2000-2001 [Tune in Tuesday]


My Teen Years Special Edition: What were you listening to when you were a teenager? We all come from different decades, with different tunes. For this month, please pick some of your favorite songs that bring you back to those glorious teenage years!

Check out the other Tune in Tuesday posts over at GReads! *** We’ve arrived. Senior year. I can remember this soundtrack clearly. And look, I finally got my hair under control.

Also, I pretty much look exactly the same today.

Nelly – Country Grammar

Lifehouse – Hanging by a Moment

Alicia Keys – Fallin’

What were you listening to your senior year of high school?

1999-2000 [Tune in Tuesday]

My Teen Years Special Edition: What were you listening to when you were a teenager? We all come from different decades, with different tunes. For this month, please pick some of your favorite songs that bring you back to those glorious teenage years!

Check out the other Tune in Tuesday posts over at GReads!

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Junior Year. I had a car, a solid group of friends, and plans every single weekend. And I looked like this (but less blurry):

These were the songs we were listening to as we drove:
Blink 182 – All the Small Things (this video still cracks me up)

Sisqo – The Thong Song (jeez. really?)

Bye Bye Bye – NSYNC (my love for this boy band had not faltered)

What were you listening to your junior year of high school?

1998-1999 [Tune in Tuesday]

Sophomore Year: Slide; No Scrubs; Summer Girls

My Teen Years Special Edition: What were you listening to when you were a teenager? We all come from different decades, with different tunes. For this month, please pick some of your favorite songs that bring you back to those glorious teenage years!

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10th grade. 1998-1999. It was the year of firsts: my first job, my first boyfriend, my first car. But I still hadn’t gotten my hair under control:

Goo Goo Dolls – Slide


This is still my favorite Goo Goo Dolls song. When I hear it, I am instantly back in the fall of 1998.

TLC – No Scrubs

This one reminds me of my first job working at a 50s-style ice cream parlor. We listened to oldies when we were open, but come cleaning time, the poodle skirts came off and the dance party started.

LFO – Summer Girls

Admit it, you liked this one, too. And girls that wear Abercrombie & Fitch.

What were you listening to in 10th grade?

1997-1998 [Tune in Tuesday]

My Teen Years Special Edition: What were you listening to when you were a teenager? We all come from different decades, with different tunes. For this month, please pick some of your favorite songs that bring you back to those glorious teenage years!

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9th grade. 1997-1998. For my friends and me, it was the last year before boys and drama started taking over our lives. And we spent most of it listening to boybands. I looked like this:

(This was – clearly – the year when my hair really started to get out of control. It wasn’t until mid-way through my senior year that I discovered the miracle that is the flatiron. I promise, I don’t leave the house like this anymore.).

NSYNC was the favorite of the year:

NSYNC – I Want You Back

But I also listened to a few other things. Like:

Usher – You Make Me Wanna

Tonic – If You Could Only See

What were you listening to in 9th grade?

1996-1997 [Tune In Tuesday]

The always awesome Ginger at GReads! has given us a very fun topic for July’s Tune in Tuesday:

My Teen Years Special Edition: What were you listening to when you were a teenager? We all come from different decades, with different tunes. For this month, please pick some of your favorite songs that bring you back to those glorious teenage years!

Since July has 5 Tuesdays, I thought I would take you on a little tour of my musical life from 8th grade through 12th grade. That was 1996-2001 for me. It was a time of boy bands, pop punk, and mainstream rap. It was an error where we didn’t just listen to one genre of music. And we didn’t always have very good taste. In fact, what you will see over the next month is slightly embarrassing. So you better enjoy it.

8th grade. 1996-1997. We were just getting AOL (via the cds in the mail). We were coming out of the grunge era into some weird 70s-esque fashion period with flared jeans and shiny shirts. And I looked like this:

So what was I listening to?

No Doubt – Don’t Speak

No Doubt (w/ Weezer) was my first concert. My friend Nicole (who I am still very much friends with) and I attended with our moms. Pretty sure it was at the Silverdome. I also have fond memories of listening to this on my discman on the way to Chicago.

