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No More Christmas Music…What Now?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 17:50 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

For the first time since before Thanksgiving, my mp3 player is once again filled with the usual eclectic mix of music. Having read a bit about what Christmas music I like, you might be interested in what’s in rotation during the rest of the year. Or not.

On shuffle, these are the last 20 songs (or, in one case, comedy bit) that came up on my Sansa Clip—which, by the way, I highly recommend (there is now an upgraded version) as a light and inexpensive alternative to the iEmpire:

  1. “I See You” — Yes
  2. “Another Girl” — The Beatles
  3. “Possession” (acoustic piano version) — Sarah McLachlan
  4. “Who’s on First?” — Abbot & Costello
  5. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (yes, the whole thing, as one track) — Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. “Surrender” — k.d. lang
  7. “Cypress Grove” — Guy Davis
  8. “Doctor Jazz” — Woody Herman
  9. “Nobody Home” — Pink Floyd
  10. “What’s the Buzz” (from the original Jesus Christ Superstar concept album)
  11. “Sand” — Phish
  12. “Go Tell the Congregation” — The Black Crowes
  13. “Blue Train” — John Coltrane
  14. “Lou Reed” — The Little Willies
  15. “Emily’s Reel” — Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor
  16. “Leave” — The Swell Season
  17. “Learn to Fly” — Foo Fighters
  18. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” — Crosby, Stills & Nash
  19. “Star Me Kitten” — R.E.M.
  20. “Clocks” — Coldplay

This was a pretty good mix. It isn’t always that way. Sometimes I can go 20 songs and hear all 1970s stuff, or three Red Hot Chili Peppers songs in a row, or a string of old scratchy blues. All of which is OK; if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have it on my player at all. But it’s nice when the shuffle feature really shuffles.

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