A Little Bit Old, A Little Bit New. A Summer Playlist JUST FOR YOU!

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We are deep in the heart of Summer friends. Today in LA LA land it was HOT and it got me thinking of dreamy summertime tunes instead of thinking of my craptastic cubicle which is where I am stuck. I must confess I LOVE me a good playlist. There is an art to the playlist and not too many people can do it right. I have my good lists and my better lists and occasionally my OMG this lists KICKS ASS. Here are my tips/life lessons when it comes to Susie’s school of Playlists:

• When you are clearly out of your league with a music snob/fan STEP AWAY. Don’t touch their IPod don’t try to talk to them about that Blink 182 show you saw that was awesome. They will kill you and then laugh at your face. Just try to listen and learn friend, if you heard something you like, ask “who is this, I like it” music snob’s love to play teacher.

• Mix it up – if you have a variety then everyone is happy.  IE sometimes you have to slip something douchey to appease that random Bro in a drunken stupor to keep him at bay. HE IS NOT DOWN WITH DJANGO FRIEND. (I won’t totally judge you for the one play of the Alien Ant Farm Smooth Criminal cover if it keeps the natives peaceful for an extra hour) As much as I could listen to Henry Mancini ALL DAY most people can’t so keep the shuffle going. ALSO: sometimes MOMS are at the party – so throw MOM a bone. Mine likes ROD STEWARD BABY! Throw some of that in the mix, you will be the new fave and always invited back!

• Make your playlist long – 10 songs does not a playlist make! If the music stops, the party stops. Learn it, live it. Put more songs on there then you think you need. Dead air is a death sentence and Joe Shmo might put on his Russian Hip Hop Reggae Remix – or my worse nightmare Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson live in concert tracks, while you are getting a snack or breaking the seal or something, and then you are going to have to cut a bitch.

• Take Requests – I have more than one iPod so this is a little easier but sometimes you can fake this step if the party goers seem drunk enough and just tell them that their song is coming up next – I used to use this trick when I was a DJ and had no intention of playing that song. Tricky.

The following list is meant for a mellow summer outdoor affair – a BBQ or pool party perhaps.

*I made the list with Rhapsody so hopefully you can click the links and have a listen. If not the internets are a wonderful place to look things up.  Happy Summer!

Bittersweet Susie – Summer 2012 (click here for spotify link)

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  1. Big WaveJenny And Johnny
  2. Hot Fun In The Summertime 
Sly & The Family Stone
  3. Summer Holiday Cliff Richard & The Shadows
  4. A Sweet Summernight On Hammer HillJens Lekman
  5. Summertime  Sam Cooke
  6. Between the devil and the deep blue seaLouis Armstrong and His Orchestra
  7. Summertime BluesEddie Cochran
  8. Pineapple Princess 
Annette Funicello
  9. Hawaiian Rock 
Tommy Sands
  10. The SummerCoconut Records
  11. I Get AroundThe Beach Boys
  12. Hawaiian ParadiseLes Paul
  13. Beach Party 
Bob Jaxon
  14. In The SummertimeMungo Jerry
  15. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The BayOtis Redding
  16. Why Do Hawaiians Sing Aloha? 
Various Artists
  17. Lunar SeaCamera Obscura
  18. Ease Your Feet In The SeaBelle & Sebastian
  19. Hop Scotch 
Santo And Johnny
  20. Walk-Don’t RunThe Ventures
  21. Summer SkinDeath Cab For Cutie
  22. Let’s Go Trippin’Dick Dale
  23. Moonlight SwimElvis Presley
  24. Sea CruiseFrankie Ford
  25. Cold BeverageG. Love And Special Sauce
  26. Jump In The LineHarry Belafonte
  27. Wooly Bully 
Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
  28. Love Is Strange 
Mickey and Sylvia
  29. Heat Wave, (Love Is Like A) 
Martha and the Vandellas
  30. Rockaway BeachRamones
  31. Hawaiian War ChantTommy Dorsey
  32. The Tide Is HighBlondie
  33. Me Rock-A-Love 
Bill Haley
  34. Summertime Is Past And GoneBill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys 

If you have an Rhapsody account you can get to the playlist here

http://www.rhapsody.com/members/kvem/playlists/mp.164180311

Dance it out

Oh friends

It’s been a bear of a week, sorry for the no post /no-show (I am looking at you BEN) but I am here now.

I need a little pick me up! Here is a bit of a dance party that someone dreamy once showed me, and it always does the trick:

We learned some of these moves in our dance class this week :

And everyone likes to Dance like Annette!

Gonna RAISE THE ROOF!

You’re So Vain, You Probably Think This Song Is About You – Vol 2

On this episode of You’re So Vain we are going to have a listen to Mississippi John Hurt’s Song recorded in 1928, “Nobody’s Dirty Business”

Mississippi John Hurt

Hmmm… what was that?

“Some of these mornin’s gonna wake up boozy
Gonna grab my gun, gonna kill old Suzie
Ain’t nobody’s business but mine”

I might give this one to that Suzie I met that time and she was super lame. Plus it’s spelled with a Z.

Until next time friends!  Send me your Susie Songs!