Ten for Friday (?): Mama Songs May 7, 2010Posted by Matt in top ten.
Tags: Aerosmith, Bob Dylan, LL Cool J, mama songs, Merle Haggard, Mother's day, Ozzy Osbourne, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Dead Weather, top ten, Tupac, Willie Nelson
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David Alan Coe (probably the only time you’ll here him quoted around here) once sang that a defining characteristic of the “perfect country and western song” is a mention of “mama.” With Mother’s Day around the corner and that statement from Mr. Coe in my head, I thought this would be a good day to list ten songs from my Ipod or my memory that mention mother, mama, or ma in the title. Granted, these songs are not all necessarily about mothers, but this was much easier to come up with. So, without further ado, here is your Mother’s Day top ten.
10. Ozzy Osbourne – Mama I’m Coming Home
Aww, the Prince of Darkness gets a little sentimental. According to Wikipedia the song is actually about his wife, Sharon, but it still fits the criteria for this list.
9. The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother
Because it’s Jack White and he should be on every list.
8. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
The story goes that LL Cool J’s grandmother told him to “knock out” his critics when they said that his career was going downhill in the early 90’s, so this is the comeback (Don’t call it a comeback!) song he gave us.
7. The Beatles – Your Mother Should Know / Mother Nature’s Son
These may not be their best songs, but come on, they are the Beatles!
6. Aerosmith – Mama Kin
Once upon a time, long before they wrote songs commemorating Bruce Willis saving us from the destructive power of a giant meteor, Aerosmith was actually relevant. This song is proof.
5. Pink Floyd – Mother
A great song in which Roger Waters incessantly asks “mother” questions like a pestering 3 year old (Mother do you think they’ll drop the bomb? / Mother do you think they’ll like this song?…).
4. Tupac – Dear Mama
Everyone’s favorite thug gets all sweet talking about his mama. Awww…
3. Willie Nelson/Waylon Jennings – Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys
Listen up mothers. If you need advice on raising your children, Willie Nelson is definitely the one to ask.
2. Bob Dylan – It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Even though its cryptic lyrics are up for any number of interpretations (that’s what Dylan does best), it does mention Ma and it does come from Bob Dylan.
And the greatest mama song is…
1. Merle Haggard – Mama Tried
One of my favorite songs of all time, this one just had to lead the pack when it comes to mama songs.
I turned 21 in prison / Doing life without parole / No one could steer me right / But mama tried, mama tried.
You just don’t get any better than that.
So, what else should be on the list?
Ten For Tuesday – Running Songs April 27, 2010Posted by Matt in top ten.
Tags: Blues Traveler, Bruce Springsteen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Phish, Pink Floyd, running, songs, The Beatles, Tom Petty, top ten, Van Halen
In keeping with the running theme from today’s earlier blog entry, I put together a list of ten songs with the word “run” in the title. These are not necessarily good songs to run along with, but they do include the word and I will add a few of the lyrics pertaining to running. Some of these are from memory and some are from my Ipod, but I’m sure I left a lot of great ones out. Let me know what should be added.
10. Blues Traveler – Run-Around
Why you wanna give me a run-around?
Is it a sure-fire way to speed things up
When all it does is slow me down.
9. Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris – All the Roadrunning
If it’s all for nothing
All the road running has been in vain.
8. The Beatles – Run for Your Life
You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That’s the end’a little girl
7. Phish – Run Like an Antelope
Set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul
You’ve got to run like an antelope, out of control
6. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Run Through the Jungle
Better run through the jungle,
Whoa, don’t look back
5. Pink Floyd – Run Like Hell
Run, run, run, run
You better run all day
And run all night
4. Tom Petty – Running Down a Dream
I’m running down a dream
That never would come to me
Working on a mystery
Going wherever it leads
Running down a dream
3. Van Halen – Running with the Devil
(Ahh!) Runnin’ with the devil (Ahh-hah! Yeah!)
(Woo-hoo-oo!) Runnin’ with the devil
2. Neil Young – Long May You Run
Long may you run, long may you run
Although these changes have come
With your chrome heart shining in the sun
Long may you run
1. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
Baby this town rips the bones from your back
It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap
We gotta get out while we’re young
‘Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run
On 9/9/09 September 9, 2009Posted by Matt in random.
Tags: 9, 9/9/09, global apocalypse, square roots, The Beatles
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You might think that today is just like any old Wednesday – you get up, go to work, trudge through your day, and go home, with no reason to hold to this date as special. So, what is unique about this ninth day of September in the year 2009?
Well, today is the last time in our lives that we will see a repeating date in which all of the numbers are perfect squares. We saw it on Jan 1, 2001 (1/1/01), on April 4, 2004 (4/4/04), and today, September 9, 2009 (9/9/09). There is no month 16, so the next time we will see this phenomena will be the first day of 2101, another 1/1/01. By the time that comes around I’ll be 124 years old, so I think its safe to say that today is the final one for me.
If you are looking for some special way to celebrate this rare occasion, you may want to check out the movie 9, which is being released today to capitalize on the date, or you may want to pick up the newly remastered Beatles catalog, which is being released today along with their edition of Rock Band.
Or you could hole up at home and wait for the end of the world.