Tuesday, February 1, 2011


So I find myself on the cutting edge of technology....from about 5 years ago. I have become the proud owner of a second-hand iPod thanks to my biggest girl. She kindly donated the archaic piece to help me on my quest for something or other. The conversation went something like this:

mom: Abbey, since you don't use it and you listen to music on your phone, how about selling your iPod to your kind and devoted mom.
Abbey: Sure, you can have it for $50.
mom: Okay, sounds great. Oh wait, except how do you put a price on all the years of cooking and doing laundry...blablabla.
Abbey: eyeroll.

So, I got an iTunes gift card for Christmas and began loading her up. Want to know what I chose? Well, I will tell you.
1. Metallica's version of "Whiskey in the Jar"- don't judge me.
2. Spirit of the West singing their hearts out on "Home for a Rest"....it reminds me of my university days
3. Canadian songmaster Gordon Lightfoot singing "The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" - tells a haunting story
4. Patrick Watson singing "Big Bird in a Small Cage" - a gentle kind of tune.
5. the classic by Pretenders "Back on the Chaingang" - you must understand this choice!
and last but not least "Fireworks" by the Tragically Hip - I find it funny when singers throw swear words into songs all sneaky like.

I loved the fact that I could buy songs and not entire records. I am not kicking it oldschool anymore. Look out 21st Century.
Anyone care to add some more musical suggestions for me?


  1. I Got A Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas.
    Tightrope by Janel Monae
    Boom by Anjulie
    Pump it Up by Elvis Costello
    Anything at all by Ray LaMontagne!
    (that's not a song title...)
    Go to CBC.com...on their Live Right Now section they've created the ultimate playlist for working out...all fun, upbeat stuff! If I had an ipod, I'd get them all. I'm wondering...do you need a Apple computer to use one? I'm like you...not in the 21st century at all...but would LOVE to buy individual songs!! And I love all your choices...we must be about the same age!!

  2. Thanks Stephanie. It's funny...I am hoping this iPod will help me learn to love running.
    I don't believe an Apple is required. I think you can just program the iPod based either Mac or PC.
    I am not sure about you but later this month I will be 39 - arghhhh

  3. Oh, I laughed when I saw this post...how well timed?? The thing is, I bought my very first ipod on Monday!! I just got one of those small ipod shuffles...they're about $60, but perfect for working out. Today I shovelled snow, listening to my ipod!!! I haven't had a walkman in 10 years, so I'm just amazed at this little piece of technology! I can't wait to go running!!
    I loaded up some Julie Doiron, (oh I just adore her), Kanye West, (I LOVE the gold-digger song), Belle and Sebastian, Shins, Metric...even some Frank Zappa, (I have eclectic taste)! I really just want some good music to move and groove to!
    Isn't technology wonderful!
    xo maureen