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30.6.17

Five essential Dixie Chicks songs not on The Essential Dixie Chicks Album

My random Dixie Chicks googling lead me to a link for the compilation entitled The Essential Dixie Chicks album. I did not buy this album as there is no need to buy a greatest hits collection when one owns every album - including the three without Natalie. So, I was shocked when I saw the track list and realized five essential songs were missing from this "essential" list.

I will assume that Natalie, Martie and Emily made this list and they would know what's more essential than I. However, as a diehard fan, I cannot look at this track list and not wonder why these five songs are not there. So here are the five essential songs that I think should be on The Essential Dixie Chicks album.

Thin Line

Thin Line - which is a bonus track on Taking The Long Way - is in my opinion one of the best songs on the album. The groove is fantastic and the lyrics are right on. "Some days rock and some days roll and some seem to last forever Some days it's all you want and some days it's never never." That's pretty much life right there. Taking The Long Way is over represented on The Essentials - eight songs - and I think Thin Line is way better than Lubbuck or Leave It and Everybody Knows





If I Fall You're Going Down With Me

If I Fall You're Going Down With Me is my jam. Another song with a solid groove and great lyrics. The great thing about this song is the arrangement allows for all three Chicks to exploit their talents which they do fantastically. Fly has the most songs on The Essential Dixie Chicks album with nine and while all of them are good songs, I'd trade If I Fall You're Going Down With Me for Some Days You Gotta Dance.




Once You've Loved Somebody

Once You've Loved Somebody is one of the best songs ever to capture that defeated feeling after a relationship. It's the kind of song that reaches into your chest, touches your heart and strokes it gently while whispering "I totally get you right now." That's what the Dixie Chicks to best and this is one of their best examples of that ability. It is definitely an essential.



Cold Day in July

I actually had to copy The Essentials track list, paste it into Word and then print it on paper so I could use a pen and my glasses to make sure Cold Day in July was not on the album. WTF! Like seriously. W. T. F.! One of the more prominent memories I have from seeing The Dixie Chicks at the United Center back in 2000 was them performing Cold Day in July and fake snow raining down on the crowd. Sure this song is attached to a memory and that's why I think it's so amazing. However, the song is outstanding. I am willing to bet that if you asked every Dixie Chicks fan to jot down their top 30 DCX songs, Cold Day in July would make eighty-five percent of those lists.




Am I the Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way) 

Remember when I said the Dixie Chicks have the ability to reach into your chest, touch your heart and stroke it gently while whispering "I totally get you right now? Well, no song does that better than Am I the Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way). At one point or another in our lives, we have all found ourselves sitting in dimly lit room, alone, clutching a glass of something stronger than soda, completely smothered by the emptiness screaming - internally or externally, "God help me" wondering "Am I the only one who's ever felt this way." This song is as essential as it gets and could easily replace Easy Silence, White Trash Wedding or Bitter End on the album.





There it is. The five essential Dixie Chicks songs that are not on The Essential Dixie Chicks album that I think should be on the album. Do you have a song or five that you think should be on The Essentials album that is not? Hit me up on Twitter - @usanegro - and let me know what those songs are.

Cheers!

24.2.16

My answers to the Marcel Proust questionnaire

I have never heard of Marcel Proust and I had no idea some consider him to be the one of the greatest authors of all times.

I was looking for questions to answer and stumbled upon this article concerning Marcel Proust's questionnaire.

So without any knowledge of Marcel Proust or even the authenticity of this list of questions, here goes it:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Surrounded by people whom I love that love me.

What is your greatest fear?

Failure. Letting down the people that rely on me.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Lack of discipline when it comes to projects like writing, organizing, etc.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Misrepresenting oneself to be a part of something or as we say, lying to kick it

Which living person do you most admire?

My grandfather.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Shoes.

What is your current state of mind?

Very thankful. Life has been good to me.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Multitasking. I don't get why the ability to give many things a small percentage of attention at once over prioritizing and focusing on the tasks in order is such a great attribute.

On what occasion do you lie?

When in danger of getting hurt.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

The lack of hair. I would love a flattop right about now.

Which living person do you most despise?

Jennifer Hudson. Not sure why but she drives me crazy.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Security in their manhood.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

The ability to cultivate friendship on an honest nonsexual level with men.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Nice. I respond to everything with "nice" which can be weird when the previous statement is something that is not nice at all.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

What: Acting on stage. Who: Me.

When and where were you happiest?

Downtown Chicago. Columbus day parade. 2015. I watched both of my daughters march in the parade. 

Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to sing beautifully.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would be taller. Like 6'2

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Graduating from college. It was a long, hard road.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

I would come back as someone who could sing beautifully.

Where would you most like to live?

The Bay Area. Nothing like it.

What is your most treasured possession?

My dictionary.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Being unable to love yourself.

What is your favorite occupation?

Actor followed by loader/unloader at UPS

What is your most marked characteristic?

It has to be the green eyes.

What do you most value in your friends?

Brutal honesty.

Who are your favorite writers?

Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen

Who is your hero of fiction?

Lord Henry Wooten

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Paul Robeson.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My grandfather, my father, my uncle, my brother and my best friend.

What are your favorite names?

Seth and Leroy

What is it that you most dislike?

Violent crimes toward humanity

What is your greatest regret?

Not attending the graduation of the T-42's

How would you like to die?

In my sleep.

What is your motto?

Love More.

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What are your answers? Post them on the interweb and let me know on Twitter and I will check em out.