Saturday, September 23, 2006

Some things are hard in life...

One being that you finally have to admit that you have weird taste in music...
OK, you, the reader, may not... but I sure do.

I updated my iTunes today and as with every time I do this, I am just embarrassed by the music on it. The music that is mine, that is. If there is anything good (in terms of contemporary music) it came from my brother (cool contemporary things like Sigur Ros andThe Killers) or my Schatz (Techno and metal [which is a bit dubious but some of the kids I work with thought I was cool when they saw I had it], or it is on there for Squink (children's music, mostly auf Deutsch).

Just about everything on my playlist that I put there is part of my weird collection of music... the cowboy songs, andean music, the blow back to the 70's and 80's, the opera and bagpipes. And I love them all, there is some fabulous music in there... Bonnie Jo Hunts' music for example... If you have never heard Amazing Grace sung in Lakota then you have missed something amazingly beautiful, that kind of beautiful that brings tears to your eyes because you can feel the emotion of the song and the words that you can't understand but that sound so powerful, even though you might know the lyrics in English...

I read other blogs that tell about their music collection and I cringe... with envy. Granted my cringes are a bit odd too... I cringe at everything from old school punk through the Kingston Trio to gospel music... and I think to myself... how many of these folks actually collect bagpipe music?

My guess is that not one of you do.

So, in an effort to lay myself wide open to laughter and sighs of pity, for your viewing pleasure I present: 1) here is a link to my list of artists on the iTunes and 2) here is a link to the song titles on my iTunes.

Did you see them, the short list of interesting things mixed with the long list of things like my love for opera and bagpipe music?

The thing is that I love music, I just hate buying it.

If you feel really sorry for me, send me a CD with what you consider to be "real music" so I can feel a part of the human race again.

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9 comments:

Catherine said...

I'm actually pretty impressed. For me, music is so powerful and such a representation of who we are that it is hard to judge another's collection. It represents not just who we are now, but where we've been, what we dream (or have dreamt) and sometimes who we want to be. How many times do you listen to a song and you can remember an exact moment of your life? God, on a personal level, where I would be if music wasn't part of my life! Back to your collection, even though I didn't see any Radiohead (wink)I was impressed with how many artist we collect in common.

Patricia Tryon said...

Wellllllll... since you mention this, email me with a snail mail address if you'd like a copy of the mix I mentioned here. There's another mix I made recently that I kind of like, too, but it has some of the same songs as this one. (Bagpipes and opera sound just dandy to me, fwiw, and I don't think tekno shows any lack of taste!)

Patricia Tryon said...

Wait! You cringe at GOSPEL?! Uh oh... You might not want to hear from me...

Well, not EVERYTHING I like is Gospel, but I like it.

blair said...

Mrs. Ootfp - you read it wrong... there is some gospel I love... "I cringe with envy" is what I wrote!

Northern_Girl said...

iTunes is an interesting way to gage the depth and bredth of a person.

Most of my 'cool' music is from my brother, too...Seether, Audioslave, Shinedown, The White Stripes, Chevelle. But my tastes run the gamut, much like yours.

Like I said, iTunes is an interesting way to gage a person. :)

Patricia Tryon said...

Hmmm. I'm not quite past the "some" in that statement ;-)

miraclebaby said...

I haven't bought any music in eons. Count me part of your club

baileysMilk said...

Blair!! why havent you been updating?

I hope everything's going fine. Give Squink my love =)

Paul said...

OK, very wierd. You have similar musical tastes to me. Bagpeeps? Och yes, lass. Enochian chants? Yes. Andean flute? Yes. And this is why I love Pandora - you get to hear stuff you never imagined was out there. ...need to finish my draft post about that...
If you can, listen to some of Soeur Marie Keyrouz' singing. Out of this worldly.