As of late, I have passed into another of my intermittent “I MUST LISTEN TO A SHIT-TON OF MUSIC RIGHT NOW” phases. Because of this, it apparently seemed like a fantastic idea to take the two large cases of cds that have been riding around in my rear footwells since the dawn of time (read: 2003 when Kitty and I began our sordid vehicular romance) and rip them onto my computer. It took a while, and a willingness admit that I have some really crappy music, but I got it done. I have also been all about the cd section at the local library and the used bins of music stores. The end result of this almost pregnancy level craving for music is that my itunes library has increased to about 5 times its previous size (and I didn’t even need to order pills off the internet!).
Since I have never listened to half of these songs before I have been rather fond of just leaving my library on shuffle and going with the proverbial flow, and with the exception of a few errant attempts to make me listen to Nine Inch Nails or System of a Down at 4 am, shuffle has been good to me. However, I am discovering that my itunes has its own distict musical tastes, which seem to be influenced neither by my play counts nor the ratings I put in. In short, my itunes really, REALLY likes The Cranberries.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I like them just fine. But the frequency with which their cd is “randomly” selected borders on obsessive teen girl behavior. Every morning, when I open my laptop, I expect my Magritte background to be changed to the cover of Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We and there to be random saved drafts of half-written, highly emotional poetry.
Now, wanting to be a good user and allow my software’s needs to be met, I looked up what artists I should allow to play (even if I don’t happen to want to hear them) so that Shuffie (because, frankly, music tastes should be a distinct cut-off point for sentience, so it is getting a name) and I may co-exist in a symbiotic fashion.
I now understand why there has been a high frequency of Sixpence None the Richer and No Doubt playing.
…but I can’t really blame Shuffie for the Alanis Morissette…I may infact own 5 of her cds…shame.