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I believe that one of the best indicators of a person's personality is the music they listen to. I also like to find out what my friends listen to so I can experiment with something new. So, for tonight's topic, list the last five to ten songs or albums you've purchased, or just some songs that you like to listen to on repeat. I'll start. Mostly new stuff, but I've got to have my 80's fix, too.

 

"Machinehead" -- Bush

"Handlebars" -- Flobots

"What I've done" -- Linkin Park

"Energy" -- The Apples in Stereo

"Someone That You're With" -- Nickelback

"You're So Good to Me" -- The Beach Boys

"I Wanna Be a Cowboy" -- Boy's Don't Cry

"How Far We've Come" -- Matchbox Twenty

"The Sweet Escape" -- Gwen Stefani

"Buddy Holly" -- Weezer

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And what exactly does your list say about you, Isaac?

 

Okay, I'll bite. Here are my iPod's current top dozen songs by play count.

"Alive" -- Meat Loaf

"100 Tears Away" -- Vonda Shepard (Any relation?)

"Fighter" -- Christina Aguilera

"I Drove All Night" -- Cyndi Lauper

"She's The One" -- Bruce Springsteen

"The Rebel" -- Johnny Cash

"Amish Paradise" -- Weird Al Yankovic

"I Hope You Dance" -- Lee Ann Womack

"Brass In Pocket" -- Pretenders

"Don't Fear The Reaper" -- Blue Oyster Cult

"Take Me Home, Country Roads" -- John Denver

"F**k the Pain Away" -- Peaches

 

So what does this say about me?

Schizophrenic?

-Thoth.

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And what exactly does your list say about you, Isaac?

 

It says that I am a brilliant, well versed individual with a sunny disposition, yet commanding presence.

 

So what does this say about me?

 

Let's save the analysis until we get some more vic-- respondents.

 

IF

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It says that I am a brilliant, well versed individual with a sunny disposition, yet commanding presence.

Let's save the analysis until we get some more vic-- respondents.

Isaac, do you honestly expect anyone but me to play this game with you?

 

You're getting way too Dogbert.

-Thoth.

 

BTW: You may have noticed that Steve is taking his job of forum monitor much more seriously of late. Just a warning.

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Isaac, do you honestly expect anyone but me to play this game with you?

Actually it sounds like an interesting question to me. Being even more schizo than Thoth, I listen to lots of classical music and ballet scores, even socialist realist classics like The Red Poppy. I also like to set my non-classical songs to shuffle. Top recent contenders include:

 

"Better Together"—Buena Vista Social Club

"Clocks"—ditto

"Don't Know Why"—Norah Jones

"We're Not Right"—David Gray

"Porcelain"—Moby

"Cherie, I Beg You"—nameless band from West Africa that someone taped for me years ago

"Blech"—GarageBand track put together by my son

"Women of Ireland"—Bob James

"Segovia's Dream"—Wayne Wendell Johnson

Various tracks by Leo Kottke

 

As you see, very different from either of yours. But then, as Thoth noted, I am so not a dude. (Or as my husband says, "You are such a girl.") :lol:

M

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Isaac, please note the caution in my preceding post.

 

Marguerite, I suspect we don't have a single song or artist in common in our collections, with the possible exception of Sinead O'Connor and some show tunes. But you have me curious. I think I'll go to iTunes right now and download some Moby. Thanks.

 

-Thoth.

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Isaac, please note the caution in my preceding post.

 

Marguerite, I suspect we don't have a single song or artist in common in our collections, with the possible exception of Sinead O'Connor and some show tunes. But you have me curious. I think I'll go to iTunes right now and download some Moby. Thanks.

 

-Thoth.

No Sinead O'Connor here, so you're probably right. I have lots of Enya, though. (Try not to gag. I haven't listened to her much lately.) :lol:

M

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No Sinead O'Connor here, so you're probably right. I have lots of Enya, though. (Try not to gag. I haven't listened to her much lately.) :lol:

M

Sorry, no Enya here. How about Dan Fogelberg? I hate him but I love him. (Don't look at me like that. We've all been there.)

Frank Zappa?

