Our Playlists

Welcome to our Playlist feature, spotlighting some of the music that Task Force staffers are listening to!

April 2012

Karlene King
Development Assistant

Music is my escape. After a long day or week, I look forward to listening to music either to get excited for a fun night or just to kick back and unwind. I enjoy all different genres ranging from oldies to country to classic rock to hip hop to indie. The first 5 songs always pump me up and lead to loud obnoxious singing, as well as crazy “dancing”. The following 5 songs are those that calm me down when I need to take a chill pill. They help me meditate and refresh my mind.

1) “It’s All About Tonight” – Blake Shelton
2) “Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People
3) “Paper Planes” – MIA
4) “Lookin’ For a Good Time” – Lady Antebellum
5) “American Girl” – Tom Petty
6) “Red, Red Wine” – Bob Marley
7) “Champagne Supernova” – Oasis
8) “Free” – Zac Brown Band
9) “Back Down South” – Kings of Leon
10) “Carolina in My Mind” – James Taylor

March 2012

Sarah E. Reece
Director of the Academy for Leadership and Action

As Director of the Academy, Sarah travels quite a bit. So she always wants to make sure she has many different playlists available to listen to. (Especially those trips when a scheduled flight departure time is listed as "Delayed.") This playlist is contains a lot of her favorite song and albums.

1. Dolly Parton, "Coat of Many Colors"
First song I knew all the words to. My current favorite Dolly song is "In the Meantime" off her new Better Days album.

2. Dar Williams, "When I Was a Boy" and "Iowa"
Dar is always good for nostalgic reminiscing, especially these two songs of hers.

3. The Running Kind - "Two Roads"
They're an L.A.-based country band fronted by Matt and Leslie Bosson. They're good friends and Task Force supporters. They even played our wedding reception!

4. Iron Horse - "Pickin' on Modest Mouse" (the whole album)
I use this album when I have to focus and write. That seems antithetical, but it works for me.

5. "Back to the Future" and "Top Gun" soundtracks
These are both great for motivation

6. Survivor - "Eye of the Tiger"
This is my favorite campaign theme song and absolutely my top Karaoke pick!

February 2012

Marta Alvarado
Conference and Meetings Manager

Marta is also assistant conference director for the Task Force’s Creating Change conference, and that means she was very busy the last two weeks in January. One of the things that helped get her through was music.

She says “this playlist is for someone on the go who also has a lot of good memories.” Check it out and see if these songs bring back any of your memories from this year’s Creating Change in Baltimore.

1. Lady Gaga: Heavy Metal lover
2. Michael Jackson: p.y.t
3. Hall and Oates: Out of Touch
4. David Guetta: Memories
5. Uh Huh Her: Say So
6. Rihanna: We Found Love in a Hopeless Place
7. Nicki Minaj: Moment for Life
8: Mecano: La Fuerza del Destino
9. Ricky Martin: Frio
10: Jlo: Until It Beats No More

January 2012

Mike Lloyd
Accounting Manager

Mike listens to a lot of old Disco from the the 70's and 80's – and he isn’t ashamed to admit it. He considers that to be the “golden age” of Disco. He says “Yes, Disco supposedly died in the late 70’s. It didn’t – they just changed the name to ‘dance music.” Mike says that he’s got Donna Summer, Grace Jones, Dan Hartman, Average White Band, etc. in constant rotation. He adds that “for the holidays, my partner got me Denise Williams’ ‘I Got the Next Dance.’ He couldn’t download it online. He had to get it in VINYL, for God’s sake. (Oh, the humanity!)

1. Brazil (12” Mix) – The Ritchie Family
2. Let’s All Chant (12” Mix) – Michael Zagar
3. Relight My Fire – Dan Hartman
4. High Energy (12” Mix) – Evelyn Thomas
5. Doctor Love – First Choice
6. Let’s Hear It For The Boy – Denise Williams
7. I Will Survive (12” Mix) – Gloria Gaynor
8. You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) - Sylvester
9. If My Friends Could See Me Now (12” Mix) – Linda Clifford
10. Bad Girls – Donna Summer

December 2011

Mardi Moore
Membership Manager

Mardi was thrilled to be asked to do her playlist for December, because that's when she always incorporates holiday songs into her iPod rotation. (Perhaps she still believes in Santa Claus...) She likes everything, from the classics to more modern holiday songs.

