  "Jessie's Girl" actually garnered Rick Springfield the Grammy for Best Male Rock Voc…

I is for...I Wanna Dance and It Must Have Been

Friday!!!  We're so close to the weekend, fellow A-Zers and I can smell the freedom!  It's also nearing the end of week two of the challenge and I'm still feeling confident.  How about you?  Today is all about the letter I.

I is for "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "It Must Have Been Love"

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" - Whitney Houston
I love a good Whitney track, but her older stuff is gold.  It's probably silver, platinum, diamond, and any other precious metal/gem you can think of.  She's that glorious.  But I have to say that there's just something wonderful about this track.  It makes me smile...and dance. 

*Fun Fact:  Though released to mixed reviews and comparisons to some of Houston's earlier tracks, as well as Cyndi Lauper, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" won a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1988.

"It Must Have Been Love" - Roxette
This song.  Oh, this song.  When Pretty Woman happene…

H is for...Here I Go and Head Over Feet

Greetings, fellow A-Zers!  Welcome to Thursday and the letter H!

H is for "Here I Go Again" and "Head Over Feet"

"Here I Go Again" - Whitesnake
Hair really can't go wrong...and Whitesnake is one of the stand-outs!  This song brings back great memories and always puts a smile on my face.  It's also a great karaoke song, if you're interested in that type of thing :)

*Lyrics: "Here I go again on my own / Goin' down the only road I've ever known / Like a drifter I was born to walk alone / An' I've made up my mind, I ain't wasting no more time"

"Head Over Feet" - Alanis Morissette
Ah, angry 90s music.  It's so good and no one did it better than Alanis Morissette.  However, despite all the anger, there was this little gem on her Jagged Little Pill album, and I loved it!  While the whole album is quite good, I really enjoyed this song because the lyrics are really beautiful.

*Lyrics:  "You'…

G is for...Glycerin and Galapogos

Happy Wednesday, fellow A-Zers.  We're plowing through the workweek and moving through the alphabet.  Today's letter is G.

G is for "Glycerin" and "Galapogos"

"Glycerin" - Bush
 Oh, Gavin Rossdale...why are you so sexy?  Sixteen Stone, the album that "Glycerin" is on, is probably one of my favorite albums of all time.  It's seriously that good.  "Glycerin" has this slow burn and build up that is beautiful.  Sure, most of Bush's lyrics make zero sense, but the songs sound good.  Ironically, Bush has been more successful stateside than they have been in their native UK; completely opposite of most musical acts.

*Lyrics:  "I'm never alone / I'm alone all the time / Are you at one or do you lie? / We live in a wheel / Where everyone steals / But when we rise it's like strawberry fields"  ----What????
"Galapogos" - The Smashing Pumpkins
Though definitely not one of their mainstream hits, "…

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays:  The Sea of Tranquility
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn @ A Daily Rhythm. Here are the rules: grab whatever you're reading, open to a random page, select no more than two sentence (NO SPOILERS), share the title and author, and GO!

Here's today's teaser:
"The first night I ever ran, I ended up throwing up all over my shoes.  It was one of the best nights of my life.  It didn't start out that way." --page 48The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I'm not sure how I feel about this book yet.  Though I'm not very far in, I have yet to be impressed.  Meh.  It's got a lot of mixed reviews.  We shall see...

Happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I'd Like to Check in With

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and it's a way to share what you're loving in list form. The topic changes every week, so there is always something new to discover!
This week's topic is:  Top Ten Characters I'd Like to Check in With.  Now, I could probably fill this entire list with Harry Potter characters, but I'm not going to do that! 

Here's who I'd like to catch up with...
Every single character from Harry Potter.  See what I did there?  Yeah!Leisel Meminger from The Book ThiefCharlotte and Zachariah from The  True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleFrancie Nolan from A Tree Grows in BrooklynPiscine "Pi" Patel from Life of PiAnne, Diana, and Gilbert from Anne of Green GablesLisbeth Salander from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo seriesSkeeter, Abilene, and Minnie from The HelpElizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and PrejudiceMargaret Hale and John Thornton from North and South And there you  have i…

F is for...Feliz Navidad and Friends

Moving in to Tuesday (and really wishing it was closer to the always coveted weekend) we're talking all about the letter F today.

F is for "Feliz Navidad" and "Friends in Low Places"

"Feliz Navidad" - Jose Feliciano
I don't know what it is about this song, but Christmas is not complete for me until I've hear it about a million times.  It's my second favorite Christmas song (behind Wham's "Last Christmas") and it makes me want to dance and wrap presents.  It should be noted that I LOVE wrapping this is played a lot!

