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Posts in April 2007

Trooper's List- completed

by: Jennie Martin Howe | on: 2007-04-30 00:00:00
I Cross My Heart/George Strait- I grew up dancing in the living room with my brother to this. Dear friends have sang it to me, and I danced to it at my wedding.

She's no Lady/Lyle Lovett- The husband says this is his song to me. Funny enough to make the list.

Break stuff/Limp Bizket- Vulgar I know, but it has just the right touch for my bad days.

Le Disko/ Shiney Toy Guns- This is super dancy. I never get tired of it. Watch out for that F bomb.

Lips of an Angel/Hinder- This guys voice is so hot...

A Woman's Love/ Alan Jackson- I'm not a big Alan fan, but this one could be his best.

Me and Charlie/Meranda Lambert- I started dating my husband when I was 15. This is a "young love" song and makes me think of the old days.

Suavemente/Elvis Crespo- This is so many stake dances

Cocomo/Beach Boys- This was our family house cleaning song. Good times.

Girls/Beastie Boys- "two at a time I want girls"

Don't Touch my Willie/Kevin Fowler- It took me a good three listens before I realized it was only an innuendo.

Tambourine Man/Bob Dylan- I didn't have a radio in one of my cars and singing was the only way to make the drives. This one was one of my favorites.

Dubya's Playlist

by: Justin Mills | on: 2007-04-25 00:00:00
  • Wasted Days and Wasted Nights, Freddy Fender - Freddy Fender has the greatest voice in rock and roll. End of discussion.
  • Amos Moses, Jerry Reed - sort of a like pre-runner to country/rock fusion, this song has one of the greatest guitar and bass tracks I've ever heard. And it's funny too.
  • East Bound and Down, Jerry Reed - it's the song from Smokey and the Bandit. 'Nuff said!
  • Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love, Immigrant Song, Rock and Roll, Houses of the Holy and Kashmir, Led Zeppelin - these guys probably had the most direct influence on the future of rock and roll than any other band.
  • Even Flow, Pearl Jam - I grew up listening to 90s rock and roll, and Pearl Jam has always been one of the best of that decade.
  • 2112, Rush - this thing is 20 minutes long! Rush, as a band, took rock to a new level of art. 2112 is one of their most amazing productions. The best part is the overture!
  • Desperados Waiting For a Train, performed by The Highwaymen, written by Guy Clark - this song makes me think of my grandfather.
  • Texas Time Travelin', Cory Morrow - this could be the greatest song about Texas ever written.
  • Aviators, Shooter Jennings - hilarious song!
  • Dust in the Wind, Kansas - it's a beautiful song.
  • Threshold/Jet Airliner, Space Intro/Fly Like an Eagle and Jungle Love, Steve Miller Band - Steve Miller was ten times the musician that Bob Seger could ever dream of being.
  • Get You In, Better Than Ezra - "I sit and watch your flowers wilting in the kitchen / I felt like I was one of them gasping for air / I go from room to room hoping to find your presence..."
  • Here Comes the Sun, The Long and Winding Road, Something, Hey Jude, the Beatles - the best of their best, in my opinion.
  • Black Hole Sun, Soundgarden - arguably one of the greatest rock songs ever written
  • Interstate Love Song, Stone Temple Pilots - I totally heart STP.
  • La Grange, ZZ Top - I just love this song... and I want to visit La Grange, because ZZ Top says there are nice girls there.
  • Come Rain or Come Shine, Ray Charles - a classic! What's to explain?

I could come up with more, but it would take too long. Keep in mind that there are a few bands and artists that I won't even attempt to include (it was hard enough for Led Zeppelin and they're an all time favorite). So really, anything by these artists: Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, George Strait, the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Roger Creager, U2, Dwight Yoakum, Asleep at the Wheel, Buddy Holly.

Celebrity Playlist: el Seco

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2007-04-23 00:00:00
The moment you have all been waiting for:

el Seco's Celebrity Playlist 'O Death!

Steve Miller Band - The Joker
"Some people call me the space cowboy." Need I say more?
Hank Williams - Jambalaya
Thanks to Dubya for turning me on to this song. I sing it all the time. For some reason this classic country song speaks to me.
John Denver - Leaving On A Jet Plane
Anything by John Denver, really. When I was a kid, Saturday was Mom's "day off" and the rest of us would clean the house for her. Dad would put on the reel-to-reel... three hours of John Denver, and we would clean and sing. Good times.
Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues
Again, anything by the Man in Black. It reminds me of playing guitar with friends and family. (Especially Justin and Jesse, although not together.)
Chichi Peralta - Amor Narcotico
Man, I love this song. It has a great Caribbean beat and totally takes me back to Guatemala. Everyone should have this song.
Beck - Loser
This one takes me back to my BYU days. One time my roommate and I listened to it right before a class. When we walked in he started singing it to one of our friends there. Unbeknown to him, the class had already started and everyone laughed at us. Great times.
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
I have to include this anthem of all teen angst. It sounded good to me as a fifteen-year-old, and it sounds good to me now.
Les Miserables - I Dreamed A Dream
Showtunes are a guilty pleasure.
Shakira - Inevitable
Anything at all by Shakira. Anything. For the record, I fell in love with her voice long before I ever saw her hips (which don't lie, incidentally). Additionally, her songs in Spanish are roughly ten times better than those in English.
Billy Joel - We Didn't Start The Fire
I like Billy Joel. He has tons of good songs. It was Piano Man that changed my attitude about playing the piano as a kid. Plus, there are just so many good songs to sing to on car trips. This one is a must have.
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Homework Assignment #1

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2007-04-19 00:00:00
I sit in front of a computer all day, staring at numbers and trying to make sense of it all . . . such is the bane of my existence. Fortunately, this uber-firewalled piece of machinery can afford a few distractions: the occasional glance at my favorite blog (which, by the way guys, has not been providing much of a distraction as of late) and the endless surfing through music and podcasts on iTunes.

One of the most interesting and yet unbelievably simple concepts that iTunes has introduced is the celebrity playlist. Occasionally, an actor, director, musician or someone you might legitimately respect will post a list of 10-20 favorite songs, and describe why they love them so much. Who knew that Jim Carrey and I shared so many common musical interests? Or that Jason Mewes would introduce me to my favorite new song? Or that Ed Norton would cop out in a surprisingly boring way, shattering any preconceived notions of the man.

So I propose, (in the hopes of regaining some of our ranting momentum) that each of us provide our own “celebrity playlist.” It’s simple, just write out a list of 10-20 songs that have always inspired you, or make up a snapshot of who you are right at this moment. Write out a sentence, a paragraph, a page, or a novel for each song explaining why it’s on this list. It’ll be up to each of us to find the music (and modern pirating software to obtain each song) but if we can’t have a proper Fever reunion, perhaps we can understand a little about what makes us who we are (or more importantly, what sets a “Ranter” apart from the rest of society). Post your list as a rant, and not simply a comment, and we can muse over each one as we consider the individual (i.e. are you really reading, or just waiting to rant?).


I’ll submit my own playlist in time, but for now: GET CRACKIN’!!

Global Warming

by: Russell Updike | on: 2007-04-04 00:00:00
I have finally read an article that makes sense regarding a planetary problem. Indeed things may be getting worse. How could we let this happen? A full degree over the last few decades. Obviously it is our fault, if we hadn't gone hog wild with our vehicles. Off-roading is not good for the environment. We were irresponsible as a race, and should have thought of the repercussions of our technology. Al Gore who invented the internet seems to have been right about global warming.Read more...