Wednesday, December 23, 2009

UnChristmassy Christmas post


I had no idea what to get you, so here's a bunch of my all time favorite songs. This list is silly and sentimental and has tons of oldies because when you're 44 "all time favorite" spans quite a few years. I don't know how cool this list is, but I hope you'll find a smile or two. I put a few YouTubes in here just to mix it up, and if
you feel like poking around for more vids and clips, I recommend every one of these tunes with ebullience as well as sincerity. I'd also love to hear about your faves in the comment section. Most importantly, have a great holiday with all your peeps.

Love, Erin

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Torn and Frayed The Rolling Stones

Mrs. Robinson Frank Sinatra

Roadrunner Modern Lovers

Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan

The Man Comes Around Johnny Cash

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart Al Green

I Say a Little Prayer Aretha Franklin

The Girl From Ipanema Getz-Gilberto

Gentle on my Mind Glenn Campbell

Harbor Lights Boz Scaggs

5:15 The Who

Amie Pure Prarie League

Son of a Preacher Man Dusty Springfield

Seven Bridges Road The Eagles.

This Guy's in Love with You Burt Bacharach/Herb Alpert on vocals

Skateaway Dire Straights

Jane Says Jane's Addiction

Miracles Jefferson Starship

Coyote Joni Mitchell

I Played the Fool Southside Johnny

Shambala Three Dog Night

Rebel Rebel Sue Jorge

A Dream Goes on Forever Todd Rundgren

Mysterious Ways U2

I Wanna Roo You Van Morrison

You Wear it Well Rod Stewart

Save it for Later Pete Townshend


Glass Houses said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Seven Bridges Road. I remember impressing the crap out of my first boyfriend's dad when he had the acoustic out and started singing that song, and I joined in in harmony. I was 17 at the time.

Me and Julio by Simon and Garfunkel makes me smile every time I hear it, no matter how rotten my mood. Also Mr. Jones by Counting Crows. Happy Happy to you, Goat, and Lil Goat.

Bill said...

it's knowing that your door is always open and your path is free to walk......
Wow! Thanks for your daily gifts and Merry Christmas E.

Ms Amanda said...

Seven Bridges Road is one of my all time favorites as well. As well as listening to hair bands in the 80's I was rocking The Eagles. Love it!
Good gift!

hoosierboy said...

One for my Baby one for the road (Frank)
Yours is no disgrace (Yes)
Ramblin Man (Allman Bros)
When the Levee Breaks (Led Zep)
Aimee (PPL)

and everyone digs Love Potion Number Nine (? and the Mysterians)

Merry Christmas to you and your family

Ken Houghton said...

I never would have imagined Pete T. covering "Save It for Later."

As usual, he's more interesting as a solo performer than he is as a member of The Who.

Thank you for that one.

LimesNow said...

Thank you, Erin ~ a playlist with a little something for everyone. My favorite: "If only you believe like I believe, baby, like I believe, we'd get by. If only you believed in miracles, so would I." I've never heard the song that I didn't want to get up and twirl around to it.

bZirk said...

Good stuff. Wait 'til you're 50. :D

Merry Christmas.

Jack Cluth said...

American Pie, Don McLean
Living Years, Mike & the Mechanics
Two Lights, Five for Fighting

Merry Christmas, Erin!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the gift.

56 years too many to remember.

Little Wing- Jimi Hendrix

Crossroads- Robert Johnson/Cream

One Way Out- The Allman Brothers Band

Stand by Me- Ben E. King

What's Going On- Marvin Gaye

Gimme Shelter- Rolling Stones

Tangled up in Blue- Bob Dylan
"I must admit I felt a little uneasy
When she bent down to tie the laces of my shoe,
Tangled up in blue".

Fly like an Eagle- Steve Miller

Imagine- John Lennon

Peace on Earth all you Humans.


Amber Tidd Murphy said...

We have such similar tastes. All that Cash and Dylan and Joni Mitchell... they just makes my heart warm.

I watched that movie Away We Go (with Maya Rudolph and Jim from THE OFFICE) last night, and she sang his little niece to sleep... she sang her Mr. Tambourine Man! It was just lovely.