*Fun Fact:  "Feliz Navidad" is one of the most downloaded and aired Christmas songs in the US and Canada.

"Friends in Low Places" - Garth Brooks
You really can't go wrong with classic Garth, and what's more classic than "Friends in Low Places"...especially the live version with the hidden chorus!  This is a go-to at everything from birthdays, to weddings, to gatheri…

E is for...Enter Sandman and Everlong

Happy Monday, fellow A-Zers!  Hope everyone had a delightful weekend and a great Easter holiday (if you celebrate).  Today we're moving in to week 2 of the challenge and we're kicking it off with the letter E.

E is for..."Enter Sandman" and "Everlong"

"Enter Sandman" - Metallica
In middle school I was obsessed with Metallica and pretty much rock music in general.  But Metallica was where it was at for me.  Though "Enter Sandman" is not my favorite Metallica tune, it's nice, simple, and fairly easy on the ears.  Despite this departure from their normal rock repertoire, it is one of the top 500 songs of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine and one of the 50 best rock songs according to VH1.  It's been described as the first metal lullaby and I'd have to agree with that assessment.

*Lyrics:  "Hush little baby, don't say a word / And never mind that noise you heard / It's just the beasts under your bed / In yo…

D is for...Dreaming and Don't Take

Happy Saturday, everyone!  We've officially made it through week one of the A-Z Blogging Challenge and today is all about the letter D and I'm bringing you the following:

D is for "Dreaming of You" and "Don't Take the Girl"

"Dreaming of You" - Selena
Though released posthumously, this is the song that made me fall in love with Selena and her Tejano music.  I remember waiting to hear this song on the radio and then singing it no matter the time of day.  It's such a beautiful song; maybe not lyrically beautiful, but Selena sings it beautifully.  Then the J-Lo movie came out...I still cry every time I watch that movie. 

*Fun Fact:  Selena was the first Tejano singer to win a Grammy.

"Don't Take the Girl" - Tim McGraw
Ah, Tim were my country crush as a kid.  Still are, actually.  "Don't Take the Girl" was the first McGraw song I heard and I knew that I had to have that album, Not a Moment too Soon!  I li…

C is for...Crossroads and Come As You Are

We're at the midway point for week one of the A-Z Blogging Challenge and things are moving along smoothly. 

Today's letter is C!

"Tha Crossroads" - Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
This may come as a shock, but I freakin' loved me some Bone Thugs-N-Harmony back in the day.  It was my brother who first introduced me to Bone and this was the song that I fell in love with.  I remember sitting in the playroom as a kid constantly rewinding the tape to listen to this song over and over again.  That cassette tape was so worn out I had to toss it.  Yikes!  This song got me into the rap and hip hop scene that I had previously not been interested in.

*Fun Fact:  "Tha Crossroads" was a tribute to famed N.W.A member, and Bone mentor, Eazy-E and it won the 1997 Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.  It is also a remake of the original song by the group, "Crossroads", which had been dedicated to the group's friend Wallace Laird III.

"Come As You Ar…

B is for...Black Hole Sun and Boy Who Blocked

Day two has arrived in the A-Z Blogging Challenge and we're moving on to the letter B.  Today I bring you...

"Black Hole Sun" - Soundgarden

This is when I fell in love with Chris Cornell.  That love has only continued to get stronger as the years have passed...through Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, and his solo work.  That gravely voice...mmmm.  I don't care that he's old enough to be my dad.  It was the 90s, it was grunge, and it was awesome.  The lyrics are sad and melancholy, but the music is beautiful.  Such a great juxtaposition!

*Fun Fact:  "Black Hole Sun" won the 1995 Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance.

"The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" - Brand New
My all-time favorite band, Brand New, came out with "The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot" on their sophomore album, Deja Entendu.  The album is lyrically and musically brilliant, but this song speaks to me despite the fact that it was not one of their released singles. …

A is for...Always and Audience of One

It's upon us!  The A-Z Blogging Challenge has officially commenced and for the next month (minus Sundays), bloggers from around the world will be joining together for a whirlwind of blogging fun!  This is my fourth year participating in the event and my chosen topic for this year will be Music.  Be prepared for a lot of random tunes...random facts...random lyrics...and general random awesomeness!

Without further ado...

A is for..."Always" and "Audience of One"

"Always" - Bon Jovi
My love for Bon Jovi is rooted deep within my soul and was planted when Cross Road was released in 1994.  That album is a freakin' gem and no song got to my like "Always".  I played that thing on repeat...constantly.  Give me a power ballad any day! 

*Fun fact:  the song was written for a movie (Romeo is Bleeding), originally, but shelved because the band hated the film. 
"Audience of One" - Rise Against
From the 2008 album Appeal to Reason, this Rise …