You never know WHAT you’ll find when you click on this page, do you? Say hello to Chaka.
Living in the iPod age has limited me in some ways, because when I actually get to choose the music, instead of handing over the reins to a Laurie Berkner-obsessed Will, I tune in to those same old playlists each time, severely restricting my access to anything new and different.
And as much as I love my embarrassingly named playlists, like 70s Baby, 80s Child Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (name courtesy of Jess and originally on a mixed tape, circa 1992), Mellow Morning, Groovy Chicks, Recent Classics (you know, like Baby Got Back) and Party to Go, I’m seeking something more.
So I entered the sometimes dangerous world of random play on my iPod (it’s a minefield, folks, positively LITTERED with Christmas music and kids tunes) and found these:
Songs That Deserve Better Than Random Play
Tell Me Something Good (Chaka Khan & Rufus) (kind of a weird (pitchy?) live version, but still hard to beat)
High and Dry (Radiohead)
Bring on the Night (The Police)
Such Great Heights (Iron and Wine)
Dirty Mind (Prince)
Like Dreamers Do (The Radiators)
Groove Me (King Floyd)
Better Off Alone (DJ Jurgen)
Sugaree (Grateful Dead)
Jessie’s Girl (Rick Springfield)
Shining Star (Earth, Wind and Fire)
Wilder Than Her (Dar Williams)
Avalon (Roxy Music)
And while those old musical friends were a welcome respite from the constant rotation of 10,000 Maniacs, Allison Kraus, Prince and Stevie Wonder and a little Maroon 5, I would be very grateful if you would please, please, please tell me about three (or more!) songs you’re listening to right now. Any artist, any genre, any vintage.
For your troubles, I reward you with THIS walk down memory lane. Enjoy.