Monday, April 6, 2009

free taters for out-of-staters

i went up to idaho this weekend, land of a conveniently located target, deliciously open fields and country roads, home-cooked food (that is not spaghetti) and mexican train all night long, as well as many cousins and the various issue of their loins. (some of whom had recently fallen down concrete stairs.)

there is something entirely soothing about being in the bosom of your family, and it was a treat being around all those little kids, especially because i was not the one who had to change their diapers or put them in time-out when they climbed on top of the pool table.

the trip also afforded me the opportunity to test-drive my latest playlist, a 30th birthday gift for ck and sallee with one song from every year that they have been alive. good idea, huh? it wasn't mine. it was kat's. as i am not that great at making good playlists, i also enlisted some help from heather, mother of the genius valentine's mix. and, under their tutelage, i managed to put together something pretty good. if i do say so myself. which i do.

the initial listen reminded me of a few very important things.

1. no matter how long it has been, you never forget the words to mariah carey songs. same goes for the spice girls.
2. just because a kanye west song isn't labeled "explicit" doesn't mean it is not full of swears.
3. the 80s were awesome, mostly thanks to erasure. (warning: this video involves a highly revealing unitard.)
4. dancing to "u can't touch this" in a high wind area, though fun, is a bad idea safety-wise.
5. j.lo actually rocked it. before marc antony, that is. so did britney spears. before the mental breakdown, that is.
6. n*sync is way better than the backstreet boys. but they're both still pretty great.
7. despite his magically disappearing face, his strangely-named children and his bizarro neverland ranch (not to mention all the things that allegedly went on there), michael jackson is still the king.

(insert favorite MJ song here. and don't pretend like you weren't going to do that anyway.)


Natalie said...

Love J.Lo pre-Marc Anthony. And Britney's music still rocks it ... you just have to ignore the personal issues going on there.

Heather said...

I might need a copy of the 30 playlist. Maybe you can consider it a belated birthday present?

steve said...

I'm not sure we can be friends anymore....

other than MJ, seriosuly... we need to talk.

I think this might require a musical taste intervention.