Tuesday, November 17, 2009

If you really want to know...

I have to say, it's an odd thing to have someone else's digital music player. In this case it's a 2 Gig Sony Walkman that magically appeared in the mail yesterday. The note read (paraphrased)"Thank you very much for working so hard on Mac's websites. We thought Mac would like someone to have his music. He had eclectic taste so we hope you enjoy it. Also, we don't even know how to turn it on, so we think a young person can get a lot of use out it."

It's a little bit like reading someone's diary because we all know the personal associations and feelings that certain music and artists evoke. Plus, I didn't have any ear buds at home, so I used the ones enclosed with the unit. Our ear waxes merged, though for a brief crazy second I thought: "I sure we we could clone Mac from a sample of his ear wax." But that's not possible. For the record, the buds were clean. There was no detritus on them.

I was hoping to be able to extract the songs from the Walkman and make them available, but alas it's a one way trip, and I nearly erased it trying to do so with some shady software.

I was able to pull a copy of the playlist. As you will see, there is nothing amazing or all that surprising (other than the Sade), and there were no hidden gems of sonic weirdness. Just the music of a guy who really loved The Smiths, and Morrissey, REM, Portishead and the Cure.

10000 Maniacs:In my Tribe
Beth Gibbons & Rustin': Man-Out of Season
Brian Eno: Everything that Happens
Bowie: Changes, Heathen, Reality
Graeme Revell: Until the end of the world
Massive Attack: Mezzanine
Morrissey:Bona Drag, Kill Uncle, Ringleader of the Tormentors
Vauxhall and I, Viva Hate, You Are the Quarry (Deluxe Ed), Your Arsenal
Nico: Chelsea Girl
Peter Gabriel: So
Portishead: Dummy, Portishead, Roseland NYC (live), Sour Times, Third
REM: Accelerate, Around The Sun, Automatic For The People, Fables of the Reconstruction, Murmur, Out of Time, Reveal, Until The End of the World, UP,
Radiohead: Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief, In Rainbows, Kid A, OK Computer
Röyksopp: The Understanding
Sade: Diamond Life
Talking Heads: Fear of Music, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Speaking in Tongues, Until The End of the World: Sax And Violins
The Cure: Disintegration, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Staring at the Sea: The Singles 1979-1985, Wish
The Knife: Hannah Med H, Silent Shout, The Knife
The Smiths: Louder Than Bombs, Meat is Murder, Strangeways, Here We Come, The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths.

Mac liked Morrissey? Who knew?

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