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Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing

Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music.  The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme.  (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along).  Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic:

As everyone is looking forward to a New Year and talking about resolutions, this week’s them will be Past Mistakes (not necessarily love related;-))

While Jen says our Past Mistakes don’t necessarily have to be love-related, it seems most of mine are.  I try to live without regrets and often say that without my past, I wouldn’t have arrived at this particular present.  But in actuality, on those restless, sleepless nights, my past plays like a silent movie through my brain and the weight of some of the choices I’ve made makes it hard to breathe at times.  Letting go of the past is a lot easier said than done.

1.  He Wasn’t Man Enough – Toni Braxton.  There’s the mistake of being the “other woman”, however unintentionally.  I feel this one needs a bit of explanation.  I was dating a guy (after specifically asking if he was single) and after a few weeks, found out he was engaged.  I immediately kicked him out of my house, into a rainstorm and him without a car no less.  He apparently had to call his fiancee to come pick him up, who then came beating down my door for being a “skank trying to steal her man”.  She finally got the picture after explaining I was lied to and that’s why he was dumped out into the rain as soon as he confessed.

2.  Soulmate – Natasha Bedingfield.  The mistake of missing out on a good man that was right in front of me.

3.  Caroline Says II – Lou Reed.  Then there is the mistake of the man who should have been avoided.

4.  One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – George Thorogood.   Mistakes of excessive alcohol use causing me to lose my job, my car and my home.

5.  Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing – Chris Isaak.  Then there are some mistakes that will hopefully remain secret, never to see the light of day again, especially on this blog.

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Just a Perfect Day

Jen Kehl at My Skewed View and Kristi at Finding Ninee host Twisted MixTape Tuesday, a blog hop that’s all about music.  The premise is to create a five song mix based on the week’s theme.  (You can click on the button above if you’d like to play along). Here’s Jen’s instructions for today’s topic:

I wouldn’t love these songs so much if they weren’t part of a Soundtrack. Your favorite songs from soundtracks, could be anywhere from pop music you love to original scores, you decide. Try and use the point of view that it was the Soundtrack that made you love the song.

I completely adore the topic this week as it combines my love of music with my love of film.   I did start thinking too much about it and whether we were to list five songs from the same soundtrack or each from a different movie.  I’m going with the latter for my interpretation and looking at it that whenever I hear the song, I immediately have a mental projection of the movie scene.  Always.  I’m also defining “soundtrack” as what’s scored with the movie and not limiting it to just what’s released on a CD as the official movie soundtrack.

**After compiling my list of songs/movies, I noticed what I took away from each of the scenes emotionally all encompassed sex, drugs, or violence.  I might just be worried about my psychological profile if I didn’t start tearing up every time those Humane Society commercials air.

1.  To Really Love a Woman – Bryan Adams from Don Juan Demarco.  Though the wording of Johnny Depp’s monologue borders on the inane, the delivery is muy caliente.  While he may be most well-known for off-beat quirky character portrayals, he can certainly be sex on a stick when he wants to be.

2.  La Cancion del Mariachi (Morena de Mi Corazon) – Antonio Banderas w/ Los Lobos from Desperado.  I’m sticking with the Latin theme from another song.  Between the bar scene with Quentin Tarantino/Cheech Marin and El Mariachi playing with Quino and Campa while breaking up a barfight without skipping a beat, Robert Rodriguez has one of the best opening movie sequences ever.

3.  Stuck in the Middle With You – Steelers Wheel from Reservoir Dogs.  Speaking of Quentin Tarantino, I don’t know how much of this scene with Mr. Blonde is due to his direction or Michael Madsen’s character portrayal of Mr. Blonde…but it is masterful.  The sadistic expression that comes across as Mr. Blonde dances around in anticipation of torturing the cop is impressive, especially considering the actor himself stated that he had difficulties performing the scene.

4.  Perfect Day – Lou Reed from Trainspotting.  I’m not a big fan of the overall movie.  Friends said I had to see it, so I did.  This one scene was brilliant for the use of the song and portraying the experience of an *altered state*, even when chaos may be the reality surrounding the user.  I wasn’t familiar with the song, but after hearing it in the movie, I couldn’t stop listening to it over and over again.

5.  Take the Power Back – Rage Against the Machine from Natural Born Killers. Though this song and “Bombastic” weren’t actually on the commercially released soundtrack CD, it was used in the movie.  I have this film to thank for my introduction to RATM.  So often music that’s used in the background of a pivotal scene like this gets lost for me, but I definitely took notice in this scene.

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