Random Friday–An Infamous Spoonful

How is it possible that it is Friday already? I remember when I was growing up that adults always talked about how time sped up as you got older. I also recently read something about how time actually is speeding up. The combination has got me positively dizzy.

Anyway, enough of that. Its time for my set of Random Friday music. You know the rules, but I’ll repeat them because I get a kick out of doing so. Set your iPod or other (less status-y) digital music device to shuffle/random and report back the first ten (or 11) songs it spits out. There is no omitting, manual shuffling, hedging or justifying allowed. Be proud of your musical tastes, no matter how odd or obscure they might be.

1. Run Away From Time, Ray Davies (Paste Magazine Sampler)
2. Let It Be, The Beatles (Past Masters, Vol. 2)
3. After You’re Gone, Iris Dement (Infamous Angel)
4. Crossroads, Tracy Chapman (Crossroads)
5. Shooting Star, Bob Dylan (B. Dylan Unplugged)
6. Dreamboat Annie, Heart (Greatest Hits)
7. Senorita, Los Lonely Boys (Los Lonely Boys)
8. Summer in the City, Lovin’ Spoonful (Lovin’ Spoonful Anthology)
9. Let You Go, Cerulean Groove (Over Crooked Tables)
10. Tango: Maureen, Original Broadway Cast (Rent, Disc 1)

Favorite Song: Summer in the City by the Lovin’ Spoonful. This is actually one of my favorite songs in life. I grew up with the music of the Spoonful as have been one of my dad’s favorite bands since he was a teenager. I have vivid memories of dancing around the living room, singing Jugband Music or some other Jon Sebastian song at the top of my lungs and my dad rocked out on the guitar. I even devoted an entire blog post to this song last summer, after hearing it on the radio as I was getting ready for work.

Favorite Album: The Rent soundtrack. I was actually listening to this as I walked home from work today, letting the scenes of the play run in my mind as the songs filtered through my ears. I saw the play once, when it came to Portland in the winter of 2001. My sister and her friends waited outside in line all night to get some of the tickets they reserve and sell for $20 a pop just a couple of hours before the show starts. You were only allowed to buy two tickets, and Raina bought one for me and one for herself. It was the first time in my life that I knew we were going to be friends some day.

Second Favorite Album: Infamous Angel by Iris Dement. I needed a second favorite today, because I also love this one.

Most Embarrassing Music Selection: I’ve gotta go with Heart here. I can’t believe that my iPod outted my secret love of Heart.

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