1. Christians and Pagans by Dar Williams
2. Chanukah Song by Adam Sandler
3. Merry Christmas from the Family by Jill Sobule
4. Happy Christmas (War is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
5. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt
6. Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Bruce Springsteen
7. All I Want for Christmas by Mariah Carey
8. Colorado Christmas by The NItty Gritty Dirt Band
9. The River by Joni Mitchell
10. Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano
11. Please Come Home for Christmas by The Eagles

November 2011

Alex Breitman
Marketing & Events Manager

I have a diverse taste in the music I listen to, but I mostly love anything that you can dance to. Whether it be a good pop song, a pop song or a song that was remixed for the dance floor, I like any music that makes you feel good and puts a smile on my face.

1. You and I – Lady GaGa: Though I’m not really a fan of country music, I think GaGa crossed over really well with this song and the Danny Verde remix is a great take on it with a lot of energy.
2. Papi – Jennifer Lopez: Both the original and the Mixin’ Marc and Tony Svejda remix are really fun. It’s a great vocal track from Jennifer Lopez, one we haven’t seen in a while.
3. Stronger (Club Mix) – Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick ft. Shawnee Taylor: I really enjoy listening to this song because it’s powerful and has inspiring lyrics for one’s outlook.
4. What a Feeling (Club Mix) – Alex Gaudino feat. Kelly Rowland: Another fun, upbeat dance song from Kelly Rowland. She just keeps pumping them out!
5. Wanna Go – Britney Spears: Probably one of my favorite songs on Femme Fatale. It’s just one of those songs that immediately gets you up on your feet. Every time I listen to it, I’m taken back to her concert where 20,000 people were out of their seats and jumping up and down.
6. Hello – Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette: This was one of those Summer feel good songs.
7. Someone Like You – Adele: This song catapulted to number 1 after she sang it on the MTV Video Music Awards and it catapulted to repeat on my iPod.
8. Magic – Tony Moran feat. Jennifer Holliday: A great song about how that special person can make you feel.
9. Rebel For Life (Ana Paula Remix) – Amanda Morra: A high-energy remix by one of my favorite DJs.
10. Collide (Alex Gaudino & Jason Rooney Remix) – Leona Lewis: She has such a beautiful voice and I love the lyrics to this song.

September 2011

Jorge Taveras
Communications Coordinator

I listen to a lot of music. Rare are the minutes when I don't have my IPod on or music playing somewhere in the background. Thanks to sites like Emusic and Amazon, I've been exposed to tons of great stuff in the past few years. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Sundome - Battles (Feat. Yamantaka Eye) - My favorite song of 2011 thus far. What starts out as atmospheric dub explodes into a cascade of pitch shifted vocals with a head-nodding beat backing it all up.
2. Chinese High - Gang Gang Dance - Cut from the same cloth as the previous song, but indebted to 80's pop and Bollywood. Like a bizzaro-world Madonna.
3. Open My Window - Kaito - A pretty tune, I chose it because it's part of an excellent 34 track compilation whose proceeds benefit Japan. Best $6 I've spent all month.
4. Quick Canal - Atlas Sound (Feat. Laetitia Sadier)- The greatest Stereolab song that never was.
5. Heart's A Mess (Supermayer Remix) - Gotye - It's like if Burt Bacharach decided to make electronic music.
6. Blinking Pigs - Little Dragon - Smooth electro-soul from Sweden. This whole album has been getting heavy rotation in the office.
7. Computer Face/Pure Being - Flying Lotus - It sounds like a super hero anthem for a computer. Retro and futuristic at the same time.
8. Here Before - Fever Ray - Best live show I've been to in the past 5 years.
9. Articulate Silences pt. 2 - Stars of the Lid - If I had tear ducts, this would make them leak.
10. Alice - Sunn O))) - In my opinion, one of the greatest pieces of music produced in the 21st century. The word "epic" doesn't do it justice.

July 2011

K. Travis Ballie
Summer Fellow

When I listen to a good song, I create a music video in my head, featuring me! Sometimes it is a soundtrack to a movie in which I star, other times it's my playlist as I (in my head) lead some awesome rally or protest. Really powers me up and gives me the energy to do the work that we do here in the real world!

1. Rabiosa (feat. El Cata) - Shakira
2. Do It Like A Dude - Jessie J
3. Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi) - Janelle Monae
4. Jailer - Asa
5. Butterflies & Hurricanes - Muse
6. Kiss of Life - Friendly Fires
7. Howl - Florence & The Machines
8. The Saints are coming - U2 & Green Day
9. Meme Pas Fatiguer - Magic Systeme
10. A Woman's Worth - Alicia Keys

June 2011

Lisa Mercado
Special Events Coordinator

It's June and I am a Gemini, so I am always trying to satisfy all my sides. So many songs so little time. There are always those old standbys that bring you back to a time and place. Enjoy!

