CJ’s iPhone Playlist – October 2014

As promised, I completed the October playlist early…to make up for the super late September posting.

I’m not sure I can place a label on this month’s list. There are quite a few newbies from various genres including alternative/indie  — Smallpools, The 1975, straight up pop — Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor (yes, All About That Bass has finally found its way onto the playlist) and Ed Sheeran and a “Dream Pop” (what the hell is “dream pop”) number from the deliciously talented Lana Del Rey. Toss in a few classics from Billy Joel, Elton John and The Beatles, oldies but goodies from MadonnaCassie and No Doubt and a small but fun New Wave block and you have this month’s eclectic playlist. Also included is this month’s spotlight song, the first to be released from the upcoming Hunger Games Mocking Jay part 1 soundtrack, Yellow Flicker Beat by Lorde.

Feel free to listen along and/or subscribe to this month’s playlist via Spotify – October 2014

Thanks as always for your suggestions, comments and most of all caring about what I listen to!

Happy Fall!!

Prelude / Angry Young Man – Billy Joel

Love Runs Out – OneRepublic

Spiderwebs – No Doubt

Something – The Beatles

Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo

Me & U  – Cassie

Don’t Ed Sheeran – Don’t

Rather Be – Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne)

I Choose You – Sara Bareilles

Sing – Ed Sheeran

I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues – Elton John

Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde*

 (Spotlight song of the month) 

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

Settle Down –The 1975

Dreaming – Smallpools

Dangerous – Big Data (feat. Joywave)

Pandora’s Box – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark

All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor

Shake It Off  – Taylor Swift

Tattooed Heart  – Ariana Grande

Brooklyn Baby  – Lana Del Rey

Planet Earth – Duran Duran

Life In One Day – Howard Jones

Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) – Squeeze

Deeper And Deeper – Madonna

Bang Bang – Jessie J

Never Let Me Down Again – Depeche Mode

Enjoy The Silence – Depeche Mode

A Little Respect  – Erasure

CJ’s iPhone Playlist – September 2014

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OK, I’m sorry. I know it’s super late. It’s been a busy month and while I have been posting, I just never got around to posting this month’s playlist.

Again….I’m sorry!!

As in years past, after a summer of dance music, September has been a bit…rockish. Some alternative rock hits from the ’90s and ’00’s make appearances throughout this list this month as do newbies by Clear Bandit featuring Jess Glynne (thanks JJ!!!), Sara Bareilles, Fenech Soler (thanks Ei!!!) and David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey. There is also a special remix of a popular ’80’s classic, which is also this month’s spotlight song. It’s out of this world!!

Spotify is the place to be if you want to get a listen – September 2014.

I promised Eric V. I would post the October list early to make up for this month, so look out for it next Monday!

I hope you are all well and thanks as always for following, reading commenting….and yelling at me!! :)


A little Less Conversation – Elvis vs JXL

Rather Be – Clear Bandit featuring Jess Glynne

Valerie – Amy Winehouse featuring Marc Ronson

I Choose you – Sara Bareilles

Don’t Dream it’s Over – The Cranberries

The Reason – Hoobastank

Holiday/Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

Hemorrhage – Fuel

Blurry – Puddle of Mudd

Let Her Cry – Hootie and the Blowfish

Here Without You – 3 Doors Down

Sing – Ed Sheeran

Love Runs Out – OneRepublic

Dangerous – Big Data featuring Joywave

Cardiac Arrest – Bad Suns

Heavy – Collective Soul

Interstate Love Song – Stone Temple Pilots

Smooth – Santana featuring Rob Thomas 

I’m Not the Only One – Sam Smith

West Coast – Lana Del Rey

Uptight Downtown – La Roux

Habits (Stay High) (Oliver Nelson remix) – Tove Lo

Sledgehammer (Ben Liebrand remix) – Peter Gabriel *(Spotlight song of the month)

Last Forever – Fenech Soler

Ain’t it Fun – Paramore

Shot Me Down – David Guetta featuring Skylar Grey

Bang Bang – Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

Never Let Me Down – Depeche Mode

Enjoy the Silence – Depeche Mode

A Little Respect – Erasure

#TBT Lady Gaga Tweets Response in Wake of Jamey Rodemeyer’s Suicide


#TBT Remembering Jamey Rodemeyer. Gone 3 years…but not forgotten. #StopBullying #LGBT #LadyGaga

Originally posted on Repartee Room:

Lady Gaga took to Twitter last night to express her sadness and rage over the senseless death of 14-year old Jamey Rodemeyer, who just 4-months ago, praised Gaga in his “It Gets Better Video” on YouTube.

