Bonus Earworm: Van Halen

You’ve probably, by now, seen or heard the new that guitar legend Eddie Van Halen has died. Here’s a piece about him in the LA Times that’s worth reading.

And here’s a bonus earworm for you, too: one of his more iconic pieces, “Eruption,” followed by the excellent “You Really Got Me.” Rumor has it that “Eruption” was just a warm-up that got recorded and included on the album. I don’t know if that’s true, but I love the idea that it might be. They’re played together regularly.

What’s your favorite Van Halen track, if you have one? Drop us a link in the comments and let us enjoy it, too.


Monday Earworm: School of Rock Kids (Sing The Mamas and the Papas)

One of my colleagues whose classroom is across the hall from mine plays music at the start of his classes just about every day. Really loudly. And it’s often good music. I started the day with Beck’s “Qué Onda Guero” in my head, but then this song started up across the hall, and now this one has been stuck in my head all day.

But rather than show a clip of the original, I’m using this cover by a School of Rock Camp group, because it is actually, in my opinion, better. (And yes, I know people will argue with me about that, and I even know who will be the first to register a complaint in the comments. And who will want to, but then refrain from doing so just because I’ve pre-emptively called it out.)

Enjoy.  😉

Monday Earworm: Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day (DR. HORRIBLE’S SING-ALONG BLOG)

This one is on repeat in my head. It’s also probably the best song in the whole trilogy.

Also, if you haven’t watched Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, please do so. There are three episodes, about fourteen minutes each, and it’s a triumph as well as a cult classic. Joss Whedon and friends came up with it way back during the last really big writers’ strike in Hollywood, and people needed to work. So this was created, and it has endured far better than anything else that came out of that strike, including our collective memories of what all that stuff was about in the first place.

And speaking of writers, you know I am one. I write (among other things) books, and a new one has just come out. Wheee! It’s Homecoming, the second book in the Animal Affinities series (You’re welcome, Finis. fans, and sorry it took so long), and you can get it here, as well as find out about the fabulous launch party — which will be online, so you can attend! There’s also a little giveaway happening on my socials, which you can learn about in my newsletter that just came out this weekend. (Let me know if you want to be on that list, by the way. It’s different from the blog and comes out less often.)

Monday Earworm: Vienna Teng

Approximately forever ago, my husband heard a review of Vienna Teng’s album Waking Hour on NPR and thought I might like it. I had been having a stressful time of it at work, and he thought the album would be soothing.

He was so right.

This song is definitely my favorite from the album, and I’ve loved it ever since I first heard it.

Enjoy, and be soothed in whatever stress you’re dealing with tonight.

Monday Earworm: Beck

You know, every time I hear another Beck song, I think about how much I love so much of his work. It’s such a great mix of mellow and dance, perfect house party music, and quite a few of his songs that were big hits when I was in college hold fun memories for me.

Enjoy this wake-you-up-easy track on a Monday morning when I am, as it turns out, heading into a day full of meetings, because the school year has officially begun. But I promise I’ll be back later this week or next with some fabulous news as soon as I can reasonably share it, so stay tuned.

Until then…