My music player is, like most everyone else’s who chose what is on theirs, reflective of my style, mood and humor. Shuffle gives you a good cross section… at least in theory.
I have a lot of my albums on here as a shuffle anyway, since I enjoy soundtracks from movies I have never seen. Not a lot of the results fit that bill, however.
1. Highway Blues, Mark Seales (piano) with Ernie Watts (Saxophone)
Jazz is so soothing. Especially on days when the entire world is crazy.
A lot of what I listen to for years and years has a message in it. This is one such song. I identify with it on both a lyrical level and a philosophical level. The juxtaposition of the grunge and ballad are a complete bonus. (Lyrics included at link.)
3. Hand of Blood by Bullet for My Valentine
It looks like shuffle is stuck on hard core. This is a metal band from the UK. This one plays to my passion for serial killers. And sociopaths of all descriptions. Lyrics explain a lot.
4. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
Although it debuted before The Wall as the title track to its own album, I was only five at the time. No, I will not be sharing what I did have on the clown record player; it might surprise you.
The Wall is my White Album. I have had it in everything from vinyl to MP3. The songs on this album, as well as the movie– another format survivor, both remind me of another time and stimulate my brain. Often dismissed as drug-induced, the lyrics to many of the Pink Floyd’s songs (especially after Syd Barrett) are scathing social commentary and introspective looks into broken lives, which is my preferred genre.
5. Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You by Morten Harket
The days of mix tapes are not as over as people may think. In the last twenty years, I have had this song given to me on CDs and playlists, as well as dedicated to me on the radio. (I do not listen to the radio, but my friend called to tell me she heard it.) Speaking musically of a simpler time, I love the feel of this song. The lyrics, under non-stalker circumstances, make me smile.
6. Twilight Zone by Golden Earring
This is my absolute favorite song from this Dutch band, considered an American one-hit wonder for another song by most everyone I have ever spoken to about this song. While I hate the popular one (big surprise, eh?), I love this one. It was a chart topper from the album Cut.
7. Flirting With Disaster by Molly Hatchet
I have a bit of personal history with this band. It is one of my favorite of their songs.
8. Love Hurts by Nazareth
I love Nazareth. There are a load of their songs which speak to me on a number of different levels.
This song struck me when I heard it, during a time when I was exploring goat-roping music. Considering the vulture-calling which passes for my singing, it is likely the closest I will ever come to a genre I can sing. I am not a country fan, although country music has played a large part of my life.
I know I have a penchant for the flip side of singles and the underdog, last track of albums. I was disturbed I could not even find the audio of this song for you. The lyrics are linked above. (Do not click for the video. It is merely a [bad] karaoke version.) Please enjoy what is a close surrogate for philosophical music I enjoy by Garth Brooks.
10. Without You by My Darkest Days
My Darkest Days is one of my favorite Canadian bands. This song is probably the closest I have come to tears over a song in a very long time. While many consider it a come back to me song, I see it more as a longevity builder.
While I do not associate it with one person, I do associate it with me. For me, it embodies the truth of loneliness.
This is a fun look at some of the 700+ songs I put on my Walkman.
Are any of these songs on your player? Which song here did you like best?
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