Day 10: Shuffle

walkmanMy 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.

2. Mary’s House by 4 Non-Blondes

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.

9. Only The Night Will Know by Garth Brooks

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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  1. I have an MP3 player, but it is faulty and I have yet to replace it, though I will if I get through the evaluation for Employment Support Allowance!

    I have a rather eclectic taste in music: Anything from classical to Jazz to Thrash death metal! 🙂

    I also have a taste for original sound tracks from various movies, the last two CD’s I bought being Yellow Submarine by the Beatles and the best of Fleetwood Mac! 🙂

    Currently I am listening to a track done by my friend Rick who is currently a sound engineer after a successful career reediting music tracks for EMI.

    He is also the published author of the Dance Music Manual which I have a signed copy of!

    You can find him on Google: Look for Rick Snoman! 🙂

    Love and hugs!

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    • Is it an anniversary year for Fleetwood Mac? You are about the eighth person to mention them in the last few weeks.

  2. While I have music playing constantly, my mp3 player is sorely underfilled. I think I have about a dozen albums on it now, but I’m fliiping mostly between Girl In A Coma, and Fleetwood Mac – Tusk.
    That album is stuck in my head lately.
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    • See, you are another one with the Fleetwood Mac going on. Is it an anniversary year or something? Man Cub erased the player yesterday, so I realized how many albums I do not have on it. There are nearly 200 which I have not ripped. It is on the schedule before the end of summer.

  3. I don’t listen to music as much as I used to, but I do use USB drives in my car, with a good mix of music. I don’t like metal (although I often can find a softer song by a metal band that I enjoy – for example..System of a Down has a few that I like…so does Marylin Manson and a few others). I’m not nuts about old hair band rock because that’s what I grew up with and for me, my music is like my clothes…no matter how much I liked it once upon a time, I will eventually outgrow it and move on.
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    • I think that is the case with a lot of us. Over time our tastes just change. I find it interesting because the generations before us lived longer and only listened to the music of their youth despite their age. xxx

  4. While I was writing the saga, I listened to a radio station that played music conducive to my other-worldly state of mind. One day I noticed I was feeling jangly, unable to focus. Stopped typing and realized the station had changed ITS focus to some more “modern” stuff that was like static to my brain. Ditched the radio and started buying CDs. Ray Lynch, selected Zamfir, and Kitaro were top on my list, along with Abba’s “Fernando,” got me through. When I began revising, I still listened to these tunes, but in the last stages before publication, I realized I didn’t have any inclination to listen but preferred silence.

    • I think my days of being able to work with the music on all the time are over. I value the silence more than gold or fire water.

  5. I don’t have a player.
    I like your selections, especially the jazz. The only one I am not familiar with is Golden Earring. There was a time that every waking moment, I had music playing, and when I went to bed too. Nowadays, I live in silence and that suits me fine. Sometimes I listen to classical music or smoky jazz when I curl up on the sofa to read.
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    • I love to curl up with the music, but I have given up multitasking to music more than dance or wine or the occasional conversation. I enjoy music very differently than I did when I was younger, although I still ride in the truck with it far too loud 😉 xxx

  6. Like you I listen across the spectrum. My decade is one prior to yours, I still flash to the 60’s for those spectacular bits of time and memory. Then there are those pieces of my world that are indeed, well country to the core (with outlaw thrown in for good measure).

    Willie, Waylon, Bonnie, Lyle and others who make up any playlist of mine. I thought long and hard about which gift I would leave you. A decade list or one more current.

    I decided to leave you with two, hopefully you can fix them.


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