Mistress of the Mix: BANG! BANG! (A Best Of…)

Shooting Gallery

Ever have one of those weeks when you wish you had a do-over?

I’ve just had one of those weeks.

It was one of those weeks where you wish you could just line up every bad interaction, every bad moment, every negative thought, every awkward discussion and every nasty disagreement like ducks in a carnival shooting gallery and hit bullseye after bullseye after bullseye.
Bang! Bang! Bang!

If only that was possible.

Alas, it ain’t. So I’m stuck with that.

We’re not Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, or the incredibly adorable Domnhall Gleeson in About Time (my favorite film of 2014), or Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow (my second favorite film of 2014) . There just aren’t any do-overs in real life to hone our life skills. I wish there were, but we’re pretty much stuck with the day we just lived, every time.

Great. Big. Sigh.

But you know what always makes me feel better?


When I’ve had a really horrible day; a really rotten, no good, horrible day, there’s one sure fire way to put a smile back on my face and make me forget about all my problems, at least for a little while, and that’s an upbeat song I can sing along to.

finger pistol

Lost your job? Relationship blow up in your face? Total your car? Get a bill for $7,235 more than you thought it was gonna be? Well, I can relate. But you know what? There’s a lot of us who can relate. So I’m hoping that a lot of us also rely on music to help pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and move in an upward trajectory again.

Feel free to share your shitty stories of the week with the Mistress below (maybe it’ll make me feel better?) and then whatever your woes, put ’em aside for a moment. Long enough to hit the play arrow on the Bang Bang Playlist below. Pull out your finger pistols, and dance yourself out of the fast lane of that horrid mindset and onto the good mood expressway. And if you’ve got any songs that pull you out of misery and put you in a better place, let me know what they are. We’ll come up with another playlist of mood-altering songs together.

Valerie Ing

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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