Daily Archives: November 10, 2011

Beware! Cuteness Ahead!

My friend Karen asked me recently for an update on the kitty boys, since I haven’t mentioned them in quite a while. They seem to be reasonably contented with their lives at the moment. Here’s a photo of two of them, Evinrude and Jack-Cat, cuddling with one another on my desk the other night:


Not the greatest shot from a technical standpoint, but I thought it would be enough to make folks go “awwwwwww!”


20 Songs

I missed out on the heyday of the “let’s see what’s on your iPod” meme by about six years — what can I say, I’m a late adopter, part of that whole “analog kind of guy” thing — but I’ve actually got an iPod now, so when I ran across a variant of this old blogging chestnut on Tumblr last night, I couldn’t resist playing along.

If this is too passe for your tastes, feel free to surf on, but I feel like I’m finally filling a hole in my soul by participating in one of these.

Okay, maybe this experience wasn’t that profound, but it was kind of fun to see what a random sampling of my musical tastes might turn up. Fun for me, at least. Maybe not so much for you. But who’s writing this blog, anyhow?

Right, so, moving on, here’s the intro/instructions:

You can learn a lot about someone by the music they listen to. Hit “shuffle” on your iPod or MP3 player and write down the first 20 songs. No cheating or skipping songs that are shameful. That is the fun!

My list:

  1. Calling All Girls — Rick Springfield
  2. Windy — The Association
  3. The Harder They Come — Jimmy Cliff
  4. Shake Your Groove Thing — Peaches & Herb
  5. Fall from Grace — Stevie Nicks
  6. Heaven Knows — Robert Plant
  7. Ask the Lonely — Journey
  8. Sweet Talkin’ Guy — The Chiffons
  9. Listen to Your Heart — Roxette
  10. Mule Skinner Blues — The Fendermen
  11. The Road Home — Heart
  12. Nothin’ at All — Heart
  13. Some Gothic Ranch Action (instrumental from the soundtrack of Rancho Deluxe) — Jimmy Buffett
  14. Hot Girls in Love — Loverboy
  15. I Can’t Stand It No More — Peter Frampton
  16. Real Man — Bruce Springsteen
  17. Dance Hall Days — Wang Chung
  18. Don’t Look Now — Creedence Clearwater Revival
  19. La Bamba — Los Lobos
  20. Son of a Preacher Man — Dusty Springfield

Okay. Interesting that the first selection was my main man. I swear I did not set that up. I do wonder, though, exactly how that Shuffle algorithm works. You see, I can go for weeks without hearing anything from a particular genre — oldies, say — and then all of a sudden the machine is kicking out “Sweet Talkin’ Guy” and “Windy” and “Mule Skinner Blues.” Not to mention two songs by the same artist coming back to back… that doesn’t seem terribly random to me. In any event, I suppose this is a reasonably good cross section of my likes: mostly ’70s and ’80s pop-rock, some older stuff, nothing newer than ’89 or ’90, and some Jimmy Buffett thrown in for good measure. Probably nothing my Loyal Readers didn’t expect, right?