1. Born this Way - Lady Gaga
2. You haven't Seen the Last of Me - Cher
3. Come over here - Sara Bettens
4. The Moments - Karina Igelsias
5. Raise your Glass - Pink
6. Ven a Bailar (On the Floor) - Jennifer Lopez (featuring Pitbull)
7. Chasing Pavements - Adele
8. Love is a Battlefield - Pat Benatar
9. Time after Time - Cyndi Lauper
10. Tightrope - Janelle Monae
11. Stand Back - Stevie Nicks
12. Give it - Joe Gauthreaux – Winter Party Festival 2008
13. Everybody's Girl - Jen Foster
14. Get Up! (Before The Night Is Over) - Technotronic (featuring Ya Kid K)
15. Holiday - Madonna
16. Paradise by the Dashboard Light - Meatloaf

May 2011

Vanessa Macoy
Program Associate, New Beginning Initiative

I have three qualifications for songs to get on my playlist. They are:

  • Songs have a beat so compelling you‚'ve got no choice but to shake it.
  • Lyrics that remind me of a given moment in my life.
  • Kickass Karaoke material!

That said, here‚'s my list:

Brave by Kelis: Kelis' new album, Flesh Tones, was my mantra last summer. It's maternal, soulful and has a banging bass.

Goodbye Earl by the Dixie Chicks: Hello? Best karaoke material ever. I've done a couple of renditions of this with my Task Force colleagues.

Fembot by Robyn: She's quirky and apparently has an obsession with robots. Put a lady's perspective and a bit of rap into it and you have ‚Body Talk! I dare you not to dance.

Just Died in Your Arms Tonight by Journey: It's a classic that makes me wanna sing into my hairbrush in front of the mirror‚ with feeling!

Paint's Peeling by Rilo Kiley: This is my quintessential college rage song. Now, I just need my favorite band to put out a new album.

Bulletproof by La Roux: "Been there, done that messed around/I'm having fun, don't put me down/ I'll never let you sweep me off my feet."

Like a G6 by Far East Movement: No matter where I listen to it, I feel like I'm in the club!

Cubs in Five by The Mountain Goats: It's a total exuberant sing-along from a band that is usually very pessimistic.

Piazza, New York Catcher by Belle and Sebastian: So tender and compassionate; a perfect ballad about San Francisco, baseball, religion and sexuality.

Wonderland by Natalia Kills: She's a darker, kinkier Gaga who everyone should check out. "Don't want your stilettos/I'm not, not Cinderella/I don't need a knight/so baby take off all your armor."

April 2011

David Alexander
Director of Institutional Gifts

I've been doing a lot of running lately, and found that I just wasn't very motivated for a long run by listening to Joni Mitchell's Ladies of the Canyon, so over the past couple months I put together the below playlist of painfully-indie rock classics to inspire a good run.

1) Famine Affair (for the warm up) - Of Montreal
2) Abel - The National
3) Calamity Song - The Decemberists
4) Meantime - The Futureheads
5) Another Nail In My Heart - Squeeze
6) Mental Hopscotch - Missing Persons
7) I'm the Man - Joe Jackson
8) Satellite - Catherine Wheel
9) Brazen - Heartless Bastards
10) Pyrite Pedestal - Pretty Girls Make Graves
11) Hounds of Love - The Futureheads
12) Hard Rain (for the cool down) - Shout Out Louds

March 2011

Causten Wollerman
Field Organizer

Causten's not only a staunch believer in LGBT equality, but as one of our many hard-working organizers, he "walks the walk" every day! His current playlist shows us his favorite music to listen to while he's out working on campaigns and building grassroots power.

1. Lovesong (cover of the Cure - live) - Adele
2. Love of an Orchestra - Noah and the Whale
3. Standing Eight Count - Owen Pallet/Jakob Dylan
4. The Ragged Sea - Alexi Murdoch
5. Power - Kanye West
6. Marry You Ariel - Bruno Mars
7. Bright Lit Skies - Pink
8. Zebra - Beach House

February 2011

Pedro Julio Serrano
Communications Manager

Pedro Julio misses his homeland terribly, so he uses music as a way to connect with his roots. If it’s salsa, merengue, pop latino, reggaeton, Pedro Julio has it on his playlist. Check it out.

