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Journey Through Random Shuffle 2

This is the second segment where I turn on my itunes and comment on whatever song comes on.  Thank you.

Now Playing is a song called The Gash by The Flaming Lips from the album The Soft Bulletin.  What to say about this one?  Well, it’s track 10 on a record that I don’t listen too very much.  I am such a hipster.  I have all of this cool music that I don’t listen to, right?

Okay, song two here is Trying Your Luck by The Strokes from Is This It?.  A lot of the songs from this album sound the same.  This is not my favorite song from the record.  I actually got to see The Strokes at The Ryman a few years ago.  Somebody sold me a very discounted last minute ticket so I went.  It was fun.  I like The Strokes but I wouldn’t call myself a huge fan.  Weren’t they supposed to be the biggest new band a few years ago?  I don’t know what they’re doing now.

Okay, it’s Twist and Shout sung by The Beatles from Anthology 1 (disc 2).  These songs are flying by too quickly, I may have to hit pause so I can actually think about them.  I should say something about The Beatles.  Okay, I have always felt like a back row Beatles fan.  I like their music.  It’s obviously great.  I know that they are a lot of people’s favorite band.  I respect their talent and all that they contributed to music for sure.  I don’t listen to their music very often to be honest.

Now it’s Into The Woods of the album Z by My Morning Jacket.  I am a far away but smiling fan of My Morning Jacket.  I got to see them play an over 3 hour long concert last year right on the river, here in Nashville.  Since I don’t listen to their c.d.s I couldn’t recognize songs that I liked but I was incredibly impressed by thier live show.  They rocked quite hard and effortlessly.  There was a great feeling in the air that night I remember.  It was a very special show and if you ever get a chance to see these guys live DO NOT PASS IT UP!

Now we’re onto No Cars Go by The Arcade Fire from Neon Bible.  This is a great record.  Another one that I have not gotten to listen to as much as I’d like to.  This is a powerful album.  A lot of good writing and music.  There’s a very free and truthful spirit to this bands music in my opinion.  Again, I am not a super fan but I definitely respect what they are doing here.   (By “Super Fan” I mean that I haven’t seen them live and I don’t know anything about any of the people in the band).

Now it’s Living Well Is The Best Revenge from R.E.M. newest album Accelerate.  Man, I have been listening to these guys ever since I first started listening to music.  I think Monster was one of my first c.d.s.  This album has a lot of rock to it.  I think my favorite R.E.M. albums are Automatic for the People and New Adventures in HiFi.

Alright, now it’s me again.  This is funny.  I might cry on this one.  It’s a song called Mossy Stones from a recording session I did with my friends Josh and Pete and Ken Coomer.  This song was written by Josh and I in my red Forerunner on a ukulele riding from my apartment to his apartment.  That was when we were thinking about doing a band.  I still feel a little dweeby for dropping out but I am such a clam, I can’t keep up with being a band.  I would have paid to SEE our band play but being IN it was too intense for me.  I am a wuss.  I wrote My Feelings Don’t Rock for a reason!     

I do have to add that once when this was playing someone overheard it and didn’t know what it was and asked, “Is this Mermaid Avenue?”   I said, “No, but that’s a good guess…”  (It was the same drummer).

Okay, back to reality now…

The next song on the shuffle is another of mine (sorry, I keep all of my music filed away in my itunes…).   This is a song called How 2 Get Ov’r Me.  It is a song that I recorded for my MySpace page sometime last year.  I have a bunch of songs collected that I wrote when I realized that you could write a song and post it on the internet all in about an hour.  I actually tried to see how much I could do with this and was able to write, record and post new material (sometimes it was songs, sometimes just little goofy speeches or weather reports) every day for two straight weeks.  Eventually my computer busted (seriously, I had to exchange it for a new one).  This song isn’t from that initial MySpace burst but was done a little later (once I got the new computer).

Okay, the next song is Broken Cup from an album called Gravity|Love (whoa, I have a “|” key!).  This is by a Nashville artist by the name of Sandra McCracken.  Have you heard her?  You should.  There is an interesting personal story on this one.  I got to meet Sandra and her husband (the GREAT) Derek Webb.  These two have been so kind to me.  I have been a fan of Derek’s music since I was about 19.  When I moved to Nashville I got to meet him and a couple of years after that I found out that he got a copy of some of my own music and he liked it and he even came and watched me play once which was a strange mind blower for me.  It seemed backwards.  Once I went over to their house and they took me to a room that is like their merchandise room and they gave me about 6 different c.d.s. (and at least 2 shirts).  I was stuck in stun mode for a minute.  Gravity|Love was one of those c.d.s and now it’s in my itunes.    Rock on.

The next random song is once again another of mine (should I start skipping mine when they come up?).  This one is called Song for Suicidal People from a c.d. I made last year called How to Dismantle a Firecracker (get it?).  I guess you can take it however you want.  I know that suicide is probably a tasteless thing to spoof but, I mean why not?  It’s not a spoof on suicide though.  It’s a song dedicated to suicidal people.  

Is that weird?  

Probably.  Still, I have at least one friend who heard it and got the point of the song and she even put it on her MySpace page (and that’s gotta’ mean something, you know?).  I tell people it’s kind of like my Everybody Hurts.

