A playlist for the dentist chair

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

If you read my blog and/or follow me on twitter, then you know I've been having a good ol' time at my dentist.  Whenever its a procedure longer than just a check-up and cleaning, they allow their patients to listen to music.  They have a CD player to offer, but limited CDs (Billy Joel and Faith Hill are popular requests, according to their file) so I always try to remember my iPod.  I forgot it last week for my appointment, but made sure to be prepared this week.

So I made a playlist last night.  It's not so much a thought out playlist, more of a...."I think this will distract me enough, let's try it" list.  Two problems though; first, I only have music I've added into my computer from 2 months ago uploaded, and second, I have an iPod Touch.  And while I love my iPod 99.67% of the time, there are only two ways to change songs while listening to music: 1) pull up the controls on the screen and touch it, which requires you being able to see the screen, and 2) shake the entire iPod and it will shuffle songs.  Neither of which I can do while sitting in the dentist's chair.  I was at the mercy of whatever song that came up, for the entire duration.  Because of this, I have discovered a few songs that are good to listen to while in the chair, and some that just don't work.

The Good:
Pride and Prejudice (2005) OST -- Lilting, soft, but interesting enough to hold your attention.  No lyrics, which means you don't have to worry about inadvertently moving your lips as you try to sing along.

John Mayer - Assassin, Perfectly Lonely -- Something about the music.  Calming.  And it's just me, but I don't know the lyrics yet, so again, no singing along to worry about!

Adele - Chasing Pavements, Hometown Glory -- Lulling.  Takes me away from where I am.

The Satisfactory:
Music from the TV show Glee -- definitely distracting, but definitely want to join in.

Mayer Hawthorne -- Amazing music, one that will take you away from the horrific sounds of a drill.  But...man, your groove just wants to be got!

Hope for Haiti Now (Music from the Telethon) -- most of the music is amazing to listen to, and your mind is somewhere else.  But then you start to think of the tragedy of Haiti, and the plight of Chile and all the destruction...well.  It can lead to some bad places.

The Bad:
Lady GaGa - Bad Romance -- there's always something to do with this song; sing along, mock it, bob your head, ridicule her.  All of which involve movement.

Spring Awakening OBC, Wicked OBC, Next to Normal OBC -- They're musicals.  Of course you want to join in, jazz hands and square steps and all.

Justin Timberlake -- You're tellin' me you can bring sexy back without any sort of shifting?!

Lean On Me -- This is one of my top 3 favourite songs ever, and it's one of those songs I feel the need to close my eyes, sway, and softly sing along to.


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