Toronto Mike

The Monday Shuffle


Every 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. International Bright Young Thing - Jesus Jones
  2. Immortality - Pearl Jam
  3. This Is Heaven To Me - Billie Holiday
  4. Can It Be All So Simple - The Wu-Tang Clan
  5. Fall To Pieces - Velvet Revolver
  6. Coffee Stain - Sarah Harmer
  7. Worried Now - Sloan
  8. Vaccination Scar - The Tragically Hip
  9. Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart - Stone Temple Pilots
  10. The Messenger - New Funky Generation

I've always enjoyed hip-hop.  From the cheesy rap of the mid-to-late 80s, to Public Enemy, Outkast and beyond, I dig a hard core rhyme over hard core drum beats.  My brother Ryan and I often overlapped in this interest, paying our mutual respect to an artform derived from two turntables and a microphone.

In the early-to-mid 90s, Ryan was all about the Wu-Tang Clan.  For whatever reason, I couldn't get into it.  Perhaps it was because my bar for hip-hop dramatically raised after listening to the entire Public Enemy catalogue over and over again or perhaps it was because I just didn't get it.  I wasn't down with the Wu-Tang Clan and I didn't own an ounce of their material until I scored their greatest hits late last year.

Throw on some Maestro, however, and we're both down wit it.

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