In normal times, I tend to snipe at people for oversharing, especially with their many lists of songs. However, this past month has been anything but normal. This week has been bizarre, at best. And so, I just can’t seem to get past this need to give you a list of randomly played music. I know you don’t care, but I insist.
There’s just something about the shuffle feature that makes for truly bizarre combinations that aren’t altogether entirely unpleasant. I have a strict rule when I hit “shuffle”. I’m not allowed to skip any songs. Ever. I don’t care if my son just walked into the room in the middle of Liz Phair’s “HWC” (“Hot White Cum”, for the uninitiated). At best, I will turn something down, but never, ever do I skip it. And, yes, that means I occasionally end up with Lowell Fulson singing “I Want To Spend Christmas With You” (note to self: find Eric Cartman singing “Oh Holy Night”) in the middle of July. Or even Christopher Walken and the SNL gang looking for more cowbell. Maybe even a little “Special Fred” from Stephen Lynch. That’s just how it goes.
Because of my “no skip” rule, the mix is always unique and “different”. On the other hand, there are times when there seems to be a theme running through the list. Look at today’s “First 40″ on the old editing “soundtrack”:
- “Desperado” – The Eagles
- “Key to the Highway” – Carey and Lurie Bell
- “Around the World” – Stoney Curtis Band
- “Song Inside Me” – Michele Lundeen
- “Please Baby” – Nathan James and Ben Hernandez
- “Wolf in the Henhouse” – Anthony Gomes
- “This Year’s Love” – David Gray
- “Your Love Amazes Me” – John Berry
- “Blues is a Feeling” – Michele Lundeen
- “Mack the Knife” – Bobby Darin
- “Needles and Pins” – Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks (“uh”)
- “Bad Whiskey and Cocaine” – David Honeyboy Edwards
- “Fence Climbin’ Blues” – Scott Henderson
- “Freight Train Blues” – Trixie Smith
- “The Boys Are Back in Town” – Thin Lizzy
- “Shur Fine Woman” – Cash Box Kings
- “20 Men Waiting” – Cathy Segal Garcia
- “Bourbon” – Rory Gallagher
- “Few and Far Between” – Shannon Curfman
- “Skank” – Lance Lopez
- “You’re So Evil” – Corey Stevens
- “Still Wish” – Leif Garrett
- “Roll and Tumble Blues” – David Honeyboy Edwards
- “Don’t Lie” – Griff Hamlin
- “Too Little Too Late” – The Groove Hogs
- “Qualify My Love” – Michele Lundeen
- “South Forest Boogie” – Little Pink Anderson
- “China Grove” – Doobie Brothers
- “Boogie Chillun” – John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Bobby Bland, Jimmy Reed, James Cotton, and Otis Span
- “The Loop” – Rory Gallagher
- “Pains My Heart to Love You” – Nathan James and Ben Hernandez
- “Rock Me” – Carey and Lurie Bell
- “Starting Over” – Michele Lundeen
- “World Where You Live” – Crowded House
- “Anything But Love” – J.D. Souther (shortest entry)
- “Bull Cow Blues/Robert Nighthawk Story” – David Honeyboy Edwards
- “Something I Can’t Do” – Corey Stevens
- “Waiting on You” – The Groove Hogs
- “Use Me” – Jason Whitton
- “If Heartaches Were Nickels (Live)” – Joe Bonamassa
Tell me it wasn’t a little like Blues night on American Idol (not that I watch and would know – I just edit the reviews), except with better talent and the oddly placed non-blues song here or there.
That’s the beauty of random play, or shuffle, or whatever you want to call it. I get everything from 1922 to present-day recordings. You never know what you’re going to get. Sort of like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates, except mine are tastier. Or something like that. Although, come to think of it, chocolate does sound mighty tasty right about now.
I’m sort of wondering if my player isn’t a little possessed. I mean, look at the progression of music there. From mostly mellow to progressively heavier tunes. Could it be that the player is basing this on the time of day? The later in the day it gets, the more driving the music? I’m curious. If my media player is that intuitive, can it sing me songs of heartbreak during those lonely nights? Will it cuddle me when I’m in need of a hug? Can it see what I’m doing when I think I’m all alone? Can it track my Internet usage? Oh, the possibilities are horrifying! Or comforting, depending on the results.
It could well be that I’m over-analyzing this. I was emailing Michele Lundeen late into the night. Maybe that had something to do with my media player’s omniscient selection of
two three four of her songs. I’d also emailed Roy Book Binder about Little Pink (who’s sort of disappeared lately). And, I was working on many Blues-related projects. Plus, I had listened to the BCRadio podcast. It just really makes me wonder about how random random play is and how much my computer knows about me.
In the end, I’m not worried as far as song selection. I’m always glad I haven’t skipped a song or stuck with just one artist. What I get from the mix is something entirely unique and helps make the time pass more pleasantly. And I loved this morning’s editing “soundtrack”.
- “Anything But Love” – J.D. Souther — there used to be a version of this TV show theme song with vocals. I actually had it on my old computer until it crashed. I need helping finding the version with vocals.
- “Guantanamera” – the Tinku version with vocals. I want that terribly. This San Diego band performs this song so beautifully. That photo there? That’s one I took one Cinco de Mayo. The couple, well, the beauty of their dance combined with the music was so moving that I simply must have the Tinku version of the song as they were the ones performing at the time.
There, I overshared a bit myself and you have a mission or two. My email address is listed on the Video section page should you happen to find that which I seek.
Go forth and please me, my pretties.