>I’m grading. So I’m listening to the music I’ve so far managed to load onto my computer and onto my new birthday Nano to make the process less painful. I can’t read literature or scholarly works or write with music, but I’m only now realizing that I can grade with music. (A sad statement about student writing, I’m afraid.)
Anyway, in the past, while listening to the Boyfriend’s bigger iPod on shuffle mode (usually on car trips) I’ve noticed that shuffle isn’t as random as we’d probably all like it to be. (I think there was a Slate article on why this is, but I’m too lazy to find it.) But in listening to my Nano I’ve decided that the shuffle programming, though not perfect, is nevertheless brilliant on a level approaching Hal. Seriously, I think it’s sentient.
To wit – earlier today it played the following sequence:
Lemonheads – Second Chance
Beck – Scarecrow
Willie Nelson- Healing Hands of Time
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Daydream
Ken Stringfield – Uniforms
Lemonheads – Ever
R.E.M. – Letter Never Sent
At first I was annoyed with the double appearance of the Lemonheads, but then I realized, holy cow, it’s giving the Lemonheads a second chance in this string. And besides that, what more perfect way to break up a Mitch Easter-produced string (Stringfield and REM) than with the ultimate sensitive punk boy song. And just look at the American roots in that roster!
And by the way, I’ve said it before (though not here) and I’ll say it again: The Lovin’ Spoonful? Most underrated American rock band ever.
And speaking of jangle-pop strings, later today it followed R.E.M.’s Laughing with The Shins’ One By One All Day. Until that moment I hadn’t really realized it, but The Shins are the inheritors of the jangle-pop tradition, aren’t they.
Oh yeah, and now it just followed Jon Brion with Clinic. Excellent.
Yup, my Nano is brilliant, say what you will about my taste in music!