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how to play all music on your computer

Posted: January 21, 2017 in FYI, Music

Previously, while using Windows Media Player, I’ve noticed that after I play a CD, it gives me the option to play all music.

I have a lot of music, and so this has proven to be a nice feature: it keeps playing (instead of me having to select a new set when the current set finishes), and since it picks from different folders, I get to hear an assortment of genres. It’s kind of like commercial-free radio that plays songs I know like. 😀

But recently, when my CD drive was broken, I searched on-line for a way to replicate this Play All feature. Alas, I couldn’t find one that didn’t involve categorizing each song, etc.

Also, in the search results, I didn’t see the Play-a-CD option, so I thought I’d post this FYI here:

1) I play a CD.
2) I have Windows Media Player on “Now Playing” (not “Library”).
3) I leave that WMP box open as the CD finishes. When I eject the CD, WMP offers the Play All Music option.

And I usually take it. 😉


More of the song lyrics that I — sometimes choose to — mis-hear.

___ “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” by John Parr

What I hear:
I can see those feathers fly

But the singer actually says:
I can see those banners fly

___ “Catch Me, I’m Falling” by Pretty Poison

What I hear:
river rats run; I’m yours, you are mine

But the singer actually says:
living as one; I’m yours, you are mine

___ “Black Horse and The Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall

What I hear:
stopped in there for a BLT

But the singer actually says:
stopped it dead for a beat or two

___ “Little Goodbyes” by SHeDAISY

What I hear:
made my mom a tomato sandwich

But the singer actually says:
made my mind up and made a sandwich

___ “Raspberry Beret” by Prince

What I hear:
something about the clowns in her midst

But I thought it was really:
something about the clouds in her mist

However, the singer actually says:
something about the clouds and her mixed

___ “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice

What I hear:
ice ice, baby, tick-le tick-le

But the singer actually says:
ice ice, baby, to go, to go

And then I add:
“Ice to go?” What, like in fast-food cup or something?

___ “Your Body Is A Wonderland” by John Mayer

What I hear:
I lose my head

But the singer actually says:
I’ll use my hands

And then I…
…continue to sing it my way. It’s much less creepy. 😛

___ “Middle Of The Road” by The Pretenders

What I hear:
I’m standing in the middle of night with my pants behind me

But the singer actually says:
I’m standing in the middle of life with my plans behind me

… but I still laugh about those pants. Every time! XD

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I love that part II

Posted: August 24, 2013 in Music, quotes, review

Sometimes a song lyric, or even a certain piece of music, really resonates with a listener. A few personal examples:

~ “I forgot how nice romance is.” (“The Longest Time” by Billy Joel) To me, in that part of the song, he’s about to risk taking a chance on love, and he decides it’s worth it. “I forgot how nice romance is” reflects that he’s pleasantly reminded that taking a chance on love can pay off.

~ “Ready to run through the sweet southern pines.” (“Alabama Song” by Allison Moorer.) Being from Alabama, I can relate to this whole song. But as I’m driving on a summer day, and I see the sun shining through the trees in the woods next to me, I feel the same as when the singer passionately pines (pun intended) of being “ready to run… through the sweet southern pines.”

~ I *love* the opening music of Dire Straits’ song “Money for Nothing.” Something about that arrangement… I can just close my eyes and be taken to another place – if only for the brief moment while it plays.

In “I Saw The Sign” by Ace of Bass, one of the lines says:

Why do I bother, when you’re not the one for me?

I remember hearing that back when I was fretting over some guy who acted as if he liked me only to switch to being distant and cold when I’d return the interest. I remember noticing that line specifically, and it was so freeing. It was like, “Yeah! WHY am I BOTHERING?”

Even now when I hear that song, that line reminds me not to waste my time on someone who won’t waste his time on me.

“I love that part!” :thumbs-up:

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I’ve collected some – of the no doubt many – song lyrics that I mis-hear.

“Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve. In the repeated line “can’t change my ___”, I’ve had no idea what the lyric was supposed to be, because I can only hear:

“I can’t change my mo. Mo, mo. Mo, mo, mo.”

Apparently, the line is supposed to be:

“I can’t change my mold. No, no. No, no, no.” OK, that makes more sense… but it’s not as cute, IMO. Mo, it isn’t. 😉

“Brass In Pocket” by the Pretenders. The line is

“Been driving
Detroit leaving”

But until I read the lyrics, I’d always thought the second part was:

“Dieter leaving”

(FYI, apparently I’m not the only one, because this is an entry at

“I Don’t Want To Wait” by Paula Cole. I didn’t notice this one until I heard only the chorus in some radio station’s commercial. The chorus says:

“I don’t want to wait
for our lives to be over
I want to know right now,
what will it be?”

But she sings the first part of the line quickly, and it sounds very much like


Which is so funny to me, as I picture the singer being all in earnest about the nonsensical lyrics as she is about the real ones. XD

“I Want You” by Savage Garden

“I just close my eyes
And I am taken to a place where
Your crystal mind”

sounds to me like:

“I just close my eyes
And I am taken to a place where
Your breath don’t mind”

which I knew was wrong, but I thought it was really:

“I just close my eyes
And I am taken to a place where
You’re pressed on mine.”

