Monday, June 25, 2007

Heavy Rotation

Work is a bitch. Bitch, bitch, bitch! I take solace, however, in the fact that, for about 10 minutes each morning, I get some quality time in the sun when I walk to work. As you may know, I am a rare species -- los angeles pedestrianus. Our kind is a dying breed, but, when we are spotted, you can often recognize us by our telltale dangling white earbuds.

My iPod provides the soundtrack to my life. Ok. That's a little dramatic. Let me rephrase that. My iPod provides my backing vocals when I make my morning on-foot commute.

Stop looking at me in that tone of voice.

I sing when I walk. Loudly. Enthusiastically. I don't encounter that many passers-by, so usually Monkey in Concert goes uninterrupted for several blocks. When I do see someone approaching, I stop momentarily, and I resume warbling when I perceive that someone to be beyond earshot.
Then, when I get to the elevator at work, if I'm alone, I sing, and I dance. I use the term "dance" rather loosely. Security probably laughs their asses off at my "dancing."

Monkey in Concert has been featuring the following for the past few months:
Lily Allen, Alright, Still
Arctic Monkeys, Favourite Worst Nightmare
The Bravery, The Sun and the Moon
The Fratellis, Costello Music
Peter Bjorn & John, Writer's Block
Shiny Toy Guns, We Are Pilots
Travis, The Boy With No Name
Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

And, sheepishly, I must admit that I've also been performing Avril Lavigne's The Best Damn Thing every now and then. I do a mean "Girlfriend."

Especially in the elevator.

Shows are every morning. No cameras permitted. All ages. Admission is free.


  1. I hear ya, sometimes you just can't help but do your own rendition of "hey hey you you I don't like your girlfriend" : ) Good Karma will come your way for providing entertainment for the security guards : )

  2. p.s - holy moly - 6 bridesmaids!! Your wedding looked gorgeous though - sore feet are worth it for those shoes : )

  3. oooohhh, we have a lot of the same taste in music. i just bought the fratellis this weekend. and sheepishly, i also love avril lavigne. and kelly clarkson. new cd out today!

  4. Nice playlist! I love Travis (Flowers in the Window was our wedding entrance song:). I'm listening to the Bright Eyes album a lot right now (I'm going to see them at the Hollywood Bowl in Sept) and I'm digging Joanna Newsom's newest album. Modest Mouse is also on heavy rotation on my Ipod, but then again, it always is!

    P.S. I'm totally going to pretend that I didn't read that you like Avril Lavinge.

  5. Hey! Evil twin here! The girl who walks to and from the library everyday giving "concerts." I also do encores during my runs in the evening. Of course, since I am an evil twin my playlist is completely different than yours, filled with bands people have actually heard of.

  6. I love that you get to walk to work, that's awesome! When I start teaching in the fall, it's crossed my mind that I can ride my bike the 2 miles to school...but the school is in the hood and I wouldn't want my yellow Paul Frank bike to disappear. BTW, I secretly love Avril's "Girlfriend" song too - can't help but dance to it...

  7. What is the point of listening to music if you can't sing along?!? Yay for Monkey in Concert!

  8. i think you already know that i love that stupid avril song more than anything. horrific lyrics and all, it's just too damn catchy.

    hey! hey! you! you!

  9. If you're taking requests, I'd like to hear "Just a Girl" by No Doubt and "Not Yet a Woman" by Britney Spears. What? They're fun to watch you perform. :)


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