I thought I would try something different. Break out of my little box. I thought I could not be controlling and just let fate take over.
Apparently, I still need some work.
I put my ipod on shuffle.
The first few songs were great. They were songs I hadn’t heard in a while. There were some songs I hear all the time that I really enjoy. This is going to be fun!
Then, a song my ex put on busted through my speakers. Flip.
Chapter 14 of a book. Flip.
A slow song. Flip.
A good song! Ahhhhh…
A song I really wasn’t interested in today. Shit.
Here is what I learned. I have a lot of shit on my ipod. A lot. Of shit. It’s time to do some housecleaning. Ear-cleaning? After all, it is dangerously close to its 30 gigabyte limit. I could make room for new stuff, or rather (since new is not so much my thing), some different stuff.
I am a little crazy about music, which may explain why my ipod is so full of, well, you know what. When I hear a song that I like, I must find out who sings it. Then I must listen to the entire album that song is on. That is how I decide if I truly like the song. A song is a chapter to me. The album is the book.
And, like many books I have read, I read other books by the same author. Likewise, I find as many albums by the same musician and listen to them. In order, just like I read chapters from a book. I feel there is a progression in music. One album relates and grows from the one previous. It is amazing to feel and hear and be inspired by the growth of the artist, to see how far they have come since their last release, the transitions, the risks taken.
Having said all this, there are two randomized playlists on my ipod. One, I am totally getting rid of. It is a mix of hip-hop, rap, and other loud beatbox music that I used to work out to, but no longer do. (Joan Jett has taken that job.) It is just obnoxious at this point in my life. While it was fun to hear some of it in my travels, I am never going to listen to it enough to justify the space it is taking up.
The other playlist is random rock songs. They are like that one line in the Shakespeare play that you love, that totally works in your life, but the idea of reading the whole play to get to that line makes you want to jump off the tallest building you can find. I’m keeping that playlist.
I did, however, find some gems I hadn’t heard in quite a while. How about these apples?
“Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton (This still brings tears to my eyes.)
“Randy Scouse Git” by The Monkees (Why don’t you be like me?)
“Oxford Comma” by Vampire Weekend (For the record, I give a fuck about an oxford comma!)
“The Lemon Song” by Led Zeppelin (Squeeze my lemon…)
“Wish I Was a Kellogg’s Cornflake” by Simon and Garfunkel (I'm a citizen for boysenberry jam fan!)