Mistress of the Mix: Never Too Much of a Good Thing

I’m sure you’ve got some Go To songs in your back pocket, am I right? Songs that no matter where you are, no matter what you’re doing, put you in a good mood. Get your feet moving. Whether you’re in the kitchen making dinner, in the car driving for hours on end, you’ve got a bunch of songs that are always good to go, no matter what. Songs that have been in your own personal Top 40 for perhaps the past 40 years. That’s what I’m talking about.  Those are the songs you’re going to eventually hear today.

So how did this come about? I’m in the kitchen the other day, just minding my own business, making dinner and whatnot for the family, when my teenage daughter blurts out, “I started a new blog today, wanna hear it?”

Well, duh. Whatever you’re doing, I’m happy to be included in it. If only every parent could be so lucky with their sixteen year old, right?

Turns out, it’s like mother like daughter.

My little chica (who dressed up like a cross between Twiggy and Audrey Hepburn for 60’s day today during Spirit Week at school, I’m so proud), decided to write her own column, along with her own streaming playlist of some of her favorite songs that she never gets tired of. Songs that she listens too so often that she should be tired of them, but for some strange, inexplicable reason, isn’t.

I gave it a quick read (it’s not that long, go ahead, check it out ).  Turns out, I know these songs well, since I listen to them every time we’re in the car together for more than 2 minutes (You know the routine: “Mom, can I plug in my iPod?”).

Suddenly I realized exactly what my own playlist would have to be this week: all the songs that I have never ever ever ever gotten tired of. No matter if I’ve been listening to these songs for 3 weeks or 3 decades, I have a pretty decent list of songs that, if I hear them, I’m helpless for the next 3 or 4 minutes. I must sing. I must dance. I must remain in the moment of that song. These are the songs that no matter what I’m doing, if they come through the speakers, I stop, drop and boogie (or just start singing). And her songs too, of course. So today, you’ve got 2 playlists to appreciate, mine and hers. Both of these are  the songs that we can never seem to get enough of. Because you can never get too much of a good thing, right? Right.

And while I’ve got your attention, if you’ve got an extra 5 minutes, check out this sweet video montage of the best movie dance scenes ever, just because. Because they’re awesome!

To hear today’s most amazing streaming playlist from the mommy, click on the arrow below, or find it at the Grooveshark website.

And for the daughter’s, find it here, or click on the arrow below.


  1. Uh – Fujiya & Miyagi
  2. Lonely Boy – The Black Keys
  3. Short Skirt/Long Jacket – CAKE
  4. Astronaut – G. Love
  5. Love Me Again – John Newman
  6. Treading Water – Alex Clare
  7. Fox On The Run – Sweet
  8. Good Times – Chic
  9. Happy – Pharell Williams
  10. Swing My Thing Back ‘Round – Beth Hart
  11. Got To Get You Into My Life – Earth Wind & Fire
  12. Best Day Ever – Bob Schneider
  13. Please Ask For Help – Bob Schneider
  14. Breakfast In America – Supertramp
  15. Love Is In The Air – John Paul Young
  16. Emotional Rescue – The Rolling Stones
  17. Pop Muzik – M
  18. Reggae Music – Jimmy Cliff
  19. Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads
  20. Aint No Rest For The Wicked – Cafe The Elephant
  21. September – Earth Wind & Fire


  1. Gorilla – Bruno Mars
  2. Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N’ Roses
  3. Walking On Air – Katy Perry
  4. Trespassing – Adam Lambert
  5. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
  6. Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas
  7. Happily – One Direction
  8. Holocene – Bon Iver
  9. Bang Bang – Knaan
  10. Golden Baby – Coeur de Pirate
  11. One Might Night – Maroon 5
  12. 19-2000 – Gorillaz
  13. Somewhere Beyond The Sea – Bobby Darin
  14. Weight of Living Pt 1 – Bastille
  15. Hey Jude – Joe Anderson (Across The Universe)
  16. Dingue Dingue Dingue – Christopher Mae
  17. Big Machine – Ryan Miller
  18. Cayucos – Cayucas

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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6 Responses

  1. Avatar Matt Grigsby says:

    Short skirt/long jacket really is five kinds of awesome. That base guitar! My current guilty pleasure go-to song is Maroon Five’s “Moves like Jagger.” I can’t help myself and I don’t even try.

    Great lists, as always!

    • When I shared my playlist with the family last night, my husband commented that the common theme for me seems to be a strong bass line. I used to play bass in a band in the way back years, so that makes a lot of sense to me. Glad you're digging on the music!

  2. ajac37 ajac37 says:

    Any sixteen-year-old who includes tribute to Debussy (Beyond the Sea) in her playlist is certainly a friend of mine!!! Loved the video. Did you, like me, find yourself trying to name each of the movies as the clips rolled by? No where near 100% but a fun effort anyway. Thanks for my morning smile. Funny thing, I recognized more songs from your chica's playlist than I did yours. Not sure what that indicates, but there you have it!

    • I DID that too, AJ! And the ones that I didn't recognize are the ones I absolutely must see before the year is out! So many great dance scenes! And yes, I'm just a teensy bit worried that you knew more songs from the teenage list! I guess it just means you're hip!

  3. Avatar jaonnesnyder says:

    For over 20 years I've put together what I call "travelling tapes" which became "Travelling" CDs that I could listen to in the car. I would add to and drop out tunes for the next version. One day I was on the lake with friends and brought my "travelling" CD to share. It was a flop. One person asked "you only like music in a minor chord, don't you?" I was true about that collection but I hadn't realized it. Time to add some tunes that make me want to dance! Thank you for a great article Valarie.

  4. Avatar jaonnesnyder says:

    Correct "I was true" to "It was true", and I will listened to your great playlist! What a gift.