The Monday Shuffle

iTunesEvery Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that play. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.

  1. Baby Won't You Please Come Home - Bessie Smith
  2. Star Bodies - The New Pornographers
  3. Box of Rain - Grateful Dead
  4. Another Woman - Moby
  5. Sons of 3rd Bass - 3rd Bass
  6. Getting Off - Korn
  7. Shitlist - L7
  8. Mephisto and Kevin - Primus
  9. Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland - Grandaddy
  10. D.R.E.A.M. - Transplants

Is there something wrong with me for not getting the Grateful Dead? They're so honoured and beloved yet I really only know them for their "Touch Of Grey" video which got quite a bit of airplay on MuchMusic in the late 80s. Oh yeah, I know "Truckin'" too, but that's it. I even own The Very Best of the Grateful Dead but for all the wrong reasons. I don't own it because I enjoy their music or seek to hear Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and the gang. I own it because I feel I should own it and because I fear I'm missing something obvious.

People who love the Grateful Dead really love them. I suppose there is no middle ground with these guys. You're either a Dead-Head, or you're not. There are no casual fans.

I must be missing something...


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