Friday, July 04, 2008

Another Episode of "iPod Roulette"

I discovered iPod Roulette on my friend Uncle E's blog. Just recently, Kelly posted another of her installments of iPod Roulette, so it prompted me to do the same.

1. "Back in Black," AC/DC.
Nothing like starting off with a rock anthem.

2. "Talking Wall of Voodoo Blues," Stan Ridgway.
Ridgway was the original lead singer for the group Wall of Voodoo, best known for their 1983 hit "Mexican Radio."

3. "Someplace Far Away," Hal Ketchum.

4. "Dean Moriarty," Eric Taylor. Eric Taylor is a Texas singer-songwriter. This song is one of my two favorite on the album. I couldn't find a solo performance by Eric on YouTube, but I did find a video of a live performance of "Dress of Laces" with his ex-wife, Nanci Griffith.

5. "About a Girl," Nirvana. From a 1993 "MTV Unplugged" performance.

6. "Bring it to Me," Steve Morse. I couldn't find a video of this song, so here's Steve performing one of my favorite compositions, "Highland Wedding."

7. "Cigarette Blues," Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan. I was surprised to find this video on YouTube. I used to watch Tom and Kenny perform live at Cold Spring Tavern, the site of an old stage coach stop in the mountains above Santa Barbara.

8. "Ice Breaker," J. Geils Band.
Rhonda and I saw J. Geils at the Forum in L.A. in 1974. What a fun concert.

9. "I Can't Be With You," The Cranberries.

10. "Dronia," Scenic.

11. "When I Lost My Faith," John Gorka.

12. "Crash Into Me," Dave Matthews Band.

13. "Eleanor Rigby," The Beatles.

14. "Fiesta," Helen O'Hara. She was the fiddle player for the group Dexy's Midnight Runners.

15. "Hard Times Come Again No More," Yo-Yo Ma, Mark O'Connor, Edgar Meyer, and James Taylor. From the album "Appalachian Journey," it's a performance of a Stephen Foster song written in 1854.

Hm. Nothing really embarrassing here, at least in my judgment. I'm both relieved and disappointed.


Pam said...

Wow! Love the choices! I have 3 Cranberries CDs! I'm also a huge fan of AC/DC. Dave Matthews rocks my world.

Saw him once here in Dallas when he was just a bar band. Big fan!

Kelly said...

Very little here that I also have on my iPod. That's what makes this a fun game...seeing what others have.

Great song to start off with, though!! I've always loved AC/DC. The only Dave Matthews I have is the music video (yeah, I've gotten in to downloading those) for "Gravedigger". Can't go wrong with the Beatles.

Uncle E said...

The list has a nice "flow" about it too, Hal. Starting with AC/DC blowin' your doors down to a mellow midsection (Nirvana's About a Girl--sad song, too) and then ending up with Yo-Yo Ma. Great edition of Ipod Roulette!

Redlefty said...

My kids call Eleanor Rigby the "violin song", and they play imaginary violins in the back seat when it comes on.

quid said...

Hal - great assortment! I loved the comment about Eleanor Rigby being the "violin song". Lot's new for me here; love the Cranberries, tho I like the song more than the video. I'll listen to anything by Nirvana or Dave Matthews...I think they were the cream of the close of the 90's. I hadn't thought of Eric Taylor in ages..saw him in Luckenbach. If you like Nanci, thought you'd like
her "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" with John Prine, another favorite of mine. Saving my pennies for an ipod. Q

Annie said...

I haven't listened to Hal Ketchum in so long. Guess I know what I'll be doing today.

debby said...

I was driving today. The only radio station that I could get was an 'easy listening classics station', playing the likes of Bobby Goldsboro's 'Honey' and Donnie Osmond's 'Sweet and Innocent'. Do you think that there is anybody in the world that has that sort of stuff on an Ipod? The question 'What kind of person CHOOSES music like that?' kept my mind busy long after I turned the radio off in disgust.

Hal Johnson said...

Ha! That brings back a memory of a friend who had trouble with buddies who'd show up for a few beers and hang around too long. I bought him a copy of Pat Boone's "In a Metal Mood." It worked. His buddies didn't come around as often or for as long. I tried to listen to the whole album a couple of times, but I could never make it past the third song: it was that painful.

debby said...

I've heard of that album, but never actually knew that any of them had been sold...