Happy Holidays!

Alanna Klapp said...

I love Son of a Preacher Man and Jane Says (my hubby turned me on to Jane's Addiction, one of his all-time favorites). Great list! Merry Christmas!!!! =)

Tommy said...

Wishing I had an i-pod to load this list as "Erin's Mix". Laptop will have to do I guess.

Stay - Jackson Browne

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Big Mark 243 said...

Wow... 44... you look younger than me..! I guess listening to all this cool music keeps you looking good, eh?

Happy Holidays to you and yours, Erin!

Haik Bedrosian said...

Roadrunner by Modern Lovers. I love that song to.

Erin O'Brien said...

I am so happy to read everyone's comments today and see what your fave songs are.

You people give good karma!

Whitenoise said...

Merry Christmas, Erin. ;-)

Hal said...

Merry Christmas Erin! May you, the goat, and the little goat find the nicest lumps of coal in your stockings tomorrow!


standing on my head said...

so many favorites.
little feat-spanish moon
dr. john-such a night
tom waits-i've been changed
bonnie raitt-dimming of the day
levon helm-feelin' good


all the best to you and yours!

Earl Tesch said...

Dylan - Serve Somebody
Rundgren - Emperor of the Highway
Rice - Woman Like a Man
Lincoln & Eggs - Terrible Tonight

Happy Hollandaise to you and yours.

Mr. L said...

I never could pick out favourite all depends on what they are for... :)

Hope you have a good day, Erin.

Kirk Jusko said...

My list is far, far too long, as I like everybody from the Andrew Sisters to Janis Joplin.

(Did the Andrew Sisters and Janis Joplin like each other? Kind of doubt it.)

I see "Mrs Robinson" by Frank Sinatra. Is that a cover of the Simon and Garfunkle song? I wish you had included a clip of that!

"Here's to you, you classy broad, Mrs Robinson,
That Jesus cat loves you more
than you'll ever know!"

Erin O'Brien said...

Here you go, Kirk:

Mrs. Robinson redux.

Kirk Jusko said...

That would have Dustin Hoffman snapping his fingers.

Tag said...

Kirk, you mean you've never heard Janis' cover ov Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy?

Recent fave: Robert Plant-Allison Krause-Black Dog. I get (dw) exezingle when I hear it.

Bill said...

i don't have another comment but when I say the wv word, palin, i just had to reply. hope all of you, erin's peeps, are happy.

Kirk Jusko said...

@Tag--Can't say I have. I do know Bette Midler did a version, and she also appeared in the movie The Rose, which was supposedly based on Janis's life, so I guess you could say Joplin did it by osmosis.

Anonymous said...

if only you could program your own radio station!
til then, you might like to listen to devils night radio on the internet (itunes radio) "the best dive bar juke box you'll ever hear"
found it when i was tied to the computer w/freelance job for 2 months. it is programmed very much like everything above--with a heavy dose of Cramps!


Dudesworthy said...

Those are some righteous tunes but I submit that the awesomeness quotient may be significantly increased through the addition of the following:

Journey of a Sorcerer - The Eagles
The Ballard of Sir Frankie Crisp - George Harrison
Rocket Man - Elton John
More than a feeling - Boston
Twist and Shout - Mamas and the Papas

Thank you all and to all a goodnight...

Anonymous said...

Late, late entry. Just heard this and thought "wtf was I thinking when I made my list?'...

Help me make it through the night.

Kris Kristofferson

Take the ribbon from your hair, Shake it loose and let it fall,
Lay it soft upon my skin. Like the shadows on the wall.

Come and lay down by my side till the early morning light
All I'm takin' is your time. Help me make it through the night.

I don't care what's right or wrong, I won't try to understand.
Let the devil take tomorrow Lord tonight I need a friend.

Yesterday is dead and gone and tomorrow's out of sight
And it's sad to be alone. Help me make it through the night.

I don't care what's right or wrong,I won't try to understand.
Let the devil take tomorrow Lord tonight I need a friend.

Yesterday is dead and gone and tomorrow's out of sight
And it's sad to be alone. Help me make it through the night.

I don't wanna be alone. Help me make it through the night.