"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Zombie & Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

1. Zombie - The Cranberries. Confession. This song isn't in my collection. Somewhere I know I have the CD, stored away like some ancient artifact. But it comes to mind for the topic and it fits so it gets included. Surely you remember this song from the 90's?  I loved it then and I still love it now. So much going on. The words, the political message behind it, Dolores O'Riordan's voice.  It's one of those songs that, although I haven't heard it in forever, I still remember the words and will sing along whenever it comes on. I have to stop trying to remember when it came out though, it ages me and makes me feel very old. So I'll stick with "back then" and be happy with it. 

2. Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah - James Baskett. Ok. Everyone knows of this song. I mean it's Disney. It's a classic. It's global. I'm sure you're singing it in your head right now too. Sorry though, it'll likely be stuck there for a while.  Who doesn't love this song. Sadly my kids have never seen Song of the South and it's difficult to come by, what with how times have changed and all. But it's still a classic and if you go to a Disney theme park you're sure to hear it. It's also just a fun, positive, happy-go-lucky song. Puts you in a good mood and makes you smile. Well, the first couple of times at least. After that, maybe not so much. 

Well, that's it. Just like that April is over and the challenge has come to an end. Fun. But this is a "Z" post and I will look back later and post about it then. 

All is well, Z down and finished, in Drosche Land. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Your Song & You and I

Your Song - Elton John. Classic. I love this song. It's a simple romantic song and has been covered many times. But again, the original is the best. I mean, it's Elton John. Having said that though, I do like the rendition from Moulin Rouge. But I like Baz Luhrmann and his movies. But I digress. This song. It's great. Makes me want to put on some oversized ostentatious glasses and relax. 

You and I - Lady Gaga. Yes. Her again. You know I love her, so she had to make this list several times. This is one of my all-time faves from her (I'm sure I've said that before) because it's tied to a special memory. A few years ago when Amy bought me tickets to go see her she played this song. But it was for her then upcoming, unreleased album and hadn't been fully tweaked and finished. She just sang it straight out at the piano.  No frills. No fuss. Just awesomeness. So, when the album came out and the finished song was present Amy and I reminisced and enjoyed it. So it makes me smile whenever I hear it. That and it's just awesome. So it was a natural for "Y". 

All is well, Y down, in Drosche Land. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Once again here we are. That time of year in the countdown when the letter "X" comes up. X. Poor letter. Misunderstood. Rarely used.  Especially as the initial letter in a word. Not totally useless. I mean we wouldn't have foxes or boxes without it. Nor would we be able to fax someone or refer to our saxophones by their shortened diminutives. But to begin a work with "X"?  Well, that's just downright rare. And even when it's present it uses the sound from the letter "Z". Poor X.

Clearly I have no song in my collection beginning with this underutilized letter. A quick trip to Google returned a few examples. Xanadu by Olivia Newton John.  XO by Beyoncé. A few others. Yet I am unfamiliar with them. Sure I have heard of the two I just mentioned but they made no impact. So I cannot comment on them or provide you with guidance in finding a song beginning with "X". So I'll simply dedicate this post to the poor letter itself. For now unused in this month's posts. But, there's always next year!

All is well, X down, in Drosche Land. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Way I Am & Wrecking Ball

1.  The Way I Am - Ingrid Michaelson.  OMG.  I love this song.  It is so sweet and fun.  It makes me think of Amy every time I hear it.  I think it is the perfect little song for a couple to have.  Nothing sweeping or overly romantic about it.  Not a ballad.  No huge musical score.  Just something simple and easy to show love for someone, no matter what.  A personal fave of mine.  Plus, she works the word Rogaine into the song, kudos to her!

2.  Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus.  Yes.  I know.  It's Miley Cyrus.  On a wrecking ball.  Licking a sledgehammer.  There are so many things wrong with that.  But that's the video.  Taking the song away from the video I think it becomes something totally different.  A sad lament for love lost.  A double entrendre for the term wrecking ball.  I like it, aside from the video of course.  That's just crazy.  But listen to it and try, your best, not to picture the video.  The song in itself is pretty good.  At least I think so.