1. Duerme Negrito – Mercedes Sosa – My dad used to sing this song to me to get me to sleep when I was a baby.
2. Vamos a portarnos mal – Calle 13 – I love the video of this reggaeton song, which features a gay couple kissing.
3. Besos – Jessica Cristina – It is one of the most sensual songs I’ve heard.
4. Sigo siendo reina – Lourdes Robles – It reminds me that no matter what happens, love is all that matters.
5. Prohibido el paso – Olga Tañón – A tribute to all that is good in the world and why we have to stop the negative from entering your life.
6. Basta ya – Ricky Martin – It’s a song about self-discovery and empowerment.
7. Lloviendo flores – Ednita Nazario – Look in front of you and you’ll find love.
8. Ojalá llueva café – Juan Luis Guerra – It’s a classic, a song of hope.
9. Viviendo – Marc Anthony – We have to live, live, live.
10. La vida es un carnaval – Celia Cruz – Let’s celebrate life at every turn.

January 2011

Michael Bath
Special Events Manager

I like all kinds of music, but I’m partial to dance and rock. So dance remixes of rock classics are the best!

1. Where the Streets Have No Name – U2 vs. Johnny Vicious – The best dance floor ride ever.
2. You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me – Cher – Perfect song for a perfect diva.
3. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Cast of Glee – Who doesn’t want to sing with these kids?
4. On Silent Wings (Soul Solutions Remix) – Tina Turner – She makes me soar!
5. Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol – Because of a special guy.
6. Bad Romance – Lady Gaga – The catchiest new song in years.
7. Sometimes It’s A Bitch – Stevie Nicks – Always reminds me that life is a roller coaster ride and to hold on during the rough parts.
8. Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson – My favorite Michael song.
9. I’ll Stand by You – The Pretenders – If I could sing, I’d sing it to all my special friends.
10. Forever – Alan Barcklay – I dare you not to move when you hear it.
11. Silver Springs – Fleetwood Mac – You can never get enough of Stevie’s voice.
12. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen – It doesn’t get any better than this.

December 2010

Kathy Plate
Interactive Media Coordinator

I'm a fan of music with good beats, strong guitar, and or fun/moving lyrics. This list has songs for just about every mood.

1. Feed the Animals - Girl Talk - On my iPod this is one 53:25 track, so it could be an entire playlist, but I'm just going to lead off with it - it's a favorite for working out.
2. Yell Fire! - Michael Franti & Spearhead - "Revolution never come with a warning."
3. Who's to Blame - Ozomatli - Went to their concert by a turn of fate years ago and have loved them ever since.
4. Tightrope - Janelle Monae - Love her tux in the music video, plus it's a super fun song.
5. I Got a Feeling - Black Eyed Peas - Just fun.
6. Basement Bhangra Anthem - DJ Rekha - Great beats and rhythms.
7. Dilate - Ani Difranco - Singing along with this song is a great way to get your anger out.
8. Cynical - Chris Pureka - This is another angry song, and it's my favorite album for long drives.
9. Welcome to My Life - Melissa Ferrick - Another good road trip song.
10. Monday Monday Monday - Tegan and Sara - Best line: "Damn your mood swings."
11. Eple - Royksopp - Was introduced to this song by two Norwegian climbers in the desert of Utah, it always reminds me of nature's beauty.
12. Let Me Be - Xavier Rudd - Didgeridoo, guitar, harmonica + singing = awesome!

November 2010

Daniel Pino
Executive Assistant to Deputy Executive Director of External Relations

I love songs that inspire me: whether they make me wanna cry, dance, lip sync, strut, or take a few deep breaths, each of these songs make me smile in some way and give me the much needed boost of hope that gets me through my day.

1. Moon River – Frank Sinatra – A nostalgic treat of a song and it can make me well up at the drop of a hat.
2. Freedom ‘90 – George Michael – So catchy, so fun and can we talk about how fabulous the video is?!
3. You Gotta Be – Des’ree – My go-to pick me up song with an awesome message for EVERYONE.
4. Cosmic Love – Florence and the Machine – You may know the band by “Dog Days Are Over” but the orchestration and vocals here are OUT of control.
5. Happy Days Are Here Again – Judy Garland/ Barbra Streisand – Judy and Babs... Nuff said.
6. Wonderful – Gary Go – Because we’re all miracles wrapped up in chemicals.
7. I Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston – I can NOT hear this song and be prevented from dancing and lip synching to it – its amazingly fun, perfect vocals, and I often make a fool of myself walking to and from work (or should I say dancing) when this pops up on my iPod.
8. Part of Your World – The Little Mermaid – A corner of my gay card would get snipped if I didn’t have at least one Disney song on here and this is just plain pretty.
9. Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap – Imogen’s voice is out of control and it's a gorgeous song... I dont think I’ll ever forgive Drake for sampling it (sigh).
10. Get Me Bodied – Beyonce – I adore B’ and this song is awesome – especially because I can’t get enough of musical artists telling me what to do mid-song.
11. Lady Marmalade– Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, Lil Kim – Perfect song and Christina’s voice is as big as her hair in the video. I love it.
12. Meaning (live version) – Gavin Degraw – To quote Gavin, “love has a reason, there’s a reason to the world....we’re giving love.”

