Twisted MixTape 24


Last night was an impromptu Karaoke night. Not at some bar, not even at some young-in’s party. It was my mom’s best friend’s 75th birthday party (you know, the friend that you call Aunt because you’ve known her since you were 2) . Here’s some things you may or may not know about me and my extended family.

  • We love to sing.
  • Because we have known each other our whole lives we feel comfortable enough to sing our hearts out.

OK, that’s kind of misleading, my sister and I have been singing for a long time, so we don’t need to “feel comfortable”. If I had the wear-with-all I would actually link a song we recorded about 15 years ago. It’s pretty funny. Here’s the reason:

Debbie (my kinda cousin) speaking to me and my sister: You guys are so funny. You totally analyze each song.

Us (because we speak in unison so I am shortening it since we each said some of the words): Well, have you listened to the words of this song? I mean come on! He’s such a jerk, and this is so sad, and we might as well slit our wrists and call it a day. I can’t even believe we’re singing this song.  We totally can’t sing songs like these.

Debbie, getting all philosophical and looking at us very seriously: Oh, I get it, because the songs you like to sing are songs that you feel on the inside, deep down in your heart.

Us: No, because these songs are stupid. We only sing happy songs.

Maybe you had to be there.

Meanwhile, after singing for 5 hours, I was pretty darn hoarse this morning. And because we’re losers who didn’t get babysitters, 5yo niece and 8yo boy were up making cameos until 12:30am.

Oh Yeah!!! So, I’m a total music snob. OK not really, well – yes I am. Because, as I mentioned, I only like happy music. Mostly. And the exceptions do not make me a hypocrite they only make me smart. Anyway…. I pretty much pride myself on knowing the ACTUAL lyrics to every song I love, which is very helpful in Karaoke, so imagine my surprise when I discovered I had been singing this Mondegreen all along! (mondegreen is defined as a word or phrase that results from a mishearing of something said or sung <“very close veins” is a mondegreen for “varicose veins”>)

Hotel California….
Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes Benz

Tell me you did not think all along it was: Her mind is definitely twisted? I’ll give you 100 pennies if you REALLY (and I can read minds, so don’t lie) knew that line.


This week’s Twisted MixTape Tuesday theme is beautiful songs. I have given you permission to interpret that anyway you want. I bet you know how I interpreted it.


Top 5 songs that I will sing Karaoke with you Any-time as long as the background music doesn’t sound like a cheezy Casio VL tone (really, call me)


Right Down the Line – Gerry Rafferty (p.s. I’ll even sing the guitar solo)


On and On – Stephen Bishop (p.s. I don’t think I’d notice if this had the Casio on the background) (p.p.s. don’t get me too late in the night or I won’t be able to hit that last high note)


The Things We Do For Love – 10 CC  (p.s. back in the olden days, I was hanging with my boyfriend and a bunch (maybe 12) friends, this was WAY before Flash Mobs, we all just broke out singing this song having brunch at some posh place. It was classic.) (p.p.s. extra points for the woooo wooo wooo wooo wooo wooo wooos)


Just The Two of Us – Grover Washington, Jr (once again, bonus points for doing the background ladies singing ‘just the two of us”)


Best of My Love – Eagles (we sang a ton of Eagles last night, total crowd pleaser)


And now for the fun! Because this really is the fun. Just incase you are wondering… I listen to EVERY SINGLE mix that links up! I may be picky about what I like, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love finding out what makes your musical souls tic.

The rules of Twisted MixTape are as such: Try and create a 5 song mix based on this week’s theme. This week our theme is Beautiful Songs (interpret how you will) make a 5 song playlist of songs you think are beautiful. I don’t care if your interpretation is they all have the word beautiful in them, or all of the singers are beautiful. Play what you will fellow mixers.

Take it easy, make it flow, remember in your mind you are creating your mixtape for a friend, what would he want to hear?

Create your own post and link it up, or put your mix in the comments. If you are going to link-up there must be a song – relating to the theme – in your post. And really, if you’re not ready to link up with us, no worries! We love songs in the comments! So bring it!

Please visit your fellow mix-makers, and if you can, comeback every so often to see if anyone new has arrived. Share this all over the place, the more the merrier! And go visit my lovely cohort, without whom I would have never had the guts to make this happen – Kristi at Finding Ninee. She’s always got a song, a funny story and some silly Drawrings. Mostly, just have fun, there’ s no pressure here.

