Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Music of P: Pavarotti, Proud Mary, and Pitbull

Oh, man... that title. I can't even type it without laughing. :)

Okay, welcome to the letter P!

1. Luciano Pavarotti
I was sitting at my dining room table, pouring over a map of Ireland in preparation for my very first trip there when I heard Luciano Pavarotti had passed away. I immediately went to iTunes and bought the two-disc set, The Best. I wasn't sure why--I had never been much of an opera fan. But on the other hand, I knew Pavarotti's passing was a big deal. This was someone I should know more about. Someone whose music I should be able to enjoy. So, yes. I was one of those people. You know, that kind who buys albums when someone passes away? Yup, that's me.

Here's my favorite from the album. A track called "Nessun Dorma!"

2. "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner
There's not much to say about this song, other than it's completely feel-good-brilliant in that "I'm-so-sorry-Ike-was-such-a-dick" kind of way. I want to not like it because he was HORRIBLE to Tina, but man, this song really is amazing. So, to appease my guilt, I present the Ike-free version. Sing it, sister. I'll be over here chair dancing, singing into my thumb like it's a microphone... (ETA: Do you know how hard it is to find a version of this song UNDER 5 minutes without Ike? Almost impossible! Skip ahead to minute 1 if you want to skip the chit-chat.) Warning: I think this is the one where Cher makes an appearance... You've been warned.

3. Pitbull
Man, this guy is everywhere in the Top 40 music circuit! Honestly, I wouldn't know Pitbull if I tripped over him on the street, but this guy seems to collaborate with everyone these days. And I promised to share some tunes that I used last week for my ten mile run, so here you go. I bought this one on a whim the night before the run. My potentially flawed logic was that I enjoyed the MiB movies*, so this couldn't be too bad, right? I was pleasantly surprised. And adequately motivated through mile 5. I don't think the "official video" is out yet, so the link is to a YouTube video of a picture.

(*--I have to admit, I have enjoyed the Will Smith tunes from the MiB franchise. I'm not sure Pitbull is an adequate replacement. Where's the Fresh Prince when you need him?!)

What'd I miss? What crazy combination of "P" artists or tracks can you pull together? And most importantly--WHAT'S ON YOUR RUN PLAYLIST?


  1. I much prefer Proud Mary by CCR.

    I have a soft spot for opera, but I've never much liked Pavarotti's voice. Not sure why. It just seems rather blah to me.

    1. That's funny, because I just can't get behind the CCR version. To each their own--that's the beauty of music!

  2. I needed a break, so I turned up the speakers and stood outside and listened. Sunshine and coffee and good music.

    I have always loved good tenors and Pavarotti falls into that category and there are many of his songs I like. But for this song, no one brings the richness and expressiveness of voice like Plácido Domingo.

    I have teens so I know Pitbull and many others. We also love Rock. We're going to see Nickleback and Seether in June.


  3. Ooh i do love Proud Mary. But i don't think i've ever listed to Pavarotti or Pitbull

  4. Your remark about tripping over Pitbull made me laugh. My wife saw a commercial with him and asked who the heck is that?

  5. Damn, I think Tina Turner was about sixty years old in that clip, if I remember right. Wowzer, she's amazing.

  6. I really like some of what Pitbull did for music. This is a really good post with some cool videos.

  7. More classics! I'm enjoying your theme so much - great music. :)


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