Music Mayhem or How I Drove to New York Listening to WXPN

I have been listening to WXPN ( for years now. More than a dozen for sure. GREAT music. This station taught me about Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Susan Tedeschi, Aimee Mann (post Til Tuesday), Coldplay, Ryan Bingham, Damien Rice, and I could go on. So much of what I enjoy about music today was founded on the music I listened to while sitting in my office streaming WXPN.

So, about 10 days ago I was driving to New Rochelle, NY (that’s just north of New York City) to attend a funeral. I knew I was driving through XPN country and finally found it on the dial. Live and not streaming. I was able to tune in for over an hour before the New York-New Jersey stations took over (XPN is in Philly). Most of the time I was listening was to David Dye’s World Café, always a treat.

I used Shazam to keep track of some of what I listened to on that drive and those songs that made me dance or smile or just say “wow!”. Here’s the list:

Alt-J – “Left Hand Free”

The Del Fuegos – “I Still Want You”

Dire Straits – “Wild West End”

A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”

Paul Simon – “Love and Blessings”

Billy Bragg & Wilco – “California Stars”

Stevie Wonder – “As”

Paul Revere & The Raiders – “Kicks” (tribute to Paul Revere who died earlier this month)

Pretender – “The Phone Call”

John Mooney – “She Ain’t No Good”

There were many more songs I heard that I really enjoyed on the trip up but once I reached Northern New Jersey the traffic was too thick to try and maintain Shazam (being that I have my phone set to lock the screen when it’s not being used).

Some other songs I have shazamed (is that a word – it is now) recently are:

Little River Band – “I Think I Left My Heart With You”

Letters to Cleo – “Dangerous Type” (cover of The Cars song)

Big Data featuring Joywave – “Dangerous”

The Pretty Reckless – “Messed Up World (F’d Up World)

Seether – “Same Damn Life”

Ellie Goulding – “Anything Could Happen”

Apollo Symphony Orchestra – “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048:1” (that’s Bach folks)

Happy listening!!


Hey! Where Have I Been?

I haven’t posted in almost 2 months. Honestly, it isn’t that I haven’t had anything to say. I’ve just been busy with other things — like work — to take the time. The other reason is that everything I wanted to say I thought was private. So even if I posted I would have made it a private post.

But here I am now. Lots to say and nothing to say. My mind is racing around at 100 mph right now. Here’s a clip:

I’ve lost almost 40 pounds since May.

My uncle died. I feel surprisingly lost about it although we weren’t very close.

I’ve been listening to some good music and there will be a blog about that.

I “discovered” the author Tana French and I thank my friend Joan J. for recommending her (years ago) and I thank myself for finally reading such a great murder mystery.


I wish people would stop crowding out Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday and my friends are already all about Christmas. I saw a meme recently that had a turkey talking to Santa and saying something like “hey, fat man, wait your turn!”. Loved it.

I drove to just north of NYC last week and drove by the old homestead. I don’t miss it. I DO have warm feelings about my childhood there though. Even though I got beat up fairly often I think.

I’ve been doing energy healing with a fabulous young man and boy am I learning a lot.  So much better than therapy. I find it draining on the day it happens though. All I want to do is curl up with a book and a cup of tea afterward. Sometimes I have to go back to work though. Ugh.

I haven’t been to the gym since last week and while I miss it, I have no energy to go.

Besides I have a Beaujolais Nouveau  party to attend tonight. Yeah.

I really need to get to yoga again.

Started taking an Italian class. Just finished week 3. Really stretching this old brain. Io mi chiamo Suzan.

I loved having my mom here last month and going apple picking with her.

I loved seeing my dad for a few days even if it was because of a funeral.

I love my new vintage coat. It’s beautiful. It’s warm. It is so very me.

T minus 44 days until my 54th birthday. I often ask myself “when the hell did I get here?” but I’m glad I did.