Wait! I know. The Beatles. Everybody has some Beatles in their collection. (I hear Steve Jobs is considering shipping the "1" album with the 2009 iPod. But it's just a rumor I started myself.)

:D

-Thoth.

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Sorry, no Enya here. How about Dan Fogelberg? I hate him but I love him. (Don't look at me like that. We've all been there.)

Frank Zappa?

Wait! I know. The Beatles. Everybody has some Beatles in their collection. (I hear Steve Jobs is considering shipping the "1" album with the 2009 iPod. But it's just a rumor I started myself.)

:lol:

-Thoth.

Yes, lots of Beatles. And some Talking Heads. Also Fleetwood Mac. Otherwise my collection is pretty eclectic, as in the male members of my household don't even ask if my iTunes folders are sharable, 'cos they couldn't care less about my weird music. :D

M

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Yes, lots of Beatles. And some Talking Heads. Also Fleetwood Mac. Otherwise my collection is pretty eclectic, as in the male members of my household don't even ask if my iTunes folders are sharable, 'cos they couldn't care less about my weird music. :)

M

The Beatles --I knew it! Ah, common ground.

 

I have no Talking Heads but I do have some of David Byrne's solo work (sans 'Heads). And of course I have Fleetwood Mac. I'd bet even Isaac has Fleetwood Mac. What about Stevie Nicks' solo work? Anything?

 

Don't stop thinking about tomorrow...it'll soon be here.

-Thoth.

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Here's my contribution.

 

AC/DC - Back in Black (It's actually my feel good song.)

Rachmoninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Cream - Sunshine of Your Love

Howlin' Wolf - Back Door Man

Dan Baird - Julie and Lucky (shows you what a Telecaster can do)

John Williams - All the Star Wars music (Come on! I was 7 when the movie came out!)

Thoyd Loki - I'm Your Pervert (ya, that's me, I make totally inappropriate songs for laughs. You should hear my Earl Grits songs)

Tcaikovsky - Swan Lake

Louie Armstrong - I ain't Gonna Give Nobody/None of This Jelly Roll

Mountain - Mississippi Queen

Ike and Tina Turner - Nutbush City Limits

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Hi Thoyd. Nice to hear from you again.

 

Isn't it amazing that none of our lists have anything in common? Are our personalities all so different or is it just the result of statistical probability given the number of possible songs?

 

Any Bob Seger? Your list screams Silver Bullet Band to me.

 

-Thoth.

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The Beatles --I knew it! Ah, common ground.

 

I have no Talking Heads but I do have some of David Byrne's solo work (sans 'Heads). And of course I have Fleetwood Mac. I'd bet even Isaac has Fleetwood Mac. What about Stevie Nicks' solo work? Anything?

 

Don't stop thinking about tomorrow...it'll soon be here.

-Thoth.

We have one of David Byrne's solo CDs in the house, from his Brazilian period, I think. The ones on my Mac are "Stop Making Sense" and "True Stories." And although I have a couple of early Fleetwood Mac songs, the bulk of them are from their get-back-together CD, which includes solo songs by both Stevie and Lindsey.

 

I also have Paul Simon's "Graceland," which may be another area of overlap. Plus various "Greatest Hits" albums from Simon and Garfunkel and others. And Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky (two Swan Lakes by different orchestras!), as well as Handel's Water Music and Fireworks Music, the Brandenberg Concertos, Joshua Bell's Romantic Violin, The Four Seasons (all from the iTunes Music Store), and various collections of classical pieces. I like to listen to classical and instrumental music when I work, as it's quiet and the playlists often go a couple of hours at a time. But after several days of classical I switch to pop, and vice versa.

 

So we do have tastes in common, just not at the tops of our lists.

M

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Back when they were new and hot, Simon and Garfunkel were my favorites even above The Beatles. I thought S&G's lyrics were better and I have always been into the lyrics. Still am. (That's why I still like Heart and love Meatloaf.) I suppose that's why Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, et al, have never been high on my list; I've always felt that there was something missing in instrumentals. Well, lyrics, obviously.

 

Now wish me a Happy Birthday and go back to your writing.

-Thoth.

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Hi Thoyd. Nice to hear from you again.

 

Isn't it amazing that none of our lists have anything in common? Are our personalities all so different or is it just the result of statistical probability given the number of possible songs?

