Friday, January 02, 2009


I've been spending more time on Facebook and using chat programs than I should be. That, however, is not what I'm here to talk about today. I'm talking about playlists. (For the uninitiated - a playlist is a set of songs, usually on your mp3 player. Sort of a digital mixed tape for our ladies of the 80s.) Seems that lots of the new chat programs now will show what song you're playing while you chat with people. Its kind of interesting to see what people are listening to.

Recently, I also played a song game on Facebook where you were supposed to set your iPod to random and type out the first lines of the first 20 songs that randomly come up. Then people are supposed to guess what song it is. It was pretty fun. Couple songs went without answers, which just goes to show I don't hang out with a Dr. Dre kind of crowd. :)

My playlist of the moment would have to include (in no particular order):

1. Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron & Wine

2. Losing My Religion by REM

3. Wakin Up in Vegas by Katy Perry

4. Stronger by Kayne West

5. Thnks fr th Mmrs by Fall Out Boy

6. Baby Got Back by Sir Mix a Lot

7. Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode

8. Brand New Lover by Dead or Alive

9. Full Moon by The Black Ghosts

10. Feel Good, Inc by The Gorillaz

Kinda schizophrenic list, I have to say. So... what's on your playlist at the moment? Say, top 5 songs? Even you don't have an iPod, just share your favorite five songs of the moment?



Playground Monitor said...

Does it say something sad about me that I don't know a single one of those songs? I have an iPod -- the DH's hand-me-down. I haven't had time to download iTunes to my laptop or even figure out much about how to use it. There's a lot of music on it but I'm not sure what.

Lately the song that's been on my mind (and I have a link to the video on YouTube) is "So Close" from the movie "Enchanted." It pretty much describes my book that I desparately need to finish.

I guess I should figure out the iPod, huh?

Maven Linda said...

I have an iPod . . . somewhere. No songs on it, though. I don't listen to music when I work, I have to have silence. Even an instrumental will have me listening to the music instead of the muse. I should probably give the Pod away, because the odds are against me ever actually using it.

I do have iTunes on my computer, and music downloaded there, to play when I'm puttering around in the office but not actually working. Maven LJ got me addicted to Lyle Lovett's "Simple Song," which is indeed simple and hauntingly beautiful.

I didn't know any of the songs on your playlist either, SP. I'd heard of some of the artists, though, if that gives me any old fogey points :-).

And, oh, is this appropriate: the verification word is "micult."

Jean said...

These are the first five from my "most listened" iTunes list. Apparently, I prefer the "B" side to the hits.

Baby Blue—George Strait
Photographs & Memories—Jim Croce
80's Ladies—K.T. Oslin
You Had Me From Hello—Bon Jovi
Open All Night—Bon Jovi

Angel said...

My iPod, and now the same music on my iPhone, is in almost constant use these days, if I'm not reading. My current faves are:

Got it Goin' On by Bon Jovi with Big and Rich
Leave Out All the Rest by Linkin Park
Feels Like Tonight by Daughtry
First Time by Lifehouse
Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters

I also listen to a lot of Pandora radio ( while I'm at the computer working, but not writing.


Problem Child said...

You do have a wide range of tastes...

And, no, there's no chance at all I'll ever be able to play Name That Tune with a Dr. Dre song. I don't even know who Dr. Dre is!

Of course, I'm really out of touch with popular music anyway. I tend to gravitate towards what I know and I'm unwilling to sort through the crap to find new stuff. Sad, I know.

Lynn Raye Harris said...

My list was so eclectic when I did the song game on Facebook that I think people gave up guessing. They gave up on my Movie Game too. Ah well. So I have obscure tastes.

The iPod is downstairs at the moment. But I have everything from Hawaiian slack key guitar to opera to hard rock on it. I'm not a big country fan, though the hubby has snuck a bunch onto my iPod recently. Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, and some other stuff. My favorite country singer is Dwight Yoakum -- and yeah, I know he's seriously twangy, but I love him. A Thousand Miles from Nowhere is the coolest song.