In three Tweets, Gaga expressed her sadness and anger over Jamey’s death and her determination to make bullying illegal, vowing to take her message directly to President Obama.

Here are her Tweets from last night…

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The past days I’ve spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life.
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Jamey Rodemeyer, 14 yrs old, took his life because of bullying.tinyurl.com/6e7n49s. Bullying must become be illegal. It is a hate crime.
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I am meeting with our President. I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it 

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“Bohemian Rhapsody” 2014


A classic is making its way about the Internet once again.

Panic! at the Disco covered Queen’s classic “Bohemian Rhapsody” during their recent tour, and I am NOT mad.

And after watching Brendon Urie nail it, I don’t think Freddie Mercury would be mad it either.

For VARIOUS reasons.

By the way, nothing against Adam Lambert. His performances with Queen have been good.

I just personally I think this performance deserves an AMEN!!!!

See for yourself!



Finally, Ray Rice and I Agree on Something



“I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong. We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and we’ll continue to support each other. I have to be there for (Janay) and my family right now and work through this.”

That was the statement Ray Rice made last night while on the phone with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, for what is believed to be his first statement since he was fired by the Ravens and suspended by the NFL.

OK….where is the part where you accept responsibility for your actions? Where is the part where, while being there for your wife, you apologize for striking her in the first place? Where is your apology to your teammates and organization for the massive distraction you have caused? Where is your apology to the league (which failed miserably in handling this situation) and lastly to your fans?

Yes Mr. Rice. I agree with you 100% — you should not make any further comments or statements until you hire someone, like me, to help you get through this. Once you do, you will at the very least be made to appear that you understand that you and you alone are to blame for this mess. Once you do, you will at the very least be made to come off as human and not like a deer caught in the headlights. And, once you do, we will have some assurance that someone other than you, is looking after Janay.

I hate to tell you this Mr. Rice, but your concern for your wife while admirable, is without merit. It’s not hard to believe that she still loves you and that together the two of you are trying to work through this, but until you take responsibility for your reprehensible actions, statement’s from Janay regarding her devotion to you and anger at the media, will not get you off the hook. You see, sadly, battered women often tend to support those who beat them much in the way like like kidnap victims sympathize with their captors. So you see, her statements come off as suspect, not devotion.

So the best thing you can do Mr. Rice is get yourself some help — legal and PR  representation for certain, but if you really want to start turning things around, go to counseling and become a better man.

That is how this all goes away.

Janay Rice: Clueless or Suicidal


My first reaction when I read Janay Rice’s statement this morning was, “honey, did you fall down and smack you head on the pavement?” They I remembered, this isn’t something to joke about. Especially since her head actually ran into his fist before smacking the railing of the elevator he knocked her out in.

If you have yet to read her statement, by all means…take a few moments to do so…

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”

Yeah…I don’t get it either. Sure, everyone is entitled to make a mistake, and maybe this was a one time incident. Of course statistics prove that to be a pipe dream, but I’ll go along with the fact that “it is possible.”

I guess what galls me the most about the whole incident, is that neither one of them have taken responsibility for it. Before being fired yesterday, he somehow managed to escape being “punished” for knocking this woman out cold. And by punished, I mean jail time, because that’s where he deserved to go. Sure he’s said he sorry, but I have yet to see him “man up” and take responsibility for his actions.

Neither of them seem to get that what the world saw yesterday, was a man punching a woman out in an elevator…when previously we only saw him dragging her limp body out of said elevator…not that seeing him drag her body out the elevator wasn’t bad enough. Now we have a full picture of what happened — and the full picture is BEYOND disturbing.

Her statement is just sad. Not only does it sends the wrong message, but it’s clear she isn’t willing to accept that what he did to her in a PUBLIC elevator, isn’t a private matter. You can love and stand by him all you want, but at the very least, you need to make it known that what he did to you is not acceptable. The fact that you say “to make US relieve a moment in OUR lives that WE regret every day…” shows that you have no clue about what this is truly about.

Honey, this isn’t about ratings. And this isn’t about the media hurting you. This is about HIM hurting you…in public. Which only makes us wonder what happens when there are no cameras. What he did was illegal and horrifying. And until you get that, you should stop making public statements.

So until she understands that…I guess the answer to this posting is…she’s CLUELESS.

I pray to God it doesn’t end up that she was, in fact, suicidal.