Monday, April 23, 2007

What's That You Say?

Yet another meme from John at Blog Meridian. The job this time is to "list the songs on your iPod (or wherever you keep your collection) that begin with the 5 W's (Who? What? Where? When? Why?) and How?"

What I found interesting is that the songs which ask the most questions seem to fall into the blues and gospel sections (as does most of my collection, so my list is fairly long). It seems Johnny Cash may have asked more questions than any other musician. As well he should have. At least by the end of life, he seemed to have found a few of the answers. We can all find some comfort in that, I think.

So here are the "the questions I walk around listening to:"

Who? (This doesn't seem to be the most pressing question, does it?):

Who’ll Stop the Rain, CCR
Who Drove The Red Sports Car, Van Morrison
Who Said That? Dave Brubeck
Who Was Calling, Rory Block
Who You Are, Caedmon’s Call

What?

What’s a Girl To Do, Marcia Ball
What’s New, Billie Holiday
What’s the Buzz, Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack)
What a Friend We Have In Jesus, Amy Grant
What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Billie Holiday
What A Wonderful World, Chris Thomas King
What Are You Doin in My Life? Tom Petty
What Child is This? (5 versions…my favorite by Taheny & Reid, a Celtic variation)
What Do You Hear In These Sounds, Dar Williams
What Is Not Love, Derek Webb
What is This Thing Called Love, Dave Brubeck
What Keeps Mankind Alive, Tom Waits (surprising this guy doesn't have a few more questions, isn't it? ;-)
What Would Jesus Do? Chris Thomas King
What You Gonna Do, Beau Jocque
What’s New, Charlie Musselwhite

Where?

Where Are You, Monty Python (Spamalot)
Where Are You Now, Queen Ida
Where Could I Go But To the Lord, Elvis Presley
Where I Go, Natalie Merchant
Where No One Stands Alone, Elvis Presley
Where The Soul of Man Never Dies, Johnny Cash
Where The Streets Have No Name, U2
Where We’ll Never Grow Old, Johnny Cash
Wherefore and Why, Gordon Lightfoot

Why? (Surprising there aren't more of these)

Why Blues, Chris Thomas King
Why Didn’t You Call Me, Macy Gray
Why Do I, Marcia Ball
Why Phillis Walts, Dave Brubeck
Why Women Cry, Marcia Ball
Why, Charlie Brown, Wynton Marsalis
Why? Tracy Chapman

When?

When A Child Is Born, Ricardo D’Amato
When He Reached Down, Johnny Cash
When I’ve Learned Enough To Die, Johnny Cash
When I Feel the Sea Beneath my Soul, Taj Mahal
When I Grow Up, Michelle Shocked
When I Paint My Masterpiece, Bob Dylan
When I Take My Vacation in Heaven, Johnny Cash
When Love Comes To Town, U2 & B.B. King
When Magnolias Bloom, Chris Thomas King
When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer, Eric Clapton & B.B. King
When My Little Girl Is Smiling, The Drifters
When Nothing Satisfies, Jennifer Knapp
When the Roll is Called up Yonder, Johnny Cash
When the Saints Go Marching In, Queen Ida
When The Saviour Reached Down For Me, Johnny Cash
When You’re Alone, Paul Asaro
When You’re Good To Mama, Queen Latifah (Chicago Soundtrack)

How?

How Big a Fool, Marcia Ball
How Could You Do It, Henry Gray
How Deep is The Ocean, Diana Krall
How Deep the Father’s Love For Us, Joy Williams
How Do You Feel, Jefferson Airplane
How Do You Know, Third Day
How Great Thou Art, Elvis Presley
How Long Blues, Eric Clapton
How We Love You, Vineyard Music
How You’ve Grown, 10,000 Maniacs
How You Carry On, Marcia Ball

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7 Comments:

At 6:18 AM, April 24, 2007, Blogger John B. said...

I'm flattered that you thought this little thing worthy of your attention.

You like the blues, I see. Good to know.

 
At 9:38 AM, April 24, 2007, Blogger DarkoV said...

One Item Noticed:
Marcia Ball asks too many damn questions!?!?

One Item Reminisced:
When I read your >What’s the Buzz, Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar soundtrack), Catholic grammar and high school days came tumbling back and I remembered how those Catholic education years made me DESPISE Andrew Lloyd Webber (a good thing) and most rock operas, like "Tommy: (a bad thing).
And, please, don't get me started on what the folk masses did to all songs Simon & Garfunkle?

To the When list, I'd definitely add this When...

 
At 10:21 AM, April 24, 2007, Anonymous The County Clerk said...

GREAT POST

 
At 2:31 PM, April 24, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

John, I do indeed. :-)

Darko, I didn't even have to click to know what song that was going to be...a bit spooky, that! Clearly, my collection is lacking. ;-)

County Clerk, something tells me that for you to do this post, we would all need to learn Italian. I'm sure there are plenty of questions posed in those operas that Cocoa sings. ;-)

 
At 3:36 AM, April 26, 2007, Blogger Emma Sometimes said...

Love love love the music. Really great meme too.

Mr. Coffee has a LOT of techno (preferably no vocals) and had iTunes on random. I was then IMing Badoozer and she asks me, WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO? You are listening to p0rn?!!

The song? P0rn by GusGus. How embarrassing is that? It took me 5 minutes to quit laughing to explain that it's JUST TECHNO, not even vocals.

 
At 6:20 PM, April 27, 2007, Blogger Foo said...

That's pretty impressive. I started to take a run at it myself, but my brain is mush, frankly, and I didn't get very far.

WV: "babwax". Heheheh. You said, "wax". Huhuh. Hehehuh. Henh.

 
At 1:03 AM, April 28, 2007, Blogger Gwynne said...

Emma, from what I've seen, I think you and I have very similar musical taste, running all over the board with a fondness for blues. But I don't have any P0rn in my collection. ;-)

Foo, don't be too impressed. This was fairly easy to do on the iPod, with the ability to sort by song title and copy/paste from the library into a post. Still, kind of an interesting exercise.

 

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