Ben Folds Five – Brick

I was 14. And a pretty innocent 14. So there is a chance I did not realize what this song was really about right away.

Freshman – The Verve Pipe

I wasn’t quite a Freshman, but I was almost there. This was probably the biggest song that year at my school. Years later, in college, I went to a Verpe Pipe concert at a roller skating rink in Taylor, MI. But we were there for the opening band (Bliss 66) and left before they took the stage. Oh how the mighty have fallen.

So what were you listening to in 8th grade?

Currently Obsessed With…Blind Pilot [Tune in Tuesday]

Every so often (or just pretty often), a song ends up on repeat. The same song, over and over, in my home, my car, my office. Right now that song is New York by Blind Pilot. I have tried to expand a little and listen to the rest of the bands songs but I keep coming back to this one. I just think it’s beautiful. So, for your listening pleasure, here is New York:

What song are you currently obsessed with?


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The Return of the Shins and a Happy Michelle [Tune in Tuesday]

Readers, I have waited 5 long years for this. Pretty much all I wanted in the world was a new album by The Shins. And don’t give me any of that Broken Bells nonsense. I wanted real Shins.

And when Port of Morrow was finally released last month, I was not disappointed.

Here are a few songs for you today:


Simple Song
(Sorry for the ad but I wanted to give you the actual music video)


Bait and Switch


40 Mark Strasse

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The Song that Reminds Me of Harry Potter [Tune in Tuesday]

Sometimes, often despite my best efforts, the outside world still seeps in while I’m reading. This can be annoying but it can also be enlightening. Every once in awhile my book and the real world align to create this wonderful thing. When this happens, it’s usually because I find music that perfectly fits a story.

Which is why I love this month’s theme for Tune in Tuesday: Book Playlists. Although today I’m not actually going to give you a playlist, but just one song.

When I was reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I also happened to be a bit obsessed with AFI’s Sing the Sorrow album. For that reason, I always associate that album with that book. And AFI can be so wonderfully emo that it totally works with the teen angst in Book 5.

But there is one song in particular that never fails to remind me of Harry Potter. And I think the song totally works for Harry. It feels like the song is about someone who is alone – who is faced to deal with something awful on their own. And while Harry is surrounded by friends, there are things he must face that no one can face with him.

 So take a listen and let me know if you agree (here is the YouTube link for you mobile site-users).

Are there songs or albums that remind you of certain books?

Thanks to Ginger at GReads! for hosting Tune in Tuesday. Don’t forget to stop by her blog to see what other Book Playlists people came up with.

Human Again [Tune in Tuesday]

After a week of listening, I feel I can finally fairly judge Human Again, and I can thankfully say that I continue to be a huge Ingrid Michaelson fan. I am not good actually telling you WHY I like the music I like so I’m just going leave you to listen for yourself. Here is “Ghost.”

What do you think?

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My Favorite Music from 2011

As you know, music is my other favorite type of media to consume. And because year-end lists are fun, here are my favorite albums of 2011 (with little to no commentary).

Note: I often give you samples of music but with the abundance of streaming sites these days and my own lack of energy, I’m going to let you discover it on your own.

The Top 5 (aka the albums that were often kept on repeat for  weeks)

The King is Dead – The Decemberists

El Camino – The Black Keys

Young the Giant – Young the Giant

What Did You Expect from The Vaccines – The Vaccines

Circuital – My Morning Jacket

The Rest 

In the Mountain in the Cloud – Portugal the Man

People and Things – Jack’s Mannequin

Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

Virtue – Emmy the Great

21 – Adele (I know it’s overplayed by it’s a seriously good album)

A Creature I Don’t Know – Laura Marling

Young Love – Mat Kearney

Bon Iver – Bon Iver (it’s no For Emma but still pretty darn good)

The People’s Key – Bright Eyes

Most Anticipated Album of 2012:

Human Again – Ingrid Michaelson

What was your favorite album of 2011? And what are you looking forward to in 2012?