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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Changes to the Twitter Playlist

Bah.

I keep trying to do a blog entry, even full daily playlists, and life keeps getting in the way.

I have this little ball of noise with dirt on it. I call it my child. He's two, and he is into everything. He's a climber, an explorer, highly vocal and needs constant stimulation and supervision. If not, he gets bored and a bored, adventurous toddler with no fear of anything is a bad, bad thing. Not to say he's a bad kid; it's just bad things happen if he is left to his own devices.

We're talking less than two minutes, and he can be up on the very top of the high bookshelves in the living room. He hasn't yet learned that gravity is a harsh mistress, and unless I want him to learn the hard way, I have to stay in the room with him at all times. Needless to say, it gets a bit difficult to step away to the computer for the time needed to gather songs, post them all to Twitter randomly through the day, and blog it each night.

I've thought about going with Grooveshark's pro service for the tablet, but at $9 a month right now, it doesn't seem likely. More followers would make me rethink that, but for now, the two of you who do pay attention are going to have to suffer (delight in?) my inability to annoy you round the clock on Twitter.

For that reason, I am changing up the Twitter Playlist. It used to be a daily thing, with 3-10 songs posted through the day and a full playlist posted here that night or the next day. Now it will be weekly, with one or two songs posted during the day, and a big week ending playlist will be posted here. There will still be themes, and I still take song requests (thetwitterplaylist @ gmail.com). But until I either A) find extra money to get Grooveshark's paid mobile app, or B) find a way to distract a toddler for more than 30 minutes that doesn't require the use of a fire extinguisher afterwards, the playlist will now be a weekly random thing.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

It's a Kid's Christmas, Charlie Brown

I love kids.

I used to be absolutely terrified of them before I had my own. Friends and relatives would hand me their newly born babies and I would just freeze up, thinking, "Oh, jeeze, what if I drop it? What if I break it? How much does it cost to replace one of these things?" I used to think of them as tiny, fragile little things that I, being about as delicate as a bull in a china shop on a good day, would grip too tightly. And if I were careful enough and didn't hurt it, what if it didn't like me and started screaming and wouldn't stop... ever? What if it pooped on me? Would I have to clean it up? How in the hell would I do that?

But having my own showed me that for the most part, kids are pretty good natured about things. At least mine is.

And they tend to bounce pretty good. At least mine does.

No, I haven't dropped him. He tends to throw himself off of things, hit the floor and giggle like mad, then get up to do it again. He's all boy, that one. He scares the crap out of me, but now it's in a "Oh, god, can I throw myself under him in time to break his fall?" kind of way.

Anyway, I've discovered that I have the remarkable ability to tune out any and all repetitive (read: annoyingly chipper and sickeningly sweet) children's songs. Those toys that make noise? I don't hear them at all anymore. Ever. But the back of my brain notices when they're not playing, and I get suspicious and go check on the little monkey to find him scaling a bookshelf in the office after somehow getting the door open. Or sitting on top of the coffee table, playing with his cars and wondering if he can make the jump from the table to the couch.

Yes, it's a gift to be able to tune out music and sounds like that.... wait, where was I?

Here ya go -- some of our favorite Christmas tunes this year, from my Little Monkey to yours.


12/21 - Kids' Christmas by Lilith X.M. on Grooveshark

Track listing:
I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - (as it appeared on) Dr. Demento Presents
The Chipmunk Song - Alvin & the Chipmunks
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Ronnettes
O Christmas Tree - Vince Guaraldi
All I Want for Christmas - The Count

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dogs & Cats, Singing Together, Mass Hysteria

Remember how annoying all those singing animal carols were? They still are. They were cute the first time you heard a song, but after that, it's like "Can we debark these dogs?"

Also, do you know how hard it is to find animals barking/meowing songs these days? You would think in the age of auto-tuning and vocaloids, there would be a lot more. But no. Slim pickings. So almost all of today's songs are from the same two albums.



12/20 - Dogs & Cats, Living Together by Lilith X.M. on Grooveshark

Track listing:
Silent Night - The Jingle Cats
Jingle Bells - Singing Dogs
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - The Jingle Cats
White Christmas - The Jingle Cats
Jingle Cats Melody - The Jingle Cats

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas in the Movies



12/19 -- Movie Magic by Lilith X.M. on Grooveshark

Track listing:
Sally's Song -- Fiona Apple (from Nightmare Before Christmas)

What's This? - Danny Elfman (from Nightmare Before Christmas)
Christmas is All Around - Bill Nighy (from Love Actually)
Put a Little Love in Your Heart - Annie Lennox and Al Green (from Scrooged)
Believe - Josh Groban (from Polar Express)
Christmas in Hollis - Run D.M.C. (from Die Hard)
The Gremlins Main Theme - Jerry Goldsmith (from Gremlins)