Whoa – a doubly- misheard lyric! :O

“Life After You” by Daughtry. The singer pines that the night he left:

“burns like an iron in the back of my mind”

But at some point, I heard it as

“burns like an owl in the back of my mind”

And that’s sort of stuck with me. I really like the song, but usually, as I’m singing with the radio, I sing the song “my” way just to amuse myself. 😀

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One of my favorite 90s songs is Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me) by Blessid Union Of Souls. At first the words give the impression that the singer is bragging about all the things he is, and that’s why “she” likes him. But, mixed in, he seems to be celebrating the fact that she sees the real him – and still loves him. He even ponders, quite transparently, at one point why she “wastes all her time” with him.

But my favorite line is:

“She likes me for me,
Not because
I hang with Leonardo
Or that guy who played in Fargo –
I think his name was Steve.”

I like this line because he’s revealing how it’s good that she *doesn’t* like him for who he knows, because he is so far out of the A-list crowd [or whatever crowd Steve’s in] that he isn’t even sure of the guy’s name!

I also like this line because it sounds like he gets distracted, like he’s off “chasing a rabbit,” which is something I can totally relate to. In fact, as I’m singing along with the song when it plays on the radio, when it gets to the “I think his name was…” line, I ponderously touch my chin, tilt my head to the side, and look off into the heavens, as if I, too, am distracted by racking my brain trying to recall the guy’s name.

“I love that part!”   :thumbsup:

random thoughts about songs

Posted: September 3, 2012 in Music, review

Being a fan of obsessive, stalker-y music, Darren Hayes’ song “Creepin’ Up On You” is one of my favorites.

But – and yes, I know I’m overthinking it – one of the lines says:

If I had to live without you — nobody could

“Nobody could”… and yet, lots of people do. In fact, given the # of people on the planet, you could safely say that the vast majority of people do!

So, that argument for being a stalker is rendered null and void.

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In the song “Imaginary Lover” by Atlanta Rhythm Section, the singer describes – in a somewhat obsessive tone – the bliss of, basically, a relationship that’s all in your head. At one point, as if overcome by how awesome it is, he observes with conviction:

“Imagination’s unreal!”

That’s a clever way to sum up the whole song. He’s playing on a popular expression and praising the imaginings, but at the same time there’s a bittersweet note of truth. Imagination IS unreal, and however you might enjoy the thoughts, they’re bound to lose their appeal because there’s no substance.

In the song “Something Happened On The Way To Heaven” by Phil Collins, there’s a line that says:

“I don’t know; I don’t have all the answers.”

I heard the song not too long ago, and I’ve thought of that line several times recently when I’ve been tempted to fret over something that’s out of my control. I find just thinking of those words freeing; I feel like the singer is saying he’s not holding himself to that impossible standard of understanding everything that’s going on in his life. At the same time, the way Phil sings that line – in my mind anyway – it sounds optimistic, as if he’s responding to someone who’s trying to bring him down (you know, like those fretting voices in your head) by admitting his shortcoming, but not being held back by it.

Great job, Phil!

I may be the last person to notice this, but “She’s a Beauty” by The Tubes could be compared to a fan liking an actor or TV show/movie:

“She’s right here, behind the glass” {behind the TV or movie screen}

“you can step outside your little world” {by focusing on the story being presented}

“you can talk to a pretty girl” {it seems so real, as if these amazing people are with you}

“She’s everything you dream about” {the illusion being presented looks fantastic, esp. compared to normal life}

“But don’t fall in love, cause if you do you’ll find out she don’t love you” {don’t mistake the image for anything more than it is}

The Kid Rock song “All Summer Long” annoys me with two particular phrasings.

1) In one verse he sings:

“Splashing through the sand bar
Talking by the campfire
It’s the simple things in life, like when and where.
We didn’t have no Internet
But man I never will forget
The way the moonlight shined upon her hair.”

I know he’s musing over the simple things of life back then, but his transition from “no Internet” to moonlight shining on her hair strikes me as awkwardly sudden.

2) In the Chorus he says:

“And we were trying different things
We were smoking funny things
Making love out by the lake
To our favorite song…”

The writing seems a bit lazy. I mean, couldn’t he have used the word “things” to end *every* line? Such as:

“And we were trying different things,
And we were rhyming things with things,
Making things out by the things,
And some other things…” 

(Originally Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:28 pm)

In the chorus(?) of the song “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera, she starts out with:

“I am beautiful, no matter what they say,
Yes, words can’t bring me down”

And that’s very good. Confidence is good, and it’s certainly good to not pay attention to what “they” say, because “they” can be a very fickle bunch. Trying to please “them” will often prove to be quite impossible.

But then she proceeds:

“I am beautiful in every, single way”

Every. Single. Way. Really?? At this point, she crosses the line from confidence to being completely oblivious to her faults, and that is *not* so good.

Eh, maybe I’m overthinking it. She (or whoever wrote the song) was probably just looking for a rhyme.

(Originally Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:04 pm)