I wish you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, despite the fact that (according to the Writer’s Almanac) St. Patrick was singularly responsible for co-opting the pagan holidays and celebrations of Ireland and turning them into Christian holidays. I don’t feel so warmly towards him now. I’m sure that my sister, armed with this knowledge, would proceed to curse his name, but I’m just not feeling that vehement today.
Why am I here? Oh, that’s right, to deliver unto you all my Friday Random Ten. You know the rules, but I get a kick out of repeating them, so here they are. Set your pod/digital music devise a’shufflin’ and report back the first ten songs it churns out. No skipping, omitting, rationalizing or spinning allowed. You put that music on there in the first place. Now, on to the list…
1. Be True, Carrie Newcomer (Paste Magazine Sampler)
2. Still Crazy After All These Years, Simon and Garfunkel (The Concert in Central Park)
3. Gravel, Ani DiFranco (Little Plastic Castles)
4. Always on My Mind, Willie Nelson (Willie Nelson*Songs)
5. Peace is a Tree, Raina Rose (Despite the Crushing Weight of Gravity)
6. One More River, Sam Cooke with the Soul Stirrers (Sam Cooke with Soul Stirrers)
7. Madonna, JUDE (Sarah)
8. Ticket to Ride, The Beatles (Help!)
9. Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, Bob Dylan (Blonde on Blonde)
10. You Should Be Dancing, Bee Gees (Saturday Night Fever)
and the bonus track, just to round out the eclectic nature of this set…
11. Scampering Away, Mason Darling (Secret of Roan Inish Soundtrack)
Favorite Song: Ticket to Ride by the Beatles. I remember watching Help! over and over again when I was 11 and 12, and being just totally transfixed by it. The only song I love more from this movie/album is You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.
Favorite Album: Despite the Crushing Weight of Gravity, Raina Rose. I would pick this one even if she wasn’t my sister, because it really is a great collection of music. That she is my sister just makes it even better.
General Thoughts: This set doesn’t fit real neatly into any of my normal categories. I’ve seen Raina Rose and Ani DiFranco live. Other than Raina I have no connections to any of these folks, and there aren’t any Portland connections (again, other than my lovely sister). But it’s a good set, and for me defines why we shuffle, to get a full experience of many different types of music.