All is well, W down, in Drosche Land.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Violin & Video Games

1.  Violin - Amos Lee.  Another singer/songwriter.  Amos Lee has an awesome folksy/rock/soulful sound that is addictive.  I have no clue where I heard this, so it is like to be via iTunes, but I was instantly taken.  There is just something about his voice and the music that just calms and soothes.  Puts me in such a great mood.  His music has also been used extensively in commercials (Sweet Pea) and TV shows.  I guess because it also makes for great background music; relaxing and soft.  If you have not heard of him, or this song, I highly recommend it.  You will not be sorry.

2.  Video Games - Lana Del Rey.  Her voice.  Haunting and seeming like a throwback to 1940's/1950's.  Her first album, Born to Die, is awesome and every song on it is epic and I can listen to it straight through over and over.  Sometimes you just need a slow song with a slightly melancholy feel.  One to just veg out to.  You know what I mean right?  Lana Del Rey is just that.  Enjoy.

All is well, U down, in Drosche Land.     

Friday, April 24, 2015

Underneath & Uprising

1.  Underneath - Alanis Morissette.  I have loved Alanis since she first came around, way back in the 90's.  I was in high school back then and her first album, Jagged Little Pill, was one of my favorite CDs back in the day.  I have always bought all of her albums when they've come out and listened to them on repeat, memorizing them.  While she has somewhat faded from mainstream radio and airplay, she remains one of my all-time favorite artists.  This song is from one of her later albums and is all about changing yourself and being happy with yourself before you can change the world and others.  A good message, everyone should have a strong sense of self-worth and confidence.  Plus it's got a great hook and I just love Alanis.  Oh, and remember, she was an original character on You Can't Do That on Television (see last year's "Y" post here) so that is awesome too!

2.  Uprising - Muse.  Love this!  The beat is wicked.  Throw in the fact that it was used to promote the reboot of the series V (not as great as the original but still pretty cool) and it's a winner.  One that is great to crank up loud so you can feel the bass vibrate through you.  Surely I'm not the only one who does this with a good song?  Anywho, this song kicks and I'm listening to it now as I post.  It's also great to play when you need to be pumped up and ready to take on a big task or event, I mean the whole thing is about being victorious.  Win!

All is well, U down, in Drosche Land.  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

These Dreams & Thrift Shop

1. These Dreams - Heart. It's Heart!  Honestly, this isn't my favorite Heart song. That would be Barracuda but "B" was full so here they are with my 2nd favorite. Who doesn't love a good 80's power ballad by a girl group?  Well, look no further. Here is a great one from Heart. This song marked a comeback from the group after dwindling popularity after the late 70's. It's been covered and used in numerous TV shows and movies so I'm sure you've heard it, a snippet, or a version thereof. Somewhere along the way. But the original is the best, as it usually always is. 

2. Thrift Shop - Macklemore. Ok. So you have to know this song. I mean, how could you have escaped it?  Did you know what "pippin' tags" meant before this?  I doubt many people did. It's catchy. It's mainstream hip-hop. And yes, I have no shame in stating that I can recite/sing/dare I say rap every word. The boys love this one too and it's always one to please when it comes on. Causing us all to stop and jam for a couple of minutes.  Maybe even on the way to Goodwill to score some great second-hand deals?

All is well, T down, in Drosche Land. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

St. Elmo's Fire & Secret

1. St. Elmo's Fire - John Parr. Who doesn't love a great Brat Pack movie?  Well, if you weren't born in the 80's then maybe you, but that would just be one of the many things you've missed out on. This is one of the main movies from that era. I haven't seen it in forever but it's a great one. And this song. The theme song from the movie. It's such an awesome and typical 80's song.  From the instruments to the wording to the way it's composed. Just a great throwback. I'll play it and turn it up loud. I think it's slowly growing on the kids!  Up next, the movie!

