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Monday, December 27, 2010

Music Monday: Hey Nineteen by Steely Dan

My loyal Roxiticus Desperate Housewives readers know I haven't been nineteen in quite some time, but I've been able to relate to Steely Dan's "Hey Nineteen" since he first sang the song in 1980....though at the time I was a freshman in high school with a 19-year-0ld boyfriend (mmm, on a motorcycle), not a 19-year-old girl with a much older man. And even at 15, I remembered the Queen of Soul. Tonight I'm hiding out by the fireplace and in the blogosphere, trying not to panic at the prospect of eight (8??!!) overnight guests for our dysfunctional family Christmas Monday, and for some reason the song's been running through my head.



Way back when in '67
I was the dandy
Of Gamma Chi
Sweet things from Boston
So young and willing
Moved down to Scarsdale
And where the hell am I

Hey Nineteen
No we can't dance together
No we can't talk at all
Please take me along
When you slide on down

Hey Nineteen
That's 'Retha Franklin
She don't remember the Queen of Soul
It's hard times befallen
The sole survivors
She thinks I'm crazy
But I'm just growing old

Hey Nineteen
No we got nothing in common
No we can't talk at all
Please take me along
When you slide on down

The Cuervo Gold
The fine Colombian
Make tonight a wonderful thing
We can't dance together
No we can't talk at all



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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Music Monday: (How Do I Get You) Alone by Heart

Spend enough time in the car with London and Maddie and they'll get through all four Glee CDs (plus the Glee Christmas album). While the show is completely plot-free this season, the soundtrack continues to be fun, reminding me of a whole bunch of great Gleeriginals (the originals that the Glee cast has covered) that I've been compiling as a playlist on my iPod. Others may recognize "Alone" from the covers performed by Celine Dion (Taking Chances album) or Carrie Underwood (on American Idol), but I want to make sure my girls identify with the 1987 power ballad from Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart on their Bad Animals album.

Since I've started working out on our new Tuff Stuff home gym (weight machine), I've developed two different workout playlists...an aerobic workout requires 22.5 minutes of randy Katy Perry and Lady Gaga to take my mind off gasping for air for three miles on the eliptical trainer, but my weight training days require hard rock...Van Halen's "Finish What You Started," Led Zeppelin's "Dyermaker," Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name, "Still Got This Thing for You" by Alannah Miles, and this one by Heart...the kind of soundtrack that takes me back to the high school weight room and, like the football coach, screams "gimme one more rep."





I hear the ticking of the clock
I'm lying here the room's pitch dark
I wonder where you are tonight
No answer on the telephone
And the night goes by so very slow
Oh I hope that it won't end though
Alone

Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you
And now it chills me to the bone
How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone

You don't know how long I have wanted
to touch your lips and hold you tight, oh
You don't know how long I have waited
and I was going to tell you tonight

But the secret is still my own
and my love for you is still unknown
Alone

Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you
And now it chills me to the bone
How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone

How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone

Alone, alone




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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Aunt Veg's Trip to the Grand Canyon

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Music Monday Tribute to Annie's Playhouse: Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler

This past weekend, London and Maddie rocked the house with their performances in the big Annie's Playhouse show at Bernards High School. Maddie sang "If Mama Was Married" from Gypsy with one other girl, and London was part of a trio performing "Holding Out for a Hero" from Footloose. Roxy was one proud mama.

Time flies...I can't believe it's been almost 27 years since Footloose, which came out in the winter of 1984, the year I graduated from high school, when we were all "Holding Out for a Hero." To use another cliche, I guess times have changed, too... these days, I know a small handful of everyday heroes and hope both of my girls have some strong role models, both male and female, in their lives. I still like the song's message of never settling for less than the best.

I don't have the DVD of London's performance, so we'll have to settle for Bonnie Tyler. Enjoy!



Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and turn and dream
of what I need

[Chorus]

I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night
He's gotta be strong
And he's gotta be fast
And he's gotta be fresh from the fight
I need a hero
I'm holding out for a hero 'til the morning light
He's gotta be sure
And it's gotta be soon
And he's gotta be larger than life

Somewhere after midnight
In my wildest fantasy
Somewhere just beyond my reach
There's someone reaching back for me
Racing on the thunder end rising with the heat
It's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet

[Chorus]

Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I would swear that there's someone somewhere
Watching me

Through the wind end the chill and the rain
And the storm and the flood
I can feel his approach
Like the fire in my blood




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Monday, December 06, 2010

Music Monday: Whip My Hair by Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen

Maybe it's a Jersey girl thing, but I haven't been able to get this song out of my head since "Neil Young" and Bruce Springsteen covered Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.




I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip it)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)

Hop up out the bed turn my swag on
Pay no attention to them haters cuz we whip em off
and we ain't doing nothing wrong
so don't tell me nothing, i'm just tryna have fun
so keep the party jumping

so whats up (yea)
And I'll be doing what to do
we turn our back
and whip our hair and just shake them off
shake them off, shake them off,shake them off

Don't let haters keep me off my grind
Keep my head up i know I'll be fine
Keep fighting until i get there
When i'm down and i feel like giving up i think again

I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip it)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip it)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip it)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth

I'ma get more shine than a little bit
Soon as i hit the stage applause im hearing it
whether its black stars black hearts im feeling it
but can't none of them whip it like i do
I, i gets it in mmmm yea i go hard
when they see me pull up i whip it real hard
i whip it real hard,real hard,i whip it real hard

Don't let haters keep me off my grind
Keep my head up i know I'll be fine
Keep fighting until i get there
When i'm down and i feel like giving up i think again

I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip it)
I whip my hair back and forth

I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip it)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)

I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip it)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)

I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (ok, ok just whip it)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)
I whip my hair back and forth

All my Ladies if you feel me
do it do it whip your hair (whip your hair)
Don't matter if its long, short (long,short)
do it do it whip your hair (whip your hair)

All my Ladies if you feel me
come on do it do it whip your hair (whip your hair)
Don't matter if its long, short (long short)
do it do it whip your hair (your hair, your hair)

I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip my hair)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip my hair)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip my hair)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)

I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip it)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (just whip it)
I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth (whip it real good)

I whip my hair back and forth
I whip my hair back and forth





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