October 2010

Colin P. Lovell
Database Administrator

Colin is an activist with “style.”

“So when I’m feeling down, or lacking motivation, and need a little kick in the pants, this playlist always perks me right up. Heavy on Glam and Hip Hop, because that’s how I roll, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Who says that DBA’s can’t have style?”

1. Night Work – The Scissor Sisters – A great song to get you fired up, about turning liabilities in to abilities to pay the bills.
2. Standing in the Way of Control – Gossip – Reminds me of why I do the work I do!
3. Get By – Talib Kweli – This man is a genius. And a Nina Simone hook? Unbelievable.
4. Keep On Livin’ – Le Tigre – A fun and danceable reminder that even when things are hard, that will get better.
5. Cross Bones Style – Cat Power – Brilliant.
6. Hammer to Fall – Queen – Because what big homo mix would be complete without the much loved and dearly missed Freddie Mercury?
7. Don’t Stop Believing – George Lamond’s version – Immediately following the returns in the 2008 elections, I was living in Seattle at the time. The city erupted in spontaneous dance parties, and one of the local gay bars dragged speakers on to the roof and blasted this song while several thousand people stopped traffic to dance in the streets. This song will always have a special place in my heart because of that amazing night.
8. Butch/Femme – Team Gina – Super fun song with relevant lyrics that gets me every time. Plus, these gals are really talented.
9. Rebel Girl – Bikini Girl – Because it’s a classic, and Bikini Kill/Kathleen Hanna changed my life.
10. When Love Takes Over – David Guetta/Kelly Rowland – This song was playing everywhere on my first trip to Fire Island. So of course I love it.
11. Paper Planes – M.I.A. – You can say it’s played out but it’s still a great song. And I love the beat.
12. Empire State of Mind – Jay-Z – Because it’s my new home, and there’s no place like home.

September 2010

Moof Mayeda
Senior Field Organizer

Moof is always hard at work organizing our community to fight for justice and equality. And while she does it, she listens to a wide array of music that keeps her company while she travels to work. Find out what she’s listening to.

"At first I tried to make an impressive mix of my favorite dance-tastic, deep, and revolutionary songs, but then to take the pressure off and honor my love for living in L.A., I thought I’d share what I’m really listening to in the 1.5-2.5 hours I spend in my car every day."

1. Latino 96.3 (it’s true, I usually choose the radio over my ipod)
2. Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW
3. KJAZZ 88.1 (Cal State Long Beach’s Jazz and Blues station)
4. I Had to Tell You – Liz Pappademas (local musician)
5. Tik Tok – Kesha
6. Frankie and Johnny – Triple Chicken Foot (old timey band from my neighborhood)
7. Africa Must Wake Up – Nas & Damian Marley
8. Islands – The XX
9. Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum (because I love playing it on Rock Band)
10. Heartbreaking Maps – DJ Clivester (Metronomy vs. Yeah Yeah Yeahs…Trystan got me hooked on this one)
11. When I Grow Up – Fever Ray
12. Wide Eyes – Local Natives (another local band)

August 2010

Rebecca Ahuja
Senior Field Organizer

This is my favorite playlist to listen while I’m campaining and building grassroots power.

1. Death to Los Campesinos – Los Campesinos
2. Half Asleep – School of Seven Bells
3. Daylight – Matt and Kim
4. Crazy Thing Called Love – Queen
5. Pass This On – The Knife
6. Summer – Modest Mouse
7. Karma Police – Easy Star All Stars
8. Youthless – Beck
9. Leeds United – Amanda Palmer
10. Abandon – French Kicks
11. Electric Feel – MGMT
12. Going On – Gnarls Barkley

July 2010

b>Darlene Nipper
Deputy Executive Director

Check out Darlene’s “Girls I like” playlist. “What can I say?” she says. “I just love listening to the voices of women from around the world. I wish I could list them all, but here are a few of my favorites.”

