Friday, June 8, 2007

My musical life

So, I realized today, while looking at my iTunes library, that I have acquired quite a bit of music in the nearly two years we've been living in New Hampshire. I think this speaks to my need for escape from a very unhappy New Hampshire existence. Or something. Plus, we belong to BMG, and they keep sending shit every month because we keep forgetting to decline the offers, and then we get tons of associated free CDs of our (fairly limited) choice. Also, I got an mp3 player, which I was convinced I didn't need or want, but which was gifted to me and which slowly started saving my life. And prompting me to buy more music. Which is cheaper than therapy, so there you go. Anyway, I thought I'd do a little survey of what has served as the soundtrack to my life over the past couple of years. It will indicate, without a doubt, that I am not a music snob.

Singles for which I shelled out 99 whole cents:
1. Weird Al Yankovic, "White & Nerdy"
2. Gilda Radner, "Let's Talk Dirty to the Animals"
3. Annie Lennox and Howard Shore, "Into the West"
4. Imogen Heap, "Hide and Seek"
5. Outkast, "Hey Ya!" - wanted to be funny and add to a travel mix
6. Regina Spektor, "Fidelity"
7. Roisin Murphy, "Ramalama (Bang Bang)"
8. Hansen, "MMMBop" - again, trying to be funny
9. Edie Brickell, "What I Am"
10. Hem, "Half Acre"
11. Kate Havnevick, "Unlike Me"
12. Eminem, "Welcome to Detroit" - not for me, I swear!
13. Nina Simone, "Mississippi Goddam"
14. "Strange Fruit", can't remember the artist
15. Gladys Knight, "Midnight Train to Georgia"
16. Anna Nalick, "Catalyst"


Singles I like that I got for free from iTunes or other sources (like toothpaste promotions)
1. Danny Elfman, "What's This?" - from "Nightmare Before Christmas"
2. John Mayer, "Waiting on the World to Change" - what a shitty message, though (don't wait...do something!)
3. Daniel Powter, "Bad Day"
4. Lily Allen, "Smile"
5. Amy Winehouse, "I'm No Good"
6. Chrisette Michele, "Your Joy"
7. Brandi Carlile, "The Story"
8. Jason Mraz, "The Beauty in Ugly"
9. Sufjan Stevens, "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!"
10. Brett Dennen, "Ain't No Reason"
11. The Blow, "True Affection"
12. Paolo Nutini, "New Shoes"
13. Susanne Abbuehl, "In the Dark Pine-Wood"
14. Spektrum, "Don't Be Shy"
15. Teddybears (featuring Neneh Cherry), "Yours to Keep"
16. The Feeling, "Sewn"
17. Corinne Bailey Rae, "Put Your Records On"
18. Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, "Kiss the Sky"
*many others downloaded but never listened to


CDs that BMG sent against my will because I was lazy:
1. Bruce Springsteen, "We Shall Overcome..." - not crazy about it. (sorry, Boss)
2. Five For Fighting, "Two Lights" - just sold this at the garage sale (some of the dumbest lyrics ever)
3. KT Tunstall, "Eye to the Telescope" - actually really like this one
4. Los Lonely Boys, "Sacred" - like this one as well
5. Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs, "Under the Covers" - tried to sell this at the garage sale (no one else wanted it either)
6. Ray LaMontagne, "Till the Sun Turns Black" - super mellow, and I like it
7. Snow Patrol, "Eyes Open" - apparently music snobs don't like this, but I love it
8. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, "Show Your Bones" - sold at the garage sale
9. John Mayer, "Continuum"
10. John Legend, "Once Again"
11. 2007 Grammy Nominees - on its way right now
12. The Killers, "Sam's Town" - sold at the garage sale
13. Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler, "Private Investigations" - sold at garage sale (I think)


CDs I purchased with real live money or got for free from BMG:
1. Soundtrack to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"
2. Amy Winehouse, "Back to Black"
3. Anna Nalick, "Wreck of the Day"
4. Soundtrack to "Spamalot" - love, love, love
5. Cyndi Lauper, "The Essential" - already bored with this and skip over the songs when they come up
6. Death Cab for Cutie, "Plans"
7. Dixie Chicks, "Taking the Long Way" - love this
8. Feist, "Let It Die" - purchased yesterday
9. Indigo Girls, "Rarities"
10. Janis Ian, "Between the Lines"
11. Johnny Cash, "Complete Live at San Quentin"
12. Joni Mitchell, "Ladies of the Canyon"
13. Nina Simone, "The Definitive Collection" - bought this for "Mississippi Goddam" mostly
14. Soundtrack to "Wicked"
15. Patty Griffin, "Living With Ghosts"
16. Peter, Paul & Mary, "The Best of Peter, Paul & Mary" - sold at the garage sale (but burned "Lemon Tree")
17. Pink, "I'm Not Dead"
18. Tracy Chapman, "Tracy Chapman"


CDs gifted to me/us:
1. Indigo Girls, "Despite Our Differences"


I think there's more, but I'll have to consult my music list on my other computer to be sure. And check the CD cases at home for stuff we got that I didn't like enough to upload.

1 comment:

jluw said...

I love your eclectic taste in music! I want to think that I had something to do with it, but probably not - remember Sunday brunches with all kinds of music. I loved to surprise you all with something different every week. :) However, my choices from then pale in comparison to what you have available now. Now, I can't find my way around all the sites and finding music to which I connect is next to impossible. So, I say send me more!