Mistress Of The Mix: The Incredible True Fantasy of the Mistress of the Mix

Today I’m inviting you on a very special trip. A journey into one of my wildest, outrageous fantasies. Join me as we step into the technicolor film loop with surround sound that plays inside my head every time I step into the shower or get behind the wheel.  Get your minds out of the gutter, my little Sex-O-Matic Venus Freaks. This is a self-indulgent fantasy starring yours truly that’s actually quite family-friendly. In fact, I think every family should share one of these fantasies.

I can’t believe I’m about to share this with you all, right out here on the big ol’ internet, but here goes. My true confession. I have this crazy fantasy of having my own lounge act. And I’m not half bad, I’ll have you know! In my fantasy I’m a sultry voiced alto in a Jessica Rabbit dress, singing my heart out in a Holiday Inn. I’ve got a guy who can play pretty much anything in my key on a baby grand, a stand-up bass player and a drummer who really knows how to use that little wire brush on the snare drum when it’s called for. The audience loves me, and I’m crooning to a full house. Thomas Lauderdale is sitting in the back, and he’s so impressed, that he’s asking me to go on tour with Pink Martini while China Forbes recovers from surgery on her vocal chords. And I am in heaven.

If you’ve ever been stopped at one of those insanely long red-lights that Redding’s intersections are famous for, and you happened to glance over at a vaguely familiar looking blonde woman singing at the top of her lungs in a silver Hyundai, that’d be me, living out my fantasy. If I’m on the road for more than five minutes, my fantasy film reel always starts playing as long as I’m picking out the music.

On my iPod I actually have a playlist called We Sing In The Car, and that is where today’s list comes from. Straight outta my iPod. The playlist is filled with songs that fit right into my nightclub chanteuse fantasy. Songs that have great harmonies, that I have somehow learned all the words to, and have lasted the test of time. Some of these go back to my teenage years. The last few songs on the list date back to my daughter’s infancy. I used to tape song lyrics to the wall above her crib and her diaper changing table so that I was always singing to her as I changed her or put her down for a nap. Today we have some of our best moments on long road trips singing along to these songs. It’s quite possible that we sound absolutely awful, but nobody would ever know if they pulled up beside us on the freeway. We’re just two chicks having a blast, singing along to Doris Day.

If you ever decide to make a family road trip singalong playlist, I wanna know what you put on it! Otherwise, feel free to steal from mine. They’re all great (if you’re an alto, that is).

Enjoy today’s playlist on Grooveshark!

Valerie Ing-Miller has been the Northern California Program Coordinator for Jefferson Public Radio in Redding for nine years and can often be found serving as Mistress of Ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre. For her, ultimate satisfaction comes from a perfect segue. She’s the mother of a teenage daughter and a 7-year-old West Highland Terrier, and can’t imagine life without them or music. Valerie wakes up with a song in her head, she sings in the shower and at the top of her lungs in the car.

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Valerie Ing
Valerie Ing has been the Northern California Program Coordinator for Jefferson Public Radio in Redding for 14 years and can often be found serving as Mistress of Ceremonies at the Cascade Theatre. For her, ultimate satisfaction comes from a perfect segue. She and her husband are parents to a couple of college students and a pair of West Highland Terriers, and Valerie can’t imagine life without them or music. The Mistress of the Mix wakes up every day with a song in her head, she sings in the shower and at the top of her lungs in the car.
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16 Responses

  1. Avatar Adrienne Jacoby says:

    OMG . . . Val, I LIVED your dream. Honest. five years on the road, mostly Holiday Inns between Chicago and St. Louis. We had the piano player that you described. He was in high school then, but he went on to become Mel Torme's piano player the last five years of Mel's life. Did I love it? Most of the time. But then there's the deadly Tuesday night with only two drunk salesmen sitting at the bar. We always used these times to rehearse new material. LOL!!!

    As for music in my head? Yep, only mine doesn't wait for the shower or a stop light, it pretty much runs constantly. Frequently I sing along with it out loud . . . usually without realizing it. When my kids were little and this would happen in the grocery store, they would tug at my elbow and say, "Mom, you're singing again." Can't imagine life without music!!!!

  2. Avatar Adrienne Jacoby says:

    Oh, BTW . . . love your playlist, ESPECIALLY "Hey, Eugene."

  3. Avatar Carey Castagnoli says:

    Hi Val…great playlist but the standout for me is Bob Schneider. LOVE that man beyond what I'm willing to admit. One of his best songs, in my opinion is "Getting Better Now". Listening to the first four lines of that song always makes my mood better…

    Well I'm driving downtown in my big red Cadillac

    sipping on ice wine, mixing it with Similac

    feeling the amazing flow

    of centuries in the afterglow

    Have you ever listened to his Austin house band "The Scabs"? Lyrics are not printable but oh so good 🙂

    • Oh my gosh Carey, I too am a card carrying member of the Bob Schneider fan club! I get so jealous whenever my friend Beth brags on all the Schneider shows she's been checking out from the front row. I need to immediately check out the song mentioned, and another one of my fav's is "Wiggle My Dizzy Stick!"

  4. I love it! I too am a closet (car) singer, though I've sung thousands of hours in recording studios for beer, cars, jeans, burgers, I still love drivin' n' croonin'.

    My favs on your list are:

    MY PRAYER, this was a slow dance fav back in my high school days… 1955? Yikes

    I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR YOU, (The Flamingoes "do bah choo bop…" was my favorite for onomatopoeia vocalizing, but Art Garfunkel's cover is a great version!

    DREAM A LITTLE DREAM ("Beautiful South" is as good as Mama Cass')

    Keep on singin, Blondie! 😉

  5. Avatar Ron says:

    Well Done! You put together a list of Goodies..Be True to your heart..and Sing along.:) THANK YOU ~2R's

  6. Avatar Matt Grigsby says:

    Any song list that includes Rufus AND "Hey Eugene" is five kinds of all right.

    Love your lists, always!

  7. Avatar Canda says:

    Your playlist rocks! Such great sounds, Val. Thank you!

  8. Avatar Kim Hanagan says:

    I am going to figure out how to use grooveshark, finally, cuz this is a great playlist. While my fantasy is to be the person you WATCH while at the intersection (dancing with the pizza sign), I fully support your intersection singing and think you should roll down the windows. I would roll mine down and sing along!

    • Funny that you should say that Kim! Sometimes when we pull up at intersections with a sign dancer we tune in a song that we think goes along with their dance, and yes, we've been known to roll the windows down!

      • Oh….Kim, all you should have to do is click on the play arrow in the box just below where it says "Enjoy today's playlist on Grooveshark" and you should be able to stream it right here and now. Try it, let me know how it works.

  9. Avatar Kirsten says:

    Val- I am SSSOOOOOO glad you introduced me to the music of "Pink Martini"………. they truly are quite unique and wonderful…….

  10. Avatar Jwahnnie says:

    I checked as fast as I could to see if "Java Jive" was on your list. 🙂 That memory is imprinted on my brain & heart too. Do you know that our Lorny sings at piano bars once in awhile? You should DO it! Come up to Seattle to practice. :)))