1. Bibanke from Asa – the beautiful African goddess of soul, this is a warm and soulful one.
  2. Shirk by Me’Shell Ndegeocello – from the album The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams. Need I say more?
3. Jaleo from Concha Buika and Truby Trio; if you haven’t heard Concha, you haven’t heard soulful music. Her African and Latin roots, blend to a rousing crescendo in the full length version with the Truby Trio band. AMAZING!
4. Baby Love from Mother’s Finest – Another Mother For You album. 1970s funk band with the incredible female vocalist Jean Kennedy, who could belt out a funk-rock classic on love like no other.
5. Balance’ from Sara Tavares – the multilingual Cape Verdean singer/songwriter shows her range and fusion of languages and musical styles in Balance’ from the album of the same name.
6. Can’t Hardly Wait by N’dambi from the Pink Elephant CD. VERY EXPLICIT, but my all-time favorite break-up song. It’s soulful, upbeat and the lyrics will get you through the rough times.
7. Lenda by Ceu – I adore the soft, sexy voice of this Brazilian singer/songwriter and this song is a favorite.
8. Edith and the Kingpin – from Herbie Hancock’s ode to Joni Mitchell featuring Tina Turner; this is the biejazzy voice that is behind all of those incredible dance moves from Tina.
9. River – from Herbie Hancock’s ode to Joni Mitchell featuring Corinne Bailey Rae; I really think this is the best song I’ve heard her sing.
10. The Chosen – Me’Shell and Cassandra Wilson from the CD Dance of the Infidel.

Finally no women’s voices list is complete without songs from the revolutionary Mercedes Sosa, just find any of her songs and enjoy… MY FAV: Duerme Negrito.

June 2010

Jenna Lowenstein
Interactive Media Coordinator

To say Jenna has eclectic taste in music would be an understatement. Here’s a random mix of things on her iPod, with no rhyme or reason.

1. I Want You Back – KT Tunstall – Great song, even greater cover.
2. 500 Miles – Peter, Paul, and Mary – I grew up listening to PPM in my mom’s car, and it wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that a lot of my progressive values are rooted in their music.
3. Drumming Song – Florence + the Machine – My best friend Leslie has much better taste in music than me, and she got me hooked on these guys.
4. Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Just a great, all-around song. Makes me think of summer and spending it with great friends.
5. Built This Way – Samantha Ronson – Yes, Samantha Ronson is primarily famous for her sometimes passionate and always rocky fling with Lindsay Lohan, but before they were a couple, she recorded this track that was featured on the Mean Girls soundtrack. It’s not half bad, and makes for a pretty decent car sing-along.
6. Cherry Bomb – The Runaways – Cherry Bomb is a powerful song that I can always count on to pick me up during a tough day.
7. Keep Holding On – Glee Cast – This is kind of pathetic, but this song was in heavy rotation on my iPod as I drove eight hours home from Maine the morning after the No on 1 campaign lost last November.
8. Madonna – Like a Prayer – I would have put the Glee version, but I figured one Glee song per playlist is enough. I’ll be blasphemous and say Madonna’s version is almost as good as the Glee cast’s.
9. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette – This song was written about the guy who played Uncle Joey on Full House. Enough said.
10. Hey Ya – Obadiah Parker – After Andre 3000 redefined overplayed song with his hit “Hey Ya,” a guy with a guitar from Arizona did an incredibly beautiful acoustic cover. The more you hate the original, the more you’ll love Obadiah Parker’s version.

May 2010

David Lohman
Faith Work Coordinator

From cabaret to the silver screen, with a touch of faith and jazz, David’s playlist falls on the eclectic side.

1. Dark Night of the Soul – Loreena McKennit’s haunting setting of the homoerotic 16th century text by St. John of the Cross.
2. Rachmaninoff’s Vespers sung by the Soviet Ministry of Culture Chamber Choir – the most moving concert of my life was hearing them sing this live in London in 1992.
3. Alone Together by Judy Garland – I never truly understood the gay fascination with her until I heard her Carnegie Hall concert.
4. Here’s to Life by Shirley Horn – a sublime testament from the great jazz singer.
5. Gabriel’s Oboe from The Mission – my favorite film soundtrack.
6. Takes My Breath Away by Tuck and Patti – oh so romantic.
7. Losing My Mind by Barbara Cook from Follies in Concert – the definitive performance of this great song.
8. No Moon at All/That Old Devil Moon by the late Nancy LaMott, my favorite cabaret singer, with her brilliant pianist/arranger Christopher Marlowe.
9. How Glory Goes from the original cast album of Floyd Collins – about to die, Floyd asks God what heaven will be like.
10. Sunday from the original cast album of Sunday in the Park with George – Sondheim at his soaring best.
11. Don’t Stop Believin’ from Glee – it was love at first hearing.

April 2010

Dave Cook
Development Coordinator

These song selections span a good part of David’s “big boy gay life.” Check ’em out.