2. Secret - The Pierces. Maybe you've heard of this and maybe not. If you have a penchant for teenage soap operaesque drama then you'll instantly recognize it as the theme song from Pretty Little Liars. I've mentioned before my addiction to this show. I just can't get enough. I'm caught up via Netflix and am awaiting the addition of the most recent season!  Loving the show and the song I had to download it. It's a great song. Kind of a gothic feel to the music and tone of their voices. I also just love the words and song itself.  Just awesome. But I don't know who "A" is, so don't spoilt it for me?!  :)

All is well, S down, in Drosche Land. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Redneck Crazy & Royals

1. Redneck Crazy - Tyler Farr. On my, this is Braeden's all-time favorite song. He will request it no matter what. It just gets to him. I love it too. It's a great country song. A little bit of heartbreak and a little bit of revenge all wrapped up with a great chorus and a twang. It doesn't hurt that Willie Robertson is in the video. We love us some Duck Dynasty here in Drosche Land. This is another go-to song for feeling good and singing out loud. Whenever and wherever. 

2. Royals - Lorde. She makes a second appearance this month. The song that introduced the world to Lorde and made her famous. Love it. The beat. The chorus. That voice. They all work together to just make it awesome. I will admit though that it makes me feel slightly ancient to know that she is only 18. Seriously?!  Oh well. I guess it's a good thing I'm young at heart.  

All is well, R down, in Drosche Land. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Queen & Que Sera Sera

1. The Queen - Lady Gaga. She makes another appearance on this list with this track. Not released as a single, that I know of. To be honest it's not one of my faves. I love all her music but this one has fallen off of my radar. Admittedly it partially makes the list because it is the only song in my collections beginning with the letter "Q" so it was this or nothing. I'm sure there are many mor earrings beginning with this letter, just none I am too familiar with or own. Sad. But it's Lady Gaga so it's worth a listen. 

2. Que Sera Sera - Doris Day. Ok, so it's not in my collection but I do love this song. Sure you've heard of it before. Whatever will be, will be. You know it?  Right?  Used in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much. I love a good Hitchcock movie but I haven't seen this one in years. But the song became well known and Doris Day's signature song after being used in her tv show. There's son trivia for you thanks to some quick research and Wikipedia. You're welcome. So, not in my collection but came to mind and I love it. Maybe I'll add it now?  Heading to iTunes after publishing. 

All is well, Q down, in Drosche Land. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Paint It Black & Push Me To the Floor

1.  Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones.  What music-themed list would be complete without The Rolling Stones?  I mean, they're like 178 years old but still awesome!  This is my favorite of all of their songs though.  Not quite sure why, just is.  It's a classic though, how can you not love it.  My kids, not so much.  Hard to believe it is nearly 50 years old.  But, like The Rolling Stones themselves, still kicking!

2.  Push Me To the Floor - The Parlotones.  Again, not quite sure how I came about this one but I'm glad I did.  It has a fun and quirky video so that also helps this song to be pretty great.  It has a fun alternative/indie feel that I like.  To be honest, I haven't heard this song in quite a while though, but I know the words and can hear it in my head if I think about it.  Maybe I'll go look up the video on YouTube.  Bring it back to the top of the playlist?

All is well, P down, in Drosche Land.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Oh Louise & Ocean Front Property

1.  Oh Louise - Korey Dane.  Ok, I honestly cannot remember how I found out about this song.  Maybe a freebie on iTunes?  A commercial?  I have no clue.  It is likely an iTunes freebie and I love those.  Most of the time I like them, only occasionally are there ones that I think are totally crap.  This, though, is not one of them.  I love this song.  It may be one that falls to the bottom of the list and the back of my mind, but whenever it comes back on I am in love with it all over again.  Like an old friend that you haven't seen or spoken to in forever and then you meet up again and it's just like old times.  It's kind of like that.  Give it a try.  Plus it somewhat falls into the singer/songwriter genre and I am a total sucker for that kind of music.

2.  Ocean Front Property - George Strait.  The King appear again.  Love this.  I know all the words and shamelessly sing out loud the entire song whenever it comes on.  I mean, it's George Strait.  Need I say more?  This is another of my all-time faves of his and it never gets old and never ceases to please.  Timeless.

