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 and list them here.
“It’s A Beautiful Day” – Jonathan Edwards – Honky-Tonk Stardust Cowboy
“Cowboy” – Randy Newman – Randy Newman
“Aitara” – Värttinä – Aitara
“Oi Tate, S’is Gut” – Naftule Brandwein’s Orchestra – Klassic Klezmer (Disc 1)
“Baul Song” – Sung in Bengali by Haripada Devanatha accompanying himself on the dotar – India—World Library of Folk and Primitive Music
“Cross Road Blues” – Robert Johnson – Complete Recordings (Disc 1)
“Sorgsen Ton [Stomped Bread]” – Garmarna – Vedergällningen (Vengeance)
“The Blues In Your Flat” – The Benny Goodman Quartet – Avalon—The Small Bands (1937–1939)
“Because” – The Beatles – Abbey Road
“Bassa danza à 2” – Ulsamer Collegium, Josef Ulsamer – Dances of the Renaissance (Disc 1)