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My iPod Has Issues – Brain Block

7 Oct

There are several ideas rattling around in my brain, but they are all being blocked by my thoughts on long pants and socks. The problem is that I am not ready to write that post because it has not properly formulated itself in my mind. It will contain important information, and I want it to come out right.

Here I sit. Laptop in my lap. Television on some documentary that is not interesting. An almost empty glass of orange juice on the table. What to do? What to do?

I know. I will turn on the iPod and see what it going on inside its brain. Hopefully, there are no long pants or socks blocking it from thinking.Block Brick

“Pipe Dreams” by Jimmy Beck and His Orchestra

“Melissa” by The Allman Brothers Band

“Miami Vice Theme” by Jan Hammer

“Living Dead Girl” by Rob Zombie

“Ignition” by R. Kelly

“Go Speed Racer Go” by Sponge

“Little Joe” by Red Sovine

“Numb” by Linkin Park

“I Ka Barra” by Habib Koite and Bamada

“Philadelphia Lawyer” by Red Smiley and the Bluegrass Cut-Ups

“You Really Got Me” by The Kinks

“I Fought the Law” by The Bobby Fuller Four

“Reach for It” by George Duke

“Baby Love” by The Supremes

“American Roulette” by Robbie Robertson

“Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi

“The Streak” by Ray Stevens

“Drops of Jupiter” by Train

“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

“I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song” by Jim Croce

My iPod Has Issues – Part 9

16 Oct

I am not feeling all that creative this afternoon. Today, it is dreary outside. Yesterday, my stepdaughter had her tonsils taken out. She’s in pain, and that makes us all feel bad. On top of that, I had to get a physical this morning. I could write about the history conference that I attended, but, like I said, I am not feeling all that creative.Not Creative

That’s why I am going to take the easy way out and explore the inner workings of my iPod. You guys know how it goes. The iPod gets put on shuffle, and we see what comes out of it.

“The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel

“Twilight Zone” by Golden Earring

“Hank WIlliams Junior Junior” by David Allan Coe

“Saturday Night Special” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

“Jolie Bassette” by Charivari

“Numb” by Linkin Park

“When Love Comes to Town” by B.B. King

“Africa” by Toto

Midnight Rider” by The Allman Brothers

“My Idaho Home” by Ronee Blakely

“Layla” by Derek & The Dominos

“Your Mama Don’t Dance” by Loggins & Messina

Barnaby Jones” by Jerry Goldsmith

“Blood on the Saddle” by Tex Ritter

“Old Turkey Buzzard” by Jose Feliciano

“Jolene” by Dolly Parton

“Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin

“I Say a Little Prayer” by Dionne Warwick

“Feelin’ Alright?” by Traffic

“What I Feel” by Stacy Mitchhart

My iPod Has Issues – Part 6

27 Jun

I have been moving stuff tonight. That means I had to get the pickup truck, which is not my vehicle of choice, and load it with boxes. Then, I had to drive the pickup back to my house and unload the same boxes. Working for a moving company would definitely suck.Boxes

It is late. I am tired. So, it is a good time to see what craziness is going on inside my iPod. I know that I did this a few posts ago, but I really can’t think of anything else to do. Here we go.

“Early Morning Rain” by Gordon Lightfoot

“Rocket Man” by Elton John

“I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide” by ZZ Top

“Up, Up and Away” by The 5th Dimension

“Jackhammer” by George Clinton

“Everybody’s Talkin'” by Harry Nilsson

“Tennessee Whiskey” by David Allan Coe

“Pre 63” by Groove Armada

“The Andy Griffith Show” by The Bellamy Brothers

“I’m No Stranger to the Rain” by Keith Whitley

“Good Times Bad Times” by Led Zeppelin

“Numb” by Linkin Park

“For All We Know” by Johnny Hartman

“The Train I’m On” by Tony Joe White

“Undun” by The Guess Who

“I’m Moving On” by Hank Snow

“My God Called Me This Morning” by The Fairfield Four

“Eep Opp Ork Ah-Ah” by The Violent Femmes

“This Old House” by The Brian Setzer Orchestra

“There He is Again” by The Hues Corporation

Crazy, man. Crazy

My iPod Has Issues – The Top 25

10 Dec

iPod’s have all kinds of lists, and one of them is the “Top 25 Most Played”. This could mean a few things. These are the ones that I like the best and tend to play over and over. Or, some of them are dialogue samples that are really short (which have been omitted and made the Top 25 more like the Top 19). Or, these entries have offered payola to the iPod shuffler to get more airtime.

If payola can get Alan Freed, then it can get anybody.

If payola can get Alan Freed, then it can get anybody.

Either way, here is the “Top 25 Most Played” on my iPod.

