What's with the shuffle songs?

Today's Shuffle Song:
Wishlist
wishlist by pearl jam

You may have noticed that I added a new thing to the top of yesterday's post. After I drop Madison off, I face a very short drive to work. In the time it would take me to select an album to play, I could already be at the office. So, I spin out to the main menu on my iPod and select Shuffle Songs. Then, I pick the one I like best that plays on my way in. Depending on what lights I catch, the drive is between 1 and 4 songs.

My iPod is full of songs I've never heard. Aside from the few albums I've purchased for other people (Kenny G comes to mind), there is a very high probablity that I like most of the songs on there.

I am a music lover, but not a musician. This will surprise many people since I play bass and have played in many bands. In my social life, I am surrounded my musicians. They posses a singular passion for the creation and performance of songs. I lack that. I love to hear songs, and even to play ones that others have written. I am completely unable to write music myself, however.

Most musicians I know started playing an instrument to express an creative need. I picked up the bass so I could get in a band and get a girlfriend (it worked, by the way).

In the whole Pixel Records thing, I've found that I am an excellent engineer. I can operate complex audio equipment with ease. I consistently produce well tracked, clean recordings. This is done not through an understanding of the song, but an understanging of exactly how all this gear and software work on a very low level.

When it comes to mixing or producing, I am terrible. Luckily Jeb is around to fill this role. I can mix rock songs to a particular sound, but I can't add anything through the art of mixing. I can't suggest creative ideas. I can't even understand what parts of the song is what until I've heard it a few times.

So, I truly am not a musician. I am a music lover.

There are albums I am so passionate about that they overshadow a lot of my music collection. Better Than Ezra's Friction Baby is one such record.
Friction, Baby
Any opportuniy to listen to a full album will usual lead me to one of these best of the best cuts. This means there are artists who have songs I love, but I've not heard the albums that surrond them. I'm trying to use the shuffle function of iTunes and iPod to drill deeper into my collection.

Speaking of Better Than Ezra, this song shuffled itself my way. It's one of my favorties and very nicely sums up my relationship with music.

Rewind

cut a tape of my favorite songs
said what i can't face to face
i hoped that you would share all my thoughts
we are young and unimpressed, with all you'd recognize.

so play it all over
turn it wide.
now there is nothing but a
mix tape left behind
now it won't rewind

in my car we are superstars
run your lipstick down your chin
while up ahead we saw such a crash
right there a song became a soundtrack for this space in time.

so play it all over
turn it wide.
now there is nothing but a
mix tape left behind
now it won't rewind

wonder is often lost
jaded at such a cost
time undermines you when you close your eyes.
we pass right by you.

so play it all over
turn it wide.
now there is nothing but a
mix tape left behind
now it won't rewind.

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