Entertainment

Playlists by Mood

by Administrator on March 30, 2015

For the longest time, I have been assembling playlists for specific moods – not unlike one can get today on Songza or other similar services. These playlists are for my all time favorites by category. This is no easy task, as things change over time – these are indeed very dynamic.

The songs listed in each category are not listed in priority sequence – I’ve only alphabetized strictly to help organize them.

Romantic / Seductive Playlist

6 Underground – Sneaker Pimps (Nellee Hooper Edit)
A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
Afterglow – INXS
All of Me – John Legend
Always on Your Side – Sheryl Crow with Sting (Better than the Sheryl Crow solo version)
Amazing – One Eskimo
Anything for You – Gloria Estefan
Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
Broken Arrow – Rod Stewart
Collide – Howie Day
Damn I Wish I was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins
Europa – Gato Barbieri
Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
Finally – Fergie
Gravity – Sara Bareilles
Have a Little Faith in Me – John Hiatt
How Do You Keep the Music Playing – James Ingram
I Belong To You – Eros Ramazzotti and Anastacia
I Can’t See Nobody – Bee Gees
I’ll Stand by You – The Pretenders
In Another Time – Sade
It Could Happen To You – Robert Palmer version
Just One More Dance – Michael Buble Version
l’appuntamento – Andrea Bocelli
Let Me Go – Avril Lavigne with Chad Kroeger
Let’s Go Home – Glenn Frey
Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Love Doesn’t Live Here Anymore – Seal version
Love Without You – Darius Rucker
Lost Without U – Robin Thicke
Make You Feel My Love – Adele version
Nevermind Me – Maria Mena
Nights in White Satin (Notte de Luce) – Mario Frangoulis version
No Air – Jordin Sparks
One Hundred Ways – James Ingram
One in a Million You – Larry Graham
Più Che Puoi – Eros Ramazzati and Cher
Save Room – John Legend
Secret Garden – Bruce Springsteen
September Morn – Neil Diamond
Someone Like You – Van Morrison
Stay – Rihanna
The Only Exception – Paramore
To Love Somebody – Bee Gees
Was it Just Another Love Affair? – Eurythmics
What Would Happen – Meredith Brooks

It’s a Party Playlist – Don’t Sit Down and Crank it Up
It’s a real challenge to come up with a list that spans generations and music genres – is this success?

1985 – Bowling for Soup
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
Bang, Bang – Jessie J and Nicki Minaj
Boogie Wonderland – Earth, Wind and Fire
Bom Bom – Sam and the Womp
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Can’t Get You Out of Mind – Kylie Minogue
Clarity – Zedd
Devil With the Blue Dress On – Mitch Ryder
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Fireball – Pitbull
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Got To Give It Up (Part 1) – Marvin Gaye
Hot, Hot, Hot – Buster Poindexter
I Gotta Feeling – The Black Eyed Peas
I Like It – Enrique Iglesias
I Want it All – Karmin
I’m Alive – Michael Franti
I’n Not Running Anymore – John Mellencamp
Kiss – Art of Noise
Ladies Night – Atomic Kitten version
Look on the Floor – Bananarama
Mmm Yeah – Austin Mahone
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5
Oh Yeah – Yello
Please Don’t Go – KWS
Real Wild Child – Iggy Pop
Selfie – The Chainsmokers
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
She Bangs – Ricky Martin
Shut Up and Drive – Rihanna
Straight to Memphis – Club des Belugas
Sway – Pussycat Dolls version
Tequila – The Champs
The Politics of Dancing – Re-Flex
Timebomb – Kylie Minogue
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson Featuring Bruno Mars
Vogue – Madonna
Walk Like an Egyptian – Bangles
Wanna Be Startin’ Something’ – Michael Jackson
Wasted – Tiesto
When Smokey Sings – ABC
Wings – Little Mix
Work Bitch – Britney Spears
Yeah 3X – Chris Brown

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Lots of FLACing for my Sonos

by Administrator on January 19, 2015

What? Well I finally took the plunge over the holidays and decided to convert my 1,000+ CD library into media accessible to my Sonos. I’ve had my Sonos, an incredibly versatile and powerful wireless audio streaming system since 2006. Since 2006, I’ve bought a large number of MP3s and have also enjoyed the extensive library of internet streaming services available on the Sonos. But I still had a large library of CDs which I didn’t have instantaneous access to.

So on to the FLACing. OK, FLACing isn’t really a word, but it does describe the process of converting music files on a CD to files more easily used with digital audio systems such as the Sonos. FLAC, then, is a digital music format, much like an MP3 is. The big difference between the FLAC and the MP3 is really the quality of the resulting product. MP3 loses information in the process of being converted from a CD – it is a lossy format. FLAC is a lossless format, so the process of converting the information from a CD to a FLAC involves only compression (making the resulting file smaller) but not losing any of the originally encoded information. FLAC files are substantially bigger than MP3s, but with the relative costs of disk today, the level of audio quality retained is worth it.

So, I’m FLACing my library. I figure it might take a good month or two of work to get through my 1,000+ CD collection.

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Carlos Santana in Concert

April 30, 2011
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We were able to get tickets to the second to last show for Carlos Santana at the Joint at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas. The fun of seeing Santana is that no matter how many songs he plays, you know them all. He has had that long and that successful of a career that […]

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Michael Buble

December 4, 2010
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We were fortunate enough to get tickets for Michael Buble’s performance at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont Illinois in December 2010. What a fantastic show. As a performer, Buble radiates enthusiasm and empathy and truly delivers an energetic and over-the-top performance. His musicians are top notch, the play list selection contains good variety and the […]

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Tony Bennett

August 29, 2009
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We saw Tony Bennett at Ravinia Festival. It was our first concert with Mr. Bennett and it was a very nice evening. Tony has a simple approach to his concerts – he has a four piece band of oustanding musicians on piano, guitar, bass and drums. He gets on stage and sings classics and also […]

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Audio Books

July 26, 2009
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I have been a member of Audible.com since 2003. I remember at that time using a specialized device sold by Audible to download and then play my audio books while commuting, driving, flying or whatever. Since then I have transitioned to an iPod, and realize that I have been enjoying audio reading for over 6 […]

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Tom Jones

July 12, 2009
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We had the pleasure of seeing Tom Jones at the Ravinia Festival this July. This was our 5th or 6th time seeing this performer and he continues to put on a great show. We have seen him previously at the Rosemont Theatre and in Las Vegas. The best venues for his act continue to be […]

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Ray Romano and Brad Garrett

May 8, 2009
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We saw Ray Romano and Brad Garrett at the Terry Fator Theatre in Las Vegasat the Mirage, May 2009. Ray Romano was very funny and Brad Garrett was over the edge. They performed seperate monologs for perhaps 30-40 minutes and then united on stage to do a question and answer session followed by a 5 […]

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Wynn’s Lake of Dreams

May 7, 2009
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There are multiple ways to experience this venue, both DB Brasserie and SW Steakhouse overlook it; and there is a bar built with it as a focal point. To understate it, the entertainment is basically a man made lake surrounded by lush pines, flowers and other foliage which give a nicely isolated or secluded feel, […]

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The Eagles

March 27, 2009
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We saw the Eagles in concert on March 26, 2009 at the Sears Centre outside Chicago. It was a great concert which highlighted the incredible talent that the four current members have, from instrumentation, through lyrics, to vocals. The show was long, comprising two full sets and one encore for about 28 songs. All the […]

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