So I finally figured out both the name and theme for my recurring Friday post! It will be a 5 item list each week focusing on a different theme. I’m envisioning a ton of music related posts (I already have a list working), but I will also have lists for movies, books, beer, food, etc. I’m a list lover, so this should work out very nicely.
For the first list I thought I’d just do an iPod shuffle. Three things to know going in:
- My musical taste (and collection) is kinda all over the map, so a shuffle can easily range from “oh my god, you must listen to this. It’s amazing” to “eeek, I don’t want to admit that I like this” to “this song changed my life” to “let me roll up my window so no one knows I’m jamming to this”.
- There is A LOT of music. I had to break down and get an iPod classic, because I just have too much music to store on the newer versions. And I want all of my music available to me at all times. I have huge CD books just full of my hard earned dollars and dammit I want to tote those thousands and thousands of songs with me everywhere I go!
- There is a very wide variety of genres represented. Really the only two that are somewhat deficient are rap and country. This is mostly because I detest 90% of the current stuff being released. And there is very little R&B because I’ve never been interested in it.
So here’s what came up when I strapped my iPod on at the gym this morning-
5. Morrissey- Interesting Drug
I adore The Smiths and therefore Morrissey. I love his voice. I love his hair. I love this song.
4. 10,000 Maniacs- Poppy Selling Man
This was on their Campfire Songs 2-disc album. Disc 2 was obscure songs. Some of my very favorite 10,000 Maniacs songs are on that album (Can’t Ignore the Train and a cover of Peace Train). Natalie Merchant is one of my top ten female vocalists. No one else sounds like her.
3. Sugar Ray- Every Morning
In hind sight I can admit these guys are cheesy to the max. And 8 times out of 10 a SG song will get a skip from me on the shuffle. But what can I say, I was in love with Mark McGrath.
2. Wide Spread Panic- Love Tractor
Thank God for a jam band! Life is so much better when you can get a 15 minute extended play version wrought with improvisation of every song in a band’s catalog. And these guys are my favorite jam band. They have the southern rock sound I dig and they’re funky as all get out! No disrespect to Phish, the Dead, Dispatch etc…..
1. 311- Beyond the Gray Sky (live version from Red Rocks 2011)
I was hoping a 311 song would pop up. I really shouldn’t be surprised since they are my very favorite group and they are VERY well represented in my music collection. Love, love, love this song. The musicality is top notch and the lyrics are a wonderful homage to a lost friend.
Bonus: After I got through the 5 song shuffle, I started skipping around to find something more upbeat for my run. And this gem came on. My parents bought me this disc for Christmas back in the day. And what 90s teen doesn’t remember this video?!
Listening to: 311 – Transistor
Eating: Leftover pasta
Drinking: Monster (Blue)
Random fact: I have conversations with my animals.