Another gift for you!!

by DaniGirl on December 15, 2008 · 39 comments

in Consumer culture, Reviews, promotions and giveaways

Who loves ya, baby? I do!! And, as my mother always says, “If you love me, buy me things!”

Well, in this case, I’ll give you things. The nice people at iTunes Canada would like you to know that you can now buy iTunes gift cards at Sobeys, Mac’s, A&P, Safeway, Save-on Foods and Coop. To help get the word out, they’re sending me an iTunes gift card for me to share with you! (Disclosure: they’re also giving one to me. Hooray for sharing!)

*cue Don Pardo-esque announcer voice*

Busy moms can simply pick one up while grocery shopping and give the gift of instant entertainment.

Entertaining and need to set the mood quickly? Simply download your choice of music to your computer, burn it to a CD and play it all night long.

Or maybe you have a music lover on your gift list, but you don’t know what kind of music to buy. Give the gift of downloadable joy!

/announcer voice

(Hey, if you want free stuff, you gotta put up with the pitches every now and then, right?)

We don’t have a lot of time, so I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to get this to you before Christmas. But if you are Canadian, and you would like a $25 iTunes Canada gift card, leave a comment below. As always, though, it’s not just any comment. This time, I want you to tell me one song I must download and add to my iPod and why. Contest closes end of day this Thursday, December 18.

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1 J. December 15, 2008 at 9:42 am

Oooo! I hope I win this.

A song that you must download is:

Weapon of Choice by Fatboy Slim

Right here, right now by Fatboy Slim

This will get you going in no time!

2 Emma December 15, 2008 at 9:43 am

One song you must put on your ipod – Chicago by Sufjan Stevens. Sort of a random pick but it cheers up my commute.

3 Lala December 15, 2008 at 10:24 am

You probably already have this but “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues is one of my faves at this time of year.
FYI – if I won this I’d give it to my 16year old.

4 Natalie December 15, 2008 at 11:00 am

Definitely Better Days by the Goo Goo Dolls. Perfect for this time of year.

5 Kathleen in Ottawa December 15, 2008 at 11:02 am

“Why walk when you can fly?” – Mary Chapin Carpenter (Stones in the Road album) – because it is soulful, passionate and uplifting – and short!
I’ve been putting it on repeat, it’s that good.

6 Loukia December 15, 2008 at 11:20 am

No One by Alicia Keys, because it is my 3 year old’s favourite song, and it is a good song!

7 Sharon December 15, 2008 at 11:25 am

Download Circus or Womanizer by Britney Spears…they’re catchy and you’re helping the girl out!

8 david December 15, 2008 at 11:56 am

Business Time by Flight of the Conchords

I also have a huge fan of Mary Chapin Carpenter

9 Madeleine December 15, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Because I’m pretty sure you’re an 80s girl like me, if you don’t already have them, download:
Safety Dance or Pop Goes the World by Men Without Hats

Pop Goes the World is my 8 year old’s favorite song right now.

Also, for those who don’t win the contest — you can buy iTunes cards at Costco for less than face value. Money for nothing and a few tunes for free.

10 andrea from the fishbowl December 15, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Tough question! Do you want something related to the holidays? Something to get you going? Or something just plain beautiful? Hmmm. Let’s go with the latter. I just flipped through my iTunes list (I [heart] iTunes!) and was reminded of a song I bought awhile ago: I’m through with love, by Diana Krall. It is just plain beautiful and will make your heart go smooshy. 🙂

11 mrsgryphon December 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Oooooo… love iTunes and am hoping Santa stuffs my stocking with a few of the gift cards this holiday!

I like singer-songwriters mostly, and just found an iTunes exclusive EP from Cat Power yesterday. I love her version of “Who Knows Where the Time Goes”!

12 smothermother December 15, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Weather with You by Crowded House. A little CanCon and it’s a beautiful song to sign to, the loudest possible while driving. At least that is what I did this morning.

13 JoJo December 15, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Oh this would be good because I just bought the hubby an iPod.

Amelia is saying “Fly on the Wall” by Miley Cryus. I know. But damn if it isn’t a catchy little song. You should see Amelia head bang to it! She also says “Operator” by Shiloh. Because she can’t pick just one. It too is a catchy little ditty and as a bonus she is Canadian and doesn’t appear to be the typical op princess.

If I start thinking of all the songs I love, I couldn’t pick just one. So I will go with the one that makes me turn up the car radio lately. “All Summer Long” by Kid Rock. Because I am a summer girl and some of the only good teenage memories were summer ones.

14 Mac and Cheese December 15, 2008 at 1:20 pm

How about the blasphemous, sort-of remake of Toto’s Africa, by Karl Wolf? It allows you to stay stuck in the ’80s while being current all at the same time.

15 Chili December 15, 2008 at 1:25 pm

A seasonal song:
Olivia Olson – All I Want For Christmas Is You

It’s from the soundtrack of Love Actually, and it is just a fabulous song. Christmas-sy without being cloying. The original is by Mariah Carrey, but this version is better, and is the version used in the movie.

Watch the movie too ,while you’re at it. It’s a great Christmas movie. Just watched it this Saturday.

16 Kerry December 15, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Hiphip Chinchin by Club des Belugas. You might never have heard of it, but I guarantee that it’ll get you moving and shaking and it’s pretty much the perfect tempo for the gym.

