Happy New Year, gentle readers! I hope you had marvelous holidays. Ours were fun, sometimes raucous, and blissfully peaceful – that’s life for you.
One of our ever-so-generous and much appreciated presents was a gift certificate from my parents for Amazon (Thanks again!), and we spent more than half of it buying up songs for the I-Pod: click, click, boom! In honor of that, here’s a playlist with a wild assortment of the old and new to start the year off with an optimistic shake and shimmy, just the way I like it.
Also, just in case you’re not a local, the bridge is the St. John’s in North Portland. It is not an overstatement to say that it is my favorite bridge in the world. Sure, there are others that are more marvelous, spanning greater lengths and heights, but none of them give me the sensation of seeing this bridge. I can remember the first time, sitting so stately and serene to the north on Highway 30. I gasped at the exquisite color and the fantastically Gothic arches, just wanting to hover, hummingbird-like and admire its beauty.
Back to the music – it might just make you gasp, too.
“Well You Needn’t” – Chet Baker
“Dog Days Are Over” – Florence + the Machine
“God Only Knows” – The Beach Boys
“Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo” – The Rolling Stones
“London Calling” – The Clash (also one of the greatest album covers ever)
“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” – Paul Simon
“Riga Girls” – The Weepies
“Up on Cripple Creek” – The Band
“Let ‘Em In” – Wings
“Them There Eyes” – Billie Holiday
“Fidelity” – Regina Spektor
“Stay by Me” – Annie Lennox
“(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” – Blue Oyster Cult (Oh yes I did!)
“Star Eyes” – Charlie Parker
“In Between Days” – The Cure
“A Boy Named Sue” – Johnny Cash
“Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey
“Move” – Bireli Lagrene
“What Is and What Should Be” – Led Zeppelin
“Les Portes du Souvenir” – Les Nubians
“Expectations” – Belle & Sebastian
“L.A.Woman” – The Doors