Fred A Levy Haskell (fredcritter) wrote,
Fred A Levy Haskell

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just shuffling along on the iPod (reprise) . . . from the evening of 1 February 2006

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: The first ten selections while on my way to work and at work last night. (The listing starts with the first selection up when I get in the car and set the iPod to shuffle play so as to avoid the “optional starting and stopping” error so popular among ESP “researchers.”)

I have, in general, discontinued this meme, but I found last night’s starting sequence—particularly the first five tracks—so interesting that I figured I’d share the list with you. After all, it’s easy enough to grab last night’s sequence with a “smartlist,” and copying and tidying it up for html is hardly rocket science. Plus, it’s easy enough for you to skip past this entry if it doesn’t interest you.

I realize that coincidence is a more powerful force in the universe than we humans usually credit, but I really can’t help but feel that the iPod’s Shuffle function’s algorithm is more interesting than a simple “random” number generator…

“Double Crossing Time” – John Mayall – Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton
“Jump In And Hang On” – Hoopsnakes – Jump In And Hang On
“Big Fat Man” – Judy Henske – She Sang California
“Low Down Rounder” – Koerner, Ray & Glover – Blues, Rags & Hollers
“Bourgeois Blues” – Leadbelly – Private Party, Minneapolis, Minn., November 21, 1948

Arrived at work and paused the iPod in the middle of the above. When I resumed play after about 15–20 minutes, it carried on with:

“The Charleston” – The Temperance Seven – The Parlophone Recordings Vol.1 (1960–62)
“Shanty” – Jonathan Edwards – Jonathan Edwards
“Go-Go Pogo” – Walt Kelly – Songs of the Pogo
“Josefins Dopvals (Josefin’s Baptism Waltz)” – Väsen – Spirit
“Akasztós” – The Transsylvanians – The Rough Guide to Hungarian Music—Hungarian roots: Transylvanian fiddle to Romany rap
“There Is No Reason [Demo]” – The Velvet Underground – Peel Slowly And See [Disc 3]
“Beat It On Down The Line” – Grateful Dead – Rockin’ the Rhein
“Tam Ha Kujee” – Krusala – The Rough Guide to the Music of Thailand—lukthung and morlam: the hidden sounds of Asia

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