Have you ever played the iPod shuffle game, the one where you set your iPod on shuffle and then list the first ten songs that pop up? I haven’t, but I’ve always intended to try it. I’m going to do it now as a sort of personality experiment, to see if I can reveal a little of my personality in my musical preferences. I have 772 songs on my iPod,so it will be interesting to see what comes up first. Here goes:
“Ruff Rider” by Webb Wilder – Ah, Webb Wilder. This song, mostly instrumental, is off their It Came from Nashville album. I discovered this band in the ‘80s. They started as a local band, and I saw them live a few times. Their music is a rockabilly style, and I always enjoyed listening to them because no one else I knew in my age group did. This selection reminds me that I’ve always gone against the grain just a bit and leaned towards the off-beat. Oh, and the lead singer, Webb, went to high school with my sister. He also reminds me of Jimmy Daniels, one of the most influential people in my early life.
“Sweet Dreams Are Made of This” by the Eurythmics – What can I say? The Eurythmics was a very important band to me throughout my high school and college years, and this song was the first one of theirs I ever heard. I remember seeing the video for the first time and being mesmerized. Videos were still a novelty then, and there was nothing like it at the time. I was sold. Forget Madonna, it was Annie Lennox I most wanted to be like. Once, when I was in London, my oldest friend and travelling partner and I spent an entire day tracking down their recording studio. I’ll save that story for another day.
“Not That Different” by Collin Raye – This is actually a new purchase. In the ‘90s I was a new mom, and I was not impressed with the rock music coming out so I turned to country. Collin Raye was one of the first artists I listened to, and I had a couple of his albums. One of his songs (not this one) reminds me of my Daddy, and I wanted it on my iPod so I downloaded an album.
“Have You Written Anything Lately” from The Wedding Singer soundtrack – Yes, I like The Wedding Singer, and I wanted a different song on the album so I downloaded the whole thing. This song is when Julia is asking Robby to sing for her one of the songs he wrote. Sometimes I swear Adam Sandler was spying on me when I was a teenager because the songs he uses in his movies were my songs.
“What’s the Matter Here” by 10,000 Maniacs – Sometime in college I discovered 10,000 Maniacs. It was a new sound for me and I felt the lyrics had meaning. Also, I used to bear a strong resemblance to Natalie Merchant. Just saying.
“Love is a Stranger” by the Eurythmics – Well?
“A String of Pearls” by the Glen Miller Orchestra – I grew up on ‘40s swing because that is what my mother listened to. I need it around me always.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen – This song reminds me of sneaking into my brother’s bedroom when he wasn’t home and listening to his stereo. It’s a fun song, that’s all there is to it. Who doesn’t secretly love this song?
“Up On the Roof” – James Taylor. All I can say is “sigh”. James Taylor has brought me through many good and bad times. Before there was crying time in my car there was lying-on-my-bed-alone-in-my-room-in-the-dark listening to James Taylor. Again, music I must have around me always.
“Tied Together With a Smile” by Taylor Swift – Yes, I bought Taylor Swift’s first album. Mock me if you must, but I like it. I really don’t know this particular song very well, because I usually skip over it for some of the others. For the record, “Tears on My Guitar” is my favorite.
I think this random sample gives a fairly accurate representation of my personality. I go against the grain (a little off-beat), I am soft-hearted and sentimental, I like to have fun, I’m a wee corny, and I’m always open to new things. As far as music goes this experiment also proves my musical tastes are all over the charts. I like what I like and I make no apologies. Now then, where did I put my Patsy Cline collection?