Friday, January 30, 2009

iPod Game

I played this game with my iPod, where I put it on shuffle and look at the 25 song that come up randomly and use their names to answer these 25 questions. Sometimes you get interesting hits:

1. Put Your iTunes, Windows Media Player, MP3 Player, or whatever on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.

Song you wake up to? "Bad Boy" The Beatles [Funny coincidence. One could be a "bad boy" when one wakes up because one is generally in a bad temper when having to get up early.]
If someone says, "Is this okay?" you say "Ave Verum Corpus,” Zephyr, A Choir of Angels [I like this one, as if we would respond to any question seeking approval with the response "Hail, True Body of Christ." There are interesting religious implications.]
How would you describe yourself? "I Menuetto, part 1 and 2 (Allegro Moderato)" Pablo Casals playing Bach Suites for Cello. [That particular piece of music does seem very close to my soul, and perhaps it would be useful to respond with music rather than words to such a question asking the impossible task of self-description.]
What do you like in a guy/girl? "Think for Yourself" The Beatles [Oh, this is so true. A real accurate random hit.]
How do you feel today? "Jebel" Gheorghe Zamfir, Panflute and Organ. [Again, music rather than words to describe an emotion. That makes sense to me. This piece is sort of sad and meditative. That's not actually how I feel today.]
What's your life's purpose? "East of Eden" Big Country
What is your motto? "Mysterious Whisper" They Might Be Giants [This is a funny juxtaposition]
What do your friends think of you? "She’s Like the Swallow" The Quink Vocal Ensemble - Folk Songs of the World. [This would have been funny if I were a woman.]
What do you think of your parents? "Pride (In the Name of Love)" U2 [Nice match]
What do you think of very often? "Four Scottish Dances by Sir Malcolm Arnold" Queensland Symphony.
What is 2 + 2? "Pity" The Tree People - Guilt Regret Embarrassment [The song title doesn't match the question, but the album title is a good association for how many people feel about mathematics.]
What do you think of your best friend? "Fairly Shot of Her" Enya - By Chance It Was
What do you think of the person you like? "The Red Fox" Big Country - The Seer
What is your life story? "Beethoven String Quartet Op. 132 No. 15, in A Minor, second movement (Allegro ma non tanto)" Alban Berg Quartet.
What do you want to be when you grow up? "Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, the first Aria, The Day that Gave Great Anna Birth" Stephen Cleobury - Coronation Anthems [So, does this imply I want to be some sort of monarch?]
What do you think of when you see the person you like? "Voice of Reason" The Hoagland Conspiracy [This is funny, because my wife, whom I like, is something like a voice of reason in our relationship.]
What will you dance to at your wedding? "Ragged Old Flag" Johnny Cash [You can't dance to this song, and we didn't have dancing out our wedding.]
What will they play at your funeral? "Suzanne" Leonard Cohen [This is a great song, and it would go well at a funeral.]
What is your hobby/interest? "All You Need Is Love" The Beatles [Oh, this was a good match.]
What is your biggest fear? "I’m A Little Dinosaur" Jonathan Richman [Funny]
What is your biggest secret? "Crazy Love" Paul Simon [Oh, this is really funny]
What is your best strength? "Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Trumpets and Strings RV 537 third part, Allegro" Wynton Marsalis [This is a strong musical piece, full of energy and vigor.]
What do you think of your friends? "Joy To The World" [What is this Christmas song still doing on my iPod in late January?]
What do you think of the world? "Every Time When I Fall Down and My Head Hits the Floor Hard" The Tree People. [An excellent match. This is a good hit.]
What do you think of the government? "One By One" Flipper [A very dark song about things coming to a bad end. It's an apocolyptic song. Suitable for our former governor, who was kicked out of office this week.]
What do you think of religion? "The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. Prelude #12 in F Minor, BWV 857" Friedrich Gulda playing this piece by J. S. Bach. [Seems appropriate that a song by Bach would come up in answer to this question. Pity it was one of his secular songs.]
What do you think of school? "New Years Day" U2 [Nothing changes on New Year's Day.]
How was your year so far? "La Chanson de la Rose" Al Gromer Khan - Space Hotel
Perfect way of spending your weekend? "La Fontana di Valle Guilia all’alba" The Fontane di Roma, Sinopoli conducting the New York Philharmonic in this piece by Respighi. [Yeah, I would love to spend a weekend enjoying the fountains of Rome. This is a good match.]
What is the one thing you want to do once in your life? "Pigs On The Wing (Part Two)" Pink Floyd [It's a song about enduring love between friends, and I would like to be reunited with old friends at least once again.]
Most important thing you need to do before you die? "Train" Mission of Burma
What do you think of Myspace? "Shuffering and Shmiling" Fela Kuti [Ha ha, this is a funny match. It's a song about people being duped by false promises from corrupt religious leaders, but it could be taken more abstractly as a critique of the false promises of joy to be found through internet relationships. Although, come to think of it, I sustain many old friendships throught he internet and I've met all sorts of wonderful people by using the internet, so this doens't really work for me in my experience.]
What do you think of Facebook? "Puer Natus In Bethlehem" The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos - Chant [Another Christmas Song?!]
What would your road trip/travel song be? "And God Saw Everything..." The Creation (Haydn) The Academy of Ancient Music. [A perfect match between the song title and the question. God saw everything, and it was good. That's how I feel when I travel.]
How do you want to live your final years? "Deep Blue Dream" Eric Serra - The Big Blue. [This song makes one feel peaceful and meditative, which seems like a good way to spend one's final years I guess.]
What do you think of surveys like this? - "Cuentos de la juventud Recuerdos de la infancia" Alicia De Larrocha playing Granados - Scenes of Childhood. [I guess they are childish?]
What will you post this as? "As If We Never Said Goodbye" Barbara Streisand.

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