Twisted MixTape: British Invasion (of my playlist)

Hooray  it’s Twisted MixTape Tuesday again!

Our harmonic hostesses Jen at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee are giving us a freebie today. The theme is Anything Goes! So, I decided to reveal my love for British pop music.

I lived in the United Kingdom from September 2009 to February 2013. During that time, I developed a taste for dance/electronic type music. I had to, or I wouldn’t be able to listen to the radio. So, this week I give you:

British Pop Music Will Infect Your Brain And Leave A Permanent Mark

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The criteria is simple. The song must have appeared on the UK top 40 Chart at some point between September 2009 and February 2013. Easy peasy.

I had a hard time narrowing it down! So first I’m going to do my own Top of the Pops. Top 5 songs that hit #1:

1. Sing by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring The Military Wives’ Choir (6/62012, 1 week)

This song was written to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I just think its beautiful and love that they use military wives (being that I am a military wife myself). One of the few non-dancey type songs ever heard on the radio over there.

2. She Makes Me Wanna by JLS (featuring Dev) (8/6/2011, 1 week)

This is such a stupid song. But I just love it. Anytime it came on the radio, I’d start dancing in my station wagon. Thank goodness my kid was too young to be embarrassed.

3. Changed The Way You Kiss Me by Example (6/8/2011, 2 weeks)

I love this man’s voice.

4. Heatwave by Wiley ft. Ms. D (8/11/12, 2 weeks)

If I still partied, this would scream summer in the dance club to me. But I don’t party, so instead I just laugh ’cause this guy says his name a bunch in the song.

5. Titanium by David Guetta ft. Sia (2/11/12, 1 week)

David Guetta pretty much ruled the UK airwaves while I was there. He had so many songs with so many different collaborators. This one is my favorite. I AM TITAAAANIIIIUM!!

BONUS: Killing In The Name by Rage Against the Machine (12/26/2009, 1 week)

The Christmas #1 is a big deal over there. It’s the last number one of the year and it means a lot to the Brits for some reason. For quite awhile, the Christmas #1 had been whoever won X Factor that year. But in 2009, a British couple started a campaign to have this be Christmas #1…and they won. Awesome. Plus I just love this song – it’s tied with Lose Yourself by Eminem for my most motivating running song.

Those were my favorite #1s as chosen by British listeners. But they don’t always get it right *cough* Bom Bom Bom by Sam and the Womp *cough* so I decided to do a list of my favorite songs that should have been #1.

1. Earthquake by Labrinth ft. Tinie Tempah

“I’m feeling like a straight tenna.” Epic lyrics.

2. We’ll Be Coming Back by Calvin Harris ft. Example

Did I mention I love Example’s voice? Especially when it’s used to croon these lyrics over a slightly haunting melody.

3. Wonderful by Angel

This song changes direction so many times. I love it. Plus he says he feels “mayjah” which always makes me think of Posh Spice.

4. Down With The Trumpets by Rizzle Kicks

Just a couple of kids, getting together and making awesome music. I think this was the first British song I loved the first time I heard it on Radio 1.

5. Untouched by The Veronicas

This speaks to my inner junior high girl and her hopeless crushes on boys. I wish this song had been around then so I could have swooned over my “true loves” while jamming out to this song.

Sobriety Birthday Sounds Beautiful

Today’s post is a two-fer. There are two things I wanted to write about and they actually meld together quite nicely.

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Número UNO: Today marks seven years of sobriety for me. 2556 days since the last drop of alcohol passed my lips. It’s freaking amazing. I wrote about it on my sister-from-another-mister blog Sober Mommies. Pretty please head over there and check out my rumblings about this accomplishment! I’m uber proud of myself. Go read my post here:

http://sobermommies.com/2013/09/10/no-7-year-itch-here/

Welcome back! Because I know you went and read my happy birthday post, right? RIGHT? Ok!

Número DOS: it’s Twisted MixTape Tuesday, which is my new favorite thing. You have to check out Jen at My Skewed View; she always puts together a great mix with songs I’ve never heard of. Plus you can check out tons of other bloggers having fun with music.

