Playlist – Tennessee
Verbose as we are, there is no way we can spend the next year constantly
yelling talking to each other. Terrible as it may sound to the ears of an outsider, singing as loudly as possible is a frequent occurrence in The Highland Flinger (THF). We will make a playlist of what we’re slappin’ the air bass to. Each list will contain songs from artists/bands from the state or will allude to the state in some way.
1. Miley Cyrus – Party In The U.S.A.
Seeing as country AND blues music were formed in the state of Tennessee, this seems like the perfect fit…. Don’t you think it’s such a fun song though? How many weddings or improptu dance parties have you been to where people were bopping along by order of Miley (er…Smiley…er…Destiny Cyrus)? Probably a lot. Couple of Sports is all about Partying in the USA.
2. Ke$ha – We R Who We R
The Princess of Special Characters (not to be outdone by the reigning emperor of Special Characters, Prince/”Symbol”) was born in Los Angeles, but moved to Nashville, Tennessee as an infant and spent her childhood there. After seeing THIS on the side of the road, we now understand how the lyric “Got Jesus on my neck-a-lace-lace-lace” was inspired.
3. Paramore – Misery Business
Lead singer Hayley Williams was voted “Sexiest Female Artist” in music magazine Kerrang! in both 2008 and 2009. Paramore is also probably the most famous “emo”/”punk” band out there today. Just ask the kids.
4. Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You
Like, I love you, Justin Timberlake and I don’t mind that you want to act (#YOLO). But seriously, start making music again. Why not vertically intergrate and do a movie in which you sing? I would happily see that 3 times in the theatre.
5. Arrested Development – Tennessee
The development outside of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is definitely not arrested (OK bad pun…) in Gatlinburg, TN. With every manner of cheesy Vegas-in-the-mountains eccentricity, there’s even an upside-down hotel.
6. Three Six Mafia – It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp
Remember when Three Six Mafia won an Academy Award for “Best Original Song”? There were a lot of shocked looks in that audience that night. I doubt the Academy can resonate much with the difficulties of pimpdom.
7. Marc Cohn – Walking In Memphis
Every time we crossed the Mississippi River into Memphis from Arkansas, we played this song at the loudest volume THF (The Highland Flinger) would allow. Would you like to see a stupid video that alludes to this song? OK:
8. B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone
Speaking of Memphis, Beale Street is officially the “Home of the Blues”, declared by Congress. B.B. King was unarguably instrumental in creating the notarity of the famous Memphis causeway. King was born in Mississippi, but moved to Memphis at age 18 where he rose to incredible popularity for his unique guitar playing. Today, there is a restaurant on the strip called B.B. King’s touting signature “bluesy” drinks and music every night. You can see some of the general revelry that takes place on Beale Street in the video above.
9. Kenny Chesney – Keg In The Closet
This song is the perfect remnicent college song. The only thing that I find issue with is the possibility that leftover pizza exists after a night of hanging out with the coveted keg in the closet. Just like Jurassic Park, this is not believeable.
10. Dolly Parton – 9 To 5
As technology advances, so does the flexibility of work time. Which means that many people will never work these traditional hours, which is good news for Mark as he often describes this schedule as “soul crushing.”
11. Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
We almost didn’t include this song but being such a big name in the country music scene, it didn’t seem right not to include “Lady A.” But how many times do country music stations (of which there are PLENTY in the south) need to play this song in a day?
12. Paper Route – Better Life
An American indie band from Nashville formed in 2004, this band’s name reminds Jackie of when she used to help her brother out with his local paper route. It’s sad to think that in something like 10 years paper routes will probably go the way of the dodo. But not this band.
13. The Features – From Now On
I like this song. Then I found out that it was used in the Twilight sage movie Breaking Dawn. I still like it.
14. Magic Wants – Teenage Love
This band’s genre is called “Lovewave”. What does that mean? According to Jackie, “It’s a cool, dreamy electronica song. Teenage love is overrated, but this song is awesome.”
15. Matt Martinez – It’s Not You, It’s Me
Matt Martinez wrote and made an early recording of this song while in high school and it has evolved over time. I know because Matt and I worked together for 2 years saving the lives of swimmers and I listened to the earliest versions of this song, which I’ve always liked since that time. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook!