My Alphabet Soup Song List

Shirley Manson of Garbage - still going strong

Shirley Manson of Garbage – still going strong

Let me start by saying that this is NOT a ranked list of my favorite songs.  What it is though is the result of an exercise I performed where I tried to document my all time favorite song from each letter of the English alphabet, using each letter to represent either the singer or the band.  I could find no other example of this exercise on the internet.  Some of these were no-brainers for me, for example the letter “G” – Garbage is a band I really love.  A few letters gave me heartache, for example the letter “B” – no Beatles song?  Am I crazy?  Don’t worry, there’s a Lennon song here for you die hard Beatles fans.  I just had to count in the classic by Blue Oyster Cult.  The letters “X” and “V” were difficult because offhand I could not think of a group or singer beginning with X and the only ones I could think of for V were Bobby Vinton and the Ventures.  The entire exercise must have taken me a good 6 hours of effort as I’d make a short list for each letter and then I’d have to imagine hearing each one, trying to figure out which I ‘really’ loved.  Then I’d come back to the list the next day and maybe change a letter – “P” was a good example as I think I had a Pink Floyd there for a long time before remembering how much I loved the song Roxanne.  Most of these songs have a special memory attached to them for me and I’m sure there are a few in here that you’ve never heard.  Maybe give some of them a listen – you might stumble upon a new sound you enjoy.  Oh, and I’d challenge you to do this exercise yourself.  You’ll find it as difficult as I did, I’m sure.  I’m a rock and pop guy – your list might be classical or jazz.  That’s ok; music is like food – beauty is in the senses of the beholder.  Enjoy:

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Cursing Out a Complete Stranger

Ah...the Mirth Mobile!

Ah…the Mirth Mobile! (or tin can)

Have you ever lost your temper? I don’t mean – have you ever been really mad. I mean – have you ever been so mad or in a situation where all of a sudden you temporarily lose control of your thoughts and out of your mouth comes flying a wild cursing, directed at someone or at no one? You later step back and wonder – where the hell did that come from?

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My Very First Real Vacation or How to Cook Yourself

No words are needed

No words are needed

In this story, (link), I wrote about getting engaged the second time, the last time.  It was just before the summer of 1978 and we had set a date for marriage in October.  I was working as an Assistant Manager at Taco Bell and had just begun my correspondence study.  Kim had not yet begun her LPN program where she had earned a scholarship.  The time was ripe for a vacation, our very first road trip.