Will whine for gift certificates!

17 kgirl December 15, 2008 at 1:43 pm

I think a good seasonal pick is Song for a Winter’s Night by Sarah McLachlan. Of course, the Gordon Lightfoot version is also nice.

18 Chantal December 15, 2008 at 1:52 pm

If you are in the mood to dance “the TingTings – Thats not my name” has had me bopping my way through work these days.

19 Heather December 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm

You must download a track from Melissa Etheridge’s new holiday album. I like “Light a Light.”

This is a great excuse to let you know that I’m a longtime lurker and enjoy your blog so much. I appreciate your thoughtful approach to mothering and just living your life. I always like reading about your thoughts. Thanks and happy holidays!

20 Elizabeth December 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Metric’s “Help, I’m Alive” is on high rotation at our house lately. Even my toddler knows this is my favourite song, and runs to get me when it plays on the radio.

21 renee December 15, 2008 at 3:30 pm

“Soon We’ll Be Found” by Sia because it is nice to have adult music to listen to every now and then!! LOL

22 Jen December 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm

One of my all-time favourites is True Companion by Marc Cohn. I never would have found it but I was doing a slide show for my brother’s wedding and someone on a bulletin board recommended it to me for background music. It makes me cry every time (but in a good way!).

I also love his song The Things We’ve Handed Down…one of the best songs out there to listen to during pregnancy!

23 Dee December 15, 2008 at 6:18 pm

“When the Night Hears my Song” by Bedouin Soundclash… absolutely, positively, garanteed to get you grooving, no matter what mood you are in, even though it’s nowhere near hip-hop! Bonus: they’re Canadian!Sigh! It always makes me happy! You could also download anything from Blue Rodeo… oh wait, that would be my iPod….

24 shannon December 15, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Away In A Manger- my 6 year old son has been playing this over and over. He sings-like a little angel- and every time he plays it he says that this song is so awsome, I love it. You have little boys. They can sing it for you.

25 SC December 15, 2008 at 11:22 pm

Dani you must download Paul Brandt’s new one Virtual Life… it actually made me think of you last week… check out the lyrics in the last verse .. ‘3 kids & a mortgage of our own, take time slow down, smell the roses and pet the dog!’

It’s a great song, Emery and I are groovin around the house to it this week! You will love it!

26 Batman December 16, 2008 at 12:35 am


Try out Ida Maria – I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked.

I dare you not to smile and/or tap your toes when you listen to it.

27 niv December 16, 2008 at 1:05 am

“The Show” by “Lenka”.
I like it because it’s a sweet song that makes youfeel good.

28 suze December 16, 2008 at 9:18 am

Ooooh, I LOOOOVE music…

Music your iPod needs:

Holidayish: Donna and Blitzen by Badly Drawn Boy
New Holiday song from this year: Winter Song by Sara Bareilles/Ingrid Michaelson
Favourite song of the moment: Float On – Modest Mouse
Best Album I purchased in 2008: 19 by Adele.

29 alison December 16, 2008 at 10:31 am

“Winter Wonderland” by Louis Armstrong. Rachel can’t stop smiling when she listens to this version.

30 Barbara December 16, 2008 at 11:39 am

I vote for The Christmas Song by the Arrogant Worms. When you tired of the traditional songs, you’ll appreciate lyrics like these:
Everyone is wearing big smiles
They all try to act nice for a while
Then George calls his in-laws vile

Merry Christmas to one and all.

31 Susan December 16, 2008 at 12:28 pm

You Shook Me All Night Long–AC/DC–a classic if ever there was one!

32 trixie December 16, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Jack Johnson’s “Better Together” always makes me smile… Merry Christmas!

33 Shan December 16, 2008 at 4:15 pm

We listen to a lot of Carrie Underwood here, since she’s my daughter’s favourite. Speciically Just a Dream. She actually gets a little weepy when she listens to it.

34 Fawn December 16, 2008 at 4:46 pm

I absolutely love “You Belong to Me”, which is a very old song, but as it is sung by Jason Wade (on the Shrek soundtrack!), it is particularly beautiful.

Another great one from Shrek (yes, I like the soundtrack) is Rufus Wainwright singing Hallelujah, but I prefer k.d. lang’s version (from “hymns of the 49th parallel”– and hey, since it was originally written by Leonard Cohen, it’s nice to hear a Canadian interpretation.

35 Nikki December 16, 2008 at 7:13 pm

I second the vote on Sufjan Stevens’ Chicago. It’s a lovely song. But here are two more suggestions for you:
Click, Click, Click, Click by Bishop Allen. Catchy and clever.
Let’s Hear it for the Boy by Deniece Williams. It always puts me in a better mood!

Here are two for the kids that won’t drive you crazy:
Coffee Song by Ralph’s World. (My favourite line: “I wanna latte, a cappucino, and tonight I think I’ll have a little vino.”)
Hockey Monkey by James Kochalka. It’s about hockey and monkeys. What’s not to love?

36 Micio December 17, 2008 at 7:02 pm

I recommend “Cuore” by Rita Pavone because it reminds me of my high school years back in Italy. Rita Pavone is the same age as me and I always liked her.

37 Lala December 27, 2008 at 6:25 pm

I hate to be picky but “Weather with you” is actually a Split Enz song and they are from NZ, hence the “Enz” in their name.

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