Originally posted on MySpace on December 10, 2006:
* Turn your speakers ON, turn your volumes UP… and press PLAY!
“S.O.S. please someone help me. . .
It’s not healthy for me to feel this way. . .
Y – O – U are making this hard. . .
You got me tossin’ and turnin’ and can’t sleep at night. . .
This time please someone come and rescue me. . .
Cause you on my mind it’s got me losing it. . .
I’m lost, you got me lookin’ for the rest of me. . .
. . .Got the best of me, so now I’m losing it”
from “S.O.S.” by Rihanna
I have often thought that my life is like a musical. There are songs I hear that evoke a certain memory or a certain emotion I felt at a particular moment in my life. There are songs that remind me of the wonderful characters and castmembers in my life. Whether a happy memory or one where a lesson was learned, music truly documents my life. This concluding year has went by faster than any previous year before. I guess that what they say is true… time does fly by when you’re having so much fun. Twenty years from now, when I am much older and at a very different stage in life, I can honestly say that if I hear any of the songs listed below… that I will be instantly reminded of these events, these people, these emotions, and these memories that I will treasure until the day I die. Hands down, 2006 was the best year ever… by far!
Turn the volume up, this is the soundtrack to my life in 2006:
“S.O.S. (Rescue Me)” by Rihanna… If there is one song that describes myself for the year 2006, this is it! I lost my mind to this song.. first in Toronto, and many a times in Chicago and at The Castle. “S.O.S.” IS MY 2006 ANTHEM DAMMIT!!!
“Move Your Body, Shake Ya Body, Get Naughty Naughty” from MTV’s Making The Band 3… The entire former Clique was all gathered at Katina’s house on New Year’s Eve to ring in 2006 together. What stands out the most from that night is Gina singing and dancing to this song for Steven and I in Katina’s computer room. Spilling her beer over the futon, lighting the sparklers in the backyard… all while singing this song and flaunting the choreographed dancemoves. It was an unexpected hilarious moment that rung in an eventful year. Gina my love, this song needs to be on repeat next time we’re heading out together!
New Years Eve 2006
“The Age Of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks… After much hype, my heavily anticipated annual Toronto trip had finally arrived. Friday night, Cheri, Katina, Steven, Nick, Gina and I drop by Club FIVE and weren’t really feeling their lame house music. FIVE was a cool spot, but it had more of a lounge atmosphere than the hardcore danceclub vibe we were seeking. Nick seemed to be in a bad mood, the others seemed to be ready for something more exciting, and our first night in Canada was becoming rather low-key and uneventful. So we decided to hit up Club Fly (i.e. Babylon from QAF). Gina and I are the first ones through the doors. We walk inside, pay our covers, and this Stevie Nicks song comes on. Next thing I remember is Katina, Steven, Cheri and Nick barging through the front doors dancing and singing the words “Just like the white winged dove / Sings a song / Sounds like shes singing…” The excitement was taking hold, this place was what we were needing, and our Friday night in Toronto had OFFICIALLY begun.
“Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money… Bond Place Hotel. Toronto, Canada. 3rd Floor. Hallway. Singing this song together. Singing this song loudly. Couple down the hall comes out to see what all the fun is about. “Katina’s got the hunnngggaaahhh!!!” Laughing hysterically (as witnessed in photos below). 100% PURE HAPPINESS.
“I feel a hunger
It’s a hunger that tries to keep a man awake at night.
Are you the answer?
I shouldn’t wonder when I feel you whet my appetite”
from “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money
“Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson… What exactly is it about this particular Kelly Clarkson song and being in Toronto? Tommy played this song to death last year when we all first went to Canada, and this year… Katina, Gina, Cheri, Steven and Nick all decided to put on a show downstairs at Club Fly in Toronto when this song blasted through the speakers. They were all singing the words, dancing on the steps, jumping up and down, just going crazy and not giving a shit at who all was looking.
“How can I put it, you put me on / I even fell for that stupid love song…”
…Yeah, yeah… since you been gone”
from “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson
“Bossy” by Kelis with Too-$hort… I dedicate this song to the classy princess who falls off a bar and breaks her wrist… who intentionally wears a different colored bra to “shock the crowds”… who has no problem sleeping underneath the bar at The Castle… who has no problem telling a stranger on a flight that she wouldn’t mind @..$%… who MAY like things that “slide”… who never fails to end up in an alley at 4AM… and whose friendship with me defined 2006. The daily phone calls. The daily e-mails. The monthly trips. This year would have been a helluva lot different without my Godiva & Cream. For starters, I wouldn’t have laughed and smiled so much. With that said, CHANGE YOUR GODDAMN VERIZON RINGBACK TONE SO I DON’T HAVE TO HEAR THIS SONG EVERYTIME I CALL YOU!!!