(One of my Facebook tunes was Home For Sale by Dwight, which no one guessed even though the first words were "home for sale". LOL!)

I love Creed and can happily sing all day long to their stuff. Of course I have Bon Jovi, Daughtry, and David Cook on there as well. And lots and lots of stuff I can't even begin to think of.

Oh, what about Texas? They were popular in Europe, and I just love them. That was another of my Facebook tunes no one guessed. *sigh*

Sherry Werth said...

I have a 24 and 17 year old so I know some of your songs and it's scary but I also know who Dr. Dre is. My music taste varies but I'm not a fan of country. These are a few on my play list:

Love Lockdown - Kanye West
Foo Fighters - The Pretender
Beyonce/Jay Z - Upgrade U
Nickelback - Gotta Be Somebody
Tantric - Down and Out

Playground Monitor said...

I listen to too. I can handle instrumental music while I write, although I had to stop listening to one channel I set up because even though the songs were instrumental, I knew the lyrics and began to sing along. is good too. You can create your own list of music. I set one up to play "So Close" about twelve times in a row so I could listen non-stop and stay in the zone while I was writing the black moment.

Lynn Raye Harris said...

I realized that no one is going to know Texas (PC might? DG?). They are a Scottish alternative/indie rock group. I first heard them in Germany. Great music.

I like Pandora too, PM. Mary Freeman introduced me to that. I can listen to lyrics and write WHEN I wear headphones. But take the headphones off and let the lyric play on speakers, and I can't concentrate. I think when it's streaming into my ear, it disappears. Weird, I know. :)

Marilyn Shoemaker said...

You know, I have a couple of playlists I mainly listen to at work with a large variety of songs.

I've found it fun to see on some authors blogs what they listen to while writing and that's how I got the idea to create my own.

I just Googled the most popular and the first were songs of "love" which some of them I had forgotten.

Here's the list, some very old ones probably for some of you but I'm going to listen to them and remember my husband.

1. At Last - Etta James

2. Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker

3. By Your Side - Sade

4. We've Only Just Begun - The Carpenters

5. You Send Me - Sam Cooke

6. Love Is Here To Stay - Frank Sinatra

7. You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker

8. I Got You Babe- Sonny and Cher

9. Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart

10. Always And Forever - Heatwave

11. Unforgettable - Nat King Cole

12. Pledging My Love - Emmylou Harris

13. If - Bread

14. Embraceable You - Sarah Vaughan

15. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones

16. Endless Love - Diana Ross

17. The Way You Look Tonight -
Dick Haymes

18. Tonight, I Celebrate My Love -
Roberta Flack

19. Just The Way You Are - Diana Krall

20. Memories Are Made Of This
Dean Martin

Liza said...

I have a little bit of everything on my ipod. I never know what I'll be in the mood for when I turn it on. My itunes library is so full, tht I'm not even sure what all is on it. I have so many songs on my ipod I could probably listen to it for 3-4 days with no repeats.

I love "So Close" too. I actually love the entire "Enchanted" soundtrack, but I love musicals and Disney seems to have some of the best music.

Top 5 off the top of my head:
Before He Cheats-Carrie Underwood
Voice of Truth-Casting Crowns
Brave-Nichole Nordeman
One Thing-Finger Eleven

Playground Monitor said...

Before He Cheats rocks! Philandering men should take note.

I think the DH had Norah Jones on his iPod along with the Rod Stewart Great American Songbook CDs. Those are some terrific old songs.

I use headphones too, Lynn. I have to block out the outside world or it distracts me. I even wrote an email to Starbucks because their shops have such loud music. I told them many writes use their shops as a place to write and the loud music is annoying. Even with headphones, I can't block it out at some locations.

Virginia said...

I couldn't name 5 songs myself, because I don't listen to music much unless I am in the car or cleaning house. Then I put my music on a 70's or 80's station which is my kind of music. I am listening to the Eagles Lying Eyes right now, so this is the kind of music I listen to. I hate todays music, so I listen to the oldes