Animal Kingdom: Turtle Power!

Although always second to cats and dogs, I have had a special place in my heart for reptiles from a very young age.  My very first obsession that I distinctly remember was (like every kindergarden through 2nd grader in the late 1980’s) the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I invited them to my 6th birthday party because that was the only way I could get the boys in my class to come.   A few days after sending my painstakingly handwritten letter I received one back printed on computer paper, apologizing that they were too busy fighting crime to attend.  I was devastated of course, but you can’t really argue with that.  The boys still ended up coming and I appreciated the fact that they even took the time to write me a note.  Now my favorite TMNT is paid homage in my current pet turtle, Leo, who resides in an aquarium on my bookshelf with his counterpart, Kitty (her namesake being harder to explain and much more embarrassing).  I dedicate this playlist to them and scaly creatures everywhere…

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott “Black Snake Moan”

Scout Niblett “Dinosaur Egg”

Grizzly Bear “Alligator”

Sufjan Stevens “Year of the Dragon”

Janis Joplin “Turtle Blues”

Chairlift “Chameleon Closet” ♫

XTC “Crocodile”

And a special treat you never knew you wanted to see.  Happy Monday, y’all – keep it clean and make it ice.

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Animal Kingdom: It's Not Easy Being Green

“It’s Not Easy Being Green”

“Moving Right Along”

“Rainbow Connection”

Some of our most loved songs from childhood came not from a popstar (although NKOTB shall not be forgotten) but from an amphibian.  Today we pay homage to our slimy friends in swamps and ponds everywhere with this playlist.

Frank Zappa “Toads of The Short Forest”

Vague Angels “The Princess and the Newt”

Jethro Tull “Salamander”

Presidents of the United States of America “Body”

Belle and Sebastian “Funny Little Frog”

Keane “The Frog Prince”

Oh alright, I know you wanted it…

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The Animal Kingdom: Buggin' Out

Today is the first in a – brace yourself – EIGHT PART PLAYLIST SERIES climbing the food chain.  From bugs to reptiles to mammals large and small we’re covering it all starting with your favorite creepy-crawly many-legged friends…

The Flaming Lips “Buggin'”

Nickel Creek “Ode to a Butterfly”

The Bird And The Bee “Lifespan of a Fly”

Jeffrey Lewis and The Junkyard “Bugs and Flowers”

Rifle Recoil “Seas of Bees”

Owl City “Fireflies”

I acknowledge that the lyrics are ridiculous and make no sense. I know. I get it.

Man Man “Spider Cider”

Passion Pit “Moth’s Wings”

And to trip out your night, first part one of the great Ziggy Stardust’s Spiders from Mars. Yes, you can find the entire motion picture on youtube:

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Second the CRAZIEST, CREEPIEST COMBINATION OF MUSIC, BUGS AND BLACKLIGHT ON SCREEN EVER.  I challenge you to defy it:

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The Circle Game: Get Off My Lawn

My grandmother is 94 years old.  Even though she needs a little help these days, she still lives at the home my dad grew up in, goes to church (almost) every Sunday, tries to get to aqua-robics at the YMCA and never misses watching a single Yankees or Notre Dame game – and wants to discuss every detail afterwards.  Sometimes I wonder what she must be thinking about.  Does she know how old she is?  Does she mind having to be driven around everywhere?  How much does she miss my grandpa?  From creepy dentures and mushy food, to amazing stories and patient wisdom – there are no other people who have seen or done as much.

Lily Allen “Nan You’re A Window Shopper” 

Violent Femmes “Don’t Start Me On The Liquor”

John Lennon “Grow Old With Me” 

Loudon Wainwright III “The Birthday Present II”

Joni Mitchell “Both Sides Now”

Rufus Wainwright “Beautiful Child” 

And a very special, sweet video to end the week, about wanting the perfect person to grow old WITH.  You all know it…

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The Circle Game: Life Moves Fast

“Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller

What makes you a grown-up? At age 24 it’s something I’m constantly wondering these days.  Graduating college?  Getting a “real” job?  Marriage? Babies?  Honestly I’m beginning to think that there is no “a-ha” moment and you just kind of stumble into all of those things and just hope for the best – but I suppose it’s probably different for everyone.  What about you?  And if that “a-ha” moment does exist – what are some songs that reflect on that point in life when you realize that – whatever the trigger – it’s happened?

Sheryl Crow “Can’t Cry Anymore”

Joni Mitchell “The Circle Game”

Don Henley “End of Innocence”

India.Arie “I Choose”

Ben Folds “Still Fighting It”

The Mountain Goats “No Children” 

The Decemberists “The Rake’s Song”

John Mayer “Stop This Train”

The Dismemberment Plan “Come Home” 

Cat Stevens “Father and Son”

Imogen Heap “Bad Body Double”

The Morning Benders “Hand Me Downs”