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. Sway - Dean Martin
  2. Perfect - Smashing Pumpkins
  3. Legalize It - Cypress Hill
  4. Bust A Move - Young M.C.
  5. Missionary Man - Eurythmics
  6. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
  7. Get Up (Happy Jack Mix) - Technotronic
  8. Crumbs From Your Table - U2
  9. Who Needs Ya? - Steppenwolf
  10. The Vanishing - Stars

"Crumbs From Your Table" appears on U2's eleventh studio album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Taryn's dad bought her this disc shortly after its release and it sat on a shelf collecting dust for months. I never felt an urge to spin it or even rip it. Lord knows I've ripped far worse, but there was something symbolic about my willingness to let it rot. It was my own silent protest, my way of telling my Irish brothers that I no longer care. I no longer yearn to hear new music from U2.

Eventually I did rip the album, which is how "Crumbs From Your Table" showed up during the shuffle, but I didn't rip that copy we were given. That copy is still collecting dust somewhere. Where? I don't know. I've stopped caring.


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