The latest “meme-like” thing I’ve seen (on Facebook):
- put the ipod on shuffle
- use it to answer the question
- hit “next”
- try not to cheat
Sounds fun. The result is that we notice patterns in pseudo-randomness.
I decided to use a slightly different method. I’m using the last twenty tracks which appear in iTunes as “recently played,” after I sync my iPod touch. For some reason, this list doesn’t include the most recent tracks but it does include a series of tracks which played in sequence, last night. I was brewing and my iPod touch was in shuffle. It all sounds less random than the original rules would make it but I decided on that method before using it. Not intention of cheating or tweaking the results. After all, there’s no such as a guilty pleasure, in music.
Without further ado… (These are put in reverse chronological order.)
- How am I feeling today?
- Attention Mesdames et Messieurs, Michel Fugain, Gold
- I Want Tomorrow, Enya, The Celts
- Hand in My Pocket, Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
- Summertime, Al Jarreau, Tenderness
- Je suis venu te dire que je m’en vais, Serge Gainsbourg, De Gainsbourg à Gainsbarre (disc 2)
- Real Estate, Chelsea Bridge (Big Band), Double Feature
- Le baiser, Alain Souchon, Au ras des pâquerettes
- Storms in Africa, Enya, Watermark
- Farafina Dembe, Mali Compil, Mali Compil
- Sweet Lullaby (Q-Bass mix), Deep Forest, Sweet Lullaby
- Ghost World, Aimee Mann, Bachelor No. 2 (or, The Last Remains of the Dodo)
- Viajar Canção, Paulo Ramos, Futuro
- Alice au pays d’Arto (valse), La Bottine Souriante, Rock & Reel
- Bungalow, Valérie Lemercier, Chante
- Croquis et agacières d’un gros bonhomme en bois: III, Erik Satie, Piano Works (Daniel Varsano)
- Super Bowl Sundae, Ozomatli, Ozomatli
- J’ai oublié le jour, Beau Dommage, Où est passée la noce?
- Shepherd Moons, Enya, Shepherd Moons
- Alexandre – Danse Bulgare, Malicorne, Le Bestiaire
- Cherokee, Big Band De Lausanne, Spring Song
Some of these I find quite funny. For instance, Souchon’s «Le baiser» (“The Kiss”) as the best thing about me. Or that people would see me as a ghost, suggested by Aimee Mann’s song. Not to mention that the answer about marriage comes from an album which has «noce» (“wedding”) in the title. At the same time, some answers only seem to make some sense, if I try quite hard. So I can see some connection between secrets about physical appearance and «Alice au pays d’Arto» (“Alice in Arto’s Land”) through some interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s work.
I do notice that there are several tracks by Enya. There are 24 Enya tracks out of 1665 on my iPod touch so I don’t really think it’s an artefact of the pseudo-random shuffling algorithm. But my iPod touch playlist isn’t that representative of my music collection (tracks are selected automatically by iTunes). And I found those tracks rather fitting for my mood at the time.
Yes, I’m preemptively responding to “playlistism.” While I sincerely think that no music listening should be deemed “guilty,” I know that people do judge others based on their musical choices. And I get defensive.
In this case, there are some tracks I enjoy more than others. Some tracks are quite representative of my musical tastes. And there’s some level of diversity in this selection.
All in all, a fun exercise.