“Way Down Under” by Charles Bernstein

“Across 110th Street” by Bobby Womack

“For a Little While” by Bobby Goldsboro

“Father Ramirez” by Ennio Morricone

“Arriving in Deadwood” by Michael Brook

“Numb” by Linkin Park

“Alone Again” by Dokken

“A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum

“Ballad of Gator McCluskey” by Jerry Reed

“Running Like the Wind” by The Marshall Tucker Band

“New Dawn Fades” by Moby

“Sons and Daughters” by The Neville Brothers

“Take You Back” by Valentine

“Anvil of Grom” by Basil Poledouris

“Wasted Time” by The Eagles

“Early Morning Rain” by Elvis Presley

“Still…You Turn Me On” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer

“Ecstasy of Gold” by Ennio Morricone

“In My Life” by Jose Feliciano

What is the Last Song You Would Want to Hear?

8 Nov

I was driving down the interstate as my girlfriend scanned through radio stations. She loves country music, and I tolerate it. I have often theorized that my distaste for country music comes from growing up near the capital of the genre. Whatever the case, I needed to break the scanning pattern, so I asked, “What is your all time favorite song?” She really couldn’t say and asked me the same question. Typically, I couldn’t say either. However, it reminded me of something I did in high school. I would think to myself, “Self, if you were dying what’s the last song you would want to hear?” Morbid I guess, but sometimes teenagers have morbid thoughts. I can’t remember what songs I chose then, but I have some ideas of what I would choose now. In no particular order they are:

1. “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” by Bob Dylan – First, it’s a great song. Second, it plays over one of the great dying scenes in cinema history. In “Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid”, Slim Pickens has been gut shot. As he holds his stomach, he and his wife, played by Katy Jurado, look into each other’s eyes for the last time. She is crying, and he is in shock. This is one of my favorite movies because Sam Peckinpah, the director, shows the destruction of the frontier by killing western character actors throughout the film.

2. “Hotel California” by The Eagles – In junior high, I had one of those tapes that showed devil worshipping in popular music. Sometimes it played songs backwards to show secret messages. “Hotel California” was played forwards because it was obviously the work of Satan.  I was fascinated and fell in love with the song. It was later that I realized the devil worshipping claim was a result of religious ignorance. Despite my disappointment that the devil was not at the hotel, I can still see the story in my mind when it plays.

3. “Across 110th Street” by Bobby Womack – This soul classic comes from the era of Blaxploitation films. The movies are great, but the music is better. I have always loved 70s soul, and this is one of the best. Sometimes I think I was born in the wrong place, wrong time and wrong skin color. Maybe I will be reincarnated as a 70s pimp.

4. “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harem – This is another song that I can envision in my mind as it plays. I can’t describe it. I can only quote it.

She said there is no reason.

And the truth is plain to see

That I wandered through my playing cards,

And would not let her be

One of sixteen vestal virgins

Who were leaving for the coast.

And although my eyes were open,

They might just as well been closed.

How psychedelic is that?

5. “More Than a Feeling” by Boston – This is a story of lost love and the memories that follow. It brings to the surface the great regrets of my life. I, like numerous others, have decisions that I wish I could change. It doesn’t necessarily involve a lost love. It could be anything. This song brings about those thoughts and feelings.

6. “In My Life” by Jose Feliciano – I know. This is a Beatles song, and everybody thinks they are the best thing since sliced bread. I don’t care. Jose Feliciano did it better. His voice and singing style brings the belief that it is coming from his soul. In fact, I like just about everything he’s ever done.

7. “Early Morning Rain” by Elvis Presley – Written by Gordon Lightfoot, this is one of Elvis’ least known songs. It was featured on the “Aloha from Hawaii” broadcast and has been lost in the rest of that performance. I have been fascinated by Elvis since my parents took me to a concert. I was only 7 and only remember pieces. However, we had front row seats and still recall his presence. I’ve been to Graceland numerous times and read the two-part biography by Peter Guralnick. There has to be an Elvis tune on this list, and I choose this one.

8. “Way Down Under” from the “White Lightning” soundtrack – Burt Reynolds was in his prime as a B-movie southern redneck, and his career declined when he began making more “refined” movies. This movie is one of his best, but it’s the song that struck me the most. Played over the funeral procession of the sheriff, the lyrics are great.

At the backdoor of Hell

Is an old rusty bell.

And it rings with the sound of thunder.

Way down under.

9. “Numb/Encore” by Linkin Park and Jay-Z – The only thing I can say is that this is one of the coolest songs ever. The mixture of artists makes an already great song even better. If you are going to go out, then you might as well go out in style.

So, there is my list in November 2011. It has to be completely different from my 80s list and is probably different from my future list.

I realize that very few people have read this blog so far. But, if you read this post and find it interesting, then I would be interested in seeing your list.