The Music Meme
1. Total volume of music files on my computer:
Since I'm doing this from my work computer, I'm proud to report it's 7.42 GB, made up of 1,488 songs lasting 3 days, 19 hour, 52 minutes and 24 seconds.
2. The Last CD I bought was:
Um.... Uh.... I guess it was "The Eminem Show." There must've been something more recent... Hmmm...
3. The Last Song I Listened To Before Writing This:
"That Old Sweet Roll" by Dusty Springfield. "Dusty in Memphis" is a classic album.
3b. Song I'm Listening to Now/First Song That Came Up On Shuffle:
"True" by Concrete Blonde. Their self-titled debut album is one of my all-time essential discs. It made a deep impact on me when it came out.
(Note: While typing the above answer, the next song came up on shuffle. It's "The Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" by Country Joe and the Fish. While I love the song, my iTunes insists on bringing it up on shuffle at every opportunity. Is my computer secretly a hippie?)
4. Five Songs I Listen To A Lot:
Thanks to iTunes accurate stats-keeping, here are my top five most-played songs, plus one that just barely missed the cut, but warrants a mention anyway:
1. "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger. Laugh if you must, I love how full of cheesy goodness it is. Which is why I got such a laugh out of the scene with it in "Boogie Nights." That coked-up air-keyboarding dude is me, man. Only with Coca-Cola, not the other kind of coke. Really.
2. "The Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" by Country Joe and the Fish See? What did I tell you about my computer's secret love for this song? Maybe it just wants to thwart me by blasting out the "F-U-C-K" cheer whenever my coworkers are around.
3. "Gamen (Vulture)" by Garmarna A blistering rock version of an old Scandanavian folk song, courtesy of these Norwegian musical archivists/revisionists. It's the opening cut of their "Vengeance" album -- seek it out.
4. "Just Dropped In" by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition Another great old song made even better by its inclusion in a classic movie scene, this time from "The Big Lebowski." I still have a hard time believing this comes from the same guy who gave us "The Gambler" and "Through the Years," but that just adds to its appeal for me.
5. "Crazy Train" by Ozzy Osbourne Hands down, the greatest metal song ever. Ever! If I were a Major League closer, this would be my entrance music, although I think someone's already using it. (Billy Wagner? Jason Isringhausen? I forget.) But as much as I love "Crazy Train," I have to swear by the Dodger-blue blood that runs through Tommy Lasorda's veins that the best closer/entrance music combination has to be Eric Gagné's "Welcome to the Jungle." Magical and intense to witness in person. To quote the bobblehead from last year's Dodgers commercials, "GAGNE RAWKS!!!"
6. "Giant Robot-Birdhead" by the Aquabats Currently, this is just one play away from cracking my top five, but I had to include it just because I love it so much. For a while now, I've been trying to think of a good mixed CD theme to use this with, and I think I've finally found it. Maybe I'll use it for the next mix exchange. We'll see.
5) Five people I am passing this baton to:
Well, I've already seen Mary Ann's and KassRachel's answers to this, so I'd be interested in seeing what Generik, Jeff or Fred have to add.
Now, just for the sake of anal completeness and a random look into my musical psyche, here are all the songs that came up in my iTunes shuffle while I was working on this meme:
1. "That Old Sweet Roll" by Dusty Springfield
2. "True" by Concrete Blonde
3. "The Fish Cheer & I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" by Country Joe and the Fish
4. "If This is It" by Huey Lewis and the News
5. "Frozen Sunshine" by Headboard
6. "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys
7. "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago
8. "See a Little Light" by Bob Mould
9. "El Tieso Y La Negra Soledad" by Maldita Vecindad & Los Hijos Del Quinto Patio
10. "Nowhere to Run" by Crystal Method With Ozzy Osbourne, DMX, Ol' Dirty Bastard & Fuzzbubble
11. "House of Leaves" by Poe
12. "Just Lose It" by Eminem
13. "Drain You (live)" by Nirvana
14. "Tell Me You Love Me" by Frank Zappa