Friday, February 13, 2009

Meme: The iPod shuffle

A few days ago, I found a new meme that Jenners created called the iPod shuffle. My interest was peaked, as I have a borderline-unhealthy obsession with anything music related. So, I pressed on, reading her meme. When I realized that the charge was to put your iPod on random and report on the first five songs that played, I gulped. Like a lot of things I tackle, I approached my new iPod with gusto two years ago, uploading a box worth of old CD’s. Then, I never got around to adding anything else. The music represented on my iPod isn’t really current, or an accurate depiction of the extent of my musical library.

Additionally, I have this panache for finding a silver lining in almost any musical group. I have many random artists, or bands, of which I enjoy just a song or two. Plus, those songs often serve a purpose and are great to have handy when the mood strikes. For example, it would be beneficial to have one in the maddening attempt to deflect some road rage, or when someone helps themselves to your Diet Coke in the community work fridge. However, my concern then centered around the fact that I’d may end up with a report that revealed Eminem and Kenney Chesney. If that occured, I would be in a debacle, because I would R.E.A.L.L.Y be tempted to cheat and lie.

Without further ado, my honest list:

Dave Matthews Band: Ants Marching - Two years ago, on our Caribbean cruise, we stumbled upon the piano bar and the accompanying pianist. Despite the availability of various entertainment venues on the ship, we spent many nights having fun at this particular bar. When I say “we”, I should clarify that it was Tiffany and I that engaged in the singing and ensuing obnoxious behavior. The husbands were just embarrassed onlookers, who I believe would have entertained the idea of appearing as a couple if it meant successfully disassociating with us. By the end of the cruise, we had convinced Dave (the pianist with a painful Elton John wanna-be persona), to learn Ants Marching. Not only is it one of my favorite DMB songs, but we coerced a cruise ship performer to play it. What's not to love?

Ben Harper: Steal My Kisses – I heart Ben Harper. This brings back memories of seeing him live in Detroit in 2001. Good times.

Johnny Cash: Hey Porter – While I cringe when my three year old asks for the Smashing Pumpkins, it cracks me up when she recognizes Johnny Cash. Seriously, a three year old that digs Johnny Cash, how much cooler does it get?

Rusted Root: Heaven – Rusted Root makes me feel like I should be wearing Birkenstocks, dabbing Patchouli on my wrists, and passing a joint around a campfire. Despite that, I can’t think of many bands that I am more in love with. Their music has soul unrivaled by many others. It also brings back memories of seeing them live at the Fox Theater in 1997, which will be blogged about at a much later date. It undoubtedly deserves its own post.

Van Morrison: These are the days – Admittedly, I am not a raging Van Morrison fan. But this song? This song reverses some of the other Van Morrison injustices inflicted upon innocent ears.

I encourage you to play along, click through the link at the top of this post for the official instructions. Let us know in the comments on this post if you play along so we can come and check out your meme!


Call Me Cate said...

Your ipod is cooler than mine. Mine has over 11k songs, most of which I've never listened to because all I do is repeat my "thinking music" and my meditation podcasts over and over.

But still, here are my 5:

Mr. Man - Alicia Keys f. Jimmy Cozier
If I Am - Nine Days (I don't even know this one)
You're the First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
Cuidado Con Mi Corazon - Ricky Martin w. Madonna
Each Day Gets Better - John Legend

I swear, I have way cooler stuff on my ipod than that but it didn't want me to look awesome today. The only one of those 5 I'll admit to enjoying is John Legend.

C. Beth said...

I'm not really a music person (which we've already established) but I loooooove Ben Harper's Steal My Kisses!!! That is a great song, on a great album. I need to stick it in the CD changer in my car. For when I get tired of kids' music and talk radio. :)

Claire said...

I'm going to post my list on my blog tomorrow. I'm sure the songs will be beyond embarrassing. But I have to agree with you on the Van Morrision--I wrote a few weeks ago about how I just can't stand "Brown Eyed Girl" and I think I alienated a few readers.

Not The Rockefellers said...

Yeah I'm in! Check it out!

Peace - Rene

Petunia said...

I love music but don't have an ipod. I have a cd changer with 300 cds in it and a stack o cds on the floor that won't fit in it. Anway, I always thought you were cool but now I know for sure. VM? Yeah, he's the MAN!

Lisa said...

i dont have an i-pod so am contributing with the first five songs i hear on my blog playlist
1. feels like home to me-Bonny Riatt
2. dancing queen -Abba
3.Sky blue and black- JAckson Browne ( the man)
4.Kids - Kylie Minogue
5. The weakness in me- joan armatrading

Boy, am i diverse!!

Its Me(SARA) Behind the Camera said...

Sounds like fun! I am like you I hardly ever upload anything to my iPod! I need to do this...

Jenners said...

Ooooooh! Thanks for doing this! I love the fear that seems to crop up when our "embarrassing guilty pleasures" might show up. I was very tempted to skip over Ms. Britney Spears if the 3 songs I have on my iPod showed up (they are for hubby is my defense....I would never listen to Britney Spears). And I wanted to download my entire playlist so people could see that I am not a total loser ... but at least Beck and the Chili Peppers showed up to help me out!

And hey ... I love Eminem. Well, actually I just like the big silly hits... not the real intense stuff.

But on to yours...

DMB -- always good. Like this song in particular. Love that you got a cruise ship pianist to play it! That must have taken some doing!

Ben Harper: I just heard this song too many times and it ruined it for me. I hate when that happens to good songs.

Johnny Cash: I am beyond impressed that your 3-year-old can ask for the Smashing Pumpkins and liked Johnny Cash. Way cool! I actually had my son singing along to Pink Martini's "Hey Eugene." I don't know if you've heard it, but the song, while pretty, has some pretty funny lyrics for a 4-year-old to sing. Cracks me up though. I must get him to have good musical taste.

Rusted Root -- Reminds me of college.

Van Morrison: I am a huge Van fan ... though I do pick and choose my songs. Astral Weeks is just too trippy. Early stuff can be OK but the album the song you mentioned from is awesome.

I'm going to check out some of the posts that others did! I love it! thanks for doing this!

Simplicity said...

I did something similar recently and I think it's a fantastic idea because other people can pick your musical brain! I haven't heard any of these songs before and I've added them to my list to listen to!

Erin said...

I just shamed myself by posting the same meme...I should have lied and made up cool songs!

3 Bay B Chicks said...

This is such a great meme and one that I haven't seen before. Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely let you know when I play along.

How about another meme? I left a bit of link love on our blog for you today. If you are interested, check it out. You'll just have to figure out which link is yours, which hopefully should not be too hard!


3 Bay B Chicks said...

Oh my goodness, Lyndsay. I am terribly sorry. Just saw your comment on my post.

I truly did not mean to offend with my description of your blog. I was just playing off of your title and your profile description, both of which I think are hilariously funny.

I probably should have gone with my initial thought, which was something to do with the fact that we both love red wine.

I'll know for next time! :)


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