Day 24: Tunes with my dudes

If you’ve been following along, this post is part of a (nearly) once-a-day-month-long-blogging-brouhaha with my pals Amanda Hollinger, Monica Wyche, and Ami Worthen.

Perhaps one of the greatest answering machines greetings ever: the one my friend Koz left on our friend Brian’s family’s answering machine. The opening to this song served as background music. Solid gold.

Memory: driving fast in Koz’s car, windows open, singing this.

This one’s for Patrick, my U2 soul mate.

Memory: Koz, Brian, a bottle of Jaegermeister, and a broken light. Oh, and this. You can call it just another summer night during college.

Day 17: The gift of insurance

If you’ve been following along, this post is part of a (nearly) once-a-day-month-long-blogging-brouhaha with my pals Amanda Hollinger, Monica Wyche, and Ami Worthen.

Unbeknownst to me, I would meet two of my best friends in one of the more unlikely places…in insurance. I will always remember the day I met Trish and Andy. I was entering a department populated entirely by intelligent, good looking, well dressed women who were also kick ass copywriters slinging words to sell insurance.


I was the merest bit nervous.

I needn’t have been. In the early days of our friendship, they both endeared themselves to me in their own way, Trish with her gentle guidance; Andy with her sarcasm.

In the months and years to come, we grew to adore, depend on, and consult one another on everything from buying cars to taglines to relationships to babies. Sometimes all in the same conversation.

Also, they are great fun, as evidenced below.

Charlie's Angels pose. The resemblance is stunning, no?

We live far apart these days, but they are as much a part of my heart as ever.

Friends. Copywriters. Partners in crime.

I thank Trish for always being an example of grace under pressure, for showing me the value of organization, and for one of the greatest laughs in the history of the world. This song will always reminds me of her.

To Andy, I give thanks for lessons in boundary-setting, spiritual guidance, head squeezes, and for reminding me to always sing…full voice.


Rapture: the mix tape

Certainly if there’s going to be a rapture, it should have an accompanying soundtrack. I put the request out to Facebook for suggestions. Here’s running list:

Track 1: Rapture, Blondie (If there must be a rapture, I request that both Blondie and Fab Five Freddy be present.)

Track 2: It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine), R.E.M. Thanks, SarahNell.

Track 3: I Melt With You, Modern English. Props to Cathy.

Track 4: Until The End of The World, U2. Thanks, JBird.

Track 5: Satan Rejected My Soul, Morrissey. Thanks, Erin, I can always count on you for great music.

Track 6: Love Me Like The World Is Ending, Ben Lee. Props to Liz.

Track 7: In This Twilight, Nine Inch Nails. Woot, Hannah!

Track 8: Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin. Of course, Patrick!

Track 9: Straight To Hell, Drivin N Cryin, Nicely played, Arch.

Track 10: Blinded By The Light, Manfred Mann. Yay, Jamin!

Track 11: Highway To Hell, AC/DC. Two times, Erin!

Track 12: Death Is Not The End, Nick Cave. Many thanks, Simon, with 6, count ’em, 6 submissions!

Track 13: If I Should Fall From Grace With God, The Pogues. Simon!

Track 14: The Next Life, Suede. Mr. Ashton, if you please.

Track 15: The World’s On Fire, The Housemartins. Simon.

Track 16: Kingdom Come, David Bowie. Nice!

Track 17: Hallelujah, Happy Mondays. Simon Ashton, music connoisseur.

Track 18: The End, The Doors.

Your suggestions are welcome. But you know, hurry, the end is near.

Ed. Note: Happy to include some latecomers to this rapture party.

Track 19: Ain’t Wastin’ Time, The Allman Brothers. Surely God loves The Allman Brothers, too, right Pat?

Track 20: Apocalypse Please, Muse. This, from a new mother. Thanks, Jess.

Track 21: Devil With The Blue Dress, Mitch Ryder. Anne sneaks one!

Track 22: Ashes To Ashes, David Bowie. Only because it’s Bowie will I allow 2 songs from an artist. Thanks, Pat.

Track 23: Are You Gonna Go My Way, Lenny Kravitz. Pat with a great song and memory!

Track 24: I Would Die 4 U, Prince. Seriously, there’s no rapture unless Prince is there.

And…two more.

Track 25: I’m Still Here, Steven Sondheim/Carol Burnett. Thanks, Tasha!

Track 26: When The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash. Dante!

Track 27: Hallelujah, Handel Chorus. Well done, Cheryl.