1. Your Song ? Elton John – Pure, simple and beautiful… Elton John at his best.
2. Seasons of Love Rent – Great play, OK movie, amazing inspirational song.
3. One ? U2 – Great rock band, powerful song.
4. Le Freak ? Chic – Reliving middle/high school (I loved high school).
5. I Need You ? Euclid Beach Band – Minor national hit, big hit where I grew up.
6. It’s Raining Men ? The Weather Girls – …well, I am gay.
7. Self Control ? Laura Branigan – Big hit when I went to my first gay bar.
8. I Try ? Macy Gray – Very unique voice and song.
9. Let’s Do the Time Warp Again Rocky Horror Picture Show – More than a song… an experience.
10. Standing Here All Alone ? Michelle – Great party song from the height of my circuit days.

March 2010

Julie Anne Childs
Assistant to the Executive Director

Whether you need a good workout or just need to work your mind out, this is one of my favorite iPod mixes!

1. Scooter Boys - Indigo Girls – What can I say, this just flat out revs you up!
2. Outta Me, Onto You - Ani Difranco – Just let the inner rage just roll right off of you.
3. Shatter Me - Melissa Ferrick – This is a feel good, stay strong song.
4. Silo Song - Chris Pureka – Newcomer! And I really dig her stuff.
5. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson – Because every playlist needs some MJ.
6. Mosh - Eminem – Because when I think back to the Bush administration I think of this song and it makes me feel a little better.
7. Cold Shoulder - Amy Ray – Because as she says “she hangs with the deviants the tranny nation”… and who doesn’t want to rock that?
8. Taking the Long Way - Dixie Chicks – Because don’t you feel like an idiot now after criticizing Natalie for standing up for her political views? And because country music needed that.
9. You Belong With Me - Taylor Swift – I don’t know, she has just really grown on me.
10. Stupid Girls - Pink – What about the hot seat? I don’t want to be a stupid girl.
11. Talkin’ About a Revolution - Tracy Chapman – Because we are still talking about a revolution.
12. 37 Hours - Kristen Hersh – Because I have a big crush on her! And she is rock solid.
13. Book of Love - Dar Wiliams – This is a great song. It makes you feel good about your life journey.
14. Every Little Bit - Patty Griffin – This song chills you to the bone.
15. Chickenman - Indigo Girls – The Chickenman is a timeless story that I love to hear over and over again.

February 2010

Shotzi Tequila, the first lady of the Task Force, recently performed in Dallas during the lead up to the National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change. Shotzi says, “Thank you Dallas for an excellent Creating Change — everything really is bigger in Texas darling, even my hair!” Shotzi’s playlist is eclectic, fun and irreverent. A quick look at her most played list on the ‘ole iPod reveals the diva, rocker and frustrated stage star she wants to be.

1. Xanadu - Olivia Newton-John – Shotzi has loved Olivia since she saw Grease. She used to have a picture of her on her night table.
2. Mi Tierra - Gloria Estefan – A little salsa never hurt anybody.
3. Just Fine - Mary J. Blige – Mary has been through it all with Shotzi — heartbreak, sadness, loneliness, joy, triumph. And the two are doing just fine… wooh!
4. Ring of Fire - Social Distortion – Shotzi’s favorite band. Reminds her of the punk days, when her hair was pink and she wore heavy eyeliner.
5. I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine - Patti Page – A Shotzi performance favorite… always a crowd pleaser.
6. Bad Romance - Lady Gaga – Alexander McQueen is Shotzi’s fav designer, may he rest in peace, and his work is all over the video, plus the costume changes are fierce.
7. When Love Takes Over - David Guetta featuring Kelly Rowland – Shotzi’s song of the summer.
8. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield – A big voice, and bigger dreams…
9. La Charreada - Linda Ronstadt – Reminds Shotzi of home and family, and Sunday mornings dancing around the kitchen with her Abuelita.
10. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order – Shotzi’s favorite of all time… the story of her life.

January 2010

Robert Valadéz
Vaid Fellow

Will Mariah Carey always be your baby, or are you more of a Radiohead rocker? Either way, Vaid Fellow Robert Valadéz’s playlist has something for you! Check out his latest picks and learn why they made the cut.

