Inter-track whiplash

Boy, do I know about this:

I’m sprawled across my lumpy dorm room bed, writing the words you see on this very page as iTunes shuffles through my vast music library when, in all its infinite digital wisdom, iTunes follows Ed Sheeran’s beautifully tender “Firefly” with … the Doors’ raucous “Roadhouse Blues?” What gives, shuffle function?!? This is like an ice-bucket challenge for my ears. My mind turns from fluffy pillows and candles to red lights and sticky barroom floors. I mean, I love Jim Morrison, but not as a companion to my pal Ed.

Let it roll, baby, roll.

I admit, some of my own jarring juxtapositions are my own fault. Normally I screen out all the stuff tagged as “Holiday” during normal parts of the year and start letting them filter in around mid-November; this year I forgot to reset the playlist criteria after New Year’s, and suddenly there’s “We Three Kings” — sung by Toby Keith, yet — in the middle of a Sixties-garage medley.





1 comment

  1. backwoods conservative »

    6 April 2015 · 10:16 am

    I decided to leave some instrumental holiday music in my iPod year round. Squeek Steele’s Christmas album was one choice. I love hearing her play piano. I also have instrumental Gospel music by Squeek Steele, Chet Atkins, and Floyd Cramer, even though I’m not at all religious.

    The size and variety of my music collection means that the Carpenters, Alice Cooper, and Waylon Jennings may bump up against each other, with classical piano and harpsichord music cropping up often as well. I don’t mind. If I didn’t like it, it wouldn’t be in there.

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