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March 6, 2005

To steal a rather irresistible idea from Matt (vis a vis the progenitors of the notion, who he lists), here are the first fifteen songs to randomly play on my iPod (in shuffle mode) this morning. Fifteen out of 3848 - which in their arbitrary order may possibly present a disguarded supposition, an aural microcosm, of myself.

1. Catherine by PJ Harvey

2. Untitled 2 by Sigur Ros

3. Hello Again by Neil Diamond

4. I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman by the White Stripes

5. Let Me Tell You About Her by Elvis Costello

6. Lady Margaret by Cassie Franklin

7. Story Of Bo Didley by The Animals

8. Hope Fails by Howard Shore

9. Pony by Tom Waits

10. Main Title Theme (from Eternal Sunshine) by Jon Brion

11. Satellite by Elliot Smith

12. Intro by Tom Waits

13. God Give Me Strength by Elvis Costello

14. Astartofrar by Bjork

15. Aeroplane by Bjork
Hmmm. Conisdering what could have been, that's not the greatest list. All of those songs are good or great (three of my favorite artists showed up, two of them twice) with the possible exception of those I'm just not all that familiar with (Neil Diamond, Elvis Costello) - but I really wish I could list random selections sixteen, seventeen and eighteen, too. But no, I'll play by the rules.

On the musical front, I bought one of those transluscent silicone iPod protective skins the other day, which has transformed the device's basic physical (although not ergonomical) aesthetic from something that was rather Kubrickian, in the 2001 sense, to what could be considered quite Cronenbergesqe, a la Existenz or Videodrome.

And yes, in case you haven't noticed, I'm a great big dork.

Posted by David Lowery at March 6, 2005 1:03 PM


You're so completely right on with the iPod director analogies.

Artist-wise, I was really lucky and happy with my random list. It was pretty accurate, I thought, even though Tom Waits, the White Stripes, Elliot Smith and Jon Brion were all missing.

Posted by: Matt at March 6, 2005 9:11 PM