1. Salta - Amaral – A must for anyone loading up the truck and hitting the open road. This song will definitely set the tone for an adventurous expedition ahead.
2. Clementine - Washington – Turn the water, turn the water! Yes, you will be singing this in your head for days. And you'll like it.
3. Creator - Santogold – This Philly-born singer defies genre. Her sound takes music to new heights. One may need to revisit the song to really appreciate the sound, but make no mistake — this is nothing short of avant-garde!
4. House of Cards - Radiohead – It's Radiohead. Enough said.
5. H.A.T.E.U. - Mariah Carey – Mimi does it again! Lush vocals, emotive phrasing and a killer hook — yet another testament to why she reigns diva-supreme.
6. Islands - The xx – Be on the lookout for this band. Their laid back sound is destined to be on heavy rotation wherever your friendly neighborhood hipsters dwell.
7. Boys with Girlfriends - Meiko – Playful and borderline campy, Meiko's entire album is a great listen. This particular song might resonate with those who know all too well that having relationships with boys with girlfriends can be... complicated. Haha!
8. Title and Registration - Death Cab for Cutie – No one captures a love forlorn better than Death Cab. For the 'emo' in all of us — Death Cab is our champion!
9. Just Because - Nikka Costa – This is an amazing love song absent of saccharine — just raw soul and lyrical sincerity.
10. Valse d'Amelie - Liz Story – I frequently play this song to unwind from a long day. It's simply beautiful.
11. Cross My Mind - Jill Scott – Ever reminisce over your sensual exploits with an ex-flame? Ms. Scott has! And she recalls every delightful detail amid a mellow beat. You'll definitely want to run a bath and open a bottle of wine for this one.
12. Limon y Sal - Julieta Venegas – You can't go wrong with a little lime and salt, right? I didn't think so.
13. Young Forever - Jay-Z ft. Mr. Hudson – This song doesn't deliver the same anthemic gusto of Empire State of Mind, but the sentimental synthesizers will have you rocking side by side with your best buds and reaching for your lighters.

December 2009

Ellen Kitzerow
Executive Office Board Liaison

When not wrangling board members, Ellen loves listening to her favorite artists (Tegan and Sara, Kings of Convenience, Rilo Kiley) and hearing new tunes through her friend Cy’s music blog, We Cast Music. Check out Ellen's playlist, featuring a few extra details about the music she really loves.

1. Saga - Basement Jaxx ft. Santogold – I saw Basement Jaxx years ago — it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. I was on crutches and still danced for hours! These days I stay home and watch Gossip Girl, which is where I heard this song.
2. Love and Let Love - The Gossip – I love the Cure feel to this song; the whole second half of their new album is my new jam.
3. I’m Not Your Toy - La Roux – Hot singer, hot song, but I listened to it over and over and almost OD’d on this song… be careful!
4. The Cure - Tegan & Sara – This is off their new album. The only thing better than their songs is their banter; theirs are only shows I still go to (besides Kylie Minogue!)
5. Natural Woman - Katie Stelmanis – I saw her open for Tegan & Sara and loved her voice and Kate Bush vibe. This is a great cover - look up the fan video for it on YouTube!
6. I’d Rather Dance with You - Kings of Convenience – I’ve been all about this song for five years, I hope I never tire of it.
7. Cold Case Love - Rihanna ft. Justin Timberlake – Not in love with her new album, but I love this song. I’m sure I’ll learn to love the other ones after I hear them everywhere!
8. Memorize the City - The Organ – They broke up a few years ago but remain a favorite of mine.
9. She’s Got Me Dancing - Tommy Sparks – Works as advertised.
10. Feel it in My Bones - Tiesto w/ Tegan & Sara – T&S need to do more remixes! And albums. And shows.

November 2009

Marta Alvarado
Program Coordinator

Creating Change maven Marta is busy getting the LGBT movement’s largest conference together. Check out her playlist and don’t forget to register for Creating Change here, early bird rates end Nov. 13.

1. Invincible - Pat Benatar
2. Did it Again - Shakira
3. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
4. Gota Fria - Carlos Vives
5. La Fuerza de Destino - Mecano
6. I’m in Miami Trick - Unknown
7. Bad Romance - Lady Gaga
8. Virtual Diva - Don Omar
9. Precious - Depeche Mode
10. Quiere Mas - Krhiz y Angel

October 2009

Jorge Taveras
Communications Associate

Jorge believes that action is hot, power is sexy and a great playlist is irresistible. A music fanatic, his favorite artists include Stereolab, Fennesz and Mew. Check out the most recent tunes that have inspired and invigorated Jorge.

1. Sacred Trixter - Sonic Youth
2. Heart Sweats - Japandroids
3. Repeaterbeater - Mew
4. So Bored (Wavves cover) - Amanaguchi
5. Zero (RAC Mix) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
6. Goth Star - Pictureplane
7. When I'm Gone - Vivian Girls
8. The More That I Do - The Field
9. Percussion Gun - White Rabbits
10. Fools - The Dodos
11. Rainwater Cassette Exchange - Deerhunter
12. Terminally Chill - Neon Indian
13. Love The Nite Away (Tiedye Mix) - DJ Kaos
14. Psychic City - Yacht