All is well, O down, in Drosche Land.  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien & New Soul

1. Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien - Edith Piaf. LOVE this. I cannot express to you how much. I don't know when I first heard it but you may know it from the commercial a few years back where the lady drops her engagement ring down the drain. Or maybe you are like me and have a thing for French pop music?  I also love Edith Piaf's other works, she is amazing. I highly recommend La Vie en Rose, the movie about her life. Marion Cotillard is phenomenal, and I just like saying her name.  Sadly, no one else in my family shares my love for this wonderful song so I rarely listen to it, mostly when I'm driving alone, which is also rare. But I do so love this song. 

2. New Soul - Yael Naïm. One, I do love this song. Two, I enjoy typing her name because I get to make that fun "i". It's the little things people. Anywho. You may have never heard this song before. I found it a few years ago when Apple used it in one of their commercials, I love the music they choose. So, I headed over to iTunes and downloaded it. I've been enjoying ever since. I suggest you give it a listen if you've never heard of it. Something new. Something different.  I'll admit though, I don't have any of her other music so I can comment on her entire library. Maybe I'll check it out?

All is well, N down, in Drosche Land. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Man & Make It To Me

1. The Man - Aloe Blacc. One of Braeden's favorite songs. One he always requests when we are taking turns listening to music from my iPhone in the car. For me it's another one of those go-to, feel good songs. I'm sure that on more than one occasion a complete stranger has caught me belting this song out at the top of my lungs. Yes, I'm that person!  I do enjoy this song so much that I've debated making it my ringtone; I just can't part with The Walking Dead theme.  Am I the man?  Maybe I am. This song sure makes me feel like I could be!

2. Make It To Me - Sam Smith. Here he is again on my list. His songs are so bittersweet and melancholy. But the words and his voice make them so addictive.  I love the fact that the song is about someone's unrequited love for a friend who is oblivious. Have you seen the video?  It totally plays off on that theme. I'm sure Amy is laughing reading this as we have been in that exact position. She was Sam Smith and I was the clueless love interest. Luckily I came around and realized she was my soulmate. And we all lived happily ever after. So stay strong Sam Smith, there's still hope!

All is well, M down, in Drosche Land. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Let It Go & Livin' On a Prayer

1. Let It Go - Idina Menzel. Yes, I know. But I do have a 2 1/2 year old daughter. She is so intro Frozen it's not even funny. She adores it. We've seen the movie more times than I can remember. She's got dolls. She's got books.  She loved the Frozen Fever short before the movie Cinderella. Whenever the song comes on she sings and spins around "like a princess". So naturally this song brings my little girl to my mind. And I smile. Now, I'll also go one step further and admit that I do love the song. I do. I love the movie. I do.  I've not tired of either of them and I'm not ashamed to admit it. There. I've said it. I love Frozen. I love Let It Go. I love the running gag with John Travolta and his ineptitude and inability to say her name correctly. I love it all. 

2. Livin' On A Prayer - Bon Jovi. Come one. It's Bon Jovi. A total nod to my 80's childhood and love of hair band rock and ballads.  I know more than a few of you out there will belt this sound out at the top of your lungs when it comes on. Maybe you are now, or at least in your head. I know I am. So many awesome Bon Jovi songs, but this one is my favorite. I can't refer to myself or anyone else being halfway anywhere without breaking into the chorus. So good. Timeless really. Another song that I can play and it's sure to put me in a good mood.  I think I'll play it right now in fact. Rock on. 

All is well, L down, in Drosche Land. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

Knee Deep & Kiss the Rain

1.  Knee Deep - Zac Brown Band.  Love them.  This is my favorite non-ballad Zac Brown band song, I just couldn't narrow it down to one for them.  It's a great feel-good song about having fun.  Kind of this generation's Margaritaville.  It never ceases to put me in a good mood and get me singing along whenever it is on.  Also, having seen them perform live at The Rodeo, they do a killer job live.  Amazing.  This is just one of those songs that can pump you up and make you smile, whenever it comes on.  Definitely a go-to.

2.  Kiss the Rain - Billie Myers.  I'm not sure exactly what it is about this song.  The song itself?  Her voice?  The words and meaning?  I just like it.  Do you have one of those songs?  I may not always seek it out, but when it comes on (either on the radio or when my iPhone is shuffling through my library) I enjoy it and don't skip it.  I don't have much to say other than that.  Plus, there aren't a ton of songs, at least in my collection, that begin with the letter "K".

