Music, Thursday Tracks

Thursday Tracks: Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey

Welcome to Thursday Tracks!

This meme is one I discovered from The Tattooed Book Geek. Here I offer you all songs that make me smile,that remind me of some specific memory, or that I just really like. If anyone wants to join in, then please feel free to have a go! Share a link in the comments to your post so that I can see what music you enjoy.

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Music, Thursday Tracks

Thursday Tracks: Cecilia and the Satellite by Andrew McMahon

Welcome to Thursday Tracks!

This meme is one I discovered from The Tattooed Book Geek. Here I offer you all songs that make me smile,that remind me of some specific memory, or that I just really like. If anyone wants to join in, then please feel free to have a go! Share a link in the comments to your post so that I can see what music you enjoy.

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Music, Music Mondays

Music Mondays: If You Want Blood (You Got It) by AC/DC

Welcome to Music Monday!

This meme is one I discovered from The Tattooed Book Geek. Here I offer you all songs that make me smile,that remind me of some specific memory, or that I just really like. If anyone wants to join in, then please feel free to have a go! Share a link in the comments to your post so that I can see what music you enjoy.

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50 Day Movie Challenge, Movies

50 Day Movie Challenge: Day 14

  • My 50 Day Movie Challenge!

For those just tuning in, while browsing the internet, I’ve come across posts from other bloggers doing 20, or 30 day challenges all about movies, so I decided to mash up a bunch of those questions and came up with 50 that I’m going to attempt to answer consecutively over the next month and a half (or so). If you’d like to try and do it too, feel free! I’ll post all the questions as I go along, and I hope you enjoy my answers!

Day 14: What’s your favorite sports film?

Remember the TitansSports films are all about camaraderie and (often) humor. They are about people coming together for a goal, and I can’t think of many films that do it better than Remember the Titans.

This movie is based on real events from the life of African American football coach Herman Boone (played in the movie by the fantastic Denzel Washington) and follows him as he tries to introduce a racially diverse team at the T. C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia in 1971. Obviously, not an easy task. The whole thing has a bookend narration done by the daughter of the assistant coach, Sheryl Yoast (played during the bulk of the story by a very young Hayden Panettiere). But most of the story is actually about the coming together of this team during a time when it wasn’t exactly safe to do so. Integration of schools sets the backdrop for the film, and you can really feel the charged atmosphere of the town. It’s pretty fantastic the way the team brings everyone together, how people of every age learn to put aside their differences.

titans ensembleI think one of the things that makes this film stand out for me–aside from that it was about high school kids, and was released to theaters during the time when I was also in high school–was the music. I LOVE the soundtrack to the film. It might be one of my all-time favorites, and it just makes me want to dance!

Here’s the Track List (both the ones on the official album, and others that are played but not included):

  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
  • Spirit In The Sky – Performed by Norman Greenbaum
  • Spill The Wine – Performed by Eric Burdon and War
  • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Performed by Steam
  • House Of The Rising Sun – Performed by Frijid Pink
  • Venus – Performed by Shocking Blue
  • Fire and Rain – Performed by James Taylor
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine – Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Up Around the Bend – Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) – Performed by The Hollies
  • Peace Train – Performed by Cat Stevens
  • Express Yourself – Performed by Charles Wright and The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  • Act Naturally – Performed by Buck Owens
  • A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall – Performed by Leon Russell
  • titans dancing 3I Want to Take You Higher – Performed by Ike & Tina Turner (as Ike and Tina Turner)
  • Superstar (Remember How You Got Where You Are) – Performed by The Temptations
  • You’ve Got to Earn It – Performed by The Temptations
  • Them Changes – Performed by Buddy Miles
  • titans dancing 1Time Has Come Today – Performed by The Chambers Brothers
  • Amazing Grace – Performed by Soweto Gospel Choir
  • The Way You Do the Things You Do – Performed by The Temptations
  • Call On Me – Performed by Bobby Bland as Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • titans dancing 2Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – Performed by The Temptations
  • No Surrender – Performed by Chris Goulstone
  • Quiet Home – Performed by The Sea Shells

Even the Titans themselves want to dance to this stuff!! lol! But I think the music really helped to show off the spirit of the film. I love it, can’t get enough!

And now, Day 14 is done!


Books, Humor, Librarianship, Libraries, Media Mondays, Music

It Really Is “All About the Books”

Um, so, this is awesome. It is my new theme song! I really have nothing more to add. Just watch it. I loved it!


Books, Teaser Tuesdays, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Open Road Summer

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!


Open Road Summer, by Emery Lord

Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: April 15, 2014
ISBN# 9780802736109
Page: 27

“This is what I could have told the guy from earlier, the one who asked what she’s like. Amid the jitters of her first opening show, Lilah Montgomery remembered the name of the little girl who dressed up like her for the show–that is what she’s like.”



Librarianship, Libraries, Library Programs, Library Services, Media Mondays, Music

Media Mondays: Get “Happy” with the DC Public Library

Media Mondays

Welcome to Media Mondays! This meme is dedicated to all things media related: Music, Movies, TV, and possibly other electronics and gadgetry. Here’s how it works (you’re going to love how simple it is)… Just pick a topic that is related to one of these major media formats and discuss!