“Galvanize” by The Chemical Brothers… From the opening beat, I am instantly transported back to Chicago and reminded of Friday nights at Berlin, Saturday nights at Smart Bar, Sunday nights just laying around Gina and Neil’s pad… and NOT Cheri’s words of wisdom on the definition of the word “galvanize.” Cheri: “You know… it’s like when battery acid comes out and it changes… it like galvanizes. Like in the song, the time has come to galvanize… you know… like change. Galvanize.” Never have I heard such bullshit uttered with pure confidence in my entire life!
“Ooh, lemme slow it down for ya so you can catch the flow (catch the flow)
Screw it up make it go extra slow (extra slow)
Real girls get down on the flo”
from “Bossy” by Kelis
“It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” by Three-Six Mafia… Steven Michael Ray a.k.a. Jamal Curtis Jackson a.k.a. Pumpkin a.k.a. Pumal a.k.a. Jumpkin a.k.a. Pujamalkin a.k.a. Selena and all of the other ghettofabulous alter egos, this one’s for you. I will never ever meet another country-accented caucasian from Dade City who insists that he is black, who makes a Laci & Scott Petersen photo-collage as a gift, who sings “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” while skipping down 7th Avenue, who performs “Just Around The Riverbend” from Disney’s Pocahontas during taxi rides around Chicago, who cracks me up and makes me laugh so hard that it hurts. There exists no one better to intentionally miss your flight back home with than Steven. No one can and ever will replace him!
“Snakes On A Plane (Theme Song)” by Cobra Starship… The fascination with “Snakes On A Plane” began on the plane ride back from Toronto. We were all watching VH1’s “Best Week Ever” on the flight, and the movie trailer for this had leaked online to which VH1 showed. We smiled. We laughed. We were confused. We wondered how Samuel L. Jackson wound up in this movie. We still made it a point to see “Snakes On A Plane” on its opening weekend. Even though this movie misfired with critics, audiences and at the box-office, I still thoroughly enjoyed it and was entertained. Thannnkkksssnakes who appreciate bad movies!
“You know it hard out here for a pimp
When he tryin to get this money for the rent
For the cadillac and gas money spent
Cause whole lot of bitches jumping ship”
from “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” by Three-Six Mafia
“Dream Machine” by Mark Farina… Gina first played this song for Fabian, Cheri and I while driving us around Chicago. But this song moreso reminds me of being in Miami with Cheri for Derek’s Medical School Graduation. First of all, Cheri and I do not belong anywhere together. Secondly, Cheri and I do not belong out of our house. Thirdly, Cheri and I do not belong out of town. And lastly, Cheri and I do not belong at classy establishments such as Opium and Prive in South Beach after drinking for a couple of hours. Um… Fake kidnapping reports? Topless lapdances? Spending other people’s money ($200 in under an hour)? Forcing others to do shots, getting them sick and leaving them lying on the club floor to go find burritos? I shrug at how out of control our behavior and actions were that night, but I smile at the memory of walking down Washington Avenue singing the words to this song with Cheri. I remember it being 7am, and Cheri turning over to me while I was attempting sleep: “Okie, I can’t go to sleep until I hear ‘Dream Machine.’ Do you wanna sit in the car with me so we can play it?” And to say that the thought of leaving the warm bed just to hear this song was a definite impossibility would be a blatant lie.
“Stars Are Blind” by Paris Hilton… 2006 was an interesting and defining year when it came to my friendship with Billy Jolie. We experienced some speed bumps the middle half of the year, but being the wonderful person that he is… we kissed and made up, we danced the past away and we’re better and stronger friends than ever before. This song will forever remind me of Mr. Jolie and all of his Hester Prynne, zombie-hand, firecrotch classiness. He’s classy because the stars are blind. I CARE!
“I don’t mind spending some time
Just hanging here with you
‘Cause I don’t find too many guys
That treat me like you do”
from “Stars Are Blind” by Paris Hilton
“What’s Left Of Me” by Nick Lachey… This song will forever remind me of Adam. I was coming home from dinner with him the night before I left to Seattle to attend my grandmother’s funeral, and this song came on the radio. I was never a Nick Lachey music fan, and was starting to really like this song. I was hoping that he wouldn’t change the station. He didn’t. I wanted to turn the volume up. He did. I then had to confess how I absolutely loved “What’s Left Of Me” to Adam which he topped with his confession of singing it to the top of his lungs while driving to and from work everyday. As expected, I never did hear his rendition of this song.
