Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bringing back the iPod shuffle

On two previous occasions, we played the iPod shuffle game on this blog (here and here). The idea, as you may recall, is to put your iPod or other MP3 device − we're not Apple-specific here at They Still Call Me Daddy − on "shuffle" mode and post the first five songs that pop up, no matter what they are.

I'll give you my list here, and you're welcome to offer up yours in the comments below. Here goes:

Scott's iPod shuffle results - 3/20/13

(1) David Francey - "Red-Winged Blackbird"
I love me some David Francey. He's a Canadian folk singer-songwriter who looks like he should be the guy who comes over and remodels your kitchen. And in fact he DID used to be a carpenter/laborer. I highly recommend his stuff.

(2) Sting - "St. Augustine in Hell"
Have I told you guys about the time I met Sting? I can't remember if I've relayed that story here. I probably have. Two or three times. I forget these things. Anyway, Sting is my all-time favorite. I've seen him play live nine times in 25 years. This song isn't among my top Sting tunes, but it's enjoyable.

(3) The Police - "Can't Stand Losing You"
Speaking of Sting...One of his better songs with The Police. I think the BBC once banned it because it dealt with the topic of suicide. But that was more than 30 years ago. No one would even think twice about the subject today.

(4) Sheila E. - "The Glamorous Life"
Yay, a woman! Sheila E. is extremely talented. And she's still out there making music. She was in Cleveland a few months ago with Dave Koz's band, and I'm sure she sang this, her signature tune.

(5) Quarterflash - "Harden My Heart"
Yay, another woman! Well, the lead singer/sax player in Quarterflash, Rindy Ross, is a woman. Always liked the tenor sax part she plays in this song. As I understand it, Quarterflash is still going strong, but they'll forever be filed under "One-Hit Wonders" on the strength of this little ditty, which hit #3 on the Billboard charts back in 1982.


  1. I'm sensing a "last-century" pattern here...

  2. I'm sensing a "three decades ago" pattern!

    1. True, but I'm not familiar with David Francey and I couldn't remember when exactly Ten Summoner's Tales (my favorite "happy" Sting album, as opposed to my favorite "mellow" Sting album, Soul Cages) came out, so I went with the majority all being from the 19XXs.


  3. Okay I just did this with my IPOD which currently has a 90's playlist on it...

    Ace of Base - Don't Turn Around
    Green Day - Brain Stew
    The Notorious BIG - Mo Money Mo Problems
    Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
    2 Unlimited - Get Ready for This

  4. Okay... This is old post... But today's mix was so bizarre I had to share. Caveat this is my itunes not my ipod, ie, drawing from full collection not just what I usually listen to. Still... 1. Bye Bye Bye/I Want It That Way from Glee. 2. Highway Song, James Taylor. 3. On A Slow Boat To China, Barry Manilow & Bette Midler. 4. It's Gonna Get Better, Genesis. 5 Summertime (from Ultimate Gershwin Collection); 6. Playboys of the Southwestern World. Blake Shelton; 7. Family Ties Theme song (Without Us), Johnny Mathis & Denise WIlliams; 8. Sugar Bush Polka, Walter Ostanek. 9. Mr. Bojangles, Robbie Williams; 10. Men In Black, Will Smith... Swear on all that is holy that was a pure random itunes shuffle. Pop, Folk, 80s rock, Country, Polka, Rap, a TV theme, and some old classics. I challenge anyone to have a more esoteric mix occur randomly!!!