Mistress of the Mix: Time Flies

I have completely run out of time again. How does this happen? It seems like only yesterday I filed my last column, right up against deadline (which is so typical for me, just ask Doni. No, ask Joe Domke. He’s 9 hours ahead of me on Prague time, and ends up getting my column when he wakes up Friday mornings, about 5 minutes after I’ve finally fallen asleep). And now, all of a sudden, here I am again, right up against deadline.

How does time pass so quickly that I find myself completely blindsided again and again every two weeks? You know, maybe there’s something to this whole theory of relativity thing after all. And then again, maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about. I’m big enough to admit that. But hear me out.

Back when I was in college, I took a science class. It was labeled something like “Astronomy 101”, so it sounded very cool. Like we’d be looking through telescopes and learning about planets. Turns out, it was actually Physics 101 disguised with an enticing name. Because Physics is kind of daunting and intimidating, even if it was a beginners class. Remember, I’m the gal who flunked Algebra numerous times before the teacher finally pretended I’d earned a passing grade.

I honestly don’t remember anything from that class. Well, I remember two things. The first was some advice from my professor, when I tried to drop out after it became really obvious to me that I was not getting anything he was laying down. He said, “I won’t let you drop out, not yet. I think you’re doing better than you realize. What I think you should do is date that young man sitting over there. He’s the one that keeps ruining the curve.” It was good advice. We dated for a few weeks, I distracted him enough to bring his grade down at least a notch, I’m pretty sure.

And then there was this one other thing that sunk in from the class. One itsy bitsy teeny tiny little theory, that I may or may not have gotten completely screwed up. It was that thing Einstein came up with. That whole relativity thing. I just remember sitting there one day and suddenly it dawned on me that time really is relative.

Suddenly, as I sat there starting at the clock waiting for class to get over, I remembered what it was like when I was 5, waiting for that horrible hour. That FOR-EVVVVVVVVV-ER hour on Saturday nights. My parents had a black and white tv with 2 channels, and on Saturday nights one channel had Hee-Haw, the other had Lawrence Welk. I wanted to watch something, anything on our brand new first ever TV so badly, but even then at that early age, I had scruples. I had limits. I couldn’t bear to watch either of these awful shows that even then seemed to be an insult to my 5 year old  brain. But it was absolute h-e-double hockeysticks waiting until they were over so that I could watch Emergency! with that hunk Randolph Mantooth. It was an hour of pure torture that lasted an eternity. A whole hour.

Actual photo of Albert Einstein

But in college, an hour went by relatively quickly. And now, I could blink and 3 hours have passed. Well, even worse. I just blinked and two weeks went by! How does that happen?

Well, I tell you, time is relative. Just like Einstein said. He did say that, right? I don’t have enough time to actually look it up right now, but I’m pretty sure he did. So here’s my thoughts on Einstein’s theory of relativity:

I realized that for a 2 week old infant, that 2 weeks is its whole life. 1/1 of its existence. Forever. When I was a 21 year old college student, 2 weeks was 1/546 of my life so far. A much smaller amount of time, relatively. But now that I’m 46? 2 weeks is 1/1196th of my life. Such a teensy, tiny, little bit of time. No  wonder. When a 2 week old infant, a 21 year old college student, and a 46 year old procrastinator watch the same lousy 30 second TV commercial, it plays exactly as long in real time for each of us, but how long that commercial seems to be is relative to how long each of us has been sucking air on this planet. Does that make sense? Or am I as crazy as my family keeps telling me? Or should I give up my day job and start teaching high school physics right away?

Not an actual photo of Albert Einstein.
But aren’t you impressed by the likeness?

So. All that to say that I have just plum run out of time. I hope I spelled everything correctly, because I don’t even have time to go back and proof read what I just wrote. But still, I had time to wax on about Einstein, had time to find that hilarious photo of my daughter dressed up as Einstein for a school project back in 7th grade, and somehow I found the time to put together the biggest playlist ever. I guess time still flies when you’re having fun! Today’s playlist is filled with 40 of the best songs ever written about time. It’s a hefty one, hope you’ve got the time to listen to it!
Click here to listen to today’s streaming playlist directly from the source at Grooveshark, or click on the play arrow in the box below.