IF you need to own any of this awesome music, click these links to go straight to iTunes:

Right Down the Line – City to City
On and On – Careless
The Things We Do for Love – The Very Best of 10cc
Just the Two of Us (feat. Bill Withers) – Anthology
The Best of My Love – On the Border



The List Of All Lists:

September 17 –  Free for all! New feature! Every 6 weeks I’m gonna post a free for all. Make a mix, any mix! Whatever speaks to you is AOK with me. Maybe you have a theme in your head, an idea to showcase. WHATEVER YOU WANT!
September 24 – Relaxing slow jams. You wanna chill, you want your friends to chill. Any genre from rock to jazz to hip-hop, but it’s gotta be slow-jams
October 1 – Our own Troy from As Long As I’m Singing contributed this week’s theme: the (5) seminal songs who made you the person you are today. The shutter-openers, the wakers, the “I can see clearly now the rain is goners.” The tunes that forced you to look in the mirror and say, “Hey good-looking, you seem familiar, yet new.”
October 8 – I wouldn’t love these songs so much if they weren’t part of a Soundtrack. Your favorite songs from soundtracks, could be anywhere from pop music you love to original scores, you decide. Try and use the point of view that it was the Soundtrack that made you love the song.
October 15 – Make a mix of songs that are totally from a genre or style of music that you don’t usually listen to. You know… 5 songs that you love anyway… kinda like Clark pulling the Classical Music card for Best of
October 22 – Songs that are spiritual. In anyway. To you, about something spiritual, you decide.
October 29 – Songs that are scary. FOR ANY REASON. Halloween is a few days away. Are they scary because of the words, what the band looks like, because it’s just so darn bad??
November 5- Free for all!
November 12 – Song’s that tell a story. These can be epics or not. Just a story. Kind of clearly.


Just a reminder, last week I unveiled my new blog Raised on the Radio – Looking for contributors to write anything involving the way we used to listen to music before the digital age. It can be about a specific album, band, concert or just an experience. Let me know if you’re interested!

32 thoughts on “Twisted MixTape 24

  1. I’ve never done karaoke – it’s not really that ‘big’ here, and I’d never have the guts to, but I do love singing on my walk/runs with my friend around wherever we go, both of us attempting to harmonise.

    Your pre-flashmob-flashmob sounds awesome.

    • Lizzi it was! You should give it a try. I here people who sound like old machine parts and I’m just as happy to clap for them!

  2. You know I’ve never done karaoke? Yeah… sad, huh? This list is so great, I think I’m going to be singing in my sleep! Right Down The Line-I didn’t know who sang this, I’m totally going to get that off of Itunes as soon as I have some $$$!

  3. You are so much cooler than I am. The one and ONLY time I did karaoke, the DJ dude got up on stage with me to “help.” I needed to hear the music in my ears and it wasn’t there! It should be there! I love your list and I’m actually really jealous that your family sings together. Huge. Like big huge.

  4. Have never done the karaoke thing. Have enough of a hard time tolerating myself in the car. About the only song I can make my own is James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain”, although as of late, my version of “Born Under A Bad Sign” has been constantly flowing. I used to make up my own words to “Can’t take my eyes off of you” when I did comedy, but can’t repeat them here. They did get the crowd laughing, though. 🙂 Migraine? Nope, can’t tell it. Great job!

    • Hey Rich, Karaoke is a beauty is in the eye of the beholder thing. Totally can’t do James Taylor myself, the key is so wrong for me!

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  6. never have done the karaoke, but your choice of songs are totally the songs I could imagine trying to sing (provided I could imagine the singing part), especially the 10cc! That’s a song that starts playing in my head when I see the title… (‘she says that she wants to make up”)

    I did not know the correct line to the Hotel California… damn!

    • Clark you’re the only one who answered that question!!! Thank you! I sang it correctly, but it didn’t feel right. I even added my own chorus in the end “And you’ll never get to go the Eagles concert in October because your sister forgot to by the tickets….” or something like that.

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  8. Oh. My. God. I sing the guitar solo to “Right Down The Line” as well!

    And with all this Happy, sister, I was totally stunned and shocked that Mr. Rupert Holmes didn’t make an appearance! Or did he “escape” before you could post him?

  9. When I was a kid, I wanted to speed up “Best of My Love,” like, 20 times. Thebestofmylove, the bestofmylove … I could have started a thrash band and ridden that cover straight to the top.

    Or, alienated any animal within earshot. Either/or.

  10. I’ve said it before but who cares. I absolutely LOVE the way you write about music, and no you didn’t have to be there, I was totally hearing your voice in that dialogue even though you and your sister were talking at once 🙂 These Tuesday posts are a pleasure. And I loved this one especially because I know what these family gatherings feel like and I miss them and it made me feel warm and fuzzy.

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  12. This is a great twisted mix set up you got here! I love how you tied in the music with current ponderings. I love all of these songs too! (Oh I stumbled across your page via Lizzi at Considerings). I’m not so much a mixed tape gal but when I have to work on pics for my blog I listen to Glen Hasard on Pandora. It makes me feel inspired, mopey, uplifted, and stronger all at the same time. Weird, right? LOL. Anyway I’m subscribing love the blog!

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