@ZackTeibloom Today is my sister’s 24th birthday and I decided what better way than to dedicate 24 songs that remind me of her. We’ve built up a lot of good and bad song memories over the years.
A lot of people probably know we get down with Phish and Zappa and the Talking Heads, but Avril and Alanis and Bon Jovi and Ace of Base!? I know. And I even left off some really embarrassing ones like Spice Girls. It was weird, but we went on that musical journey together. There’s no one else in the world I’d rather have grown up learning to love music with. Have a wonderful 24th birthday, Suz! Can’t wait to see what we get into next.
1. Neil Young “Old Man”
“24 and there’s so much more.” You’ve got so much going and your life with grad school starting and your whole life ahead of you. I know you’ll do fantastic things.
2. The Simpsons w/ Michael Jackson “Happy Birthday Lisa”
We’d always bond over the Simpsons together and to a lesser extend Michael Jackson. Thanks for always liking my interests. “You gave me the gift of a little sister and I’m proud of you today. Lisa Suzy, it’s your birthday, Happy birthday, Lisa Suzy. Lisa-Suzy, it’s your birthday. Happy birthday, Lisa Suzy!
3. Bette Midler “Wind Beneath my Wings”
No offense To Bette, but she had nothing on mom singing this song to us before bed. I had to include the Beaches clip for added effect. Hope you dig it. “Did you ever know that you’re my hero?”
4. Dean Martin “That’s Amore”
Mom may have been the singer in the family, but Dad has a killer “That’s Amore” in his wheelhouse. And when he’s got a good groove going, you know he’s CLS and everyone listening feels like a W.W.C.D. (Winner winner, chicken dinner.)
5. Hall and Oates “Sara Smile”
The song mom changed her name for. What’s not to love. Hall and Oates on a slow jam. “When I feel cold, you warm me. When I feel I can’t go on, you come on and hold me. It’s you and me forever, Sara. Smile.” I know she’s smiling on you today and always, Suz.
6. Alanis Morisette “Ironic”
In the history of Middle School talent shows, no performance got an hour long standing ovation until you and your friends pulled off an interpretative dance to Alanis’ jam in 6th grade. OK, maybe it wasn’t your finest moment, but you owned it! And man did we love that cassette tape.
7. Ace of Base “The Sign”
While we’re on the cassette tape jams, how can we leave this monster hit off? We played it to death…”Under a pale moon, where I see a lot of stars.” Eventually, we had to say “Is enough enough?!” I gotta say I loved listening to this again. And it opened up my eyes.
8. Bon Jovi “It’s my Life”
This really is the guilty pleasure section of the mix. I don’t know why. I don’t know how. This became our pump up anthem. Maybe early high school? It was always tongue in cheek, but (fist pump, fist pump) it’s my life! I’m pretty sure we were even laughing at ourselves the entire time, but oh man.
10. Avril Lavigne “Sk8er Boi”
I blame Torrey.
11. Ben Kweller “Falling”
Alright, let’s be serious. We didn’t only like shitty music back in the day. Ben Kweller was (and still is the man) and we went to his show at the Metro with Claire and snuck our friend Lisa in. He lives in Austin. Come down soon and visit.
12. Phish “Aveinu Malkeinu”
Jew songs! We had to listen to a lot of pretty weak ones over the years, but thankfully Phish covers one so we can be the ones singing along while everyone else is confused. OK, fine, they know what’s up too but still. It feels cool to have somewhat of an inside joke with Phish.
13. Joni Mitchell “Little Green”
This one always makes me smile and think of you, little Green. Be a gypsy dancer. Keep being one with everything green in the world.
14. Janis Joplin “Summertime”
Janis is the epitome of cool rocker chic and of course you pulled it off big time with your Halloween costume a few years ago. Perfect song for a summer birthday girl. Though it’s so dark, it must have been a Chimpy’s or Flick birthday ;).
15. Frank Zappa “Camarillo Brillo”
I love that you’re as into Zappa as I am. This was the first Zappa song I ever heard off my favorite album and you had it on your Facebook profile forever, magic mama. I heard you threw a mean tarot. What kind of a guru are you?
16. Neil Young “Vampire Blues”
Speaking of halloween costumes, you were a pretty bad ass vampire two years ago and in your album caption you referenced this song and said you knew I’d catch it. Of course I did.
17. Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime”
Who’s up for some Talking Heads? I know I’ll always get a yes from you on that one. Especially when we’re feeling like we’ve stopped making sense. Well, how did we get here?
18. David Bowie “Kooks”
Our family is pretty kooky. From naked family to the nicknames to man, I don’t even want to get into it. I’ll let Bowie handle this one. But “if you stay, you won’t be sorry cause we believe in you. So take a chance with a couple of kooks hung up on romancing.”
19. Phish “Wolfman’s Brother”
I’d rather be Po-man’s brother than Wolfman’s brother. I was at this show and wishing you were there with me. Our Phish paths really need to cross soon.
20. Phish “Suzy Greenberg”
Suzy, Suzy, Suzy, Suzy. Don’t listen to Trey. You’re a genius. And you can be a sociologist w/o a neurologist visit. Yay Phish Tour!
21. The Beatles “Birthday”
The obligatory b-day song. Hey- look at ’em dance!
22. Passion Pit “Sleepyhead”
Time to move forward with some new bands. I recorded this one myself a few weeks ago in Austin, but Passion Pit is a Cambridge band, so get to know your hometown boys well, sleepyhead.
23. The Grateful Dead “Uncle John’s Band”
It always comes back to the Dead. Why not a 1980 Halloween show?
24. The Beatles “In my Life”
The ultimate closing song. This song is about going back through your life and no matter what you’re drawn back to one person. You’re the person I’ll always have in my life from when I could first walk until forever. “Though I know I’ll never lose affection for people and things that went before. I know I’ll often stop and think about them. In my life, I love you more.”
Have a wonderful birthday and oh so many more.
Love always, Brachoo.