Friday, April 21, 2006

The Shuffle

I am not a big fan of the iPod Shuffle. Case in point, today's Top 10 list:

10) Jealousy Tango, by Placido Domingo
9) Some reggae number from a World Music CD, no artist or title given, but trust me, opera doesn't segue well into reggae
8) Jingle Bells, by Count Basie and his Orchestra
7) Let the Lower Lights Be Burning, by Johnny Cash
6) Bust A Move, by Young MC (I have no idea how this got on my iPod, but I'm guessing this is left over from our annual tax retreat where we...oh, never mind)
5) On the Road Again, by Willie Nelson (really, I'm not making this up!)
4) Everybody's Jumpin, by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
3) April in Paris, by Billie Holiday
2) Thankful, by Caedmon's Call
1) Country Farm Blues, by Rory Block

All that while walking around the streets of Chicago. Surreal, really.

Okay, dig in, Jim. ;-)


At 7:44 PM, April 21, 2006, Blogger Jim said...

What's wrong with that list? Except for Caedmon's Call of course... but other than that, looks pretty cool to me.

At 8:27 PM, April 21, 2006, Blogger beth said...

Hmmm...this is what I love about putting mine on shuffle - though today was a little much going from Enya to Alice in Chains. :) But in general it's pretty good.

Jealousy Tango? I think Shakira did that too - probably not the same one as Placido though.

At 10:01 PM, April 21, 2006, Blogger Eric said...

I go to special lengths to ensure that no Christmas music makes it onto my 'pods outside of the season.

I was going to post my last ten songs too, but yours is cooler than mine. (Except I did have "Lone Star Blues" by Delbert McClinton. Watch for it in an upcoming Dramatic Reading.)

At 12:32 PM, April 22, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Jim, you're kidding, right? What if I threw in some Loggins and Messina?

Eric, I didn't mention Noel, by Joan Baez (since it wasn't in the last 10), but it was actually really cool to be walking along the streets listening to such a powerful and beautiful Christmas song in the middle of April. ;-) Put me in a different spirit, it did. I turned it up and let it play all the way through. But for future reference, how do you screen your shuffle? Or do you park all your Christmas music on the hard drive for part of the year?

Beth, Alice in Chains? Really?! Sweet. ;-)

At 1:44 PM, April 22, 2006, Blogger Eric said...

Gwynne, depending on how your iTunes library is organized, this might be a bit tedious, but when you update your shuffle you have the option of specifying a single playlist from which the shuffle will be updated. Create a playlist that doesn't contain the Christmas music (or whatever you want to exclude) and then specify that playlist as the update source.

If you're well organized (and I suspect you are ;-), you can make playlists of playlists, so it might be very simple for you to create a shuffle-update playlist that has the population from which you want to fill your music player.

At 3:52 PM, April 22, 2006, Blogger beth said...

But can you make playlists of playlists of playlists?

Yeah, Alice in Chains. I have what might be termed ecclectic musical tastes. :) The song after AiC (which was after Enya) was something off the collection for the tuned Harpsichord. It really doesn't surprise me that my thoughts are scattered and random - they fit in with my music. :)

At 5:40 PM, April 22, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

But can you make playlists of playlists of playlists?

That's exactly what I was wondering. 8-}

Eric, you credit me with far more organizational skilz than I possess, at least when it comes to technology. Hey, I only just realized today that I can shuffle albums rather than songs. But the other is growing on me...forcing me to listen to tracks I might otherwise not.

Beth, I know about your eclectic musical taste. One song that inserted itself on the plane ride home today was a Flaming Lips number, thanks to's growing on me. ;-)

At 9:33 PM, April 22, 2006, Blogger Eric said...

I've never tested it, but I see no reason why you can't nest playlists 'til the cows come home. I think iTunes just treats 'em as directories.

(I realize the question was mostly in jest, but that doesn't make it any less a good question.)


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