I like music. But sometimes I don’t know how to choose what to listen to. So I make plans and evil schemes to avoid difficult decisionmaking. I once ordered my cd collection by color, which looked awesome, and listened to it in that order. Sadly, i never got past the white spined ones. (Those were first.. Then roygbiv and black!)It looked like the image on the right. But I had not so much cd’s at the time.
I tried to listen chronologically, both in order of date of purchase or release. Obviously I also listened alphabetically. The human mind is very creative when you are frustrated with options (or choosing). Unfortunately, not one attempt succeeded. I would always come across a cd I reeeeaaaallly didn’t like. So I said, fuck it, I’m listening to something else.. that way fucking up the whole thing. And giving up.
HOWEVER! A glorious solution dawned upon me. (sorry if this is bad english, i try to get past the school-type-of-english-i-learned-at-sch… ). Rule #1. Listen to songs alphabetically! Not artists nor albums, but songs. They’re shorter and easier to endure. Rule #2. You can make exceptions, if you wanna hear a complete album, or something different, or…: you can. Just make sure, you pick up where you left the Alphabetically Ordered Songs Playlist.
Et voila. Another one of my awesome (to me) stupid (to everyone except me) projects has born! Oh Glory!
As we speak (I mean “as I write”) I am listening to “Acid Love” by Marc Romboy featuring Mr. K-Alexi. I am so not in the mood to listen to this techno right now. But I persevere. I am tougher than tough. I will survive every and any song that lies in my way in listening to “————————-“ by Volcano!. I already made quite a journey, I must say. I started out with “Á Bakvi› Tvær Hæ›ir„„Sundlaug” by Mùm. (I am guessing there’s something wrong with the tags. In any case, iTunes chose it to be the number one alphabetical song of my collection. (First a to z, then numbers to symbols). It’s the icelandic version of a song on their green record I love so much. I need the vinyl to replace my cd someday. Anyone know if the icelandic sung version is available on vinyl?
I had many lowlights since, with an absolute lowness touchdown with “Ace Of Spades” by Motorhead. I mean, I knew I didn’t like the song.. but I didn’t realized that it’s probably the most terrible song that starts with an ‘A’. (Since i’m only at ‘AC…’ for the moment, I still have plenty of ‘A’ songs to hear/to fear.)
Fortunately, I (re)discovered some goodness. “Abandoned Ship Bells” by Mùm (YouTube clip = this song). It sounds like beautiful dusty bells/chimes on an abandoned ship. I must listen to “Summer Make Good” again. I remember really liking it. The ghostness/abandonedness of it. There was this awesome “Aavehuminaa” song by Es which sounded larger than life, according to others it sounds like Pink Floyd. And finally, another highlight was a song I never paid attention to before: “Abstracting Electricity” by Hood. Instrumental LoFi Bliss.
Anyways. I’ll stop talking, cause it’s silly. Right now I’m at “Acknowledgement (Alternate Take)” by John Coltrane. A Love Supreme was the first jazz record I loved, and still do, fortunately so, cause there’s 3 damn takes of that same song! Don’t know what I’ll do when I come across 10 (live/casio/instrumental/acoustic/black wooden) different versions of the same Phil Elverum song, I’ll go banana’s.
Anyways. If any major developments occur, I’ll be sure to inform you. For now i’m gonna read “Dawn”, an excellent journal by that very same Phil.