“Going Crazy” by Natalie and “Fallin” by Sarah McLachlan… I had just arrived home from celebrating Gina’s Dirty 30 in Chicago, and Nick was sweet enough to pick me up from the airport. What was supposed to be having a drink together wound up turning into getting crazy drunk and doing cartwheels at Georgie’s Alibi, fussing out Charles in the parking lot, meeting up with Kelly and Fabian at Valentines, throwing up outside of Nick’s new car at a gas station in Brandon and singing these songs while coining ourselves Tampa’s “Thelma & Louise.” Looking back, Nick and I truly should have stuck to just having that one drink… but in the end, it was worth it for the car ride home alone with these songs on repeat.
“Time always reveals / The lonely light of morning
The wound that would not heal
It’s the bitter taste of losing everything
That I have held so dear”
from “Fallen” by Sarah McLachlan
“Not Ready To Make Nice” by The Dixie Chicks… I had just celebrated one of my favorite friend’s, Linley’s birthday at Columbia so I was already pretty toasted. Nick met up with me at Wranglers earlier that night, and we managed to stumble our way out of Wranglers to Czar and then to Flirt and then to… the front yard of Billy Jolie’s house? I don’t remember much that night, but I do vaguely remember “flapjacks,” “eggs benedict” and singing this country song with Tampa’s Number 1 Democrat as loudly and happily as ever.
“Made my bed and I sleep like a baby
with no regrets and I don’t mind saying…”
from “Not Ready To Make Nice” by The Dixie Chicks
“Breathe Me (Mylo Remix)” by Sia… I first heard this particular MYLO remix when Gina and Sara picked Sterling and I up from the airport the weekend of Gina’s 30th Birthday. It was my first time ever meeting them after years of talking online, and I was totally mesmerized that we were all finally face-to-face and by the beauty of this particular version playing in the background. When I went back to visit in May, I told Gina that when she came to pick up Fabian, Cheri and I from the airport, that I wanted this song to be playing in her car. Well… what do ya know? Gina came through, like she always does. This song along with the excitement of being back in Chicago and having Fabian and Cheri experiencing the city with me kicked-off that funfuckintastic weekend in May. This song goes out to my special friend Sterling, who made the first trek up to Chicago with me in February, the second one in May, and finally just up and moved there after that!
“Help, I have done it again
I have been here many times before”
from “Breathe Me” by Sia
“Breathe Me” by Sia… Gina and I were the firsts to fall in love with this song. Cheri would often find herself calling me late at night for love advice with “Breathe Me” blaring in the background. Whenever Fabian was feeling down, he confessed of playing this track. Gina said it best after her and Vince picked up Cheri, Steven and myself from Midway Airport in Chicago… “This is the song that brings us all together.” Amen. I dedicate this song to Foofie Foofie who always made me feel special, and who was the person I turned to the most when I needed someone to just listen. Thank you Fabian.
“Be my friend
Wrap me up
I am small
Warm me up
…and breathe me”
from “Breathe Me” by Sia
“I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt… From the moment Bonnie utters the lyrics, “turn down the lights, turn down the bed”… you can’t help but start to feel a bit depressed and lonely. Hilary and Harry had just picked me up from the airport from my second Chicago trip, and decided to take me out to The Hub for some drinks. Hilary and I manage to piss off the people in the bar that night by constantly paying to hear this song on the jukebox. Eventually, the bartenders cut this song off not even halfway through on our third request… so Hilary, Harry and I had no choice but to sing it in the car on the way home. So if you are around Hilary and I when this song is playing, and especially when Bonnie Raitt belts out the “and I will give up this fight” line, please have a box of Kleenex readily available. I dedicate this song to both Hilary and Harry, two passionate individuals who deserve a break in the love department.
“You cant make your heart feel something it wont
Here in the dark, in these lonely hours
I will lay down my heart and Ill feel the power”
from “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt
“Enterlude” by The Killers… SAK and I had just picked up “The Girls” (aka Gina and Sara) from the airport, and this song came on. The lyrics could not have fit that entire weekend anymore perfectly, because Cheri and I were going out of our way to make sure that the two of them received the biggest Tampa welcome for their first time here in Florida. Afterall, I had visited them thrice this year and brought different friends each and everytime. They housed us, fed us, got us drunk, drove us around, and never failed in giving us the warmest Chicago treatment. It was our turn. Dinner at Sangrias… Hyde Park… The Dubliner and Czar… The Castle… Hotel Shelley in South Beach… Opium and Prive… Sushi Rock… shopping… Mansion. Despite missing out on Club Space, I believe Cheri and I accomplished our goal in showing these girls an amazing Floridian time. I miss you Gina and Sara so much.