Okay, last song (‘cuz I gotta’ catch a bus).  This is Come as You Are, the Nirvana classic.  This is a song from Nevermind but this track in my itunes is from the best of c.d. simply titled Nirvana.  I remember buying this c.d. about a month before I moved to Nashville.  That would be October of 2002.  I remember reading the liner notes where a writer (is it David Fricke?) said that Nirvana “went all the way”.  That thought really inspired me as a 22 year old, 3 time college drop out living in Texas at his Dad’s house.  I remember listening to the record and wanting to really give my rock star dreams a serious go.  

A month later I was in my truck on my way to Nashville…


Alright, that’s all for now.  I’ll try to do this some more because it is incredibly fun.  Take care!


Journey Through Random Shuffle

There’s a french fry crumb on my notebook and a little brown kid hair on the seat next to me… yuck.  I am at McDonald’s.  This is one of the places that I go to to check my email and blog a little.   I’m thinking about eating dinner at iHop across the street.

I am listening to In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel.  It’s that song from Say Anything.  The one John Cusack plays on his stereo when he’s lifting it up above his head.  My itunes is on random shuffle.  I wonder what song is next…

Oh, it’s one of mine… this is called The Way(ve) it id… or The Way It Is.  It is one of my techno songs.  It was supposed to be about psychology.  I made it in Garage Band one night.  It is from a bonus c.d. that was supposed to go with Unfictioned.

Now Beck is playing.  This one is from Guero.  I haven’t listened to it yet.  I am ashamed to admit this but I think I have a habit of buying Beck c.d.s and never listening to them.  I got The Information and Modern Guilt and I don’t think I listened to either of them once.  That’s probably dumb.  I know that I do enjoy putting them in my itunes and listening to them when they come in on random.  It’s like listening to the radio only you own all of the music.

Weezer is playing now.  Pork and Beans.  This song is pretty fun.  I remember the first time I heard it and it sounded like Weezer finally figured out how to sound like Weezer… or at least what everybody seems to think Weezer is.

Did I talk previously about the animated movie that I am trying to make?  It is really hard, man.  I checked out a bunch of books from the library to figure out how people animate stuff and I’ve been drawing a lot of pictures and scanning them into my computer to piddle around with putting them into iMovie and… did you know that animation is 24 frames per second?  (Did I already talk about this?)  Well, I drew 8 pictures and… the guy just doesn’t look like he’s moving in a natural way.

I’ve gotta’ add the voices later.  Seriously, this is hard.  I tried to watch some of a Wallace and Gromit movie and all I could think about was how much work it took them to make it and I had to turn it off because I was about to throw up.

Okay, Counting Crows is on now.  It’s a song from their newer record called Los Angeles.  This is a good song.  I think this record is good.  I don’t know anybody else who has listened to it.  I remember when everybody listened to Counting Crows.  Gosh, they were amazing.  I honestly think that they are just as good right now talent wise but… yeah, I never hear anybody talking about them anymore.  I like them though.

Now Nirvana is on.  Milk It from In Utero.  Man this band is so good to listen to when you are feeling crazy.  It’s like pure pop rage.  This album feels like a tantrum to me.  I think a lot of their music does.  I got into Nirvana from the Unplugged c.d.  I think I got that c.d. and whatever Boyz II Men c.d. was out around that time.  Those were some of my first c.d.s, right after Kris Kross, Garth Brooks and Hammer.

Now it’s Death Cab for Cutie.  This band has snuck into becoming one of my favorites.  I used to have a roommate who would crank Transatlanticism and I thought it was annoying but I bought it recently and I have listened to it so much.  I don’t know why it took me so long to click with this band.  I think that a lot of people have a similar experience with this band.  I think it’s because they are so smart.  When you first listen to them you think that they are just a bunch of nerds… and maybe they are but… seriously, the music is so good.  Ben Gibbard is becoming one of my favorite songwriters.  I really enjoy the intricacies of his writing.  The little lines flash by and you find yourself remembering things from your youth and it’s nice…

Okay, I just came on the list again.  This is a song called Our Honest Days Are Over from a c.d. called Heresy.  I like this song.  For some reason on this c.d. I tried to narrate a lot of it.  I probably should have just put the information in a blog… maybe I did..  Some of this old music I like in a way but then I get a little depressed when I listen to it.  I think that my tastes and instincts have changed a little over the years.  I realized somewhere that I was getting so tired of writing songs that just left you feeling sad.  Hmm… I wonder if I have corrected that yet…

What’s next?

Oh, it’s Willie Nelson.  

I just sighed.  This is The Party’s Over from a record called Always on My Mind.  Willie is one of my favorites.  I always think his music should be played on Waffle House juke boxes.  It is perfect there.  Being from Texas I have a special love of Willie Nelson.  One time my friend Josh and I cut through his home town on the way down to Waco from Fort Worth.  We listened to a bunch of his music and went and looked for his house.  I think we found it but we weren’t for sure.  It was so quiet.  We got out of my truck and just sat there.  I think I even smoked a cigarette out of celebration and I don’t ever do that.  

To Wille…

“….I am an American aquarium drinker… I assassin down the avenue… I’m hiding out in the big city blinking… what was I thinking when I let go of you?”   Ahh… I am Trying to Break Your Heart from Wilco.  So great for so many reasons.  This song always sounds like something else.  I mean… it sounds like something different.  It seems like it’s coming at you backwards and you don’t really know what is going on but… it seems right… “I always thought that if I held you tightly you would always love me like you did back then… Then I fell asleep and the city kept blinking… what was I thinking when I let you back in?”

“Disposable Dixie cup drinking…”

On that note…. to IHop!