DCPL Gets “Happy” (by DC Public Library)

schoollibraryjournal: “Happy,” library style. @Pharrell

This video, brought to you by School Library Journal’s Tumblr page and YouTube, is the subject of my Media Mondays post because I think it highlights many of the things I think libraries should be doing these days. I love how much the people are enjoying themselves, and embracing Pop Culture as a part of the library’s atmosphere. This is the kind of thing that will bring in new patrons. People can see that the library is a place to have fun at, to celebrate not only books, but also our larger American life. I think more libraries should experiment with videos and using various media as a means to engage their public and, hopefully, inform them about the programs and services offered at the library. You could record videos of book reviews and post them (or any kind of reviews really), or show children’s programs or demonstrate how to do fingerplays and kid songs. You could even use videos as a means of explaining how certain services work, like a new book drop or the summer reading program. So many libraries are already doing it, but if your library hasn’t branched out yet, it’s time to get creative!

The Song Remembers When

So, the Daily Post on WordPress gives these handy little prompts to me on a (you guessed it!) daily basis, and the prompt from a few days ago caught my eye:

Daily Prompt: Always Something There to Remind Me

A song comes on the radio and instantly, you’re transported to a different time and place. Which song(s) bring back memories for you and why? Be sure to mention the song, and describe the memory it evokes.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PAST.

Music Notes

I really like this topic. There are a couple of songs that for me, evoke strong memories, some fun, some a little more melancholy. It’s really interesting to think of all the ways that our senses can bring memories back to life. Whenever I smell pipe tobacco, so sharp and sweet, I think of my Grandpa Joe – my grandmother’s second husband. He passed away before I turned 8. Though I can’t remember what he looks like without the aid of a picture, and I can’t remember more about his personality other than a general sense of kindness, I can’t help but think of those things whenever I get a whiff of pipe tobacco. I’m 29, so I think I can say I’ve lived for a pretty good chunk of time. But I don’t remember a whole lot of my childhood anymore. Not in a tactile way. When I really try to think about it, I have flashes of moments, but mostly what I get is a general sense of the people and I see them as they are now, as they look now, rather than being able to remember they way they looked back when. I can’t tell anymore how much of my memories are real, and how much are based on the stories my parents and extended family have retold over the years. Scents and music help.

I will never be able to listen to country music without thinking of my dad. Certain artists bring back the memories of the concerts he took me to as a kid (because I was the only one of his 4 girls who wasn’t too cool to listen to country music out in public). Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, Patty Lovelace, I hear them and I am transported back to the stands we sat in, the beloved cowboy boots I got for my birthday, and the feeling that I was sharing something special with him. Something just for the two of us.

Specific Memories:
Single "How Bizarre" by OMC
Single “How Bizarre” by OMC

Single –  “How Bizarre” by OMC

Debuted in February 1997 and bumped its way up to number 1 on the US Billboard Mainstream Top 40.

Album "Spice" by the Spice Girls
Album “Spice” by the Spice Girls

Album – “Spice” by The Spice Girls

Also debuting in February 1997, Spice was released in U.S., and it became the biggest-selling album of 1997, peaking at number one and being certified 7x Platinum with sales in excess of 7.4 million copies. The album is also included in the Top 100 Albums of All Time list of The Recording Industry Association of America. In total, the album sold 28 million copies and became the biggest-selling album in the music history by an all-female group.

The songs of the Spice Girls album and the single “How Bizarre” remind me of spending time with my sisters as a child/pre-teen. We liked to hang around my house, typically in the living room, listening to music on the radio or on cassette tapes (yeah, we still had those and we were constantly looking for music to make mixes). But we would find songs that we knew, grab our hairbrushes or other microphone-esque objects and sing and dance along to the Top 40. With the Spice Girls, we memorized as many of their dance moves as possible and took turns being lead vocals on their various songs. Hearing “How Bizarre” now makes me smile because one of my sisters recorded it and we would often play the song on fast forward (something most music players now-a-days are not capable of) because when you played it that way it sounded like Alvin and the Chipmunks were singing. I remember cracking up listening to it that way.

A Special Song…

On a more somber note, one song in particular that comes to mind when I think about music carrying memories is “Go Rest High On That Mountain” by Vince Gill. It was released years ago, back in 1995, right around the time that my Uncle Stephen passed away. It was written in honor of Vince Gill’s brother who had also died around that time. I have always been a big fan of his, and so is my dad. As a birthday present one year, I got us tickets to his concert. Before the show, my dad told me some stories about my uncle and my grandfather, and he told me that “Go Rest High On That Mountain” was the song he associated with his brother.

Thinking of my uncle; his life, and what I’ve learned about him as I grew up, I thought it was especially appropriate. That concert was (and is), for me, the best show I’ve ever been to. And when he played that song, I’m pretty sure it made the both of us cry. Now, when I hear it, I think about my uncle. Who he was, the hardships that he endured in his life, and also my memories of him. Watching Star Wars or How the Grinch Stole Christmas during the holidays, hearing him call me Agnes (his nickname for me), and even sitting at his memorial being angry that I wasn’t allowed to go to his funeral (I was considered ‘too young to understand’). I’m not a terribly religious person, I don’t think I really believe in a Heaven or an afterlife; but hearing this song, for a few moments, it’s like he’s there with me. Those opening chords make me smile and those moments are a connection. For me, that’s enough.