I spent several hours last night loading hundreds of songs onto my ipod. Like I’ve said before, my goal is to have our entire music collection in the palm of my hand. I found it impossible, though, to load some stuff. We’ve got a few hundred CDs loaded onto our home server and, up until last night, I had been faithfully loading them alphabetically. But after copying so many artists that I’ve not heard before, I was desperate to hear some music that I know I want to hear. I justified my deviation from the plan by assuring myself that, once I have most of what I want, I’ll go back and load up everything else. That will also allow me to build some playlists and become more familiar with some of the songs that I’ve not heard before. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.
Out of my first five today, I only knew one song and fear that I will be ridiculed for two of them. Somehow, I knew I would be in trouble today…
1. French Toast (Skit) – 3rd Bass. Less than a minute of a dude with a VERY bad French accent acting as a high school French teacher trying to get a student conjugate a verb. This can’t be a good sign of what’s to come.
2. Africa Unite – Bob Marley & The Wailers. Ok, it’s looking up. Here’s a song from my favorite of his albums. The music, voices, and uplifting lyrics make this one of his best.
3. Scenario – A Tribe Called Quest. I have to admit that I was working during this song but I liked what I did hear.
4. Love Makes the World Go Round – Ashlee Simpson. Ok, now before you back away in horror, we didn’t buy this CD. Some guy that TJ works with loaned us a few hundred of his CDs and that where this came from. You should have seen some of the stuff this guy had! Talk about an eclectic mix – classical to gangsta rap, Enya to The Beach Boys, I mean everything. It was unreal. That’s where the vast majority of the rap music we have came from. So, while I’m embarrassed by this showing up in the shuffle, at least I can take solace in the fact that I didn’t spend a penny on it. And, honestly, it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. It’s got a good rock sound and her voice isn’t as “bubble gum-ish” as I was sure it was. I’d not heard anything from her before. I did, however, see her disastrous SNL performance during a re-run.
5. Unreachable – Ashlee Simpson. Please don’t tell me I’m going to end up a closet A.S. fan. Maybe I just thought she’d be SO BAD that I’m shocked into liking what I hear. Yeah, that’s it. I have to say, I do like her voice.