So what does Twisted MixTape Tuesday have to do with my sobriety birthday? Jen gave us the theme of beautiful songs, which we get to interpret any way we like. My idea of beautiful songs are ones that tug at my heart strings and make me happysad. You know, where you feel an ache in your chest but still enjoy the beauty of the lyrics and music? And you kind of enjoy the ache? Only me that feels this?

Anyway, that’s how my recovery birthday makes me feel. I’m so happy for what I’ve accomplished, but get a little melancholy thinking of all the damage my alcoholism/compulsive behaviors have caused. So, here goes…

Top 5 beautiful songs that make me happysad, but will probably depress the shit out of everyone else but hey who cares, it’s my sobriety birthday!!!!

1. Babylon by David Gray
This song. The weekend I quit drinking, I was pretty low. Getting raped while blacked out will do that to you. As I was driving home, this song randomly popped up on my iPod and I felt compelled to LISTEN to the lyrics. My Higher Power was speaking to me through this song:
If you want it/Come and get it/Crying out loud/The love that I was/Giving you was/Never in doubt/Let go of your heart/Let go of your head/And feel it now

2. I Wish I Was the Moon by Neko Case
Gorgeous, just gorgeous emotion evoked by this song. This is the tired part of me looking back and going, why didn’t you fix your shit sooner?

3. Good Night, Bad Morning by The Kills
Pretty much sums up my drinking days: nights that I thought were good, followed by mornings full of puke and regret. So glad that’s not my life anymore. This song is the epitome of happysad for me.

4. Let Go by Frou Frou
Learning to live in sobriety is hard. And scary. Especially taking that first step. Imogen Heap’s gorgeous voice helps.

5. Everything In Time (London) by No Doubt
I love Gwen Stefani. These lyrics defined me for so long: I’m feeling lost inside the low. Lost no more. But I still love this song.

And because it’s my 7th birthday, 2 bonus songs! The ones don’t make me happysad. They make me feel joyous.

6. Hang On Little Tomato by Pink Martini
Such a happy, hopeful little ditty. Bonus: PM is from my hometown. Portland represent!

7. Thrash Unreal by Against Me!
Ok, so this doesn’t make me 100% joyous, but I do thank my lucky stars that I’m not going to be the woman at the end of the song, trying to pick up young dudes with my old-ass drunk self.

The Best of Third Eye Blind – Twisted MixTape

I’m trying out a new game this week! An awesome chick called Jen Kehl does Twisted MixTape Tuesday. Every week, she gives us a theme and challenges us to create a 5-song mixtape. This week’s is pretty easy: Best of any Band. I’ll play!

I kind of had a hard time picking a band, but only because I kept ignoring the one my mind would go to automatically. In high school, I was a huge Third Eye Blind fan. HUGE. Like, memorized every song on the two albums they’d released, plotted to run away to San Francisco and just knew I was going to someday marry Brad the drummer. They played in Eugene, OR when I was a senior in high school. So my mom took my best friend and me to see them. And we got to meet them. Squeeeee!

Me (and my mom) with Brad, Tony and Arion. Stephen wouldn't take any pictures. Jackass.
Me (and my mom) with Brad, Tony and Arion. Stephen wouldn’t take any pictures. Jackass.

Anyhoos, I present to you my Top 5 Third Eye Blind songs:

#1 Anything
This song is way too short. I want many more minutes of its awesomeness. I love the way it starts slow, crescendoes to crazy, then drops off. And who wouldn’t love to have someone croon, “Anything for you…”

#2 Motorcycle Drive-By
I was really depressed in high school. This song spoke to me. “I’ve never been so alone, and I’ve, never been so alive.” When I’m depressed, I feel this burning, aching in my chest. Like there’s always been. God I love this song.

#3 The Red Summer Sun
Rock. It builds. There’s a little “doo doo doo doo doo doo” ditty in there. Then it builds and Stephen does his best butt rock scream: “It’s been a long time, been a long time/To walk with the mighty.” YES. Probably the only 3EB song you could headbang to (in parts).

#4 I Want You
I thought this song was the height of Le Sexy Times at a time when tongue-kissing was the most daring sexual exploit I’d achieved. But if you really listen to the lyrics, they’re kind of dark and weird. I still like it.

#5 The Background
Did I mention I was really sad in high school? I tried to hide it. And did a fairly good job (until sophomore year). The background was where the truth was.