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30 December 2005 @ 08:12 am
just shuffling along on the iPod . . . on the evening of 29 Dec 2005  

The rules (as passed along by holzman): Take out your iPod or other musical device. Put it in “random” mode. Hit “play.” Write down the first ten tracks that come up—and no fair putting in ones you think will make you look cool, or omitting ones that make you look like a total dork.

My rules: In the evening when I get in the car to go to work, I plug in & turn on the iPod, turn on the radio, and set the iPod to shuffle. I continue in shuffle mode until at least ten tunes have played; if ten tunes haven't played by the time I get to work, I pause the iPod, go in, then continue listening. (Once at least ten tunes have played, I sometimes listen to other, specific things. Sometimes I leave it on “shuffle” for the night.) When I get home in the morning, I capture the first ten tunes played.

“If You Need Oil” – Randy Newman – 12 Songs
“Bozo’s In Love Again” – Greg Brown – 44 & 66
“La Chanson des Vieux Amants [The Song Of Old Lovers]” – Judy Collins – Wildflowers
“Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie” – The Temperance Seven – The Parlophone Recordings Vol.2 (1962–1965)
“Homeless” – Paul Simon – Graceland
“The Fairground” – Ralph McTell – Streets of London—The Best of Ralph McTell
“A Foggy Day” – Pearl Bailey – The Best of Pearl Bailey: The Roulette Years
“Odun De! Odun De! [Happy New Year]” – Babatunde Olatunji – Drums of Passion and More, Vol.1
“My Black Mama (part 1) › My Black Mama (part 2)” – Son House – Masters Of The Delta Blues—Friends Of Charlie Patton
“Spell Mónisola” – Babatunde Olatunji – Love Drum Talk

Current Mood: amusedamused
Matthew B. Tepper: Conductor silhouetteasimovberlioz on December 30th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, "Mexican Shuffle"
Dodie Stevens, "Tan Shoes Pink Shoe Laces"
Barbra Streisand, "Free Again"
Connie Francis, "Who's Sorry Now"
Village Stompers, "Walk Right In"
Mary Hopkin, "Those Were the Days"
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood, "Some Velvet Morning"
The Lettermen, "Theme from 'A Summer Place'"
The Poni-Tails, "Come On Joey Dance With Me"
Johnny Rivers, "Secret Agent Man"
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on December 31st, 2005 01:24 am (UTC)

Interesting. A much shorter-haired selection that I'd've imagined from you, Matthew. Just goes to show …

Matthew B. Tepper: Dumb faceasimovberlioz on December 31st, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
I thought you'd say so, which is why I resisted the temptation to do anything more than merely type in the list. One of my projects over the last few years has been that of finding pop and/or novelty songs I enjoyed in my childhood (defined as up to age 18, but in practical terms 16 because that is when the classical bug took over semicompletely).

I do still enjoy hearing these, but I tend to use the selection (up to about 210 songs so far) for my commute for a week or so at a time, and then return to the usual classical radio stations, audiobooks, and the like.

Since I generally find the classical radio stations through much of December, I had the current rotation of songs on the SD card in my Tungsten, ergo was ready to respond to your post.

I've been planning to devote a series of posts in my own LJ to this "Songs of My Childhood" project; just consider this a little preview, if you like.