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Saturday video break: Birthday time

One of the things you learn when you reach a certain age is the extent to which children’s television has completely taken over your brain.

It’s the times when you’re by yourself and you find yourself humming or even singing these tunes and you realize just how far you’ve gone. So you try to make your peace with it where you can.

Friday random ten: Birthday time

Today is my birthday, so to celebrate I’m going to be lazy and just repeat last year’s birthday-themed Friday random ten, with one addition:

1. Birthday – The Beatles
2. Rock and Roll Never Forgets – Bob Seger
3. Happy Birthday – Weird Al Yankovic
4. Too Old To Rock And Roll, Too Young To Die – Jethro Tull
5. The Birthday Song – Asylum Street Spankers
6. Old, Fat, and Drunk – Austin Lounge Lizards
7. When I’m 64 – The Beatles
8. It’s My Party (And I’ll Cry If I Want To) – Leslie Gore
9. Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
10. Still Crazy After All These Years – Paul Simon
11. The Birthday Dirge – various artists
12. Older – They Might Be Giants

The last two are, of course, one for good luck and the pinch to grow an inch. Maybe next year I’ll do something different, assuming I can still remember promising to do so. What’s making you feel old this week?

Entire song list report: Started with “Came For A Dance” by The Mollys. Finished with “Christmas Time Is Here”, the vocal version not the instrumental version, by Vince Guaraldi from the “A Charlie Brown Christmas” soundtrack. That was song #774 and almost but not quite the end of my “Christmas” music, a total of 132 songs this week. I’ll be back with a special Saturday version of the Friday random ten tomorrow. Until then, have a happy Friday.

Friday random ten: You say it’s your birthday

In honor of my birthday this week, here are ten songs related to birthdays, getting older, and stuff like that.

1. Birthday – The Beatles
2. Rock and Roll Never Forgets – Bob Seger
3. Happy Birthday – Weird Al Yankovic
4. Too Old To Rock And Roll, Too Young To Die – Jethro Tull
5. The Birthday Song – Asylum Street Spankers
6. Old, Fat, and Drunk – Austin Lounge Lizards
7. When I’m 64 – The Beatles
8. It’s My Party (And I’ll Cry If I Want To) – Leslie Gore
9. Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
10. Still Crazy After All These Years – Paul Simon
11. The Birthday Dirge – various artists

The last one is the pinch to grow an inch. Which, once you get past the teenage years, doesn’t seem quite as appealing. Nonetheless, here’s a video of that last one for those who’ve never heard of it. I tried to find a sample of the Spankers song, which is done to the tune of the finale of the “William Tell Overture” and contains the line “You say it’s your birthday, oh that much is true/But muggers and perverts and drunks have them, too”, but came up empty. What songs get you in a mood to celebrate another trip around the sun?

I say it’s my birthday

Apparently, this is a pretty busy week for blogger birthdays. Tuesday was Elise Hu and Stephanie Stradley; they both got cool presents befitting their bloggy stature to help them celebrate. Yesterday was Atrios‘ turn; I have no idea if he got any presents, but he does have his own Wikipedia entry, which is nice. And today is mine. (It’s also Justine Bateman‘s, but as far as I know she’s not a blogger.) I have it on good authority that there will be some baked goodies for dessert tonight, so I’m covered as far as presents go. One of the things I’ve learned by having kids is that it’s not really a birthday if there isn’t cake involved. Good to know I’m doing it right.