February 18th, 2004

accordion santa

Just to make ronebofh happy

Update: I tried tracing this back to its origin, which I wasn't particularly successful at. The farthest back I was able to trace it was to a post made by princewien here. princewien got the idea from someone named Bryan, apparently, but I couldn't figure out who that was.

I think the first person I saw put together one of these lists was schwa242.

The game is:

Step 1: Open your MP3/media player.
Step 2: Put all of your music on random.
Step 3: List the first THIRTY songs it plays, no matter how embarrassing.

So here they are:

  1. Henry Thomas - Red River Blues
  2. Hal Willner - Weird Nightmare Interlude [from the Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus album]
  3. Christopher Monti & Jacob Haller - Before You Accuse Me
  4. Clark Terry - Flugelin' The Blues
  5. 4'33" and the NeTe - Moscow Road Song
  6. Rudy Green - My Mumblin' Baby
  7. They Might Be Giants - Girls In Their Turning
  8. Tenacious D - The Road [fast]
  9. Mississippi Sheiks - Sitting On Top Of The World
  10. Hal Willner - What A Friend We Have In Jesus Revisited
  11. Lyle Lovett - I Loved You Yesterday
  12. The Killdevils - Johnny B. Goode
  13. Cal Tjader - Somewhere In The Night
  14. Christopher Monti & Jacob Haller - Bright Lights, Big City
  15. Charlie Parker, Buddy Rich, Flip Phillips et al -- The Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite
  16. Otis Redding - Security
  17. Olu Dara - Jungle Jay
  18. Hal Willner - Sango Montamaria
  19. Robert Johnson - Stop Breakin' Down Blues (Take 1)
  20. Johnny Shines - Too Wet To Plow
  21. Big Daddy - Welcome To The Jungle
  22. They Might Be Giants - Reprehensible
  23. Johnny Shines - Trouble's All I See
  24. John Coltrane - Naima (Alternate Take)
  25. Johnny Cash - Give My Love To Rose (w/June Carter)
  26. Christopher Monti, Jacob Haller, Gabe Luddy - Absolutely Legless
  27. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Catfish John [f/Alison Krauss]
  28. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band - Mama's Opry [f/Iris DeMent]
  29. Jelly Roll Morton - Original Jelly-Roll Blues
  30. They Might Be Giants - Concrete And Clay

So this is thirty songs chosen at random from the 4,179 I have in iTunes, for a combined playing time of ten days, seven hours, fifteen minutes, and thirty-four seconds, it says here. I need a bigger iPod.

A little commentary:

The most embarassing thing is probably the number of songs on my playlist that I actually recorded. Four out of thirty? Looking over my music collection, I see I do indeed have almost two hundred recordings of myself (usually with other musicians). Frightening.

I feel that it's a shame that only two of the thirty tracks are by women. Not even one freakin' Aretha Franklin or Memphis Minnie song? Gimme a break. I guess you live by the random playlist, you die by the random playlist.

Focusing more on the positive, Cal Tjader's a jazz vibrophone/percussionist who's really great and is worth checking out, Hal Willner's odd compilations take some getting used to but are also worth a listen, Big Daddy (a group that covers songs from the 60s up through present in the style of 50s musicians and groups) are far better than they have any right to be and are also highly recommended, and I love Olu Dara's From Natchez to Mississippi to pieces.