Like so many of us who own an iPod or other MP3 player, I have my favorite play lists that I use depending on my mood and activity. My tastes are quite eclectic so I have a large variety of music genres (except Bluegrass) and styles on my iPod and iRiver.
Today I decided to do something rather bizarre while commuting and set my whole music collection to shuffle rather than rely on my play lists. The results of my experiment are as follows:
Artist - (Genre)
John Chapter 3 - (Bible on CD)
Charlie Parker - (Jazz)
Goo Goo Dolls - (90’s Alternative)
Margaret Becker - (Contemporary Christian)
Rolling Stones - (Classic Rock)
Led Zeppelin - (Classic Rock)
Dalai Lama - (Buddhist Teachings on Peace)
Daniel Chapter 10 - (Bible on CD)
Jimi Hendrix - (Rock – Old School Baby)
Michael Sterns - (Ambient)
ZZ Top - (Classic Rock)
Hendrix – (Classic Rock)
Job Chapter 11 - (Bible on CD)
Cassandra Wilson - (Blues/Jazz)
Smashing Pumpkins - (90’s Alternative)
IONA – (Christian)
Alice In Chains – (90’s Alternative)
Frank Sinatra – (Easy Listening)
Doors – (Classic Rock)
The Grateful Dead – (Classic Rock)
Alicia Keys – (Pop/Hiphop)
The Throes – (90’s Alternative Christian)
Charles Mingus – (Jazz)
Sting – (Pop)
Johnny Cash (Many Genres' a great artist)
And this is only a few songs out of the 30 Gig of music on my player. There are many artists and genres’ of music that were not even touched.
Eclectic is definitely a good descriptor for this set. Yet I am beginning to wonder about the personal “Mood Space” that my preset play lists represent.
Thinking about this mix leads to some very strange “head space” when you add up the narrative themes presented via the music. What do they have in common? What is the attraction and so on?
I’m still pondering these types of questions.