Musical Baton

Published 19 years, 4 weeks past

I was passed a musical baton by Nick Finck, while everyone else getting the same baton ignored me.  Losers.  (With the last-minute exception of Meryl, who passed one to me just as I was preparing to post.)

Total volume of music files on my computer

8.74 gigabytes, comprised of 1,885 songs that would take 5 days, 16 hours, 8 minutes and 22 seconds to play through.

The last CD I bought was

“Decksanddrumsandrockandroll” by The Propellerheads.  The last CD bought on my behalf, as a birthday gift, was a set of the 1963 von Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic recordings of Beethoven’s Symphonies.

Song playing right now

As I post this message, it’s “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin from “Led Zeppelin IV”.  This might be interpreted as support for Mike Davidson‘s opinion of the Zep, except that I don’t agree with it.

Five songs I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me

I’ll take the latter.

  • “O Come, O Come, Emannuel” (traditional hymn)
  • “Road” by Nick Drake from “Pink Moon”
  • “Driven” by Rush from “Test For Echo”
  • “4th of July” by Soundgarden from “Superunknown”
  • “Life During Wartime (Live)” by The Talking Heads from “Sand In The Vaseline: Popular Favorites 1976-1992”

Bonus addendum piece: the second movement of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, “Allegretto”.  It’s haunting, moving, inexpressably sad and triumphant.  It doesn’t hold emotional meaning for me the way the other songs I listed do, but it has emotional effects that are unlike almost any other piece of music I know.

Five six people to whom I’m passing the baton
  • Tantek Çelik, just to see how many times he can work in references to his girlfriend
  • Simon Willison, dashing Brit-about-town
  • Scott Andrew, ex-Clevelander and lo-fi acoustic pop superhero
  • Mark Bradbourne, new daddy and drummer
  • Gini, because she’s always meme-ing, and besides, it’s the musical equivalent of the book meme she propogated a week or two back
  • Will Kessel, because I’m curious

I’d have pointed to more web designer types, but they’d pretty much all been batoned already.

So there you have it: a little break from semanticity.  Now all we need is a music-categorization microformat, and I could merge the two.

Comments (6)

  1. heh, 3 of yours are similar to mine as well :D and honestly I checked yesterday to see if you had posted a baton and was ready to send it to you but got a bit shy at the last moment.. weird i know…

  2. Oh man. Taking a shot at the Zep! Criminy!

  3. Bravo for picking a Rush and Talking Heads song!

  4. I’m listening to the 2nd movement of Beethoven’s 7th even as I type: a work of pure genius and surely one of the finest pieces of music in the world)

    If you love Beethoven be sure to watch the BBC’s dramatisation of the first performance of Eroica if you ever get the chance. It was one of those rare pieces of television – a masterpiece in itself.

  5. Eric,

    I too passed the baton to Tantek, witha similar reference to his girlfriend :-)

    Fools seldom differ :-)


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