Friday, October 30, 2009

My Halloween Playlist

Here is my compilation of mu-zak for our Halloween Party. I have several other obscure tunes I may dig into like Wall of Voodoo and such...but this is what I downloaded the other day. Some is for dancing, some for the kids, some for chillin', some 'cuz they're halloween classics and a few just cuz I've always loved them!

Dead Man's Party (Oingo Boingo)
Hotel California (Eagles)
Wild Thing (Tone-Loc)
Rock Lobster (B-52’s)
Macarena (Los del Río)
Shout (Otis Day & The Knights)
King of Pain (The Police)
Thriller (Michael Jackson)
Renegade (Styx)
Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)
Feed My Frankenstein (Alice Cooper)
Bob That Head (Rascal Flatts)
Chicken Fried (Zac Brown Band)
Toes (Zac Brown Band)
Unbelievable (EMF)
Witchy Woman (Eagles)
Enter Sandman (Metallica)
Cha-cha Slide (MC Jig)
Monster Mash (Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers)
Ghostbusters (Ray Parker, Jr., Ghostbusters Original Soundtrack Album)
Time Warp (Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O'Brien – soundtrack)
Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees)
I Like to Move It from Madagascar (The Party Cats)
Brick House (The Commodores)
Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry)
Let's Groove (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Burning Down the House (Talking Heads)
Rapture (Blondie)
Dirty Diana (Michael Jackson)
Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)
Super Freak (Rick James)
Fantasy (Aldo Nova)
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
The Devil Went Down to Georgia (The Charlie Daniels Band)
Moving In Stereo (The Cars)
Black Magic Woman (Santana)
Get Up, Stand Up (Bob Marley)
Jamming (Bob Marley)
Could You Be Loved (Bob Marley)
All Around Me (Flyleaf)
Small Town USA (Justin Moore)
Twilight Zone (Golden Earring)
Let It Whip (Dazz Band)
Secret Separation (The Fixx)
T-R-O-U-B-L-E (Travis Tritt)
Watermelon Crawl (Tracy Byrd)
Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) (Big & Rich)
Rollin' (The Ballad of Big & Rich) (Big & Rich)
Jungle Love (The Time)

More on Facebook

First thing I did this morning was check status updates on Facebook. Before I take a sip from my first cup of coffee. Before I get dressed. Before I go to the bathroom even. But it goes in phases with me. Sometimes I'll check every 20 minutes (when I'm home); other times I'll go for days. This week, we've all been particularly active, especially when I posted a VERY short list of music I'd selected for our halloween party mix. That got people's attention, and down memory lane we all went. So I just can't wait to see what the next person may have commented. It doesn't hurt that I'm off work till January next year. I do have a bit of extra time that I never had before to do this. (So warning to everyone: when I start work again in January, I'm pretty sure the regular postings throughout the day will drop to periodic postings throughout the month.)

So I'm reading through these comments and following other threads and comments and it hit me why facebook is so addicting. It's the cyber window to a person's soul. For those who don't blog and spill their mind's trappings that way, facebook creates the medium where you can see what makes a person tick. And it's fascinating. You learn about your old friends and new based on what they post, and how others comment on those posts. For instance, when I posted part of my music mix includes the Bee Gees, the comments opened wide. And one of my friends from ELEMENTARY/JR HIGH school (after 9th grade we went to different high schools and I never saw her again) commented how the Bee Gees always reminded her of ME in 5th grade! 5th grade! Another friend listed a panacea of early 80's not-so-mainstream hits and some very popular ones...revealing to the world his eclectic taste and deep knowledge of all things music.

The desire to connect and for companionship - a sense of belonging - is as great a human need as food and water. And that is why Facebook is so addicting. It's one avenue that fills that great need, with simplicity and very low risk. And it's fun.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Might As Well Face It, I'm Addicted to....

...FACEBOOK. Yes I am. I "discovered" it shortly after Christmas 2008 after reading my dear friend Mare's Christmas letter (and Yes I know that it was already the rage everywhere for quite a long time; all things in due time, I say). She mentioned she and her husband were on Facebook, and for the first time I decided to check it out. I wasn't sure what all the hub-bub was about, but still I created an account. And the seduction began.

As I began navigating through the various features, I thought, "this is kinda neat." And then people started "friending" me and I started friending them. I'd connected with people I haven't seen and/or talked to in two decades or more. I was suddenly having regular conversations with old high school pals that I'd hung out with, went to Mexico with, and otherwise loved to death, but we parted ways after graduation never to hear from or see one another again...till the ubiquitous Facebook! I found myself, when I had little spare time, staying up till midnight so I could look around and see what folks were up to. I found myself checking it every so often to see if there was a new status update. "Oh look! Chris just got a cup of coffee! Good for him! Cute profile picture of Michele's baby! And hey, Jeanene just passed me a drink!" Fun fun fun! For days I was glued to it every free moment I had. And when I discovered I could access it from my cell phone - yeah buddy I was hooked for good. So now I understand why they call it Crackbook. Crackbook is probably one of the reasons I dropped off blog world several times, because it's just so EASY to quickly type up a line or two about what is happening in your life and to see what others are up to. Since that time, I've simmered down some, and the addiction is not so acute. It's more of a chronic need. And it's fun.

I don't really do the games and other applications on there, though on occasion I will type up one of those "25 random questions about you" things or pass a drink to someone. Several of my friends are deeply involved in the facebook mafia wars, farmville, and other games; those just haven't appealed to me. But I do get a kick out of the status updates from those who play.

So yeah, I'm pretty much addicted. But I can quit whenever I want.