 

Any Bob Seger? Your list screams Silver Bullet Band to me.

 

-Thoth.

 

That would be an interesting topic for discussion. For myself I think that music is so personal that you could get two people who have seemingly identical personalities (as far as one would be able to observe) and you would still end up with completely different lists. Conversely, I think you could get two people who seem to be opposites and get very similar lists.

 

In a general sense I think it comes down to one's general emotional outlook on life. A generally sad "broken-hearted-universe" type will probably listen to music that emotionally supports that outlook (like sad country ballads). And so on. I haven't given this a great deal of thought (although I should), so it stands as a hunch.

 

Bob Seger represents a type of singer that I like - throaty, raspy, but singing from the gut. As far as the band, I like some of their songs, but nothing stands out except for a live song he did with Bo Diddley, I can't remember the name, but it was a song about Bo Diddley!

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That would be an interesting topic for discussion. For myself I think that music is so personal that you could get two people who have seemingly identical personalities (as far as one would be able to observe) and you would still end up with completely different lists. Conversely, I think you could get two people who seem to be opposites and get very similar lists.

 

In a general sense I think it comes down to one's general emotional outlook on life. A generally sad "broken-hearted-universe" type will probably listen to music that emotionally supports that outlook (like sad country ballads). And so on. I haven't given this a great deal of thought (although I should), so it stands as a hunch.

 

I think those are fair observations. In my case, I have a broad range off music. Occasionally, I listen to music that suits my mood, but more often, I use the music to set my mood. When I'm programming, I tend to listen to fast paced, possibly more hard core, music to help set a fast pace. When I'm writing, I listen to a broader range of music (playlist of about 900 songs) to carry me on a bit more of a roller coaster. If you're a pantster, it can help carry you into the next part of the story.

 

Calm dream sequence might be Beach Boys, transition to kids jumping on sleeping character when Weezer comes on. Stuff like that.

 

Maybe it's just me. :D

 

IF

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Maybe it's just me. :D

It's not just you. I too listen to music that suits my mood but all to music to set my mood.

 

Thoyd Loki's hunch that people listen to music that reflects their outlook on life is music to suit their mood. So he's right. But I know people, extremely dark people with real issues, who love Japanese Bubble-gum Pop. Perhaps that's to set or re-set their moods.

 

No wonder no one can consistently pick the next hit.

-Thoth.

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Ooh, I disappeared for a week again, didn't I? Maybe someday before I die, all this missing time will catch up to me. Har har.

 

Let's see, last album I bought.... Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position.

 

Beyond that, it had been a couple years since I'd bought a new album. TMP was something I really tried to scrobble together online but couldn't and eventually purchased because I wanted the damn thing for four months straight.

 

iTunes says I enjoy:

Meredith Brooks - Blurring the Edges

Garbage - Garbage

Green Day - Dookie

Ani Difranco - Not a Pretty Girl

 

Not sure what that says about me, but, uh, tada!

 

- The Fictionista

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Ooh, I disappeared for a week again, didn't I? Maybe someday before I die, all this missing time will catch up to me. Har har.

 

Let's see, last album I bought.... Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position.

 

Beyond that, it had been a couple years since I'd bought a new album. TMP was something I really tried to scrobble together online but couldn't and eventually purchased because I wanted the damn thing for four months straight.

 

iTunes says I enjoy:

Meredith Brooks - Blurring the Edges

Garbage - Garbage

Green Day - Dookie

Ani Difranco - Not a Pretty Girl

 

Not sure what that says about me, but, uh, tada!

 

- The Fictionista

I thought Janice was the Fictionista. I'm confused. (And I like Meredith Brooks too.)

-Thoth.

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But I know people, extremely dark people with real issues, who love Japanese Bubble-gum Pop. Perhaps that's to set or re-set their moods.

 

Or does it reflect a deeper, darker problem? :D

 

IF

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Green Day - Dookie

 

Sometimes, I'll just put all my Green Day tracks on random and just listen to them.

 

IF

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Or does it reflect a deeper, darker problem? :P

 

IF

Seriously? It might. Some of these guys are in denial over their situation.

-Thoth.

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