Thursday, December 4, 2014

It's My Party, I Can DJ If I Wanna

It's not easy being a Sagittarius, lemme tell ya.

Being born anytime between Thanksgiving and Christmas can pretty much guarantee that you get one gift that covers both holidays. If I had a nickel for every time someone said, "Happybirthdaymerrychristmas!" I'd probably have enough saved up to get new double pane windows for my house.

Which reminds me. Another downfall of being a December baby? This might not be such a big issue when you're a kid, but as an adult I have a hard enough time thinking of items to put on my Christmas wish list (at least things that cost under eight thousand dollars, but having to come up with more ideas for my birthday list too? It sends me over the edge every year, although lately people who really know and love me just bring me a bottle of cheap champagne or expensive vodka.

Another problem I've been complaining about for years is the fact that going out to eat dinner with friends on my birthday has become next to impossible because either all the good establishments are booked for parties on my birthday, or all my friends are booked with their own holiday office parties.

My efforts to get Christmas to step aside and move to another month have been fruitless. Christ just won't budge his mass for little ol' me.

When I was a kid, I was jealous that my little sister, a Leo, always had fun August outdoor birthday parties with lawn games and slip 'n slides, while all of mine were indoors and very happybirthdaymerrychristmassy. In addition, half of my friends were missing because they were sick with whatever runny nose-cough-sore throat-vomit malady was going around.  Let's call it the Bahum Bug.

Finally, when I was about 10 and a big snowstorm shut down my birthday party (I'm making this up, I have no idea what finally triggered this), I threw a tantrum over it. My parents sat me down and said, "Christmas is basically a big birthday party for Jesus. But everyone knows he wasn't actually born in December. And you don't have to celebrate your birthday in December either. Why don't you have your birthday party in April or May, when it's warm outside and everyone can play in the backyard?"

I know. My parents are brilliant.

So I did that, for a couple of years. And it felt like I actually had two birthdays instead of one.
But to be honest, I love being born on 12-12. In fact I was born on 12-12-66, and 6+6=12. For awhile there I was even under the impression that I was born at 12 o'clock (totally not true). So when I turned 12 on 12-12, I went back to celebrating myself on the 12th of the 12th month. A few years ago when my birthday fell on 12-12-12, it was a pretty big deal, although I also had myself convinced that I was 12+12+12 that year, a whole decade younger than I really was.

The other thing I've learned as I've started to embrace 12-12, is to just invite friends over to my house instead of trying to venture out into the big office party-filled world. And I've got to say that some of the best times I've had on my birthday have been those where I just stayed home, and for the most part stayed out of the room with the Christmas Tree. I hold court in my kitchen, open a few presents, over indulge in good food and bubbly, and don't even have to drive anywhere afterwards. It's glorious. Almost like…Christmas!

A few days ago my friend Monica asked me who was going to DJ my cozy birthday gathering this year. You already know who, dontcha? The Mistress of the Mix, that's who. And so, even if you've already got office party plans on my birthday, you can still tune in to the 12-12 birthday party playlist, pour yourself a glass of cheap champagne, and party with the Mistress. And you're always welcome to drop off gifts ahead of time at the office!

Here it is, the birthday girl's party playlist. 48 songs for 12-12-2014.
48 by Valerie Ing-Miller on Grooveshark

  1. Jim The Jinn - DePhazz
  2. Mambo Craze - DePhazz
  3. Uptown Funk - Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson
  4. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - Michael Jackson
  5. Got To Get You Into My Life - Earth Wind & Fire
  6. Good Feeling - Flo-Rida
  7. Bang Bang Bang - Mark Ronson
  8. Birthday - Selena Gomez
  9. Let Me Be Him - Hot Chip
  10. Call Me The Breeze - John Mayer
  11. Hayloft - Nickel Creek
  12. Rabid Animal - Lake Street Dive
  13. Funky Vodka - TJF
  14. The Whip - Locksley
  15. Uh - Fujiya & Miyagi
  16. Brick House - The Commodores
  17. You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate
  18. Good Times - Chic
  19. Short Skirt/Long Jacket - Cake
  20. Once In A Lifetime - Talking Heads
  21. Ride On/Right On - Phosphorescent
  22. Sexomatic Venus Freak - Macy Gray
  23. Planet Claire - B-52s
  24. You Don't Know Me - Bend Fold & Regina Spektor
  25. L'Amour - Rouge Rouge
  26. Toujour L'Amore
  27. Waters of March - Sergio Mendes
  28. Arrastao - Ursula 1000
  29. The Golden Age - Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  30. Yo, Deejay - Jah Sound
  31. Over & Over - Hot Chip
  32. I Know You Want Me - Pitbull
  33. Back in Time - Pitbull
  34. Come Get It Bae - Pharrell
  35. Valerie - Amy Winehouse & Mark Ronson
  36. Dangerous - Big Data
  37. It's My Birthday -
  38. Sexy Back - Justin Timberlake
  39. Get Lucky - Daft Punk feat. Pharrell
  40. In These Shoes - Kirsty MacColl
  41. Secrets - Mary Lambert
  42. Happy Birthday - Altered Images
  43. Happy Birthday Valerie - Birthday Song Crew
  44. Satisfy My Soul - Bob Marley
  45. So Nice - Bebel Gilberto
  46. Close Your Eyes - Bebel Gilberto
  47. Tudo Bem - Trio Mocoto
  48. Latazz - Funky Lowlives

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