All is well, K down, in Drosche Land.  

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jump In the Line & Judas

1. Jump In the Line - Harry Belafonte. Yes, the song from Beetlejuice, likely where I first heard it. An awesome movie, but this post is about the song.  Calypso.  It's just a fun song. Also, it's hard not to sing it without emulating his Caribbean accent. Try it, I dare you. This is also one of Jackson's all-time favorite songs. He can get down when it comes on and will belt it out with me at the top of his lungs. It's awesome to experience, trust me. So, that's also a major reason why I love it so much. 

2. Judas - Lady Gaga. She makes her 2nd appearance this month. This song is also a favorite of Jackson's and he will often request it, being (like me) a huge Lady Gaga fan. It is also one of her more interesting videos with all of the religious imagery and references used in conjunction with a biker gang. Definitely a unique way to sing about betrayal.  She's nothing if she's not interesting. But I do love it so and, again, will listen to it endlessly. 

All is well, J down, in Drosche Land. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

I Will Wait & I'm Not the Only One


1. I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons.  Love this song. Love this band. I am a sucker for a banjo too and this song has a great inclusion of it. There's just something about the folksy sound of the band, the banjo, and the lyrics that all just work together. A little country, a little rock, a little folk, a little bluegrass. It just gets to me on so many levels. I'm not often at a loss for words, but this is one of those times when I just can't put it to words. I guess maybe that's a sign of its success for me?

2. I'm Not the Only One - Sam Smith. Sam Smith. Wow. There is not a song of his that I don't love. I could, and have many times, listen to the entire album on repeat. But this is my favorite of all of his songs. Bittersweet from beginning to end. Plus, have you seen the video?  I love it and feel it fits the song so well. Plus it's got the actress that played Quinn on Glee and she is awesome. I may or may not have listened to this song, sometimes to the chagrin of my kids, the entire way to school and home again on more than one occasion. That's a 40-50 minute trip each way folks, about 10 listens depending on traffic. Yes I've counted. But it's just that good. All of it is, but this is the best.

All is well, I down, in Drosche Land. 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Habits & Here I Go Again

1. Habits - Tove Lo.  So this one is fairly new. One, I love her name. Two, this song is awesome.  It is one that I can play on repeat countless times. It's got. A great beat, hook, chorus, everything.  Then it's also a bittersweet song. About loss and what it does to you. But not to get too deep and analytical about it, I just love it. This is also one of those songs that I heard and immediately thought it was going to be big. Then bam, it's everywhere. So yeah, it's like I discovered it. Sort of. Right?  Maybe I just got in on the ground floor. Either way, Tove Lo is everywhere and has released subsequent awesome songs. And it all started with this one. 

2. Here I Go Again - Whitesnake. Some songs just want to make you rock out and dance on top of a sports car. Well, at least if you're Tawny Kitaen. I mean, how can you not love this song. A classics 80's hair band ballad. It has everything. A great chorus, head banging potential, a great video.  As a child of the 80's I had to include this one to honor all of its awesomeness. Again, one I can (and am currently) listen to on repeat endless times. Throw in the fact that the boys will rock out with me and it's golden!  I also can't say the words, "Here I go" without finishing out the line from the song. Timeless. 

All is well, H down, in Drosche Land. 

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Gimme More & The Gift

1.  Gimme More - Britney Spears. Yes. Britney. How could she not be included on my list this month. Anyone my age would.  Out of the many great Britney songs I chose this one to include. One, it begins with the letter "G" and, two it's great. It spawned the now-famous (or infamous) line, "It's Britney, B*tch!"  So it has to be included for that little pop culture nugget right there. Also, this was the song that she lip-synced to during that I'll-fates VMA performance. You know the one. Right before things went downhill. She'd been through a lot. Then that. Next thing you know she's shaving her head and beating off paparazzi with an umbrella.  But she's rebounded by now and things are on the upswing for her. Good. She will always be around and will always be awesome.  I mean hey, it's Britney, b*tch. (See what I did there?!)

