Friday, June 21, 2013


You've probably got a favorite number, right? Mine used to be 7, but I think I'm switching to 21.

I've always thought numbers had a lot of significance. For example, I was born on 12-12 in the year 66 (which is 12, if you add 'em up). For a long time I even thought I was born at 12, but I wasn't. I was born at 21 minutes past the hour of 10 (and weirdly, my daughter was born in the 12 o'clock hour on 10-21). It's become quite clear to me that in my family, the number 21 is one that keeps popping up over and over again in all the significant moments of our lives.

What I'm about to say isn't going to sound like a coincidence, but it was, for a long time. It was something that nobody even realized for about 50 years. And then about 7 or 8 years ago, it started to dawn upon us that the number 21 seemed to be included in a lot of important events for at least the past 4 generations of my family.

My grandparents were married on April 21.
My parents got married on August 21.
My first marriage? September 21.
We figured it out, when my little sister got married, and chose to say her vows on the summer solstice. June 21.
I gave birth to my daughter on October 21 (totally naturally...about 21 minutes after midnight). Many years later, when the hormones kicked in and she started dating, that first date was January 21st.
Back in the 9th grade, the day I went on my first date with Eddie? November 21.
Five years ago, my dad called and left me a message asking if I was planning on ever returning the phone call of the guy who referred to himself as my junior high school sweetheart, because he'd called again, 27 years after our first date. It was June 21st.
And now I'm marrying that man.
Today, of course.
Because it's the 21st.

So I'm a little busy at the moment, but not too busy to wax on about numbers and share some music with you on this amazing and wonderful day! Here's 21 songs, all about numbers. Click on the playlist below to stream this Grooveshark Playlist!

  • 1 Is The Loneliest Number - 3 Dog Night
  • 2 Weeks - Grizzly Bear
  • 3 Little Words - Bob Marley
  • 4 Kicks - Kings of Leon
  • 5 Bottles of Mambo - Yma Sumac
  • 6 Cold Feet - Hugh Laurie
  • 7 Days in Sunny June - Jamiroquai
  • 8 Days On The Road - Aretha Franklin
  • Love Potion #9 - The Clovers
  • 10 Years Gone - Led Zeppelin
  • 11 Days - David Byrne
  • 12 Minutes To Go - Skatalites
  • 13 - Elliot Smith
  • 14 Rivers, 14 Floods - Beck
  • 15 - Taylor Swift
  • 16 Saltines - Jack White
  • Sexy & 17 - Stray Cats
  • 18 Wheels & A Dozen Roses - Kathy Mattea
  • 19-2000 - Gorillaz
  • 20 Flight Rock - Eddie Cochran
  • 21 Things I Want In A Lover - Alanis Morrissette
21 by Valerie Ing-Miller on Grooveshark

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Freaking Awesome Music

So tonight, I'm in the kitchen making dinner, and I say to my daughter, "Play some tunes."
She gets onto the laptop, tip taps away at the keyboard for a few minutes, and starts playing some really awesome music that I've never heard before. Really great stuff! Foreign music. American music....all kinds of music. Dare I say, it was freaking awesome music! It's moments like these when I realize that I've had some kind of profound influence on my offspring, because she loves music like I love music, and apparently not only does she have great taste (because we still groove on the same tunes, & still push the table out of the way & dance with wild abandon in the dining room), but she's also got music up her sleeve to surprise me with from time to time! I don't know where she finds this stuff, but it's good!
A little later, after dinner's done and I'm finally taking a few minutes to breathe, I sit down at the laptop with a pink grapefruit & fresh lime martini (aaaah!) to see what's happening on Facebook.
I pull up my web browser, which was minimized on the computer, and see the results of my daughter's last Google search: What Music Is Freaking Awesome?
So that's her secret. She types What Music Is Freaking Awesome into a search engine, and starts streaming the results on Grooveshark.
Gotta love that girl!
In fact, I gotta honor that girl.
So let me introduce to some music perhaps you've never heard of today. But lemme tell's Freaking Awesome! And it's all unexpected guest playlist from my offspring:

Freaking Awesome Music by Sophie Lou on Grooveshark