Saturday, July 12, 2008
I've got the music in me...
I did something today that I rarely do. I added music to my mp3 player. Now, that may not sound like much to you, but I hardly ever take the time to do that. Some people, like "Little Mark" for instance, update theirs at least once a day. Not me, no ma'am. I stay with the same music for MONTHS.
Why? Because I don't get to listen to it very often. If I am alone in the car, which is rare, I will usually take it and listen to it then. However, it is usually very short trips, so I don't get a lot of quality listening time in. But today was different. Today was one of those rare days when I was craving "new music" and I needed to be able to listen to it with headphones. What kind of music you ask? That's simple. It's July, so obviously that means I need some Christmas music on my mp3 player.
Here is the part where my family begins teasing me and groaning, "It's July."
My response, "I am well aware of what month it is, but I want to hear it."
"It's JULY", they respond earnestly.
"Again, I am well of aware of that."
"IT'S JULY!!!" (their favorite two word phrase on the subject.)
"Again, I know. I am not asking you to listen to it, which is why it is on the mp3 player with headphones. Thank you for your concern."
I KNOW I will be hearing about this when they read it. They'll probably get together and "tag team me". ("I'll give her a hard time this hour and then it's your turn." ;-)
Never the less, it is on there. Oh yes indeed. I LOVE me some Christmas music, which I believe I explained in great detail in several other posts. (I love Christmas period. I cry at those sappy Folger's commercials) I especially love the traditional Christmas music, and preferably done by the "standards" such as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, etc. A Charlie Brown Christmas, of course. Ah, "Charlie Brown; it is a classic." ;-)
Clay Aiken is also on there. (I cry every time I hear "Merry Christmas with Love") You just can't beat good Christmas music. As a matter of fact, right after I post this I am going to see if I can Harry Connick Jr.'s "When My Heart Finds Christmas" to download. I have it on cassette, but I no longer have a cassette player. :-(
I also did something else today that I have not done in a VERY long time. As a matter of fact, I can't remember the last time I did it. I wore my headphones around the house listening to music. Oh yes I did!
Again, that may not mean much to you, but it's a lot believe me. I don't do it, normally, for several reasons. 1) I think it's rude. I hate it when "Little Mark" has his ear buds in and I am trying to talk to him. He takes out just ONE... that drives me CRAZY. I am now at the point that I don't even begin speaking until he has taken both out AND paused the iPod. 2) also, I just don't have time. Usually, the mp3 player would just get in the way of whatever I am doing, so I don't even bother. 3) I think people think I am being "anti-social" if I walk around with it on. So, I just don't. But, after today I just might start... ;-) (I am such a rebel, y'all.) :-)
I was actually alone today for about an hour or so. I had on the headphones and I was singing OUT LOUD. I messed up words, I "bopped around" and I am pretty sure I was off key; but I didn't care. :-) Again, I don't do that very often, but it sure was fun. It was so much fun that I left the headphones on while cooking dinner; minus the singing. I am sure the family appreciated that part. There may have also been head bobbing and toe tapping involved, but we won't go there.
They have looked at me strangely several times though. Probably because I haven't taken the headphones off except for long enough to eat, and they don't even know what I am listening to. Like right now, REO Speedwagon is on and they don't know why I am swaying. ;-)
When I was adding music I went ahead and added some other songs that were NOT Christmas. (Insert shocked gasp here) I just wanted some new stuff. By "new" I mean '30s-'40s, Bob Seger, Journey and Foreigner. Billy Joel may or may not have made the cut.
Who am I kidding, of course he made the cut. As a matter of fact, the "head bobbing" while cooking was to both "Uptown Girl" and "We Didn't Start the Fire." As y'all can tell I am VERY hip and up to date on pop music. ;-)
So, that is how I spent my afternoon. It is amazing how "freeing" it is to sing aloud and "bop around" alone in a house. I had forgotten how much I used to like to do that. It makes me wonder why/when I stopped. Is it just because I didn't have time, or did I get too old? I think that question is another post for another day. ;-)