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Puff the Magic Dragon January 10, 2009

Posted by Destiny in Media Play, Ranting and Raving and Carrying On, Things that keep me up at night.
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Ok, so I know this is going to seem totally random, but it kind of is.  See, I was at work, jamming on my seemingly immortal MP3 player when “Puff the Magic Dragon” came on.  It’s one of those songs I know but have never really sat down and listened to.  I was standing while I was at work but I decided to take the time to listen to the tune nonetheless, and I have come to the following conclusion:

Jackie Paper is the worst friend ever.  Seriously.  If I had a dragon for a friend, I’d never desert him/her/it.  Shit, it’s only been my dream since I was about nine!  Come on, people, a dragon!  You’d always have a ride to school (well, work in my case), and bullies (assholes in my case) would never fuck with you.  “Yeah, call me fatty one more time and my friend here will turn you into a rotisserie, Colonel Sanders style!”  That’d be the end of that!

Dragons are the most bad-ass creatures I can think of, so I’d love to have one on my side!

Shame on Jackie Paper for leaving Puff just because he grew up.   Screw growing up!  I’m 24 and I still believe in dragons!  Jackie Paper doesn’t deserve to have a loyal friend like Puff.  What kind of last name is Paper anyway?  Is he like Jan Brady’s imaginary boyfriend, George Glass?

…Why do I know Jan Brady’s imaginary boyfriend’s name?

Ridiculous, I say!


Buffalo Sabres Player Tunes January 5, 2009

Posted by Destiny in Media Play, Sports = Love, Things I Like.
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Keeping up with music, I’m going to add another favorite thing of mine into the mix: HOCKEY!  My team is the Buffalo Sabres, the Buffalo girl that I am.  They have a feature, I think this is at least the second year of them doing this, I know they had it last year.  But what they do is they have “Player Tunes” at their home games.  Basically they pick a player and let him pick a few songs to have played during the course of the game.  After each game, they put the player’s picks up at Sabres.com – I discovered it totally by accident when I was looking for wallpapers.  I have carefully studied the picks so far this year, and I have made some observations.

I was happy to find that one of my favorite players on the team, Nathan Paetsch, is a country music fan!  I was more surprised to find out that Nathan Gerbe is also a country music fan!  What is it with Nathans and country music?  So far they’re the only ones who have country love.

Most surprising I think, is seeing that Jochen Hecht picked “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones.  Perhaps the serious-looking German has a softer side?

Patrick Kaleta picked Nirvana.  Somehow I wasn’t surprised.  (I hope he gets well soon!  Stupid cheap sucker-punch that went totally unpunished by the NHL.  Uncool!)

Toni Lydman is a rocker!  He has bands like Pantera and Slayer on his list.  He kind of looks the part doesn’t he?

I giggled out loud when I saw that Jaroslav Spacek had “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake on his list.  I immediately got the mental image of Jaro dancing to it in my head.  Then I read further down and saw “In Da Club” by 50 Cent and literally cackled.

Some of the more popular musical acts among the team include, the Foo Fighters, the Tragically Hip (listening to them right now!), Kanye West, and U2.  I think most of the team likes U2.  No idea why, though.

I totally expected Ryan Miller to have Pink Floyd on his playlist and was sort of disappointed that he didn’t.  For some reason I can imagine him putting on like, “Comfortably Numb” or something in his Zen moments before he goes out to play.  He did choose “Like a Stone” by Audioslave so that made me smile.

I think I might make another post on this subject once they play more games.  I want to see what some of the newer guys pick!

I love my Sabres!

Well, four days, four posts, let’s see if I can keep this rolling!

Destiny’s Ten Favorite Albums January 3, 2009

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Yeah, this is a weak idea, and I’m pretty sure I’ve done it on Myspace (though I can’t remember exactly what I put on there), but if you’ve never read me before, this will be totally new to you.  ^_^  I’m going to roll down the list from 10-1, and include a few favorite tracks from each album.  I should point out that it’s quite common for my favorite songs on the album to be the ones that never made it to radio, so if you’re unfamiliar with the songs I pick, check them out!

