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String of Pearls

Saturday, January 12th, ©2013 Marcus Brooks
DecWriter III (

A musical dot-matrix terminal/line printer, the Digital DECWriter III (

A friend’s e-mail prompted me to gen up my own iTunes “most played” list. I didn’t think this sort of listing would make much sense, but I guess it’s fair enough.

The selection is somewhat arbitrary, and depends on the vagaries of star ranking and shuffle play. It omits other tunes that I would call favorites, too, but maybe haven’t owned as long, like Harry McClintock’s “Hard Rock Candy Mountains”; or old tunes tied to obsessions I worked through on cassette tape, like Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.”

This also weighs out classical music that I play by the album, like Glenn Gould and Heifetz playing Bach collections, or longer classical works that I don’t play over and over, like Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Russian Easter Festival Overture.” or works present in multiple versions, like Beethoven symphonies. And of course this disregards plays on MP3 discs and devices that I’ve used now and then.

Still, this is all stuff I love.

  1. Bjork, “Army Of Me”
  2. They Might Be Giants, “Birdhouse In Your Soul”
  3. Dixie Chicks, “Lil’ Jack Slade”
  4. Glenn Miller, “String Of Pearls”
  5. Spyro Gyra, “Nu Sungo”
  6. Tori Amos, “Cornflake Girl”
  7. Dr. John, “Goin’ Back To New Orleans”
  8. Earl Klugh, “Dr. Macumba”
  9. Simon & Garfunkel, “Scarborough Fair/Canticle”
  10. Bjork, “I Miss You (Album Version)”
  11. Cab Calloway, “Pluckin’ The Bass”
  12. Kate Bush, “Heads We’re Dancing”
  13. Nancy Allen, “Le Coucou, Daquin”
  14. Nancy Allen, “Les Barricades Mysterieuses, Couperin”
  15. Paul Simon, “Late In The Evening”
  16. Earl Scruggs & Lester Flatt, “Foggy Mountain Special”
  17. Kate Bush, “The Sensual World”
  18. Paul Simon, “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard”
  19. Paul Simon, “Spirit Voices”
  20. Taj Mahal, “SeƱor Blues”
  21. William Albright, piano, “Stoptime Rag” [Scott Joplin]
  22. Dave Matthews Band, “Lover Lay Down”
  23. Dixie Chicks, “Long Time Gone”
  24. Emer Mayock, “O’Farrell’s Jig”
  25. Luscious Jackson, “Naked Eye”

I’m not sure whether this list is eclectic, or just deranged. Some of it might make more sense with a little background, for example, “Army of Me” recalls the nostalgic rhythms of a Digital DECWriter III terminal/line printer. What’s not to love? And “Les Barricades Mysterieuses” should be familiar to anyone who remembers when KMFA Austin used to sign off at night.

“String of Pearls” has the sweetest trumpet solo I can think of. I heard it playing in my head one day, and had to go figure out what it was from, and get a copy. That’s how I acquired “Le Coucou,” and a few other tunes, too. How did they get in my head? I can only guess. My right brain doesn’t talk.

“O’Farrell’s Jig” just turned up in my iTunes library; must be off one of Shea’s albums, but I guess I play it a lot!

As for the rest, I guess I just like music that sounds like it’s on its way. Goodbye Rosie!