“We hope you enjoy your stay
It’s good to have you with us
Even if it’s just for the day
We hope you enjoy your stay
Outside the sun is shining
it seems like heaven ain’t far away
It’s good to have you with us
Even if it’s just for the day”
from “Enterlude” by The Killers
“When You Were Young” by The Killers… Gina and Sara were in town from Chicago for the very first time, and we were all coming home at 3AM from one of the craziest and “interesting” Thursday nights at The Castle. We were all in SAK’s truk, and I remember everyone just singing to the top of their lungs with the windows down… laughing, smiling, rocking out, doing the shoulder lean (Gina), being happy and just singing. Even hearing that song to this day reminds me of that night and those feelings of being so incredibly happy and so carefree. “When You Were Young” is OUR song SAK!
“And sometimes you close your eyes
and see the place where you used to live…
when you were young”
from “When You Were Young” by The Killers
“Fergalicious” by Fergie… I have known Kristin for over 15 years now. I have known her the longest out of all my friends (even if by a couple of days), and some say that we’re in our own little world when together… which we are. With the lengthiness of our friendship comes a shitload of songs that remind me of her… “Magic Dance” by David Bowie… “It’s All About Love” by The Party… “Vibeology” by Paula Abdul… “You’re Not Alone” by Olive… “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears… “Murder On The Dancefloor” by Sophie Ellis Bextor… “American Life” by Madonna… “Dance Commander” by Electric Six… “Move Your Feet” by Junior Senior… and the list goes on and on and on. I don’t exactly know the reason why, but hearing this song brings nurse Kristin and her “Mars Attacks! weave tracks” to mind. So I guess that this is the Krisin-Okie song for 2006.
Kristin and Okie circa 1995
“Get Together” by Madonna… “PLEASE LISTEN TO THE MUSIC WHILE YOUR PARTY IS REACHED.” Katina told me at Linley’s Halloween Party that this song reminds her of me, but this song reminds me of two of the windy city’s finest… Neil and Sara. Neil and I were shopping for pants with Sterling and her sister Stacey at this boutique when this song starts playing. How about that fool just runs behind the sales counter, hikes the volume way up, and just unappologetically but dramatically tells the sales attendant, “I’m sorry but I had to… THIS IS MY SONG!” I just couldn’t help but laugh. I also can’t help but laugh at Sara and I continually texting one another the lyrics to this song while sitting in the same car on numerous occasions. We never talk to one another while this song is playing, but we’ll feel the need to text one another the lyrics. Why do we always do that? I honestly don’t know, but IT MATTERS!
“Can we get together?
I really wanna be with you
come and check it out with me
I hope you…
I hope you feel the same way too!”
from “Get Together” by Madonna
“Crazy” by Aerosmith… There’s nothing more heartwarming than walking downstairs at Hotel Shelley in Miami with Billy and hearing drunk-ass Gina, Sara and Cheri singing this song as if they were auditioning for “American Idol.” Seriously… I could hear the three of them loudly singing, as well as Cheri and Gina’s distinctive laughter all the way up the stairs. They probably don’t remember this, but I do. 🙂
“Seasons of Love” by the cast of RENT… What a way to end the year than with this showtune that will most likely be the only song that makes this annual list of mine every single year. Why? As cheesy and cornball as it sounds, every passing year should always be measured in… LOVE.
Thank you all for being a part of my life. Thank you all for the wonderful memories that I will cherish. Thank you for 2006. I love each and every single one of you from the bottom of my heart.
“How do you measure…
…measure a year?
In daylights / In sunsets
In midnights / In cups of coffee
In inches / In miles
In laughter / In strife
How do you measure…
…measure a year?
…Seasons of Love”
from “Seasons of Love” by the cast of RENT
I dedicate this blog of laughter, love and friendships to my best friend Katina, who went through a lot this year but still managed to come out smiling.
In Loving Memory of Adrian Athan and “YaYa”
In Loving Memory of my grandma Kiki, the strongest woman I ever met.
Nelly Furtado’s “Loose”… my favorite cd of 2006!