Okay, so I didn't mention it before but I had a birthday last week. (Old enough to have seen the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix in concert, okay?)
Anyway, one of my dearest pals totally floored me with the awesome and generous gift of a 30GB iPod, complete with video screen. It holds 7,500 songs and, so far, I have up- or down, I don't know which, loaded 1,411, most from my own extensive CD collection and a few from iTunes. (My friend also gave me a gift certificate for that.)
The beauty of this gift is that it has made me rediscover all my music, most of which has been gathering dust since it seems I am always listening to the news, on the radio or on cable channels in the background. I wear my iPod while ironing, doing the dishes and, of course, while working out. A girl can only take so much Peter Mansbridge or Wolf Blitzer before she starts thinking of driving into the garage, closing the door and revving an engine filled with leaded gas.
Needless to say, I have become one of those dreaded pod people you see with those trademark white wires coming out of their ears. I don't hear the starlings anymore. I wave at my neighbours but don't stop to chat. I am sure it's just a phase but I am getting a big kick out of it. And there's a whole new spring in my step.
So, just because I feel like it, I thought I'd introduce this new semi-regular ''shuffle'' feature. Whether it's the stepmill shuffle, the Danforth errands shuffle, or today's dogwalking shuffle, I'll be listing the tunes that moved me on that day.
Today, in a cruise around the park with my little Syd-ster, the line-up was Lucinda Williams' Essence, Bruce Springsteen's Hungry Heart, James Carr's Stronger than Love, The Drifters' Sand in My Shoes, Sinead O'Connor's He Prayed, Little Richard's cover of Johnny Cash's Get Rhythym (Go see Walk the Line!), the Rolling Stones' Let's Spend the Night Together, Leonard Cohen's Who by Fire, Keb' Mo's Crapped Out Again, Little Milton's So Mean to Me and Mark Knopfler duetting with Emmylou Harris on All the Roadrunning. (That last cut was on Private Investigations, a birthday gift from another friend, Cynthia.)
It felt great.
Where would I be without music, and very good friends?