But before we begin, may I just say that I rarely use the shuffle feature on my iPod. My playlists just rock that much. And so, there happened to be some cosmic connection with this exercise because, my list is very revealing about me. It touches every phase of my life, which is a pretty tall order.
1. Trouble - Dave Mathews (solo Some Devil album). Post-undergrad, pre-Charlottesville-stint era. This song is me in my bare feet, jumping, twirling, spinning, raising my arms above my head and leaping, breathless and modern dancing around the hardwood floors in the immensely long living room in our downtown Charlotte condo. Pre-K. (Pre kids.)
3. Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town - Pearl Jam. Undergrad era. We both love Pearl Jam, and saw them live in Greensboro, NC in 2000. Great show, go if you can.
5. Sadness, Part 2 - Enigma. High school era. Ah, high school melancholy. Used to get this stuck in my head during swim practice.
6. Brian Wilson - Barenaked Ladies. Somewhere from my late-20s.
7. Nothing Left to Lose - Matt Kearney. Current era. This song is parfait! for road trips. Or running. Or, just listening and reflecting.
8. Angie - The Rolling Stones. Youth era. I grew up listening to Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin in middle school (one day walking into 6th grade English I had "Over the Hills and Far Away" stuck in my head) due to 10-years my elder sister, and 7-years my brother. Saw the Stones live in Cville 3 years ago. Still kickin' it!
9. Things Can Only Get Better - Howard Jones. Youth era. I would listen to great 80s music 24/7 if I could, and wanted all 80s at my wedding (husband nixed that.) Love it, love it, love it.
10. Mozart Violin Sonata in B Flat (Andante) - Guess. Mozart. Current era. I have a lot of classical on my iPod for myriad reasons, mostly because I like Mozart. But also for the baby-now-toddler years, the importance of which is impossible to measure but probably great.
Bonus! 11. Hush Little Baby - Unknown Artist. Current era. I have a small sampling of music class music on my iPod, mostly for car trips but also for help, should I ever have the need to break out into "Open, Close Them" or "Pop Goes the Weasel".
Rules for The iPod Shuffle Meme
Using the shuffle feature on your iPod (or other MP3 player), write down the first 5 or 10 songs that play.
Justify, defend or explain why those songs are on your iPod.
Tag someone else to complete the meme.
Include these rules--and the phrase "The iPod Shuffle Meme was created by Jenners at Life with A Little One and More -- the greatest blog on the Planet Earth and perhaps the Universe" when you post your meme answers. ***
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