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Thursday, March 15, 2007

I Can’t Sing; I Love to Sing

posted by on March 15 at 14:05 PM

So I got an iPod for Christmas. At first I was all “Cool, I can listen to music!” and I did. But then I started to play with it more and now I’m really into the whole “making playlists” thing. You know about it, right? Of course you do. You probably had an iPod a decade ago.

I love making playlists. It’s like making a mix tape… except, you know, without the tape. I have a list for when I’m pissed, a list for when I’m happy, a list for when I’m reading, a list for when I’m running, a list for when I’m walking to QFC at 2 am to get butter because I felt like making snickerdoodle cookies instead of sleeping (there’s a lot of Mogwai on that one)… I have a list for everything.

My current favorite, though, is the playlist for when I’m stuck in traffic on the way home from work because this city doesn’t have decent public transportation that can get me from Capitol Hill to Ballard without being stuck on Denny, I-5, and/or in Fremont for 45 minutes. I love singing in my car.

Chances are, I’m rocking:

Tom Petty “American Girl”
The Arcade Fire “Rebellion (Lies)”
Screeching Weasel “Leather Jacket”
Mr. Big “Be With You”
Madonna “Cherish”
So Many Dynamos “Search Party”
Against Me “We Laugh At Danger and Break All the Rules”
Queen “Don’t Stop Me Now”
Journey “Don’t Stop Believin’”
Schoolyard Heroes “Bury the Tooth of the Hydra and a Skeleton Army Will Arise”
Weezer “El Scorcho”
Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart”
The Foundations “Build Me Up Buttercup”
Jawbreaker “Do You Still Hate Me?”
Get Up Kids “No Love”

Those are just some of my currently favorite sing-along songs. There are tons more. I’m a terrible singer, but I love to do it.

Now that I’m finally a part of this whole iPod trend, I should think about getting a computer that was manufactured in this decade and is connected to something other than dial-up Internet, huh? Yeah, probably.

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You are inviting trouble with this post because now everybody is going to send you their current playlist for god knows what. Considering I have over 3000 CD and records and have downloaded another 2000 (mostly bootlegs, out of print records, and records I would feel embarrassed going to the checkout counter with).

The current albums on my "Ride the Bus" playlist are:

Lush - Live at RCKNDY
AC/DC - The BBC ARchives 1976-1979
Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
Love Battery - Dayglow
PJ Harvey - London Forum 93 and Cologne 95
Sex Pistols - Last Show at Winterland
Heart - Live in Chicago 1976 and Irvine 78

and various songs by The Shangri-Las, Wreckless Eric, Pavement, and The Bay City Rollers.

Posted by elswinger | March 15, 2007 3:17 PM

i'm currently obsessed with making a perfect workout mix. Currently... Starting off with some Gary Numan, then a little Dystopia, bang into Ayres & Tittsworth ending in Boredoms. No tracklist really because I tend to skip around and don't have the pod with me at the moment. I would some suggestions though please...

Posted by LTK | March 15, 2007 3:58 PM

My Shuffle function has almost killed the album format, but has created my own uber-cool radio station.

Posted by elswinger | March 15, 2007 4:02 PM

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