Monday, May 12, 2008

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

I updated the iPod for my car yesterday. We have over 30 gigs on music on our computer hard drive, but my iPod only holds 4. This means hard decisions need to be made. Mostly I default to adding everything on my five star playlist and then a few selected playlists with newer purchases or portions of playlists. So what ends up happening is I keep mostly the same songs with a few slight changes on the same iPod. I realized I was missing some good stuff so I started going through the library to rate more songs and get more songs on the five star list. Well after about 45 minutes of this I realize I’ve only hit less than a quarter of the library so I tried a new method - Favorite albums. I made a smart list of favorite albums, all the go-to albums that I used to put on when we had CD’s instead iPods. Of course this list is too big for the measly 4 gigs I have to work with so I then created another playlist from that playlist that randomly crops it to a size that will fit. But what ended up happening is a bunch of good songs that may not have been rated are now on my iPod, really mixing up the mix.

So this morning, and really this is the point of this post, I plugged in the iPod for my commute in the pouring rain, and yes I still have sore throat, and immediately the music sucked me in. New songs (well, new old songs) came on and really perked up my drive. I was actually enjoying my rainy commute! Here was this morning’s playlist. If you are looking for some songs to perk up your iPod, I definitely recommend you download a few of these.

Night and Day – Ella Fitzgerald
Arabian Waltz – Chicago Symphony Orchestra
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
Rich Woman – Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Out of My Mind – Patti Rothberg
Oh Shooter – Robin Thicke
Old Dirt Hill – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Precious Things – Tori Amos
In the Name of Love – U2
Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley & the Wailers

Now I only wish this same theory worked as well with my closet.

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