10. “Kerosene” – Miranda Lambert:  I have the hugest girlcrush on Miranda Lambert.  She’s an amazing singer-songwriter and so believably badass.  Her songs seem to come from where she’s been in life, and as a result they’re very relatable.  Favorite tracks: “There’s A Wall” “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere” and “Bring me Down”

9.  “Fallen” – Evanescence:  This is another of those albums I put on when I need to vent.  Amy Lee’s hauntingly beautiful voice, no matter how depressing a song she is singing, it always seems to bring me peace.   Favorite tracks:  “Imaginary” “Bring Me To Life” and “Everybody’s Fool”

8.  “Fly” – Dixie Chicks:  I love the Dixie Chicks.  I was so disappointed when everyone started hating them because they blasted President Bush.  Maybe once Obama takes office they can make a comeback.  This is my favorite album by them, basically because it’s the one I listened to the most.  I love to sing along to it (which, you will notice, is a quality I really value in a great album!).  Favorite tracks:  “Cold Day in July” “Hole in my Head” and “Sin Wagon”

7. “Come On Over” – Shania Twain:  Another country album that I love to sing along with.  It’s definitely my favorite Shania Twain album.  There are so many great songs on here I had trouble narrowing it down to my three favorite ones, but I think I managed alright.  Favorite tracks:  “When” “Whatever You Do (Don’t!)” and “I Won’t Leave You Lonely”

6. “Music Box” – Mariah Carey: My absolute favorite Mariah Carey album.  It’s simple and without a lot of the electronic crap that music has in it today.  I used to steal my mom’s cassette copy when I was a kid, I finally broke down and bought my own CD copy.  Favorite tracks: “Music Box” “Dreamlover” and “All I’ve Ever Wanted”

5. “Stripped” – Christina Aguilera:  Ah, Xtina!  I love this album because it has songs for all moods.  Happy, sad, romantic, sexy, angry, depressed, it’s an emotional rollercoaster!  It’s also fun to sing along and belt it out with one of the best voices ever.  Favorite tracks: “Cruz” “Keep on Singin’ My Song” and “Infatuation”

4.  “Closer” – Josh Groban:  I loved JG’s first CD enough to include it on this list, but “Closer” is the one that totally sealed my fate as a fan of his.  It inspires me, it brings me out of even the deepest of funks.  I can’t ever get sick of listening to it.  Favorite tracks:  “Mi Mancherai” (My happy place song) “When You Say You Love Me” and “Never Let Go”

3.  “The Right Place” – Bryan White:  This CD helped get me through 8th grade, and for that I will always love it.  It was what I chose to have signed at my Meet & Greet.  (Yes, I’ve actually met Bryan White.  I know you’re jealous.)  Favorite tracks:  “Never Get Around To It” “What Did I Do (To Deserve You)?” and “Bad Day to Let You Go”

2.  “The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most” – Dashboard Confessional:  This is the ultimate “singing away the blues” CD for me.  I put this in, and just rock out.  It was extremely instrumental in dealing with the grief process of my first big rejection from a guy.  Favorite tracks:  “Standard Lines”  “The Best Deceptions” and “The Brilliant Dance”

1.  “Invisible Touch” – Genesis: My reasons for picking this as my number one favorite album are mostly sentimental.  I have such wonderful memories of listening to this on cassette with my dad.  I can listen to it frontwards, backwards, on shuffle, whatever.  I love Phil Collins.  Favorite tracks:  “Invisible Touch”  “Domino” and “Anything She Does”

So there you have it.  There are my ten favorite albums.  I also have a bonus entry.  I’d say it’s my guilty pleasure but I feel no guilt whatsoever for loving this album.  I know I will probably get made fun of like mad for even mentioning it, but oh well!  The album I’m talking about is “In the Life of Chris Gaines” by Garth Brooks.  Yeah, so it was a fake album made for a fake character to be used as a soundtrack for a movie that was never even filmed.  But I don’t care.  I like the songs!  (And Garth Brooks looked foxy in the album art, IMO!)  Favorite tracks: “Driftin’ Away” “That’s the Way I Remember It” and “Unsigned Letter” (It has my name in it!)
What are your favorite albums? Please share them in the comments!