2. The Gift - Aselin Debison. Oh my.  If you've never heard of this song head on over to iTunes right now. Hurry!  This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. Well of the modern genre, non-classic and non-religious. I have several categories. Anywho. This song is so beautiful. A little orphan girl, giving her only possession, all she had, to God as a Christmas gift. She's then rewarded for her selflessness. I tear up. Every. Single. Time. Love it. I'm a sucker for Christmas music, any time of the year. And this is just such a good one. 

All is well, G down, in Drosche Land. 

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Freedom & The Funeral

1.  Freedom - George Michael.  Come on.  You know this one.  Hopefully you're singing it.  Clearly one of his most famous post-Wham songs.  Plus, it's an awesome video that solidified the power of the supermodel.  What's there not to love?  Sadly, I can't say that there are too many Drosche Land members that enjoy this song as much as I do, so it is relegated to times when the audience is minimal; namely just myself.  But still, a classic.

2.  The Funeral - Band of Horses.  Heard of this song?  I can't quite remember where I heard it first.  to be honest I Googled its use and couldn't recognize any of the TV shows or movies that have used it.  So, I think maybe it was the Ford commercial mentioned on Wikipedia?  Maybe.  Either way it's a good melancholy song.  A little on the long side and less mainstream so it might not be that familiar to many, but still good.  Again, my "F" songs are apparently polarizing as this is another one with few fans where I come from.  Oh well, I will enjoy it.  Give it a shot, maybe you will too.    

Monday, April 06, 2015

Everybody Wants To Rule The World & Everything

1. Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Lorde.  I love me some Lorde.  I love me some Hunger Games. In this cover the two collide into something awesome. I'm sure there are plenty of purists out there that will have nothing to do with this version, stating that only the Tears for Fears original matters. But, as great as that is, this one is also. Something about her voice, the tone of her music. It just works. Jackson is actually a pretty big Lorde fan too and this happens to be one of his favorites. He seems to have inherited an eclectic love of music from both Amy and I. Who knows, maybe he'll have something to do with music later in life?  Maybe he will just love it. Either way, Lorde is in his repertoire. Mine too. 

2. Everything - Michael Bublé. I wish I had an accent mark on my name. Makes it look cool. Anywho. I love this song. I love Michael Bublé (yes, I just wanted to type the accent mark again). This is my favorite though becaus I associate it with Amy. It's one of the songs that sums up my feelings for her. Everything.  That's what she is to me. Mr. Bublé states it far more eloquently and melodic than I ever could though. I've heard he is pretty awesome to see in concert. Maybe we will get that pleasure someday. Until then though, this song is always available to me whenever I want to think of Amy. 

All is well, E down, in Drosche Land. 

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Happy Easter

He is risen. He is risen indeed. Alleluia. 

Today was Easter and I hope that it was a blessed day for you. We are enjoying a 4-day weekend as we celebrate so today seemed to move a little slower and a little smoother, knowing that tomorrow morning wouldn't bring a 4:30 am alarm. An extra day to sleep in a bit, wear jammies a little longer (maybe all day), and just relax as we get ready for the push to summer. 

But that's not what it really was about today. Nope. Today we got to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ. We got to share the great news with our friends and family that God's Not Dead. I mention that because we watched that movie, finally, on Netflix this afternoon. It was great. The boys enjoyed it as much as Amy and I did. A great chance for us all to remember to live boldly. To confess our faith and stand firm in our beliefs. Even when it, as it often is, is difficult.  If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.  Stream it instantly now. Watch and share. God's Not Dead. 

I guess that's about it. The day of fun, candy, eggs, and resurrection comes to a close as I once again enjoy the traditional watching of The Ten Commandments.  Just a chance to wish you and yours a blessed Easter. 

All is well, because HE rose, in Drosche Land. 

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Defying Gravity & Drink in My Hand

1.  Defying Gravity - Kristin Chenoweth & Idina Menzel.  Wicked.  Even if you haven't seen the musical, surely you've heard about it in some capacity.  Especially given the recent attention focused on Idina Menzel with Frozen.  This is one of Amy's and my all-time favorite musicals.  We have read the book (radically different but also awesome) and seen it twice.  I love a good show-tune and this is one that never fails to disappoint.  Idina Menzel and her awesomeness aside, I also love this song because of Kristin Chenoweth.  She is amazing.  I was a huge fan of her on Pushing Daisies and then on GCB.  There are times when I'll listen to the entire soundtrack, it's that good.  And yes, I know all the words.  No shame there.

