When you’re talking “Twisted Mix Tape,” you probably don’t expect Bing Crosby and Harry Connick Jr.
I mean, those are two of the suavest honkeys in suave honkey history. “Twisted Mix Tape” ought to refer to Quiet Riot and Lindsey Stirling (left) and Twisted Sister and, yes, Ke$ha. But for Jen Kehl’s popular weekly tribute to the art of the mix tape, anything is possible.
“Twisted Mix Tape” this week calls for “Dealer’s Choice” for your selections. I nearly went with “Songs Coach Daddy Hears When He Eats Cheeseburgers, Gets Geeked Up for Soccer Matches or Thinks About Dana Perino.” But, who can cut a list of such songs down from 47?
I decided to go all sensitive for this one, and I asked the girls which songs they remembered me singing to them at bedtime. (Hint, none of them were by Quiet Riot or Ke$ha).
It doesn’t happen anymore, but I loved singing to my girls at bedtime.
Here are the girls’ choices. You won’t find “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” or “Warrior,” although Elise did once request “Tainted Love” – and cried when I said no.
1. Across the Universe, the Beatles
It was like we were in a commune for this one. We were all hippies, tripping out on the meaning. “Limitless undying love/which shines around me like a million suns” … dude. You could almost smell the incense burning. Modern-day hippies sleep soundly, too. This was trippy, but it sparked musical conversation between my kids and me.
2. Can’t Help Falling in Love with You, Elvis Presley
Elise, the oldest of the girls, used to think I looked like Elvis when she was little. In related news, she hasn’t yet needed glasses. I’ll include the Ingrid Michaelson cover because it kind of takes my breath away, which can be a problem when it plays on Pandora in the middle of a work day.
3. Hey Jude, the Beatles
Sometimes, the words are straight to my girls. Paul McCartney’s song to John Lennon’s song includes lessons above life and love. “don’t you know that it’s a fool/who plays it cool/by making his world a little colder?” After about 17 minutes of naaaaa-na-na, na-na-na-nahhhh, Marie has had it, though.
4. The Lion Sleeps Tonight, the Tokens
I had forgotten about this! Thanks, Grace. Uncle Keith used to sing it, falsetto and all, at a high volume. I kept it reasonable. It was bedtime, after all. I remember it playing on Super Gold on Saturday nights with my dad. Saturdays were for washing and waxing your car, grilling out, and Oldies.
5. Recipe of Love, Harry Connick, Jr.
With Nirvana, Greenday and Stone Temple Pilots playing from CD players all over campus, I was the dork with Harry Connick Jr. playing on my Sony Walkman. Yes indeed. “Let’s Just Kiss” was another popular request, but it seemed to rile up the kidlets more than settle them down.
6. Swinging on a Star, Bing Crosby
Bing made it famous, but my inspiration was Bruce Willis and Danny Aiello, in the movie Hudson Hawk. The pair used classic songs to time their heists. In related news, I wrote three extra verses at the kids’ request, for a crab, a skunk and a snail. I’ll write about that someday, too.