I hear all the cool kids are hitting "shuffle" on their iPods (those old and those obtained from Santa at Christmas), and baring their souls as to what kind of music they prefer. My tastes are pretty eclectic, so I cannot promise myself that a few of these will prove to be embarassing. Notwithstanding the risk, here we go . . .
1. A Little Too Late by Toby Keith. Love him for being an unbashed American country boy.
2. The Ol' Beggars Bush by Flogging Molly. Despite the onanistic sound of the band's name, I am assured by the DigiStepSon that the group got its name from their spirited performances at an Irish pub called Molly's in Los Angeles.
3. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. I grew up in the 70's so I admit to disco tracks on my iPod. I have a lovely memory of singing this with a group of people in a waiting lounge at Orly Airport in Paris in the summer of '80.
4. Dance This Mess Around by The B-52's. This was from their first album when they were still playing clubs in Greenwich Village, noted for its memorable query, Why don't you dance with me, I'm not no limburger, and the use of a toy piano to keep the beat.
5. Citizen Ship by Patti Smith. Obviously, my early years in college at New York University are coming back to haunt me this morning. Patti Smith, CBGB's, quaaludes . . . the early 80's exposed me to punk, new wave, and some hard living. A testament to the saving power of guardian angels.
6. Clair de Lune by Debussey and performed by Tomito. I first learned to appreciate Debussey's work with this album by a Japanese electronic artist (oddly enough, first heard when I was at NYU). If you see a copy of his album Snowflakes Are Dancing, I recommend it for its unusual interpretation of Debussey.
7. The World by Brad Paisley. I adore Brad Paisley and a highlight of 2007 was seeing him perform in concert. I was never a huge country & western fan, but I have come to enjoy certain artists and Brad ranks on top in my world. I also admire the fact thet he is not ashamed to include religious themed songs on his albums without it becoming "Christian contemporary", which I find to be mostly cloyingly sweet.
8. Make a Mistake With Me by Brad Paisley. Whaddaya know?
9. We're Going to Be Friends by The White Stripes. As any fan of Napoleon Dynamite knows, this is the song played during the opening credits of the movie.
10. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, k. 525 by Mozart. I know Ma Beck will be pleased that this appeared on my iPod. Mozart is the master. I have visited Salzburg and I was amused by just how many things there are named after Mozart. After visiting Mozartplatz, one can amble down Mozartstrasse and stop in at Mozartkafe for some Mozarttorte and Mozartbier. Rock me, Amadeus! (Yes, I have that song on my iPod, too)
And the bonus track . . .
11. Pig's in Zen by Jane's Addiction. Say what you will, Nothing's Shocking was, in my opinion, the seminal album for what became known as "alternative music."