Musical Monday: That’s Entertainment

I *heart* my TiVO.  Now, it may seem a bit bizarre to proclaim my love for TiVO during a Musical Monday post, but just go with me on this.  When I say TiVO, I’m not using the generic blanketed term to label my DVR.  It’s the real McCoy.  See, a TiVO is this genius little contraption that learns what programs you like to watch and begins recording new programs called “suggestions” that match your television viewing tastes, which is how my TiVO knows me so well.  He just gets me.

If you recall a few weeks ago, I briefly mentioned Spectacle: Elvis Costello With during my Ray LaMontagne post.  Since I also watch Later with Jools Holland, my TiVO noticed that I enjoy music shows and suggested a new (but really not-so-new) program.

Since becoming pregnant, I have been waking up around 3:00 a.m. and I am unable to fall back to sleep.  (Old wives’ tales would tell that this will be the time I will feed the baby when he arrives.)  While wide awake in the wee hours of the morning, I’ll scroll through our “Now Playing List” to see what new shows have recorded.  Sometimes, I’ll even flip through the “Suggestions” folder to see what little programming presents my TiVO will leave me.  And that’s when I found an old flame from the past: 120 Minutes.

Apparently, VH1 airs old episodes of 120 Minutes at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

Finding 120 Minutes in my Suggestions list brought back memories of my high school days.  I remember setting our VCR every Sunday night to discover all the cutting edge alternative music (referred to as New Wave in those days) that would never hit the airwaves on our Tampa radio stations.  Then, I remembered how I would also record on Sunday nights The Young Ones and Andy Warhol’s 15 Minutes both which also featured cutting edge music, but I’m probably really dating myself by even mentioning these beloved shows.

So here it was, 120 Minutes, a blast from the past in my present modern day world and despite being awake in the wee hours of the morning, my TiVO made me happy.  As I fast forwarded through the music show, I stumbled upon a vintage video that summed up my love for my TiVO and its perfect programming present.



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  1. Thom says:

    Excellent picks my friend. I really liked all of these. Well done. And did you hear TIVO is coming out with new models? I wanna get one when they come out:) WOOT!!!

  2. Alex aka Ma Whats for Dinner says:

    I still have one genuine Tivo box left and I love it and I love the way it sounds, you know the Tivo beeps? I remember when they first came out I lived in Venice Beach at the time in a cute little beach apartment and I could hear the sounds of Tivo coming from all around me. It’s like a pop culture phenomenon. It was around the same time that they had the first winner of who wants to be a millionaire and I remember the cheer that went up all through the neighborhood…

    Too funny.

    Alex aka Ma, What’s For Dinner?

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