2.  Drink in My Hand - Eric Church.  I wish I looked that badass in a baseball cap and aviators.  Alas, I don't.  But I do love this song.  It's a great song to get pumped up to and leaves you feeling awesome.  One of the best things is the twang his voice has.  Maybe it's because I have a slight one myself (some would argue thicker probably) but I am a sucker for a good Southern accent.  I can't have this song on and not be in a good mood.  

All is well, D down, in Drosche Land.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Country Strong & Calling Dr. Love

1.  Country Strong - Gwyneth Paltrow.  Did you see this movie?  With Gwyneth and Tim McGraw.  About the country star with emotional and addictive demons.  It's a tearjerker and I'm getting sad just thinking about it.  Amy didn't share my affinity for the movie, but I love it.  This song is just one of many from the movie that I love.  Who knew Gwyneth could sing?  Maybe it was a byproduct of being married to Coldplay frontman?  Maybe it was just a hidden talent?  Regardless, I love the movie and this song.  If you haven't seen it, do so quickly.  It's on Netflix, but only via DVD.  

2.  Calling Dr. Love - Kiss.  A classic.  Kiss.  So many songs from this band but I love this one.  Surely you know it or have at least heart it once.  Commercials, movies, CDs; you can't have missed it.  We saw Kiss in concert a few years back at the Rodeo (yes, the Rodeo) and they rocked it.  Of course they performed this, among many others, and it was great.  Hard to believe they're all in their 60's and still going.  But look at The Rolling Stones, they're in their 100s and not slowing down.  Rock & Roll, and face paint, do a body good I guess.

All is well, C down, in Drosche Land.  

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Bad Romance & Blank Space

1.  Bad Romance - Lady Gaga.  Love it.  Love her.  You should know by now that I love me some Lady Gaga and Bad Romance is one of my favorites.  Jackson also loves it and sings and dances whenever it comes on, just another reason for me to crank it up when it comes on.  She was fantastic in concert and I was in awe of her tribute to the Sound of Music at The Oscars.  Kooky?  Maybe.  Outlandish?  Probably.  Talented?  I sure thing so.  

2.  Blank Space - Taylor Swift.  I can't even believe that she has made the cut.  I can't even believe that I am blogging about Taylor Swift.  I've spent so long boycotting her and hating her.  But dang it, she and her catchy tunes bored their way into my brain and, over time, wore me down.  Wore me down, just the way Steve Urkel always promised Laura he would in Family Matters.  This song is my favorite and I love the video.  Its fun to watch her go all crazy psycho girlfriend.  So there, my secret it out.  Yes, I listen to, and enjoy Taylor Swift.  Sigh.  I bet there's a support group out there.

All is well, B down, in Drosche Land.  

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Amie & Amarillo By Morning

1.  Amie - Pure Prairie League.  I love the fact that I am beginning with this song.  Despite the spelling being different, it should be abundantly clear why I love this song.  It is the ringtone for my Amy.  Whenever the kids hear this, they know she is calling me.  There have been times when I have been playing the actual song and they think she is calling, even if she is sitting right there!  Talk about a Pavlovian response!  Other than bringing to mind my dearest wife, I just enjoy this song and the folksy sound of it.  To be honest I couldn't name you any other song by Pure Prairie League if my life depended on it.  And that's just find by me since none could ever top this.

2.  Amarillo By Morning - George Strait.  Of course he had to make this list.  How could he not?  Love or hate country you know who he is, the King of Country.  This is probably my all-time favorite George Strait song.  Amy knows what I am about to say as she has heard it many times before.  This song reminds me of my childhood.  I distinctly remember hearing it as a small child, on a road trip, passing through Amarillo, in the morning.  Therefore, despite being an awesome song, it holds a special place in my heart for that very reason.  

All is well, A down, in Drosche Land.