Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā – fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up the media player of your choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.
“Positively 4th Street” by Bob Dylan (from The Essential Bob Dylan (disc 1), 2001)
Does this connect with 6th Avenue? A bit o’ Wikipedia research tells us that “Positively 4th Street” was recorded in 1965 and released between Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde as a sort-of follow-up to “Like a Rolling Stone.” It definitely takes a cue from that seminal Dylan track, though its bitting lyrics definitely stand in opposition to the feel good I-ii-IV-I chord progression.
“It Should Have Been Me Loving Her” by Bobby Taylor (from The Complete Motown Singles, Volume 9: 1969 (disc 46), 2007)
Looks like iTunes is really feeling the ’60s today. Every time the shuffle touches the mammoth Complete Motown Singles collection I end up with another new favorite song.
“God’s Dice” by Pearl Jam (from Binaural, 2000)
I’ll admit that I lost touch with Pearl Jam somewhere between Yield and their self-titled 2006 release. I don’t know, we just didn’t see eye to eye anymore. In retrospect it was totally me and not them. Listening back to these records is a bit like skipping to the end of a book, reading the ending, and then going back to read the second act.
“Those Magic Changes” by Sha Na Na (from Grease, 1978)
Nope. Can’t listen to this anymore. Not without thinking of this. Damn you, Travolta. Damn you.
“All Those Yesterdays / Hummus” by Pearl Jam (from Yield, 1998)
Go figure, I was just saying this is where I lost the beat.
What’s on your shuffle today?