1. Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke featuring T. I and Pharrell
Was admittedly apathetic to this when first heard on Beats Pill commercial.
2. Fernando – ABBA
Visited the ABBA museum in Stockholm this fall. Flashback to Fernandomania.
3. Camino de Rosas (Road of Roses) – Alejandro Sanz
Very taken with his raspy voice. The ‘plot’ in the music video is mildly hilarious.
4. Boys of Summer – Don Henley
Saw our first cover band concert—Eagles, at an Indian casino of all places. (This track might be missing from some of the hard copy CDs).
5. “O Moon” from Dvorak’s Rusalka (opera) – Renée Flemming
Optimism of anticipation before cold hard reality kicks in. Big fan of Renee Flemming. Watched the Met Opera broadcast this spring; and got to see her in Capriccio in Chicago.
6. Olive Tree 橄欖樹 (gan lan shu) – 黃江琴 Huang Jiangqin
Cousin-in-law Wei Long Tao (Yan’s husband) performed this at a concert for the Chung family reunion in Vancouver that was a birthday party for 3 family members celebrating their 90th birthday. When I heard the original version as a child, I thought it was sung by Teresa Teng, but it’s actually 齊豫 Chyi Yu. I also found out that the lyrics were written by San Mao 三毛, who had also translated Mafalda (my favourite/ a famous Argentinian cartoon) from Spanish to Chinese.
7. They Don’t Know – Tracey Ullman
Song in Arizona café brought back memories of Rodney on KROQ pushing this then-Fox star.
8. It’s a Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall – Leon Russell
We went to Yoshi’s with Bill (who knew Leon in high school!) to see him. Prior to his concert, the only song of his familiar to us was another cover of this Dylan song from Born on the Fourth of July.
9. Me Gustas Tu – Manu Chao
From the ipod of a travelmate in Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. But it was Matthias (my cousin from Switzerland who was doing a school stint in Chile) who told us the name of the singer.
10. Chop My Money – Henhouse Prowlers
Bluegrass cover version of a Nigerian hit by P-Square, which we discovered on NPR while on road-tripping through Nevada on our way back from our Canadian (Jasper and Banff) and American (Glacier) Rockies national parks trip.
11. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – Tanghetto
Bought cheap tix to a performance by this electro-tango band in Salta, Argentina. Fortuitous discovery. Best 25 pesos we spent on whim.
12. Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony
On days when we didn’t hear this song in South America, it felt like something was amiss
13. I Believe That We Will Win
Props to Navy on this cheer, not the US men’s soccer team nor San Diego State.
14. Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
We watched all but 3 matches of the 2014 World Cup.
15. Cadillac Ranch – Bruce Springsteen
Requisite soundtrack while visiting this Amarillo, Texas attraction.
16. Bailar Contigo (To dance with you) – Carlos Vives
Part of our South America soundtrack memory. The plot of the music video is sweetly romantic.
17. Serpentine Fire – Earth Wind and Fire
Opening number in Buenos Aires concert of tribute band led by original EMF member Al McKay.
18. ต่างใจเดียว (tang jai dieow) – ละอองฟอง La Ong Fong
Discovered this group on the Thai music channel on a trans-pacific flight!
19. Darte un beso – Prince Royce
Part of our South America soundtrack memory