Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Talk About Variety...

It's so hard to answer the question "What kind of _____ do you like?"

Ok. If we're talking about food, then I could answer a lot of ways. I could say Mexican food. Or chocolate. Or Cheerios. You have to be more specific. What kind of food do you like when you go out to eat or on a special occasion... what kind of food do you eat way more than you should... what kind of food do you like for breakfast. Like that.

When it comes to media, I feel like a renaissance woman. "What kind of movies do you like?" I look at my movies and see classics, triologies, comedies, dramas, war films, westerns, Christmas, Disney, children's movies, Best Pictures, gangster films, chick flicks...I like a little bit of everything.

My iTunes is even more ridiculous. "What kind of music do you like?"
Well, here's an experiment. I'm going to put my iTunes on random and write down the 20 songs that play.

1)Memory from Broadway musical "Cats"
2)Cinderella Man by Eminem
3)Strip My Mind by Red Hot Chili Peppers
4)Because We Can by Fatboy Slim, from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack
5)Agree, what I called the following Morgan Freeman quote from the movie Seven:
"Ernest Hemingway once wrote 'The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part"
6)Believe it or Not by Alvin and the Chipmunks (yes, a Chipmunk version of the theme to "Greatest American Hero"
7)My Grown Up Christmas List by Amy Grant
8)Dream a Little Dream by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
9)Blink Him, what I called the following Tim Allen/Tom Hanks quote from Toy Story:
Buzz: "I've set my laser from stun to kill"
Woody: "Aw, great. If anyone attacks us we can blink him to death"
10) Break the Silence by Thousand Foot Krutch
11)Checks in the Mail by Weird Al Yankovic
12)Stripped Part 2 by Christina Aguilera
13)Me by Paula Cole
14)Bee Your Man by Relient K
15)Narcolepsy by Ben Folds Five
16)Sister by Creed
17)Love's Got a Hold On You by Alan Jackson
18)Theme from Schindler's List by Itzhak Perlman and John Williams
19)A Lot of Nothing II by Coheed and Cambria
20)On My Own by Familiar 48

That's just a sample.
From Broadway. Rap. Rock. Electronica. Movie quote. Chipmunk cover. Christmas. Jazz. Another movie quote. Christian rock. Comedy. Pop. Soft rock (stuff you hear on 103.7 in Dallas and 99.1 in Houston). Christian punk. Alternative piano (What DO you call Ben Folds anyway??). Alternative. Country. Classical. Silence (literally. "A Lot of Nothing II" is just about 6 seconds of silence). And another alternative to round out the top 20.

I dare you to find a more bizarre collection of songs on your random 20. Try it and comment. I'd like to see who can find some folk, hip hop and gospel all mixed together.


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  2. Sorry, I commented and deleted. I caught a bunch of typos that ticked me off. Here I go again:

    OK, I'm not promising more variety, but here's my random 20:
    1. The Valley Road by Bruce Hornsby
    2. Hit Em Up Style by Blu Cantrell
    3. Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours by Stevie Wonder
    4. I'll Change by The Indigo Girls
    5. Myself singing Danny Boy, for middle school Solo & Ensemble participants to learn the song
    6. Baby, It's Cold Outside as sung by Lady Antebellum
    7. The Tenor 1 learning track for Tollite Hostias, which was the 7th-8th grade All-Region Choir audition piece 3 or 4 years ago.
    8. Can't Get a Line by Old 97's
    9. Your Redneck Past by Ben Folds Five
    10. Myself singing the alto part for Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming, once again, for the benefit of middle schoolers.
    11. Goodbye by Patty Griffin
    12. The sight-reading track for All-Region auditions. My voice saying: "On the stand in front of you is a sight-reading example. You have 30 seconds to study it, using your preferred sight-reading method. Here is the tonic pitch..." etc.
    13. Tangled by Maroon 5
    14. Karaoke track for 123 by Gloria Estafan
    15. That's All by Genesis
    16. I Will Not Take These Things For Granted by Toad the Wet Sprocket
    17. PIano track for Shenendoah for S&E use
    18. Dog and Bird by Justin Caldwell
    19. Bus Stop by The Hollies
    20. Say Ladeo by Bobby McFerrin

    So... yeah, the occupational hazard of being a choir teacher is obviously that I can't exactly load up the iPod, put it on shuffle, and go for a jog. Playlists are my friend if I don't want to hear myself singing folk songs or administering a sight-reading test.