  1. Time – Pink Floyd
  2. All This Time – One Republic
  3. You Waste Time Like A Grandfather Clock – The Myriad
  4. Time Is On My Side – The Rolling Stones
  5. Time of the Season – The Zombies
  6. Wasting Time – Jack JOhnson
  7. Time & Truth – Cas Haley
  8. Time Tough – Toots & The Maytals
  9. Time of Your Song (Matisyahu
  10. Time’s A Wasting – Erykah Badu
  11. Funny How Time Slips Away – Willie Nelson
  12. Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
  13. The Longest Time – Billy Joel
  14. Closing Time – Semi Sonic
  15. Time of Your Life – Green Day
  16. Time Stands Still – The All-American Rejects
  17. Time Is Running Out – Muse
  18. Time Flies – Porcupine Tree
  19. One More Time – Daft Punk
  20. If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
  21. Time Has Told Me – Nick Drake
  22. Five Years Time – Noah & The Whale
  23. Time & Space – Groove Armada
  24. This Is The Last Time – Keane
  25. Time Has Come Today – The Chambers Brothers
  26. Times Like These – Foo Fighters
  27. No Time – The Monkees
  28. Time Won’t Let Me – The Outsiders
  29. Not Enough Time – INXS
  30. Time Is Tight – Booker T. & The MG’s
  31. No Time – Guess Who
  32. Time – Tesla
  33. Time To Move On – Tom Petty
  34. Run Out Of Time – Genesis
  35. Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking – Snow Patrol
  36. Time In A Bottle – Jim Croce
  37. No Time To Think – Bob Dylan
  38. Time Is Ticking Out – The Cranberries
  39. Too Much Time On My Hands – Styx
  40. Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show Soundtrack

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.

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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18 Responses

  1. Avatar `AJacoby says:

    In my many years (and minutes and seconds) experience, I've come to this bit of truth:

    Time flies whether you're having fun or not, ,. . . so you might as well have fun! You can quote me on that one.

    In reading your list, I was so afraid you had missed Jim Croce . . . but no, there he was just a few from the end. Pretty sneaky, I'd say!

  2. Avatar Cheri Davis says:

    AHhhh…you have time in all the titles..because Fly Like An Eagle by The Steve Miller Band kept going through my head as I read your column., so it won't count…Kept hearing the words.. "Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future"… Maybe you could use that song if you ever do a song list about flying or animals…or it could be an honorary song…giggle…

    🙂

    • Valerie Ing Valerie Ing says:

      Cheri, I did make a small exception for Snow Patrol's "Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking." I wish I'd thought of Fly Like An Eagle, because it's good and fits right in!

  3. Avatar `AJacoby says:

    I know it doesn't count because the word "TIME" never appears anywhere in the lyrics, but take a look at "Windmills of Your Mind" and see if those lyrics don't express exactly what you and Einstein . . . well, you, at least . . . were talking about.

  4. Avatar `AJacoby says:

    Does anybody Know What time it Is? – Chicago?

  5. Valerie Ing Valerie Ing says:

    AJ – it's not even 9am and you're firing on all cylinders! You're so good!

  6. Avatar Canda says:

    Love your column, Val. You're thoughts on relativity really made sense to me. Maybe you got more out of that class than you thought! Now it's time to enjoy your playlist 🙂

  7. Joe Domke Joe Domke says:

    It wouldn't be Friday morning without an email from Valerie 😉

    • Valerie Ing Valerie Ing says:

      You mean one of those desperate, apologetic emails?! Hah! Hopefully, at least by now, Doni can go to sleep knowing that no matter what, something will be there when she wakes up in the morning, and doesn't have to send any more "Car 54 Where Are You?" emails any more!!!!

      • Val, you and Joe both made me laugh.

        I do confess that I do sleep especially well every other Thursday night because I know that no matter how late your column arrives, Joe's nine hours ahead and will post it.

        Val, I'm sure Joe and I agree when I say that you're totally worth the wait. 🙂

  8. Avatar Scott says:

    Got the time by Anthrax (cover song originally by Joe Jackson)

    Killing Time by Pennywise

    Time Consumer by Coheed and Cambria

    Time for you to go do your own thing by Look Mexico

    Time is Running Out by Muse

    Time Machine by Black Sabbath

    Times like These by Foo Fighters

    Times of Trouble by Temple of the Dog

  9. Avatar Sally says:

    Val – Putting time in perspective, I have always explained it thus. Next Christmas takes forever to come if your 4 yrs. old 'cause it is a quarter of your life. It's here immediately when you're 40 'cause it is only a 40th of your life. And there you have it!

  10. Avatar Steve Fischer says:

    A few more suggestions …

    Time Changes Everything – Bob Wills

    Times They Are A-Changing – Simon & Garfunkle

    Love Me Two Times – the Doors

    Night Time Is The Right Time – Credence Clearwater

    Any Time – Eddie Fisher, Eddie Arnold and almost anybody else

    and maybe best of all

    It's Five O'clock Somewhere – Alan Jackson/Jimmy Buffett

    • Avatar `AJacoby says:

      Steve. . . . Croce notwithstanding, glad to see you included a Bob Wills tune. who knew??!! Of course, Anytime was one of Arnold's best cuts.

  11. Avatar `AJacoby says:

    Right Time of the Day – Prairie Home Companion (Vince Gill's first really big hit.)

    O.K., I'm done.. . honest!!!

  12. Avatar Dana says:

    You're crazy all right, but you make all the sense in the world to me. Maybe it has something to do with sitting next to you on Saturday nights. But the even longer hour was the one before "Six Million Dollar Man". Bring it Steve Austin!

    • Valerie Ing Valerie Ing says:

      That's funny, little sister! I remember a few disagreements over whether we were going to watch your show on ABC, or NBC's Wonderful World of Disney! (although I'm pretty sure we never ever fought over the show on at the same time on CBS, Cher!)