music to my ears…

To paraphrase the nineteenth century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” That pretty much sums up how I feel about music.

As long as I can remember, I’ve always loved music. My taste in music is as varied as my fondness for food. Depending on my mood, I could be listening to rock, country, classical, jazz, new age, blues, or even rap. I even played in the orchestra of my middle and high schools.

I often associate certain events in my life with certain songs, remembering exactly what was playing at the moment. My childhood is filled with fond memories involving music and as I grew older, more intense.

An odd result of this love of music is my ability to quote lyrics whenever someone utters a word or phrase. For example, if I hear the word “beautiful” I would sing: “Memory, all alone in the moonlight, I can smile at the old days, I was beautiful then…”

Talented, yes. Strange? I’m afraid so.

One of the best things ever invented for a person like me is the iPod. More specifically, the playlist concept. Currently my iPod has over fifty playlists. These range anywhere from sad songs, to new wave,  and even German pop. At the touch of a finger, I can listen to any genre to suit my needs and mood. While most make sense, some are well, odd.

Grobschnitt is one such playlist. Taking the name of an obscure German rock band from the 70’s, Grobschnitt is a collection of feel-good songs that populated the airwaves during the 60’s through the 90’s. Some of the songs have a catchy tune, yet lack lyrical substance—just like the band itself.

I often listen to this list while at the gym or whenever I feel like being nonsensical, which has been pretty much a lot lately. No matter how bad I’m feeling, these songs can always bring a smile to my face and add a little bounce to my step.

Here are the songs that make up the playlist:

  • Hooked On A Feeling, B.J. Thomas
  • The Rain, The Park, and Other Things, The Cowsills
  • Tenderness, General Public
  • Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl), Looking Glass
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles), The Proclaimers
  • California Dreamin’, The Mamas & The Papas
  • Fascist Architecture, Bruce Cockburn
  • I’ll Be You, The Replacements
  • I Melt With You, Modern English
  • Top Of The World, Shonen Knife
  • Right Down The Line, Gerry Rafferty
  • Never My Love, The Association
  • I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, New Seekers
  • Always With Me, Always With You, Joe Satriani
  • Just Like Me, Paul Revere and The Raiders
  • Sister Madly, Crowded House
  • The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead, XTC
  • Beyond The Sea, Bobby Darrin
  • Totally Nude, Talking Heads
  • Wear Your Love Like Heaven, Donovan
  • I Go Blind, Hootie & The Blowfish
  • And It Stoned Me, Van Morrison
  • Da, Da, Da (I Don’t Love You, You Don’t Love Me), Trio
  • December, 1963 (Oh, What A Night), Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
  • In Between Days, The Cure


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